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May 21, 2017 Since "Tabby's Star" is all over the science news again this week, I made a diagram and took a picture of it last night. Possible explanations as to why this is "the most mysterious star in the Universe" from National Geographic and Wikipedia
May 21, 2017 A couple of photos from my astrophotography session last night at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. The equipment setup with my scope on my "10 ton tripod", and the software automatically guiding my scope (left) while the main camera takes pictures (right).
May 16, 2017 So glad I repaired my telescope and have it set up at the Rothney Observatory again. I read about a supernova discovery on May 14 via Sky and Telescope. That night was clouded out, but last night I went out and took this image of this supernova in a galaxy 22 million light years away. It's not a great image due to a hazy sky and light pollution over Calgary - but hey - I got it! Note that the galaxy is behind a "curtain" of stars all of which are in *our* galaxy. So a supernova in a very distant galaxy can look as bright as a nearby star.
May 14, 2017 Mother's Day. Got Pat chocolates and chairs (for the deck). Family dinner at our place. Great food!
May 11-14, 2017 Babysitting the Calgary grandchildren while Cathy and Dustin went to Jasper. We have great grandkids. Best grandkids ever. Nobody has better grandkids than us. Never grumpy when with our grandkids.
May 8, 2017
Sent this out this morning:

There's an incredible expanse of the colour blue above us
and all around us this morning!

Does anybody know what is causing this?

Is it dangerous?

And included This Picture from the Springbank airport web cam.

May 6, 2017 I was the main speaker (Jack's "What's Up In The Sky" presentation again) and video presenter for the Ralph Klein Park Star Night. And - - the sky was clear enough so that the public could see the Moon and Jupiter through the gathered telescopes of RASC volunteers. About 124 people went home happy.
May 5, 2017 Volunteered to be the "backup" show for the Glenbow Ranch Park Star night. Unfortunately, the main speaker fell ill, and the sky was totally clouded out, so I became the *only* show for this event. I gave Jack's "What's Up In The Sky" presentation and filled the rest of the scheduled time with my astronomy music videos so as not to disappoint the crowd of about 40 people.
May 3, 2017 OMG - the first clear night in - - I can't remember since when! I went out to the RAO and uncovered my scope to get a photo (not a time-lapse) of the faint Comet "C 2015 V2 Johnson". Everything worked which made me very happy, and I had the image posted to the RASC Calgary Twitter and Facebook sites.
May 1, 2017 I Can So Cook #2 - with Pat in Edmonton for a few days, I thought I'd show our kids that I actually *can* cook myself a dinner.
April 29, 2017 When I was down in Tucson for the second NexOptic astroimaging session, I picked up a replacement motor for the bad motor in my NexStar telescope. I finally got it installed and working which made me very happy. So, I took my scope out to the RAO and set it all up again for the RAO's Open House so I could demonstrate astrophotography in real time during the event. However, it was, of course, totally clouded out which made me grumpy again.
April 28, 2017 Pat and I celebrated Steve and Kim's engagement by taking them out to dinner at the Cattle Baron.
April 26, 2017 Pat and I went to see the movie "Gifted" about a math prodigy - a great movie.
April 25, 2017 With media the whole world over having great fun with the "Discovery of the Steve Aurora Feature", I posted a photo and reminder on our social media sites that I had captured "Steve" in the early part of my aurora video Cypress Hills Night Sky Aug 16 17 2015 by Larry McNish.
April 25, 2017 Pat and I volunteered at the Calgary RASC "Casino event" to help raise funds for the club.
April 21-22, 2017 I took a series of time-lapse photos at the Calgary RASC NOVA meeting from 10:30pm to 01:58am and captured a quick bit of aurora as well as combining the whole series into a single image showing all the people moving around using their red light flashlights and headlamps. Two of my images were posted to the Calgary RASC Facebook and Twitter feeds on April 23, but I haven't completed the movie for posting on YouTube yet.
April 19-20, 2017 On this night, asteroid 2014 JO25 made its closest approach to the Earth, when its apparent motion against the starry background was at its quickest. So I figured out ahead of time that it would look like it was passing very near to M64 the Black Eye Galaxy, and captured a time-lapse of the event using the RAO's C14 telescope, and posted it to YouTube later that morning.
More of my time-lapse videos can be found on the Calgary RASC YouTube channel.
April 15, 2017 Someone's thoughts of the day.
April 9, 2017 Don't be discouraged - everyone has a special talent.
April 7, 2017 Tried to get some photos of the planet Jupiter at "opposition" (closest to the Earth and brightest for this year). It was clouded out of course - like so many days and nights this year which makes me grumpy.
April 5, 2017 During our recent trips to the US, I realized that many hotels have solved one of the most contentious issues of our times.
April 4, 2017 After two quick trips to Tucson http://calgary.rasc.ca/nexoptic.htm flew to Vancouver where Patsy and Chris attended the NexOptic unveiling event April 4 at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre where I spoke on getting the images from the NexOptic telescope. I can now share a bit more about what's been going on. See the video: http://globalnews.ca/video/3357632/bc
(Your GrumpyOldAstronomer is mentioned at about 3:45 into the video.)
March 27 to April 3, 2017 Patsy and I vacationed to New Mexico. Bus tour of Albuquerque (great!), visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural history (fabulous!), National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and aircraft displays (wonderful!), toured the Coronado Historic Site (ancient ruins of Kuaua Pueblo - amazing!), visited Los Alamos (where the Manhattan Project's first atomic bomb was designed), the Bradbury Science Museum (also great!), White Rock (Bandelier National Monument to Ancestral Puebloans that lived there between 1150 and 1600 AD), the Trinity Site (where the first atomic test was carried out), the Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes, and Roswell (the Robert Goddard exhibit at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (liquid fueled rocket pioneer), and of course, the UFO Museum). So many great places I totally forgot how to grumpy - even when we were driving through a New Mexico snow storm (!) on the way to and from the VLA.