The Meade LightBridge At LaGrange

The LaGrange Observatory is truly an observatory once more. Sunday’s first order of business was to remove the hand-built telescope from service.  Built nearly sixty years ago, the instrument had been used for years to educate the public about night skies.  In time’s irrevocable march, the scope and its cinder-block …

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Awards and Recognitions, February 2018

Brand marketing uses the term “relatable” to convey a product’s allure to the public. Amateur astronomy’s “product”, for lack of a better term, is an elusive clear sky unencumbered by light pollution; a difficult thing to find within city limits on select nights.  Couple that with cultural disconnects about stellar …

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The Legacy of Harrison Schmitt

“What size were the boots you wore on the Apollo mission?” Many minutes into the Q&A that followed Thursday’s presentation given by Dr. Harrison Schmitt, someone asked him to recall the strangest question asked of him after the Apollo 17 mission.  He easily recalled his flat, unambiguous response: “I have …

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On the Shoulders of Giants

An allure for events like Christmas In The Country is clearly nostalgia. Surrounded by saddle-notched buildings and people in period clothing often affords a sense of “time-travel”, as visitors witness a village filled with the trappings of a time long passed.  And while the arrow of time may irrevocably fly …

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The Last Eclipse Awareness

In a word, First Fridays Florence was amazing, considering that an unfavorable early forecast gave way to partly sunny skies and incredible evening temperatures on Friday. But what really made the event was the overwhelming response from the community, as people oftentimes surrounded the tables.  The lure of free eclipse shades was …

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