August 20, 2017

Week 30: Closing the Circle in Macon, Georgia

A Grinch Xmas tree!

(All photos by the author).

We’ve done it.

This week sees us close the circle in our 2014 trek through the “lower” 48 contiguous United States. The auspicious event occurred in the state of Georgia just north of Macon, which was our final press stop for the 2014 tour. Fans of this site will remember our passage through the town of Macon earlier this year. But beyond just the southern rock music scene, Macon has lots to offer, and our re-visit taught us that it’s always worth giving any destination a second look. [Read more...]

In Defense of the Farmer’s Almanac.

Still around in the year of our Lord 2010 A.D.!

Still around in the year of our Lord 2010 A.D.!

 

    Sometimes, astronomical information comes from the most unlikely of sources. I first started into a lifelong interest of astronomy as a kid, growing up in the backwoods of northern Maine. There, a pristine sky that would be the envy of any backyard astronomer awaited almost every night, right beyond my doorstep. But I soon found that my access to resources and information was limited; like so many subjects I became immersed in, I quickly devoured the half dozen out-dated books at my local library and desperately searched for more. I had heard of Sky & Telescope  and Astronomy magazines, but our local bookstore had yet to carry them. [Read more...]

Benjamin Banneker: An American Astronomer.

Early depiction of Banneker.
Early depiction of Banneker.
In today’s fast-paced day and age, most of us have access to nearly limitless information and knowledge. None of us can consume it all, but the flow of data is wide open for all who chose it.

But what of those in the past that had the mental capacity and the thirst for knowledge, but lacked the means to slake it? I sometimes wonder how many Newtons or Einsteins might have been born into poverty or ignorance, and what advancements we might have been robbed of…

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