A sliver of silver

Last night I looked at the waxing crescent moon through 8x zoom binoculars. It was the first time I've ever looked at the moon through any kind of device. The number of things I've never done is startling to me sometimes. I just turned 39, and have always been aware of the moon. That pearly …

In the shadow of the moon

I saw the eclipse, the total eclipse, and though I've seen pictures and knew what would happen, no words or pictures can match the effect of being there. It begins slowly, a sliver of the sun gone black, a sense of surreality at seeing such a common fixture in the sky and our psychology shifting …

Going to the Eclipse

I will see the total eclipse on the 21st! I will have to sleep in my car and drive for many hours, but I will see it! I've never seen one, and can't help but wonder what it must have been like for ancient peoples who had no idea what was going on. I'm sure …

Total eclipse on the way

On August 21 of this year, those of us in North America will get a total solar eclipse--the first in 38  years. And it's going right past my house! Well not really, but within driving distance. I'm seriously considering a road trip to Portland for the best view. I've never seen a sight like this …

The Martian (2015)

Ridley Scott's The Martian is an accurate, thrilling survival story that for ONCE portrays scientists as normal human beings (even cool, likable ones!), instead of amoral villains, sociopaths, socially crippled nerds, or emotionless robots. Problem solving is the hero of this edge-of-your-seat thriller, and realism is king. I don't have degree in any of the …