Posts Tagged ‘Astronomy’

So I Guess We WON’T Be Watching The Eclipse Then

November 18, 2021

“I’m not getting up in the middle of the night to watch a glorified lunar cycle on fast forward.”

– L.

All In All Though, It’s One Of The Easier Promises I’ve Ever Had To Keep

July 16, 2018

Last week I mentioned in passing to my son that Pluto had lined up with the orbital plane of the rest of the major planets of the solar system for the first time in 87 years, and that it would be 161 years until it does this again.

Unfortunately, I made the tactical error of doing this right before his bedtime, and the news thrilled him so much that an impromptu celebration had to be held on the spot and I had to promise to mention this fact in Candles & Curses before he could even think about sleep.

When Astronomy And Innuendo Collide

January 13, 2017

Over the holidays my son got a small telescope as a gift, and last night was the first real chance we’ve had to take it outside and show him the moon with it.  This was a big hit, not just with him, but with the rest of the household.

This was a bad thing, financially speaking, because it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve had even a decent telescope, and that I’ve never had the kind of rig that I’ve really wanted.

Knowing this was not the sort of purchase I wanted to do on impulse, I decided to do a little browsing anyway just to scratch the itch, and as I was walking inside I started rattling off a few parameters to myself.

I’d want 4.5 inches minimum, and I’d prefer eight inches, I thought.  More than that isn’t really worth the cost or hassle for my needs, and. . . I’m really glad that nobody is overhearing me right now!

A True Major Canis Threat

August 10, 2016

Today my son and I learned two things together:

#1.  Working at the appropriate scale, if the Sun was positioned at the front door of our house, Pluto’s orbit would be located somewhere in my office at the back of the house.

#2.  Small dogs are the terror of planetary orbital stability when working at this scale.

I’m SERIOUSLY Leaning Toward Idiot

January 25, 2016

So my five-year-old son has recently found a love for astronomy, and I made the mistake of telling him there was a rare planetary conjunction in the predawn sky, and that is why I’m still awake at four-thirty in the morning because he almost couldn’t go to sleep last night for fear that I wouldn’t wake him up to see it, which if I went to sleep I know full well I wouldn’t.

I do this also knowing full well that even IF we’ll be able to see anything, his attention span will have us out there five minutes at most before he wants to come inside, which is a good thing because he is also going to complain the whole time about the cold, and even that is assuming he wants to get up at all, but I promised him, so . . .

Here I am.

I can’t decide is this makes me a father of the year candidate . . . or just a huge idiot.