Hadley Rille with iPhone

Originally posted on Canadian Astronomy:

For *years* I’ve been trying to photograph Hadley Rille — a long, meandering channel on the moon visited by the Apollo 15 astronauts in 1971.

Apollo15HadleyCrop Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott attends to the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) at the edge of Hadley Rille, August 2, 1971.

It turns out I’d captured it in 2012 with my iPhone 4S…and not even known it!

HadleyGIFSymeswatermark Hadley Rille, stack of 30 frames from iPhone 4S video attached to an 8″ telescope. October 23, 2012.

Above is a zoomed-in GIF that shows what I’ve long sought to photograph! The highlighted area is the winding channel known as Hadley Rille or Rima Hadley. In October, 2012, I was able to spot the rille with my eye at the telescope, so I took a 30-second video of the region with my iPhone 4S to see if I could record it. At the time, I couldn’t see any hints of it in the…

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Pilot Who Flew The Airplanes That Crashed On 9/11 Blows The Whistle

Originally posted on The Resistance Journals:

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June 10, 2015

Capt. Russ Wittenberg is a unique individual in that he actually flew two of the planes that were “hijacked” on 911.

Flight “lets roll” 93 and flight 175, the plane that hit the south tower.

This is what he has to say about 911:

Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions. Retired commercial pilot. Flew for Pan Am and United Airlines for 35 years. Aircraft flown: Boeing 707, 720, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777. 30,000+ total hours flown.

Had previously flown the actual two United Airlines aircraft that were hijacked on 9/11 (Flight 93, which impacted in Pennsylvania, and Flight 175, the second plane to hit the WTC).

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SC ComicCon 2015

                                      We had a great time at the SC ComicCon. It was bigger and better than last year! 

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Re-growing Lettuce

Originally posted on Lessons in Farming:

If you have been on Pinterest lately you’ve seen pins about re-growing Romaine Lettuce.

It’s not a hard concept.  Stick the crown end in water after you’ve cut off all the lettuce.  I figured I ‘d give it a shot and I have to say, so far I have been amazed.  We’ll see what happens going forward.

 

Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 4

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All I did was pop the lettuce into a jar of water.  Every other day I have rinsed off the crown and changed out the water.

PS: I do not recommend slicing a bit off the bottom when re-growing romaine.  It makes the lettuce grow slower.

 

Sliced Crown Day 2:

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Sliced Crown Day 4

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Have you ever tried re-growing a vegetable?

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genome projects

Originally posted on jdubqca:


this old blue jewel continuously
reinvents herself
through orderly chaos
using beautifully destructive forces
to tear herself down and rise again
in unimaginable creativity

she is her own god forever conjoined
with the serene sky
the strands of creation
emitting sparks from her fingertips
fashioning transcendental elements
into a supernatural world



june two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
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Book Review- Deconverted

Originally posted on Gamma Atheist:

I am always sitting here trying to think of new things to the blog, and I was thinking maybe a little something like a book review!  I would like to be able to do one at least once a month, talk about a book that I had read and maybe why you should too!

I would like to start off with Seth Andrews Deconverted – a journey from religion to reason.  I have been a fan of his The Thinking Atheist for a while now, and especially after meeting and hearing him speak in Texas at the American Atheist convention, I knew I wanted this book.

While waiting for my plane at the airport in Austin I started in on it.  By the time I landed in Orlando, I realized that I had almost completed the book and was completely hooked.  What was the most interesting for me, as…

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Saturn visible tonight, complete with rings

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

Alert reader P. has called my attention to a post on Sky and Telescope about tonight’s (and tomorrow’s) appearance of Saturn in the southern sky. If you don’t have a telescope, you can watch it online (check the box below for the website and the times). I’ll be watching, as I’ve never seen Saturn live.

Saturn takes over from Jupiter as the starring planet of the evening sky this spring, and right now it’s closer, bigger, and brighter than at any time for the rest of the year. The ringed planet comes to opposition on the night of April 27-28, and for the next few weeks it remains essentially the same apparent size: 19″ across at the equator and 42″ across from ring-tip to ring-tip (about a Jupiter-width).

Special Event: Watch Saturn live from your computer by joining“Around the Ringed Planet,” an online observing event sponsored by Astronomers Without…

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Smartphone Astrophotography: How I photograph the Moon & planets with my phone

Originally posted on Canadian Astronomy:

I’m often asked how I am able to take high-quality images of the solar system using my iPhone. In short, the quality of today’s smartphone cameras makes it possible to take very respectable images of the Moon and planets through a telescope with your phone – but it takes some work.

While the end results may not match those taken with webcam or DSLR equipment, smartphone astrophotography can be a good starting point for budding astrophotographers. It can also be a useful alternative for experienced astronomers who wish to capture an image quickly with little equipment.

What You Need

1)      A Smartphone Adapter

The simplest way to take a photo at the telescope is to simply hold your phone’s camera up to the eyepiece, but this approach rarely produces good results. Not only is it very difficult to centre the object properly, it can be tricky to ensure that the…

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outside my window

Originally posted on jdubqca:


peering out my window
clouds gather around
and darken
a once promising
bright day

blackbirds circle above
slowly descending
and squawking
instinctively finding
shelter

thunder murmurs and moans
and i close my eyes
suppressing
a distant memory
knocking

once the showers arrive
i gaze past the pane
your image
refreshing like the rain
falling



december two thousand twelve
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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