Post by D B Davis Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by D B Davis Post by David Johnston Post by Carl Fink Post by Lynn McGuire
xkcd: "Alpha Centauri"
It's almost as if you aren't a former science teacher (me) or physics major
and NASA worker (Munroe).
Unless of course the problem is not being unfamiliar with the number of
stars in the Centauri system but not not connecting "stars" with "rating".
"Yeah, but I checked online and it only has three stars and
Castor has six."
Speaking of Castor, the Winter Hexagon's rising in the Northern
Alas, the Bay Area is thoroughly socked in. As we drove across
the Napa-Vallejo Salt Marsh Reserve, I could see a faint line of
light in the west where the cloud cover *just barely didn't* meet
On that ?rare? day when the clouds clear on the West Coast, both the
Winter Hexagon and the Summer Triangle easily enable a modicum of star
gazing. Just look for the brightest stars overhead mid-season, follow
the dots, and connect them up.
Between the overcast and the city lights, it isn't that easy. I
remember a time when some sort of artificial comet-like thing was
going to be sent up from the JPL site in Southern California, and
we went up into the hills in an attempt to see it. Alas, as I
said later in a letter to a friend, the overcast was sufficient
that we could only make out very bright objects such as Rigel,
Sirius, and San Francisco.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com