The Antikythera Mechanism Explored

If you’ve read my post called Astral Complications, you should be familiar with the Antikythera Mechanism. When set alongside the Minoan Calendar Stone, a.k.a. the Disk of Kronos, Stonehenge and the Pyramid City of Giza, we have what I consider to be the most important artifacts of the ancient world; these objects belie the idea…

Friday the 13th, Mercury Retrograde & the Full Moon

Friday the 13th, the “bad luck day” comes from Paraskavedekatriaphobia, the term for fear of Friday the 13th. It may have started in 1881, when a group of influential business and military skeptics would get together on Friday the 13th and try to debunk every superstition. Nobody ever died from bad luck, and their membership…

Night Sky in the West

No doubt the added constellation images help with an idea of how stunning it was to look into the sky and see Jupiter sitting on an almost straight line that runs from Pollux to Betelgeuse, with Procyon to the south. Even in the light pollution, haze and clouds, my brief peek at the sky was…

Spring Snow and the Blood Moon

Here’s an excellent picture of the “Blood Moon” eclipse. It is the first of 4 total lunar eclipses – astronomers call this a tetrad. An article about the entire series will have to wait because of the night being spent on hardware and software upgrades, as well as the work that’s been keeping me from…

Scale of the Universe

No, this is not the solstice report yet. I just was sent a link to a really clever website that I couldn’t resist putting here, called The Scale of the Universe. It is built around a slider bar that takes you from “Quantum Foam” to “The Universe” and includes everything from neutrinos to the Hubble…