Monday, August 27, 2007

Lunar eclipse Tuesday

A total eclipse of the moon will peak tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 28 August 2007, at 6:37 am.

For details read the more-than-adequate explanations posted through Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog. Calculate upcoming or past eclipses at the US Naval Obvervatory Lunar Eclipse Computer.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google Sky

The New York Times and the BBC, among others, have reported that Google is set to launch a new application called Google Sky (take a look at the demo here (warning: video plays immediately)).

Unlike Google Mars and Google Moon (both based on Google Maps- zoom in on Google Moon to find out what the moon is really made of...), Google Sky will not be a separate application from Google Earth: users will need to download Google Earth. It will allow users to locate and zoom in on actual photographs taken of the night sky.

Google Sky should make a robust addition to the other sky-watching software out there.

For more information about resources for stargazing see this previous blog entry .

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Renovation of the SHSL

Visit the newly renovated SHSL- see what's changed.

Space has always topped the list of concerns in the SHSL. Finding a balance between resources (eg books, journals, computers, etc.) and open space for study and collaboration represents a major challenge.

This summer, the SHSL received a facelift. The old counter was removed and a new one built in a new location to more efficiently use the limited area of the SHSL (see a panoramic QuickTime VR shot of the old counter and entrance-- here's one of the new one). The walls also received a coat of paint to create a more study-friendly environment.

We also intend to install several new computers to increase the number of public stations available. This part of the plan should be completed within a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Compare photos of the old layout to photos of the new layout