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An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
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  1. Blog 25: A night on Frisco Peak
    17 Aug, 2017
    Blog 25: A night on Frisco Peak
    Frisco Peak, the highest point of southern Utah’s San Francisco Mountains, pokes up 3,000 feet above the sagebrush desert. The heavily wooded mountaintop houses a big set of microwave repeater towers. Windswept bristlecone pines and other evergreens and shrubs lean around the peak, which reaches the elevation of 9,660 feet. Mountain range after mountain range recede to the horizon. But what brought Nightly News there wasn't the microwave towers or the spectacular Beaver County scenery. Jolting
  2. Blog 22: Dedication
    17 Jul, 2017
    Blog 22: Dedication
    Utah’s most impressive astronomical event since the Big Bang happens Saturday, when Mike Clements' immense telescope and the new Kolob Observatory housing it are dedicated. The public and media will be welcome at the inauguration of the world’s largest amateur telescope, Saturday at the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex (SPOC), which is operated by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. Ribbon-cutting, speeches, a chance to mingle with the telescope's builder and backers, and a free star party
  3. Blog 18: The void
    07 Jun, 2017
    Blog 18: The void
    Carolyn Tuttle, president of the book club for which my wife, Cory, is treasurer, had an interesting question for me: "Does present-day physics accept the concept of void in the universe?" The group, Paideia, studies classical literature and Mrs. Tuttle was researching controversies in ancient Greek philosophy. The definition of void, according to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1988) is “empty space.” If you go by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the meaning is more precise:
  4. Blog 17: Sometimes
    27 May, 2017
    Blog 17: Sometimes
    I had not gone on a good astrophotography expedition since October 2015, and now that I had a new CCD astronomy camera I was anxious to try it out on galaxies – particularly NGC 6946, the Fireworks Galaxy, with Patrick Wiggins' newly discovered supernova. On May 5 I had attempted the project but didn’t get started because of the failure of the DC-to-AC converter that powers the telescope focuser. Now, on Tuesday, May 23, armed with a new converter, I drove back to a site near Vernon, Tooele
  5. Blog 15: Building the observatory
    07 May, 2017
    Blog 15: Building the observatory
    The previous blog began the story of Mike Clements’ huge telescope and the plans for its relocation to the Salt Lake Astronomical Society's observatory complex in Stansbury Park, Tooele County. The focus was on the Salt Lake County man’s inspiration, drive, genius and hard work to make his dream come true -- to build the world’s largest amateur telescope. This astonishing instrument has a 70-inch-diameter mirror that weighs 900 pounds; when stowed horizontally the mirror housing combined with
  6. Blog 5: The Beautiful Horsehead
    27 Jan, 2017
    Blog 5: The Beautiful Horsehead
    Nothing in astronomy captures the imagination like the Horsehead Nebula. It takes the form of the head and neck of a mighty phantom horse, a dark ghostly beast with a roiling mane, seen against a glowing pinkish curtain that is streaked with vertical folds and mysterious horizontal waves – all of it spattered with random white spheres. The spheres are stars, gigantic nuclear furnaces like our sun.                 [The Horsehead Nebula, photographed by Joe Bauman, Oct. 29-30, 2014. See the

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