My Recent Trip to Florida

Aligator

For fifteen years I’ve served on the board of directors of Creation Education Resources (CER), a creation ministry located near Jacksonville, Florida. Rich and Ginger Overman run CER, and CER does several things, such as creation seminars and trips. They …

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Discussing Recent Developments in Astronomy

American Astronomical Society poster paper

On January 5–9 I attended the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) near Washington DC. The AAS is the professional society for astronomers, and it has two general meetings per year. It allows astronomers to share news about …

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What’s Up for 2014

With the New Year, I’d like to share with you upcoming astronomical events in 2014. We begin the year with Jupiter at its best. This is an event that we call opposition. Opposition is when a superior planet (a planet …

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Comet ISON Was Here! (Finis)

Comet ISON grave cartoon

Comet ISON grave cartoon

Wow, that didn’t last long! I had hoped to continue with a number of installments about Comet ISON after its close pass by the sun November 28. As you probably have heard, Comet ISON didn’t survive. Actually, a small fragment …

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Comet ISON Is Here! (Part One)

Comet ISON continues to brighten on the way to its close encounter with the sun on November 28. Last week the comet reached naked-eye brightness, though that statement is a bit misleading. I suppose that if you had very dark, …

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Comet ISON and Some Recent Writings

Comet ISON photograph

Comet ISON photographThis photo of Comet ISON was taken on Sunday morning, November 3. It’s a two-minute exposure made with an eighteen-inch telescope. The comet still is too faint to see with the naked eye, but it is brightening rapidly. We expect …

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Comet ISON and My Recent Travels

Church meeting

People are increasingly asking about Comet ISON. You may already know that Comet ISON was discovered a little more than a year ago. It’s a sun-grazer, meaning that it will pass very close to the sun. Sun-grazer comets can …

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Astronomy from the Bottom of Grand Canyon

Sunspotting from Grand Canyon

In my last blog post I wrote about the Questar 3.5-inch telescope that Answers in Genesis recently acquired and about my plans to use it on Grand Canyon raft trips. I got my first chance to use it on a …

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Looking at Sunspots, Comet ISON, and the Planets

sun-spotting

As I mentioned in my first blog post, this year we began Sun Spotting, a program of solar viewing at Johnson Observatory at the Creation Museum:

sun-spotting

The photograph shows a few of our guests participating in one of …

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The Perseids—Best Meteor Shower of the Year!

One of the great things about August is that it marks the annual return of the Perseid meteor shower. Many people find this the most enjoyable meteor shower of the year. One reason is that it is convenient to spend

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