Super, Free Astronomy Software

December 8, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging cat here… Every so often a feline stumbles upon a superb freebie… In this case, it’s Stellarium, a simple, intuitive astronomy program… Consider the pic below…

I took that shot around 9:30 PM on Dec 5th right here in Harwich… But what was that object pointed to by the arrow? Well, this goober knows a little about a lot, but stars etc. are null and void. Enter Stellarium… It’s an easy download, easy install, and an easy setup. Just enter your location (for Harwich, it’s 41°, 40′, 51.31″ latitude, and 70°, 3′, 44.74″ longitude.) Mess around with the interface a bit, and poof, here’s the answer…

Mystery solved… T’is Jupiter… Easy Breezy…

Stellarium offer remarkable features like date and time adjustment, planet choice, and accurate 24 hour view… This one is a winner…

Looking up by the racks…

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

 

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Stargazing Right Here on Cape Cod…

June 28, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe Cat here… Just ran across some interesting info relative to Stargazing on the Cape and stargazing in general…

The following is from SUSAN MILTON, Cape Cod Times

“(Tom) Leach, the Harwich harbormaster as well as president of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society (CCAS), now has a new venue and new equipment to lead local residents and families on one of his tours of the constellations, star clusters and the double star that the Romans used as an eye test for new soldiers. (If they could see both stars, they passed.)”

While this feline prefers to study the math behind astronomy, the above contact should make for an interesting hands-on family adventure right here on the Cape.

What’s that? Rather start exploring on your own? Well here’s a handy video we just stumbled upon…

But you know what? IMHO, I’d say even if you want to stargaze on your own terms, I’d still suggest checking out CCAS… Looks like a high-quality operation…

Two cats blogging by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Storm Past… About that New (and Old) Contest, and a Quick Note on Cape Wildlife…

September 5, 2010

UPDATE: ASTRONOMY CONTEST CLOSED… WE HAVE A WINNER!

Hey!

Cisco the blogging cat here…

Well, it looks like Hurricane Earl just missed us. We got lucky, this time. But we should consider ourselves warned. Now is the time to make note of what storm preparations worked and what didn’t and adjust appropriately. There’s an old saying here on Cape Cod that says that the monster hurricane of 1938 was a once-in-a-100-year storm. Let’s see… That was 72 years ago… Putting aside politics, the following video speaks volumes about that maelstrom… If you’ve never seen this, it truly deserves the time it consumes…

Onward… Well, we done got us a new contest on top of an old one… As for the new contest… Here’s the gist of it (see above link for details):

OK… How about this? What star is roughly 26,220,000,000,000 miles  away from us? Hint! It’s a lot easier to find a reliable answer if you work in light years vs. miles.

Finally, a word of caution about wildlife on the Cape… About a year ago I was driving on Rt. 124 in Harwich Center and darn near hit a full-grown buck. If that had happened, it would not only have been a sad loss of magnificent life, but it also would have been dangerous for moi. (And then there’s the issue of replacing the car’s grill and radiator… Ouch!) And deer aren’t the only beasties out there…


A good size turkey hit probably would ruin your day too… So, to borrow from Hill Street Blues’ Sergeant Phil Esterhaus… Let’s be careful out there…
Just a couple of cats blogging by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Cats Hunt ET, and You Can Too

August 11, 2010

Buongiorno appreciators of all things fine. This is Cisco, the blogging Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat…

Ever want to look for ET? No I’m serious… Did you ever really want to look for ET? Well, take a gander of the screen shot below.

Cool screen saver? Well, yes and no. That’s a print screen of one of our computers running SETI@Home while the machine is idle. The purpose of SETI@Home is to distribute far and wide the mind-bending amount of data collected by the Arecibo radio telescope located in Puerto Rico…

Image courtesy of the NAIC - Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF

It’s that 1001′ telescope that is looking/listening for ET (amongst other things) and feeding us regular cats’ sleeping PCs with info to crunch. Cool, not?

Now don’t get me wrong… SETI@Home ain’t for computer wimps or wannabe’s. And if the term “GHz” leaves you looking like Chumley, you’d probably be better served looking for another screen saver. Toasters are cool. But if you really want to hunt for ET, there you go.

Two cats blogging by the lenses and the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.