Monthly Archives: November 2011

Elijo Lagoon and Queen Califia

Yesterday had Thanksgiving dinner with Phillip, and family.  Before Phillip and wife Rebecca could serve a nice meal, they had to cook it.  And to cook it, they had to be free of their never-stopping entropy-making always-grabbing young children, ages … Continue reading

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Caty Turns Three at the Zoo

Celebrated Caty’s birthday by going to the San Diego Zoo.  She is now three years old.

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Phillip’s Birthday at Besta Wan Pizza House

Yesterday (Saturday) ate lunch at Besta Wan Pizza House in Cardiff by the Sea.  Liked the local one-of-a-kind aspect of it, with a great collection of quirky knick-knacks on the shelves and walls, creative things everywhere.  Wanted to avoid bland … Continue reading

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From JPL News – space science and night sky events for November 2011   Here’s more about the MSL rover and its power source, described by Ashwin Vasavada, who is also involved with Cassini imaging and made this marvelous image … Continue reading

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A Rocket to Mars

(from DSW)  I work on image processing at Malin Space Science Systems, which designed and built cameras for the Mars Science Laboratory – the new rover named Curiosity – which now sits inside a nose cone atop a rocket.  The … Continue reading

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The Telescope

 One important piece of equipment  is an 8″ Dobsonian telescope.   sighted these objects:  The Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, The Ring Nebula in Lyra (M57, mag 8.8), the Blue Snowball Nebula (NGC7662, mag 8.3), the Crab Nebula (M1) (more on physics … Continue reading

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Places Visited So Far

Seen or visited: * Bates Nut Farm – pumpkin patch website * Julian Mining Town – picking apples on Apple Days * Balboa Park * Moonlight Beach in Escondido – wikipedia article * Watcyhing hang gliders at Torrey Pines – … Continue reading

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