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Solar Eclipse Holiday 2017

Posted in astronomy, Events / Celebrations, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2017 by Drogo

Moon Eclipse of the Sun for Three Hours (apx)

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SCOD Astronomy August 21, 2017, Observations near Washington DC East Coast America

Commentary by Drogo Empedocles as he observed the eclipse disc geometries through special star-net glasses given by Maryland Libraries, and documented in text, audio, and video.

Recorded live from 1-4pm while watching, preoccupied with metaphoric meditation while watching the event (Observation notes corrected in post-production):

“At 1:30 Pm the Sun is traveling (sunwise) clockwise from left to right (to a person standing with their head straight up), and the moon is passing right to left, down-ward, counter-clockwise. 2:16pm Sun is over 1/2 to 3/4 covered by the circular curve of the Moon’s perimeter. Sun-light remains bright, only slightly dim. No sun-rise sun-set color tones, just dimmer. Went back inside, turned off inside house lights, so the light from the windows can slowly show the progress, and i can determine how dark it gets outside compared to enclosed darkness. Sun-light dim, Later at 2:37pm close to total eclipse, curves at thin crescent. 2:52pm Eclipse in decline, passing away, pacman’s mouth headed South…. 3:23 Eclipse in final phase. 3:54 last fragment of the Sun covered, apx. END of eclipse. Interesting how quickly the Moon began to move across the Sun, and yet lingered over for much longer than its’ initial advance seemed, according to observed interaction and clocks. At no time did the sky go black, there was always some day-light to see objects. Life has not changed; but the after effect reflection on Life and Death is much deeper, than the previous excited anticipation of the event. The visual recordings from my cell phone camera do not show much evidence of the event, oddly. Several Neighbors were out-side during the central hour of the Eclipse, also observing.”

Landscape Photos:  Did NOT show significant dimming, despite observation

Soundcloud Audio Recordings:   Verbal Only  /  Reggae Remix

Video Recordings:  Did NOT show the Moon (none of the dark curves of the eclipse are visible in the videos)  Youtube – Start 12:50 Pm  /   12:56 Pm  /  1:06 Pm  /  1:39 Pm

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Star Gazer ‘Keep Looking Up!’

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Nature Studies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by Drogo

Jack Horkheimer, The ‘Star Gazer’ Remembered….


Jack Foley Horkheimer, died on August 20, 2010. He will be missed by millions, yet remembered in the night sky. This is a memorial essay on the immortal ‘Star Gazer’ (‘Star Hustler’).

Jack Horkheimer was the most recognized public figure to enthusiastically advocate amateur observation of the night sky, for generations. His 5 minute television show began on Florida PBS stations in 1976. In 1985 his show became a national PBS phenomenon, usually aired before station sign-off. It was originally called ‘Star Hustler’, but was changed to ‘Star Gazer’ in 1997.

This is how each show began:

Some people hustle pool,
Some people hustle cars,
But have you ever heard about
The man who hustles stars?

The show’s theme music is Isao Tomita’s electronic rendition of Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1, from Tomita’s album Snowflakes Are Dancing. After the introduction, Jack would say “Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers!” and end the show with his signature closing line, “Keep looking up!”

Jack was Executive Director of the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, in Florida for over 35 years. Horkheimer was the foremost commentator on all astronomy related happenings nationwide, affecting millions of viewers with enthusiasm for the cosmos, and passion for our relationship to the Universe. He was truly one of a kind.

Generously his shows are available online, so his national contributions need not fade with time. He truly is among the great advocates of public astronomy, like Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson. At the time of his death at 72 years old, Jack had made thousands of shows, and inspired many people to “keep looking up”. There was no other weekly show on TV that preformed the same function as ‘Star Gazer’, and it remains unique.