Thoughts on Leo’s Stars

This November morning, like the previous three, was atypically warm for eastern Canada. I stepped out early to look at the sky, and I noticed two stars very close to the moon. Often, moonlight bleaches out stars in proximity of its boundaries, unless there is a lunar eclipse, which wasn't the case. So they must... Continue Reading →

A Neat Comet

Comet C/2001 Q4, also known as NEAT. Its coma, or head, and a portion of its tail are visible in this image taken from Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere have probably forgotten the comet because it was only visible to the naked eye of... Continue Reading →

How Chlorine Reminds Me of Cubism

Albert Gleizes wrote the first major treatise on Cubism in 1907. Shown is his painting L'Homme au Balcon (Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud, 1912, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art. One can associate chlorine with cubism’s style of simultaneously representing a subject from many viewpoints on the same canvas. In a way, it takes a cubist’s... Continue Reading →

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