Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

It’s summertime!

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At least according to my simple-minded two-season year it is. As usual my summer turns to bummer after the World Series, changing back to summer when major league spring training begins in February. The timing seems especially auspicious this year as we have jumped from blizzard conditions with a couple feet of snow early this month smack into a persistent thaw with balmy temperatures this week. May it continue.

The Orlop has been quiet lately, partly because I am scrambling up a steep (for me) learning curve trying to produce astronomical images worth displaying here. I have been working on image data of the Orion Nebula, Flame Nebula, and Crab Nebula. Maybe the Flame Nebula (with the Horsehead Nebula looming in the background) will see the light of day soon, so prepare to be impressed. While you wait, you might want to check out today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

In a fortnight or so comes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. Again this year I will share a Bible study on the Orlop on the days leading up to Easter (April 24 this year).

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