Thursday, June 30, 2005

Separated at Birth

When we were visiting my parents in PA last month, we discovered what must be the twin of one of our fearless HPUs. (house protection units)

twin number one

twin number two Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Planet Parade

We have really enjoyed the dance of the planets this past weekend. We had clear skies and were able to observe them every night. I forgot to take a picture one night though. Grrrr.....

Thursday night - June 23
You can click the pictures to make them bigger if you want to.
Most of the pictures also show the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, to the upper right of the three planets. However, I only labeled them in one of the pictures.

Friday night - June 24

Saturday night - June 25

I didn't take a picture Sunday night. Mercury was just to the lower right of Venus and super close.

Monday night - June 27

Tuesday night - June 28 Posted by Hello

Saturn is going to drop out of sight soon, but we'll be able to keep observing Venus and Mercury for a while.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Graduation 2005

Richard graduated with a double major; a BS in Computer Science and Engineering, and a BA in History.

Richard with three generations of fans.

You can click on these pictures to see them bigger.

Our happy family. It was freeeeeeezing that day, until the sun came out. Posted by Hello

Graduation photos 2

Richard sure looks happy to be graduating.

The moment of truth - awarding the diploma. Posted by Hello

Pix from NJ

Here we see richard giving his new car its first bath.

You can click on the pix to see them bigger.

For those of you who think New Jersey is all chemical plants and parking lots, check out the view out Richard's bedroom window in Bloomfield. Posted by Hello

Planetary Parade

We saw a really nice sunset from the plane as we were flying to Bonaire on Friday. When it got darker, we could see Venus too. Just before we landed, we noticed a star to the lower right of Venus and another to the upper left.

It turns out that the one to the lower right of Venus is Mercury and the one to the upper left of Venus is Saturn.

Right now, Saturn is about twice as far from Venus as Mercury is. That is going to change quickly and radically over the next few nights, so that by Friday, June 24, all three planets will be clumped together in a more or less horizontal arrangement.

On the 25th and 26th, all three planets will fit within a circle just two degrees across. They will also be in line with the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, which will be to the upper right of the planets.

You can be sure that we will be looking at the show every evening this week, and I'd recommend that you do too. You don't need any optical aid, and the planets are bright enough to be seen in urban skies. You just need to have a clear view of the western horizon.

Friday, June 17, 2005

back on Bonaire

Whoo, whoo.
We arrived back on Bonaire tonight after a month in the States. We had a great time at our son Richard's graduation, and enjoyed helping him buy a car, move into his apartment etc. etc.
We also visited a few of our supporting churches, saw old friends and met new ones.
I have some pictures that I'll be posting over the next few days, so stay tuned.