Category: North Carolina

Pilot Mountain astronomy observation Saturday Night

Forsyth Astronomical Society public observation at Pilot Mountain
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Telescope Viewing Saturday Night

Message: Hi,
Just wanted to let you know there will be an astronomy observation
Saturday night Nov 7 on top of Pilot Mt. hope you can make it.

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I have been to one of these, and it was awesome!  I hope to be able to make it this time, too, although only if I recover enough from this cold.  Get there if you can. There’s nothing like seeing the moon and various planets “up close” from Pilot Mountain.

North Carolina spider identification

Does anyone recognize this spider?  It was on my back yard fence last weekend.

Sept. 29, 2009:  I found out that this is a Silver-backed Argiope.

Is it even a spider?  In the photo (from my phone), I can’t distinguish 8 legs.

Shiny North Carolina Spider

One spider I found in my front yard is a black widow, I’m pretty sure.  I didn’t handle it. I captured it in a jar and then let it go in some woods.

North Carolina Black Widow Spider

Cell phone cameras are really handy, but the image quality isn’t so great.

Southern Pines North Carolina spiders

Academic excellent!

I’ve started master’s degree programs three times in the last 18 years, and have quit each time.  I’ve wanted to finish for forever, but something always gets in the way.  I filled out an interest form at one of the UNC web sites, and immediately received an autoreply.  I think the same person who writes a lot of the menus for Chinese restaurants wrote this.
Academic excellent

Jupiter! (From Pilot Mountain)

NASA image of Jupiter
NASA image of Jupiter

I had a chance to see Jupiter Saturday night! The Forsyth Astronomical Society (FAS) had a public observation event at Pilot Mountain State Park.  I looked at the moon quite a bit, too. To be able to see those objects in such great detail is amazing. When I was in college I got to view Saturn one night, but I had forgotten how incredible it is.  The FAS holds four public viewings a year.  I plan on being at the next one!

The FAS members were extremely friendly and eager to share their knowledge.