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Robo-bob
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5786434 - 04/08/13 05:11 PM

Quote:

"........if we have to drift, I would perfer a swimsuit edition of S+T......"

I don't know-looking in a mirror,
thinking of other amateur astronomers on the observing fields,
I do not think that we would be that impressive in swim suits.

probably would not help sales

edj




Speak for yourself. I am oh, so,so, sexy......NOT!


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Jay_Bird
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: Robo-bob]
      #5786480 - 04/08/13 05:34 PM

A lot of my enjoyment of S&T on and off for over 30 years years came from serendipity rather than predictability.

E.C. Krupp's rambling columns covered some topics in this vein years ago, and in the last decade the articles like this one are entertaining. S&T articles about the sinking of the Indianapolis, or an older article about Paul Revere crossing Bostom Harbor also described the role of moonlight in historical events.

For non-USA topics covered recently, Mary Shelley's Lake Geneva vacation was a good read - I think of that story whenever moonlight shines in a window. There was another 'astronomy in history' article for the Romans' amphibious landing in Britain, and for the time of day and year for Muench's "the scream".

Not just moonlight, but tides too are important to military planning - Tarawa was a sobering lesson.

If you're looking for new topics:

The challenges and instruments of polar navigation might entertain; thinking of Amundsen, Cook, Scott, Peary, and Shackleton's tools of the trade and perhaps discussion of Cook vs. Peary observations, claims and ultimate recognition.

While Eratosthenes made a very early and accurate measure of Earth's circumference, Ptolemy rejected that and used work by others that perpetuated an under-estimate of earth's size. Who were the others besides Eratoshthenes considered by Ptolemy, what were their methods?

Please keep up the interesting diversity or unpredictability of topics in S&T, it's good to have seasonal side dishes with the monthly column regulars.


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Rick Woods
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: Jay_Bird]
      #5786898 - 04/08/13 09:21 PM

Well said!

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skyquest25
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5787205 - 04/09/13 12:54 AM

Agreed :-)

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edwincjones
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: Robo-bob]
      #5787467 - 04/09/13 06:48 AM

Quote:

Quote:

"........if we have to drift, I would perfer a swimsuit edition of S+T......"

I don't know-looking in a mirror,
thinking of other amateur astronomers on the observing fields,
I do not think that we would be that impressive in swim suits.

probably would not help sales

edj




Speak for yourself. I am oh, so,so, sexy......NOT!





I can see it now--on the cover-front AND back of S&T,
a wide field view of the observing field,
the open plains, telescopes, all the amateurs in speedos

how about it S&T

THE ASTRONOMERS OF TSP
or NSP
or WSP

edj


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David E
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5787696 - 04/09/13 09:46 AM

I'm a bit of a history nut, I'd like to see more articles about the history of astronomy, not just the centuries past, but the ancient days as well (the B.C. days).

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edwincjones
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy [Re: David E]
      #5787931 - 04/09/13 12:16 PM

Quote:

I'm a bit of a history nut, I'd like to see more articles about the history of astronomy, not just the centuries past, but the ancient days as well (the B.C. days).




me too

edj


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Tony Flanders
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Re: May issues of S&T and Astronomy new [Re: David E]
      #5788749 - 04/09/13 05:20 PM

Quote:

I'm a bit of a history nut, I'd like to see more articles about the history of astronomy, not just the centuries past, but the ancient days as well (the B.C. days).




Sean Walker reminded me yesterday of the excellent article on Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain in the August 2008 issue.


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