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Hobby Amateur Astronomy

Reflections on a Mote of Dust

(Picture taken about 4 billion miles away on Feb 14, 1990.)

This page is intended for the enjoyment and education of people interested in the universe. There are parts of it that are for beginners, other parts are for people who already know quite a bit about astronomy and want to learn more.

If you're here about astrology (horoscopes, zodiac, etc) then you're in the wrong place.

Sfordsez: if you haven't seen my standard disclaimer and copyright at then check it out now.

My Content

Dynamic Content

Pages to bookmark and re-visit because they change every day/week/month/whatever.

Learning Center

Mostly tutorials on the science behind astronomy, but some other stuff too.

Specific areas that interest me:

Product Center

I plan on keeping this section short since I'm not into advertising. But there are a few products that I feel very good about that I would like to promote.

And Finally...

I haven't calculated this out to make sure it's accurate, but I like it enough that I don't care:

If the Earth is the size of a pea in New York, then the Sun is a beachball 50m away, Pluto is 4km away, and the next nearest star is in Tokyo. Now shrink Pluto's orbit into a coffee cup; then our Milky Way Galaxy fills North America.

Last night
           as I lay in bed
                           looking at the stars
                                                I thought,
     'Where the hell is the ceiling?'