Eclectifying

I talk about things I find interesting. I find a lot of things interesting…

Perseids, O Perseids!

by Ken Arnold on Mon 12 August 2013

Last night we went to watch the Perseids meteor shower. The Boston metro area is quite densely suburbanized, so light pollution abounds. However, we found a parking lot off the road in a pretty good place and saw about twenty meteors. We are but flecks of flotsam on an endless sea of stars, and also the […]

Symbol for an asteroid‽

by Ken Arnold on Mon 25 February 2013

In 1973, my father had an asteroid named after him: 2143 jimarnold. I mean for real, not in one of those pay-to-get-entered shyster catalogs. We recently came across the wikipedia page on astronomical symbols, and noticed that about two dozen asteroids have their own symbols. And we thought, well, why not 2143 jimarnold? It turns out that […]