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Astronomy radio interview

On Wednesday June 29 McMaster University campus radio station CFMU 93.3 interviewed me on their morning talk show.  Hamilton Amateur Astronomers chair and amateur astronomer John Gauvreau also joined me for the hour long talk show.    We talked about club events, what’s … Continue reading

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How to create a summer music festival

From the dark coldness of interstellar space, the creation of a music festival seems highly unlikely. Every year, I volunteer for Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival. As I listen to the music and feel the warmth of the sun, it … Continue reading

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How far can we go?

In the late 60s, when I was about eight years old, I remember lying on my grand parents living floor on a hot summer’s afternoon, watching TV and witnessing the Apollo 11 Lunar Module land on the moon. Then hearing … Continue reading

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Ode to Ham

More than 50 years ago on April 12, 1961, Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space and to orbit the planet. He made his historical flight in the spherical capsule of the Vostok 1 spacecraft. What a marvelous … Continue reading

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A class that inspired

I’ve always been interested in astronomy and the natural world. As a kid I remember bugging my parents to take me to the museum and planetarium on Sundays. I even remember lying on my grandmother’s living floor watching the Apollo … Continue reading

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How to improve your vision

Recently, I learned something disturbing.  Our eyes are only designed to last for 40 years. After that it’s all down hill. It would seem that it’s a little discouraging, especially if you’re over 50 and an amateur astronomer. However, there is … Continue reading

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Jules Verne – My best teacher

Good teachers are rare. They’re in charge of shaping young minds. They provide inspiration to students. The best teachers I ever had, was born today on Feb. 8, more than 180 years ago. His name was Jules Verne. Reading his … Continue reading

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