Merlefest 2024

Now for something completely unrelated to astronomy or nature – music! I attended Merlefest at Wilkesboro Community College this weekend. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. 100 bands, 11 stages and 7,000 fans attended the four day …

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Solar Eclipse

Wow what a day! I hope you had a chance to view the eclipse last week and found a place in the path of totality with clear skies. We were very fortunate to be guest of good friends with a farm outside of Indianapolis. I took over 300 images with four different telescopes and cameras …

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Comet alert

If we did not have enough astronomical excitement from the upcoming solar eclipse, we now have a bright comet to deal with. Comet Pons/Brooks is just at naked eye visibility and should be easily visible with binoculars from a dark site with good visibility of the western horizon. Check out Spaceweather for more details and …

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