Z · E · N · I · T · H
(ZEE-nith) noun, the point of the
celestial sphere vertically above the observer; the culminating
The Zenith is the home of loftier pursuits, and
loftiest pursuit of humanity is astronomy. Visit some of the following
links off-site, or read about my own work
or check out my Frequently Asked Questions about
astronomy careers. Balanced precariously between Zenith
and Nadir is my parody of science in the
Hollywood Instant Data Reduction Software.
- Bad Astronomy and what
to do about it.
and their satellites, too.
- The International Dark-Sky
fights wasteful nighttime lighting, light pollution, and space debris.
- Assuming humanity survives the Y2K crisis, here's the next thing
to worry about. Sun users beware! It's the
Year 5 Billion bug!
- Infrared interferometry makes it possible to image the beautiful
spiral created by
- Sky and Telescope Magazine
Online tells you about
- Sunrise, sunset, lunar phase, and much much more can
be found at the
U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department.
Since the USNO AA's Directorate of Time is responsible for
maintaining the official time
scale for the United States, this site also contains the
(as far as I'm concerned) on whether the new millenium begins on
Jan. 1, 2000 or Jan. 1, 2001.
- The Earth and Sky
is a brief program on astronomy and other sciences that you can
hear on many radio stations. Their web site is very cool, and has
text and audio of all their shows, as well as other
- For the last time, that thing where you send money
to get at star named after you or a loved one is a scam.
Dope on the subject.
- What better way to impress primitive natives or terminally bored
adolescents than to predict the passage of a satellite through the sky?
Heavens Above will tell
you when the brightest satellites will be visible in your area, and
also provide other useful prognosticative details. "Keep an eye on
it, kids, because it's going to wink out right . . .
about . . . now!"
I am a graduate student at
I study the rings of Saturn.
I came from the
University of Iowa where I
physics and astronomy.
When I was there, I worked at the Automated Telescope Facility
when it was just a telescope on the roof of Van Allen Hall.
That project has spawned the
Iowa Robotic Telescope
Facility. I also did research on the Demon Star,
I was a summer student at the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Array Operations Center in Socorro, New Mexico, working
with Dale Frail. We used the Very Large Array to
for pulsar wind nebulae.
Last modified: Mon May 6 11:38:29 EDT 2002