A Bright Lizard Star


The galaxy NGC 7250 should dominate this image. It has bright bursts of star formation and recorded supernova explosions, but it fades into the background next to the bright star hogging the limelight next to it.

That bright star is named TYC 3203-450-1. It’s located in the constellation of Lacerta (The Lizard). The star is much closer than NGC 7250 which how it is able to outshine a whole galaxy. Astronomers studying distant objects call such stars “foreground stars,” and they are often not very happy about them. Their bright light contaminates the fainter light from more distant and interesting objects they actually want to study.

TYC 3203-450-1 is million times closer than NGC 7250.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Yesterday, I stopped by the Courthouse and picked up this copy of the Cabin Boy’s™ Motion for Summary Judgment in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit.

I don’t plan to make any substantive public comment on this motion until the court has ruled on it outside of the opposition I plan to file.

A Story About Mrs. Hoge


Here’s a wonderful story that was shared at this morning’s ceremony honoring Mrs. Hoge. It was told by the DNR Project Forester assigned to Carroll County.

She stopped by a local art supply store to pick up a large pink bow for the sycamore tree being planted in Connie’s memory. When she mentioned to the clerk at the store what it was for, the clerk told her that she had known Connie as a customer but had first met Connie when she interviewed her daughter when the young girl was a high school student seeking a spot at the Natural Resources Career Camp in 2006. The clerk said that interview changed her daughter’s life and career goals and that the young woman is now working in a resource management job in Wyoming. She also said that her daughter had met another student at the Natural Resources Career Camp eleven years ago—and that she and he are now engaged to be married.

I smiled.

Arbor Day and Mrs. Hoge


Today is Arbor Day, and the Carroll County Forestry Board will be having a ceremony in a local park honoring Mrs. Hoge and her service to that organization, the State Forestry Board Foundation, and the Governor’s Sustainable Forestry Commission.  My son and I will be attending.

Blogging may be slight today.