David Murr

A Tweet from an Astronaut

Last week, I sent a copy of a photo I took of the ISS passing over Maine to the folks working on a SpotTheStation campaign to raise awareness about the space station and it’s value and scientific accomplishments. They were nice enough to forward it on to Reid Wiseman, an astronaut currently on-orbit on the ISS as part of Expedition 40. I was thrilled to receive an email back from him, and this morning, he tweeted the picture from on-board the ISS!

If you’re not already following Reid, you should — he’s tweeting beautiful photos of Earth from orbit.

Full Moon Rising

A beautiful orange-tinted full Moon rose over the trees at the edge of the meadow this evening…

Night Sky Photography Workshop

Would you like to learn how to use your camera to take photos of the night sky, and learn tips and tricks on how to shoot the Milky Way, satellites, and meteor showers?

If so, I’m considering doing an overnight get-together/workshop in Shenandoah National Park, with two timeframes in mind: either some time between August 22–25, 2014, and/or October 21–22, 2014. Weather permitting, of course. The August dates are better for viewing and photographing the central “bulge” portion of the Milky Way, while the October dates center on the peak of the Orionids meteor shower.

You’ll need to bring your own equipment, but if you’re interested (even tentatively), drop me a line or @-me on Twitter and let me know your date preference.

Waxing Crescent Moon & Earthshine

My Year in Cities 2013

Here’s my year in cities for 2013. These are places where we spent at least a night—the day trip list is quite a bit longer! Many of these were a part of our trek to coastal Maine and back over the summer. Cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

I’d seen Jason Kottke do this over the years, but it was Joel Housman‘s tweet earlier today that prompted me go ahead and make my own list.

Here’s to travel in 2014!