Image of the star KIC 8462852 (Boyajian’s Star) at infrared (left) and ultraviolet (right) wavelengths.

Tabby’s Star


“When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” — Attributed to Wener Heisenberg, 1901-1976 Tabby’s Star, technically a distant star in the constellation Cygnus, known officially as KIC 8462852, is the latest astrophysical puzzle to challenge…

A Westinghouse project in Waynesboro, Ga., remains unfinished, its future in doubt after the bankruptcy filing.

An Object Lesson in Nuclear Power


Westinghouse Electric has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filing may signal the death of the nuclear power industry in the United States. Westinghouse Electric – a subsidiary of Japan’s Toshiba Corporation since 2005 – has four large nuclear power reactors under construction in the southeast United States. The plants, located in Georgia and South…

State of the Art 2008: Olympus E-3, 300mm f2.8 with 2.0 Teleconverter

Olympus: A Final Note


On March 10, 2017 Olympus ceased production of its Four-Thirds lenses. It was hardly a surprise. It’s been more than six years since Olympus released a new Olympus 4/3rds DLSR. Long-time readers may recall that WC used the Olympus 4/3rds system through four generations of cameras. In April 2013, WC faced the inevitable and switched…

R.I.P. Popular Photography, 1937-2017


Before there were geeks, there were camera geeks, although they were called “hobbyists” because “geeks” hadn’t been invented yet. And if you were a camera geek, you subscribed to Popular Photography. For camera reviews, explanations of photography arcana, and instruction in photography, it was simply the best there was. When WC administered the estate of that…

Nine Year Microwave Sky The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.77 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. The signal from our galaxy was subtracted using the multi-frequency data. This image shows a temperature range of ± 200 microKelvin. Credit: NASA / WMAP Science Team WMAP # 121238 Image Caption 9 year WMAP image of background cosmic radiation (2012)

Cosmology 101: The Big Bang Brouhaha


We’re only a few days into the Trump Administration and WC is already tired of the Liar-in-Chief’s antics. Wickersham’s Conscience will take a break from politics and presidential churlishness and revert to the magpie principle. At least until WC’s atrophied moral outrage recovers. For a sense of perspective, lets talk about cosmology instead. Let’s focus on…