Zodiacal light

I have haphazardly been checking of a nonexistent list of astronomical phenomena for most of my life….. Went for a drive in Martty the other morning and got to check of one more. Zodiacal light. It is a fait, soft, triangular white glow that has its base at the horizon and reaches up about a… Continue reading Zodiacal light

Face west to feed the duck curve

This one caught me out….. http://midwestenergynews.com/2017/08/03/to-solve-duck-curve-missouri-utility-to-pay-bonus-for-west-facing-solar-panels/ To solve ‘duck curve,’ Missouri utility to pay bonus for west-facing solar panels. In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south. Fantastically simple.… Continue reading Face west to feed the duck curve

Solar traffic jam

The solar eclipse on the 21st is getting some press over here. I liked this guys take on it. http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/traffic-congestion-predictions-maps-eclipse-august-21-2017 In short, he thinks there is going to be a whopper of a traffic jam. Traffic, along with weather, will be the chief challenges for people wanting to see the total solar eclipse of August… Continue reading Solar traffic jam