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Light Pollution: Why You Should Hate It

07/04/2013 // 4 Comments

The War Outside I step outside into the world and a curtain of orange veiling the night sky. The constant assault from a sodium vapor platoon drown the universe, blinding my desire to glimpse past the rusted veil. It’s a war between mankind’s obsession with eradicating the dark and the faint light of the cosmos which refuses to extinguish. Not only is light pollution ugly, it also affects our avian friends who rely on the stars to navigate.  Without their stellar guide—it’s possible a confused Canadian goose can crash land into one of your house windows. You’ll need [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Buy A Telescope: Part 2

06/29/2013 // 0 Comments

A Clear And Cosmic Future   Now that you made the decision to purchase a telescope—it’s time to consider your objective. What do you expect to get out of your experience? Do you feel like perusing the lunar terrain? Taking a peek at gaseous giants? Exploring the Milky Way? Splitting double-stars? Spying on spirals? Perhaps all of the above? Once you have an understanding of your astronomical expectations, then you have to find the right tool for the job. Any respectable telescope will reveal the surface of the Moon.  Yes…even Little Jimmy’s StarBlaster 5000. [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet

06/28/2013 // 0 Comments

A Shining Imposter   Not every point of light in the night sky is a star. Sure. Some colorful points of lights are airplanes. Yeah. We all know that. But did you know it’s possible to see siblings of our solar system? Yes—it’s really possible to see planets. Twinkle, twinkle little star…blah blah blah…you know the rest. Something is responsible for a starlight’s restless wiggle. Or twinkle. That something is the comfortable (at least for the time being) atmosphere, which is saturated with many great things: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, volcano puke, [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Buy a Telescope: Part 1

06/19/2013 // 2 Comments

The Story of Little Jimmy It’s just another trip to S-Mart, the local big box store, as Jimmy and his mother patiently wait for the glass gate to slide open.  A gust of air howls, carrying with it the aroma of floor wax and commerce. At first, Jimmy thought the toy aisle offered nothing new.  That’s when he laid eyes on the StarBlaster 5000…a rectangular box…proudly boasting its abilities: Magnifies 500x Simple and easy to set up Tonight the universe is yours to behold!   Little Jimmy can’t help but gawk at the graphics…a purple galaxy…an odd planet adorned [Click Here To Read Article...]