Comet Neowise

This summer, there has been a visible Comet zooming through our Solar System. Comet Neowise, which last looped around the sun about 7000 years ago is putting on a great show. Visible to the eye, about an hour after sunset, this Comet is in the North-North-West part of the sky, above the horizon and getting higher in the sky each day.

I’ve been able to view Comet Neowise for a few nights with clear skies and a good sightline. Using my telescope is challenging, as it is not as bright as other planets and a little hard to see and capture. However, using my Android Pixel 3 smartphone, with its special “Astrophotography” mode, I am able to take longer exposure pictures that have turned out well.

And here is a timelapse of the sunset as we waited to see Comet Neowise from Bear Hill, Central Saanich

Hello world!

Welcome to my resurrected blog! I’ve had my own domain since early 2003, and it has gone through many iterations and versions.

I am a Teacher-Librarian at a High School near Sidney BC called Parkland Secondary It is a beautiful part of the world, and I love living there with my wife. We like to garden, cycle, travel and explore our local natural environment that surrounds this amazing peninsula.

I also teach part-time online for the UBC Teacher-Librarian diploma program, a specialization for Educators to become Teacher-Librarians in our public schools. I teach LIBE 477 – New Media and New Technology in the School Library, as well as LIBE 467 – Information Services and Resources.

My professional interests are around School Libraries and transitions to Library Learning Commons models, as well as Inquiry Based Learning and International Baccalaureate learning as we became an IB World School offering the IB Diploma Program for Sept 2018.

I have lived most of my life around the Salish Sea and appreciate all the beauty, splendor and wealth that it offers us. I am especially grateful for the many first nations and their contributions to our special part of the world.

AM July 2018