Most people reading this article are engineers, technicians, academics, and hobbyists who appreciate the sciences and how they categorize, define, and explain the world around us. I think it not inappropriate, then, to present on occasion a few 'factoid' type pieces on topics not directly related to RF and microwave engineering. Many, if not most, nay, if not all modern discoveries are aided in part or in whole by the advent of electronics - even if that bit of electronics is a computer that crunches numbers for analysis, simulation or processing words in a technical paper. Accordingly, you will probably appreciate these few short tidbits of astronomical information which überprolithic astronomy author and practitioner Bob Berman wrote for the 2015 edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac (aka OFA).
Mr. Berman, with his story-telling, one-on-one conversational style of prose has long been one of my favorite authors in the monthly Astronomy magazine. He has a unique way of presenting astronomy subjects in familiar terms while still including relevant technical data. These interesting factoids are included in a larger list in the OFA (pp114-120):
Posted on June 24, 2015