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Posts Made By: K. Michael Malolepszy

July 21, 2011 02:59 PM Forum: N.A.S.A.

Last Shuttle Launches

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I flew down to see STS-134 & STS-135. Attached is a pic I took of STS-135.

K. Michael M.

August 28, 2011 02:22 PM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

The global warmists’ dam breaks

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

" ...The CERN/CLOUD results are surprisingly interesting…"


" .. The long-awaited first paper from the CERN/CLOUD project has just been published in Nature. The paper, by Kirkby et al, describes changes in aerosol nucleation as a function of increasing sulphates, ammonia and ionisation in the CERN-based ‘CLOUD’ chamber. Perhaps surprisingly, the key innovation in this experimental set up is not the presence of the controllable ionisation source (from the Proton Synchrotron accelerator), but rather the state-of-the-art instrumentation of the chamber that has allowed them to see in unprecedented detail what is going on in the aerosol nucleation process (this is according to a couple of aerosol people I’ve spoken about this with).

This paper is actually remarkably free of the over-the-top spin that has accompanied previous papers, and that bodes very well for making actual scientific progress on this topic."

March 26, 2012 10:46 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Clouds on Mars?

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

Article about the recent unusual cloud activity on Mars spotted by amateur Wayne
Jaeschke of Pennsylvania on March 20, 2012:


Mysterious cloud spotted on Mars

By Alan Boyle

Amateur astronomers are puzzling over a seemingly anomalous cloud that has shown
up on images of Mars taken over the past few days. Is it really a cloud, or a
trick of the eye? Does it really extend 150 miles up from the surface, as some
of the observers suggest? And what churned up all that stuff, anyway? The
amateurs and the pros will be trying to resolve those questions before the
phenomenon fades away.

"It's not completely unexpected," Jonathon Hill, a member of the team at the
Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, told me today. "But it's
bigger than we would expect, and it's definitely something that our atmosphere
guys want to take a look at."


The original post is at

" ... A martian stumper.

Here's a stumper for any Mars experts. While processing my Mars images from
last night, I found a strange feature over Acidalia (top left of the
animation below). I made this 5-frame animation of the green-light images.
The feature appears in all the channels, but is most visible in blue and
green and least visible in IR. Also, it moves with the planet (ruling out
dust motes on the sensor) and seems to rise over the limb. Fog rolled in
after this, so there is no additional data later than this. If anyone caught
Mars after 2:15UT last night, please check your images. particularly after

Several other amateurs have also imaged this feature, including Donald Parker:

April 24, 2012 07:35 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Guess Who Funds SETI?

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I was the array/correlator operator on duty at the VLA when Warner Brothers shot that scene. That was my 15 seconds of fame - me moving the antenna behind Jody. Also got to be an extra in a couple of scenes too. Best of all - got to see Hale-Bopp & Hayakutake from really dark skies!


Rod Kaufman said:

Here's a clue:
Thank you, Jodie...

June 21, 2012 11:00 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Doctored Data, Not Real Temperatures, Set Records

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

National Temperature Trends: The Science Behind the Calculations

The observations come from the U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN), a network of 1221 climate observing stations in the continental United States. These data are extensively quality controlled for errors and for small biases that may have occurred through time due to artificial changes at each observing station. These artificial changes include station relocations, different instrumentation, and changes in the landscape surrounding the station (e.g. urbanization, removal or planting of vegetation, etc.). Some of these changes may result in "random" changes to the data. For example, even small station relocations can result in temperature readings that are either slightly cooler or slightly warmer than what would have occurred at the former site. Other changes, such changes in urbanization in the vicinity of the station or changes in observing times, can systematically affect temperatures, e.g., add an urban warming bias to the temperature trends. Research has shown that the data from these kinds of changes can be corrected to a large degree based on physical and statistical methods (e.g., see Peterson 2006).

Methods that have been used to correct temperature data are described in more than a dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). A series of data corrections was developed to specifically address potential problems in trend estimation of the rates of warming or cooling in the USHCN.

February 15, 2013 07:44 AM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

Feb. 15 2013. Amazing footage from Russia.

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

These have good video/sound:
Взрыв в челябинске

Chelyabinsk, Russia Meteor explodes in the sky with AMAZING sound shockwave (at 30 sec) in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Miguel Olivares said:

Sonic boom:

RT report:

February 13, 2015 08:41 AM Forum: Global Warming - REAL or NOT

Temp Data Manipulation -- Go Figure

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy


Guest post : Skeptics demand adjustments
Posted on February 9, 2015 on ...and Then There's Physics blog

" .. This is a guest post from Steven Mosher, who is part of the Berkeley Earth (BEST) team. It’s motivated largely by the recent resurgence of claims of tampering with the temperature records, that I’ve discussed earlier. I won’t say anymore, and Steven’s post starts now:

Christopher Booker win’s the irony of the year award with his piece on adjustments to the temperature record. That’s quite a feat considering it’s only February. His complaint overlooks the clear historical fact that skeptics, above all others, have made the loudest case for the need to adjust the temperature series. Over the years, it’s been skeptics, who have made a vocal case for adjustments . More disturbing is the claim that these adjustments are somehow criminal. We dealt with these type of claims before and completely debunked them..."

The rest at

June 16, 2009 08:28 PM Forum: Polls

Now that Jay is gone ....

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I still like Dave, but I've been watching The Late Show with Craig Ferguson lately. He's actually pretty funny, without being crass. Too bad he isn't taking over the Tonight show...


Herb York said:

... for many years. I recently just found him to be a crotchety old man with more bitching than entertainment. I switched to Jay about 3 months ago and then he went off "late" night so I tried Conan. Conan is just not funny to me. The last week or so I started watching Jimmy (reruns) and he is pretty funny and not so political and has good guests and has something to say so I am going to try him for a while. I used to watch Jimmy on the "Man's Show" and it could be pretty hilarious at times.