Monday, February 6, 2012

Universe Sky Hole

Brain Views the Universe through Massive Sky Holes
Taiwan Sky Holes from a satellite image
What can you do with a massive hole? Believe it or not, looking through holes can be rewarding. No, these are not Mole holes in the ground but rather Sky Holes in the Earth's atmosphere.

It has become apparent from this location on the island surrounded by ocean (Taiwan is surrounded by the East China Sea to the north, the Pacific Ocean (Philippine Sea) to the east, South China Sea to the south and the Taiwan Strait to the west.), and at this time of year when it rains nearly continuously, in order to continue the Big Brain's astronomical research and observational telescope program in observing the Universe, one must view through holes. These holes, or sky openings, can last anywhere from only 5 or 10 minutes on up to several hours. It's a challenging situation. Equipment must be set up and ready to go fully operational at a moments notice.

High resolution Wundermap
Wundermaps at weather underground can provide scalable high resolution detail to locate small holes over specified locations.

Ultra Fine Seeing - It's worthwhile to be be ready for Universe observing. Astronomers that know the work of Don Parker and his telescopic Mars astro imaging results can attest to the some of the finest seeing conditions that result when observing out across the ocean from Florida USA. The ocean can provide a stable temperature and atmospheric gradient capable of producing ultra fine seeing, a great advantage of being located within the ocean or next to it. Computing Sky Holes - Sky holes are computed using satellite imagery that is updated, from which the rate of movement and hole position can be measured and calculated.

New Word Definitions
Sky Hole - a sky opening or break in clouds where a clear sky exists for a period of time lasting from 5 minutes to several hours, then closes up where cloudiness, overcast and/or rain continues. Telescopic viewing is possible during the appearance of Sky Holes.