I’ve recently been on two of Bruce Bratton’s KZSC radio shows.
They were pretty fun. I talked a bunch about
astronomy, even though he was at first most focused
on talking about renewable energy and climate change.
If you ever get the time and inclination, check out the
audio podcasts: Go to KZSC.org, then to “BLOG” then click on Universal Grapevine and scroll to Jan. 29. There was also one in December (you’ll find it if you scroll down).

Hi folks —

Maybe some of you have already noticed this, but for
the next week or two (best, sooner!), the planets Venus,
Jupiter, and rarely-seen Mercury will be in a changing
geometry (making a record-settingly tight triangle this
coming Sun.5/26), with an amazingly different scene
from one evening to the next.   (This will really show
why the name “planet” derives from a Greek word for
“wanderer”.)  …See the great little step-by-step video
animation (just ~half a minute long) at the following
website.

< http://www.skyandtelescope.com/about/pressreleases/Three-Planets-Dance-in-the-Sunset-207234531.html >

I hope all will have a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

— Joe

After a long hiatus…

December 9, 2011

I haven’t managed to do much with this blog so far. Sorry. But Elizabeth Borelli recently interviewed me for her blog at the Santa Cruz Patch. If you would like to read my opinion about Why We Need a Clean Energy Plan, Right Now! just follow this link on over to Elizabeth’s blog at the Santa Cruz Patch.

Sky Power Institute (http://www.skypower.org) founding director Joe Jordan worked at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View for 20+ years. During his tenure at NASA he served on various atmospheric and space science projects, including the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO), the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), Hubble Space Telescope design, computational studies of the atmospheric microphysics involved in the stratospheric ozone depletion problem, as well as atmospheric modeling and mission flight support for ongoing investigations of global climate change.

Throughout his career, Joe has also pursued an interest in science education and public service. Currently, Joe teaches a course on renewable energy at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California.

An expert sustainable energy consultant, Joe has facilitated the initiation, financing, and implementation of several large scale municipal solar projects.

Joe offers THE ENERGY BLOG with the hope that it can become a lively vehicle for community dialogue about conversion to a democratically distributed, sustainable energy economy. Please join in the dicussion!