This morning the Observatory hosted a group of 18 from a local church camp, vising as part of a "Space Week" program. Despite the hazy, hot, and humid conditions, seeing was surprisingly good. I pointed the grand old 9-inch scope, with its nice new Baader solar filter in place, at the sun and shared the view. We had a nice spidery little sunspot to look at and could also make out granulation in the solar atmosphere. (View similar to the SOHO photo at right but in white light, not orange.) I'd never seen granulation with my own eyes and enjoyed the experience as much as or more than did the kids … though they certainly were an enthusiastic and bright group. Just before I left I learned a respected previous Observatory director had sneaked in for a personal visit to see what I've been up to. He left a note in the Observatory log to that effect and that he liked what he saw; also leaving his contact info. Oh, and by the way, I finally feel fully recovered from my recent illness. Overall a very nice way to start the day!
I learned yesterday that my favorite television show, Scrubs, is to begin filming its final 18 episodes this August. I also learned they took over a real, decommissioned hospital for their production. Three floors are used in filming and other areas are dedicated to offices and workspace! That's why it looks so real… it is real! I learned much of this from Zach Braff's personal blog. How refreshing and unusual for a young, rising actor/director to take time out and keep fans informed with personal news, observations, and comments. A far cry from the old Hollywood publicity mill and way better than the tabloids which thoroughly suck. I'll be sorry to see the show go out of production but what a run they've had — what a body of work. Thanks to all involved!