Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/12


G’day. I’ve been posting more than I have last week, and so here and on two other sites, I’ll post once each to finish off the week. I’ve been testing my limits, and it’s proven informative and useful. Given time, or rather, making time, I’ve seen that I can post fairly often in a week without being P.Z. Myers or the blogging staff of the Skepchick sister sites.

This is cool, but I’ll have to fit study into this as well, which will have an effect on blog posting. Well, this last Thursday, I’ve deleted my copy of Talking Tom, on my iPad, as I’ve reached my in-game goal of raising the Pseudo-Eccles, the Quasi-Eccles, the Diet-Coke-Of-Eccles to full adulthood from a kitten.

That’s now one less thing to distract me when work is needed, but I’ll admit it was fun while it was lasted. I got my money’s worth. Will I maintain my posting schedule from this week? I’ll not promise what I can’t fulfill, but I do know that I can if I’ve enough spare time available.

Enjoy this week’s video, posted by Twitterer and YouTuber @mavireck.

Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset 

J1502+1115: A Triple Black Hole Galaxy 

Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku

Gliese 832c: The Closest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet 

Noctilucent Clouds over London 

Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane

SN 1006 Supernova Remnant

Images of the Week:

ACS Image of NGC 5866
Source: Hubblesite.org
Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

Astrophotos: RGO’s best of the year contest.

Contest: Get Your Video On The International Space Station

OCO-2: New NASA satellite to monitor Earth’s carbon dioxide.

Timelapse: Watch the Antares Rocket Go Vertical on the Launch Pad

The View: McCarthy and Shepherd to leave daytime talk show.

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The ‘Pinwheel Galaxy’ Field Of View

Typhoon Neoguri: Huge cyclone heads for Japan.

Water Or Not? Fresh Martian Trenches Primarily Due To Carbon Dioxide Freezes, Study Says

Climate change: A threat to national security.

‘Gyrochronology’ Allows Astronomers to Find True Sun-like Stars

Ceres and Vesta: Two asteroids have a close encounter.

How to Watch Spectacular Antares Commercial Launch to ISS on July 13 – Complete Viewing Guide

Crackpottery: BBC journalists told to stop interviewing science deniers.

Help Bring Astronomy to Children in East Africa

Occultation: The Moon and Mars.

Curiosity Captured from Orbit Crossing Landing Ellipse Boundary – Martian Scenery from Above and Below

Putin-Huilo: Ukraine astronomers mock Vladimir Putin.

Cosmic Voyage IMAX HD

The video uses factors of ten, to focus the viewer on the inner and outer scale of the Universe. Everything from the atom to the Big Bang, Black Holes & supernovas is shown, giving one a profound perspective of the Universe.Narrator Morgan Freeman

via mavireck‘s YouTube channel

Irreducible complexity: Parts 1 & 2: [by QualiaSoup]


Wordless Wotan’s Day: Ebil Eccles…


Indra’s Pearls: A Mathematical Adventure, Entry 2


Originally posted on The Impudent Algorithm:

Indra's Pearls (book)

Indra’s Pearls (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This fortnight, we move onto chapter 5 of Indra’s Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein, “Fractal dust and infinite words.” What’s fractal dust? And what the bloomin’ heck is an infinite word?

Both are dealt with in detail in this chapter, and I give a taste of that below. I do hope I don’t frighten anyone away with what follows, but in my experience there’s a lot of native intelligence in denizens of the internet, and I’ve little doubt that many readers will have better knowledge of this area of math than I!

The first, rather picturesque phrase comes from Benoit Mandelbrot, discoverer of the famous mathematical set bearing his name, who also coined the word ‘fractal,’ and popularized fractal geometry in the latter half of the twentieth century…

Fractal dust refers to what is known as the limit point, also called

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/07/06


Marty Feldman en Mies Bouwman in Mies en scène

Marty Feldman en Mies Bouwman in Mies en scène (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday. This morning, I’m getting to bed earlier than usual, as there’s a visit to the comic shop due later this afternoon. The storm Friday morning passed us by so quickly that there was little of any damage at all reported in my area, though my thoughts and best hopes go out to those further up north on the East Coast who are taking a beating from hurricane Arthur. Personally, I’d like there to be a hurricane named ‘Igor,’ or even ‘Eyegor’ via Marty Feldman’s character from Young Frankenstein, but that’s just the comedy/horror movie fan in me…

 

I’ll be bringing very little on my trip tomorrow, save a few choice books and the ‘Pad, and I’ve been a bit delayed in reading ‘Indra’s Pearls’ for Monday’s post on the Algorithm, but I’ll manage. I’m toying with the idea of moving my entire blogging schedule over to days on the work week only, as slow as traffic on the weekends typically is. I’ll announce the outcome of that pondering in the next edition of this installment, and carry on from there whatever I decide.

The kittens are doing well, though they’ll be without their daddy for a few hours this coming evening, especially the ebil tricksy Eccles and the diabolical King of the Fluffies himself.

Stay well, and be safe this week.

 

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