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This evening, at 18:00 EST, I’ll be taking down this blog’s About page to fix a major issue in viewing the text that was recently pointed out to me by a canny reader. I’ll be working on all of the page’s embedded images to revise the compatibility of text font with image backgrounds to enhance readability. That counts for more than any passing visual appeal. The page will be online again when revision is complete.

Thank you.

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/08/23


G’day, and happy Caturday to you all. I’ve been working on increasing the already disgustingly large number of blogs I own, with the hub page for all public sites here, recently updating its theme to something a bit better. This Friday, I finally got around to creating the first of my private venues, here. It’s for material and tone that not only won’t fit well with other blogs, but also may be a bit…controversial…in a public forum.

I won’t be shy of expressing myself on this site, and neither should its readers. I do require that any discussion adhere to some level of decorum, and that all debate when it occurs be bloodless, honest, and relatively civil. I’ll follow that dictum as well. It is a blog, after all, not a warzone, nor the halls of the U.S. Congress or state legislatures.

Readership is open, and if you’ve any interest, feel free to hit me up by email or a comment on this post for an invite. That goes for any further private sites as well, as needed. WordPress might be a bit of a bastitch, and might not notify me of any requests made to the server.

I’ve got things planned for the week ahead, including some of the learning tools I’m using to learn Tamil, which I’ve been having a lot of fun with. I’m currently mastering the vowels in the language’s script, and the pronuciation of its syllables.

My evil cats have been doing quite well, and both of my boys are featured below, in this post. Stay cool, stay brilliant, or in a dialect of Kai’Siri spoken only on the edge of the Sagittarius spiral arm of the galaxy:

Talotaa frang.

Jupiter and Venus from Earth

Star Trails Over Indonesia

Contrasting Terrains on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula

Venus and Jupiter at Dawn

Comet Jacques, Heart and Soul

The Spectre of Veszprem

Images of the Week:

Firestorm of Star Birth in Galaxy M33
Source: Hubblesite.org

Starburst Galaxy M82
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Earth’s Ozone Under Attack Despite Banning Destructive Compound: Study

Rational Impact: Tattoo of a Skeptical Phrase

Surf Saturn’s Rings In Amazing Raw Cassini Images from This Week

IC 4499: Getting the age of a globular cluster

A Piece of Vesta Has Been Stolen!

Mars Curiosity: Celebrating 2 years on the Red Planet

Is A Sitcom Astronaut Hadfield’s Next Frontier? ABC Commedy in the Works, Report Says

Atmospheric CO2: Humans put 40 billion tons in the air annually

How Watching 13 Billion Years of Cosmic Growth Links to Storytelling

Titan weather: Clouds seen forming over a methane lake

Watch A ‘Swan’ Fly Free From Its Trap In A Space Robotic Arm

Fireball: Astronauts photograph Cygnus resupply ship burning up (Photo)

Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”

Helium: how do you wiegh a balloon?

Curiosity Brushes “Bonanza King” Target  Anticipathing Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling

Asteroid 1950 DA: Impact in 2880 very unlikely

What is Nothing?

Ze Cats for Ze Caturday:

Thanks to Sharmishtha Basu for this idea!

Teh Fluffeh-Man Cometh, Teh Ebil Rockykins!

Teh Fluffeh-Man Cometh, Teh Ebil Rockykins!

Bath-Time for Mr Eccles

Bath-Time for Mr Eccles

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/08/02


Image of Adromeda Galaxy in infrared.

Image of Adromeda Galaxy in infrared. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and good morning! This week was good, with much of the blogging being done within the last couple of day’s or so. I’m spending some quality time with the cats, and doing well in study, as I’ve completed the political theory course I was taking, having debunked a few of my own misconceptions, and that’s always good!

I’m to bed soon, both to attempt to normalize my sleep cycles, and to get up early enough to see a movie later this afternoon. On the Algorithm, I’ve taken a look at the older installments of my ongoing book review series and will need to rewrite them. Yes, it’s that bad, even if I hate my own stuff anyway, these bear correction and additions not in the original drafts, so they are all pending for reposting when they are finished. That includes the yet-to-be published review of the 7th chapter of “Indra’s Pearls.”

I’m now studying from two more DVD format lectures, one to brush up specifically on my algebra skills, and another for recreational, introductory, and practical general math skills for college level. I plan on finishing the two courses simultaneously by the end of this month, but we’ll see. *tentacles crossed*

I’ve been visiting peeps’ blogs this week, and have plans for more of that this weekend and next week.

Talotaa frang.

Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

The Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared

A Sky Portal in New Zealand

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

Veins of Heaven

Tetons and Snake River, Planet Earth

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

Images of the Week:

Interacting Galaxies Arp 147
Source: Hubblesite.org

Lined-Up Galaxy Pair NGC 3314
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Explore Mars Group Wants To Build Instrument Seeking Subsurface Red Planet Life

Solar Storm: A massive 2012 CME just missed the Earth

Companion Planets Could Keep  Alien Earths Warm in Old Age

Ranger 7: Anniversary of the first close pictures of the Moon from space

Rosetta’s Comet is Too Hot for Complete Ice Surface, Probe Reveals

Double-ringed craters: Oblique view of a weird lunar impact

Hubble Spots Furthest Lensing Galaxy Yet 

Global warming: Inhofe still denying reality

Surprise! Classical Novae Produce Gamma-Rays

Geysers on Enceladus: Powered by gravity, heating the surface

NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition

Nocticulent Clouds: Photo Taken by an Astronaut

Numerous Jets Spied With New Sky Survey

Vitamin K: Parents refusing injections put babies at risk

This Model of Earth’S Giant Impacts Makes Us Wonder How Life Arose

Phobos transit: Martian moon travels across the Sun

New Image of Rosetta’s Comet Reveals so Much More

The Great Oxygenation Event: Earth’s first mass extinction

If You Mine an Asteroid, Who Does the Property Belong To?

Earth from space: Guadalupe island and a glory

NASA Space Sounds

Ze Cats of Ze Caturday

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Fractals of the Week: In the Domains of the Imaginary


G’day. This week, the images don’t have any particular theme, but do share one particular thing in common: The parameters used to generate them used only imaginary numbers as the values in the formula terms. This allows me to take advantage of the cycling effect of powers of the number ‘i’ and also its multiples, leading to some very strange effects and vastly extending Fractal Domains usefulness for the foreseeable future. Here are a few of the results of last week’s tinkering…

I’ve included a wallpaper, the bottom image, free for personal use, at 1680×1050 pixels. click to enlarginate.

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irigaa copy

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sprakka

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author,created via  Mandelbulber, Fractal Domains, Ultra Fractal , and Mandelbulb 3D and are copyright 2014 by Troy Loy.

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/26


G’day, and happy Caturday. Something has been missing from this post lately, and I’ll address it now: Beginning this week, I am putting ze cats back into ze Caturday, as though there wasn’t enough mischief afoot from the ebil Feline Overlords this week!

Also, just last evening, I got word of the completion of the art featuring the cute mini-Cthulhus to be used on The Unspeakable Blogs hub page which links to this site and nine others. I’ll be updating the hub, and be redoing the headers for all ten blogs accordingly sometime this weekend. *muppet flail*

So, here are the links, and without further delay, the kitty pics!

Photo on 6-30-14 at 14.28 #2

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A Solar Filament Erupts

Spacecraft Rosetta Shows Comet has Two Components

Cave with Aurora Skylight

IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius

ALMA Milky Way

Cosmic Crab Nebula

NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe

Images of the Week:

Spiral Galaxy M74
Source: Hubblesite.org
Galaxy Triplet Arp 274
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Having Fun with the Equation of Time

Asteroids: Two space rocks named after science communicators

“Mars” Crew Emerges from Simulation after 120 days

Lego Hubble: Let’s get this model made

Astronaut Spots Violence over Gaza, Asks what Extraterrestrial would Think

Earth from space: What is the object in this astronaut photo

Video: Warp into a Star Nursery 3,000 Light Years Away

Falcon 9 reuseability:  Video of splashdown after successful launch

Mapping Dark Matter 4.5 Billion Light-Years Away

Kepler 421b: Exoplanet with the longest orbital period found

To Help Mars Rovers Phone Home, NASA Asks for Ideas to Close Looming Communications Gap

Cycloid Motion: An illusion based on spirographics

Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission

The Antennae: Rolf Wahl Olsen photo of colliding galaxies

How Do We Terraform Venus?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Still fighting the wrong fight

Wil Wheaton and the Science of Star Trek:

Weekly Stellar Picks:

Confirmed Exoplanets

Keith Cowing and the ISEE-3 Rebooters | Planetary Society.

The Diversity of Habitable Zones and the Planet | SETI Institute

Space Images | Planetary Society

NASA Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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