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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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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!

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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

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/01


This week, an odd new class of quantum object has been indentified, the U.S. airforce announces a new space surveillance program, a new report says that ‘climate change is more certain than ever,’ and 715 new exoplanets have been identified from data taken from the Kepler planet-finder telescope. Welcome to the month of Mars, a world to which I believe we shall one day send humans if we can manage the political will!

Cassini Spacecraft Crosses Saturn’s Ring Plane

The Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies

The Pleiades Deep and Dusty

Aurora over New Zealand

Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star

Möbius Arch Moonrise

NGC 7331 and Beyond

Images of the Week:

Saturn Aurora — January 28, 2004
Source: Hubblesite.org
Hubble/IRTF Composite Image of Jupiter Storms
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Year-Long Mock Mars Mission Picks Semifinalists for Canadian Arctic Crew

Did An Icy Collision Produce The Odd Shape Of Asteroid 624 Hektor?

Quantum Dropleton: Weird New Particle Acts Like Liquid

Scientists announce 715 new planets found in Kepler data

“Climate Change is Now More Certain Than Ever,” New Report Says

Martian Meteorite Could Have Contained Ancient Water And Life, NASA Paper Says

NASA vows to fix problems that led to spacesuit leak

Incredible Technology: Space ‘Harpoons’ Could Snatch Samples of Asteroids and Moons

Next Generation NASA/JAXA Global Weather Research Satellite thunders aloft from Japanese Spaceport

NASA’s Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft a ‘Gift That Keeps on Giving’

Runaway Pulsar Sports 37 Light-Year-Long Tail | Video

Incredible Aurora Outburst From Recent X-Class Flare

Air Force general reveals new space surveillance program

Construction of Giant Telescope in Hawaii Could Begin This Summer

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

Space History Photo: First Picture of Mars

Warp Drive, When? Some Emerging Possibilities

A widescale UFO hoax planned for April? | Doubtful News

Cool Cosmos: Your infrared guide to the world and the Universe beyond

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/02/15


Cover of "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the ...

Cover via Amazon

“We’ve tended in our cosmologies to make things familiar. Despite all our best efforts, we’ve not been very inventive. In the West, Heaven is placid and fluffy, and Hell is like the inside of a volcano. In many stories, both realms are governed by dominance hierarchies headed by gods or devils. Monotheists talked about the king of kings. In every culture we imagined something like our own political system running the Universe. Few found the similarity suspicious.”

– Carl Sagan, page 46, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

The Missing Craters of Asteroid Itokawa

Falling to Earth

The Heart and Soul Nebulas

Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand

Downtown Auriga

IC 1805: Light from the Heart

NGC 2359: Thor’s Helmet

Images of the Week:

Composite Image of Galaxy Cluster MS 0735
Source: Hubblesite.org

Dust Band Around the Nucleus of  Black Eye Galaxy  M64
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

One Year Later, Russian Meteor Strike Sparks Asteroid Deflection Talks

European GPS Satellites Pass Key Test in Orbit

SpaceX on Pace for Mid-March Launch to Space Station

NASA’s ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Mars Rock Mystery Solved

Scientists to Create Coldest Spot in Universe on Space Station

Mysterious Energy Ribbon at Solar System’s Edge a ‘Cosmic Roadmap’

Europe’s Billion-Star Mapping Spacecraft Takes First Photo (Image)

NASA Report: How to Defend Planet from Asteroids

Gigantic Black Hole Jets Shines in Amazing New Video/Photo

NASA, FRance Team Up for 2016 Mars Lander Mission

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

NASA’s Robotic Lander Morpheus Soars in Test Flight (Video)

Full-size space shuttle exhibit launching at Air Force Museum in Ohio

Quiz: How Well do You Know our Solar System?

collectSPACE | space history | space memorabilia | space artifacts | space collectibles

Spaceflight Now

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MONSTERS OF THE COSMOS – Symphony of Science


Published on Aug 27, 2013

mp3: http://melodysheep.bandcamp.com Symphony of Science returns! Morgan Freeman and a choir of scientists sing to you about the science and freakiness of black holes.

Video sources:

NOVA – Mystery of the Milky Way
Through The Wormhole: The Riddle of Black Holes
Who’s Afraid of a Big Black Hole (BBC)
Swallowed by a Black Hole (BBC)

music and editing by melodysheep
@musicalscience
symphonyofscience.com
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