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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/04/12


flurrdikon copyG’day. I’m posting this at the comic shop today in between lecture viewings. This week, something very strange has been announced… The discovery of a new type of quark — those are fundamental particles that make up most normal matter, such protons and neutrons, and they are bound together by the strong nuclear force — I avoided saying ‘nucular,’ because that would be silly and would elicit copious WTFs from you, and I don’t feel like jerking peoples’ chains right now. This discovery may have deep implications for astrophysics, but prophecy is a lost art, though I expect interesting things to be revealed from it nonetheless. May you enjoy what’s left of the weekend, and as always…

Talotaa frang.

Fresh Tiger Stripes on Saturn’s Enceladus

A Solar Eclipse from the Moon

M42: Inside the Orion Nebula

Two Rings for Asteroid Chariklo

Mars, Ceres, Vesta

Mars near Opposition

Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala

Images of the Week:

Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color
Source: Hubblesite.org

Galaxy M106
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

NASA Mulls Unplanned Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Computer Outage

Failed Space Station Computer Spurs Contingency Spacewalk Plans

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Packed with Big Science for Space Station (Infographic)

Backup Computer Glitches On Space Station But Crew Safe, NASA Says

‘Gushing’ Hot Plasma Erupts From Sun | Video

A Salad Bar for the Space Station

From Here to Mars: Senate Testimony of Astronaut Leroy Chiao

Follow-Up on Skydiving Meteorite: Crowdsourcing Concludes it Was Just a Rock

Project LIGO: How Lasers Could Reveal Glimpses of Gravitational Waves

Twin Peeks: Astronaut Brothers To Go Under Microscope During One-Year Mission

After The Flood: Ancient Waters Carved These Martian Channels

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

‘Super Planet Crash’ Game Lets You Build (and Destroy) Alien Solar Systems

Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/04/05


Figure 5: NASA JPL to-scale size comparison of...

Figure 5: NASA JPL to-scale size comparison of Enceladus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! I’m posting this from the comic shop this disgustingly fine afternoon, while getting things ready for study, practice of study and reading strategies, and getting in more reading.

This was a good week for the search for life on other worlds, with the discovery of an ocean on Caturn’s moon Enceladus.

I’m hoping that we find the political will to fund a mission there sometime soon, as well as further missions to Titan and the exploration of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

I’m a little curious though, about the proposed Martian cuisine for future colonists — grasshoppers and fungi — Sounds tasty, though that’s probably just the fact that I like mushrooms…not the recreational sort though!

Stay brilliant, O peeps, as the stars at night!

Io in True Color

2012 VP113: A New Furthest Known Orbit in the Solar System

Space Station Robot Forgets Key Again

Mars Red and Spica Blue

At the Edge of NGC 2174

Along the Western Veil

Lunar Farside

Images of the Week:

Spiral Galaxy M100
Source: Hubblesite.org
Jet in Carina
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Is Andromeda Drifting Towards Us?

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area | NASA

Morpheus Lander Flies Again on ‘Green’ Fuel | Video

Stunning Aurora at Mount Kirkjufell in Iceland

Predicting Mars Cuisine: Grasshoppers with a Side of Fungi (Op-Ed)

El Gordo Galaxy Cluster Even Bigger Than Thought

India Launches Its 2nd Navigation Satellite

Could This Be The Signal Of Dark Matter? Unsure Scientists Checking This Out

US Air Force Launches New Weather Satellite Into Orbit

Sobering IPCC Report: “Warming is Unequivocal”

Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter?

NASA Announces ‘Take the Plunge’ Contest – Guess when LADEE Hits the Moon – Soon!

Hints of Dark Matter from Milky Way’s Center Revealed by Gamma-Ray Map | Video

Cassini Spacecraft Confirms Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus

NASA-Russia Breach Will Not Affect UrtheCast Cameras On Space Station, Company Says

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

How Hubble Successor Will Spread Its Wings Far From Earth | New Animation

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics | Talk Video | TED

Weekly Space Hangout – April 4, 2014: Space Politics, Skydiving Meteor, and Enceladus Ocean

Dance Me to the End of Time and Space

Did a Skydiver Almost Get Hit By a Meteorite? (Video.)

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/29


English: The International Space Station is fe...

English: The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-134 crew member on the space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 11:55 p.m. (EDT) on May 29, 2011. Endeavour spent 11 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes attached to the orbiting laboratory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Caturday, such as that may be. This time, I’ve decided to go a little easy on the links, and for this and perhaps other of my blogs, I’ve decided to post a page discussing all plans and projections of online projects, both previously announced, and projects to come, to serve as a helpful reminder for me to get off my backside and complete them!

There’s my interest in setting up my own monthly satiric webcomic on the adventures of misfit mad scientist Doctor Incompetto (No, I’ve not forgotten, nor have I given up on this!), my learning of Indic languages, particularly Tamil and Hindi, my speculative fiction effort, the current endeavor of studying logical and cognitive fallacies in-depth, the revival of the City of Glass project for fractals, completing my fractal tutorials, my posting more often on mental health issues, and so on.

All projects dating from the beginning of my blogging career will be covered, added to as new ones catch my interest. Those I complete will be noted as such, and they will all be there to see, to hold me accountable to you, the readers.

The View Near a Black Hole

Orion and Aurora over Iceland

Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust

M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds

Stephan’s Quintet Plus One

Stripping ESO 137-001

A Milky Way Dawn

Images of the Week:

Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Mars-Bound Comet Sprouts Twin Jets in Hubble Telescope Photos | Space.com

Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Its Comet As It Prepares For An August Encounter

Astronaut, 2 Cosmonauts Arrive at Space Station After 2-Day Delay | Space.com

Discovery! Possible Dwarf Planet Found Far Beyond Pluto’s Orbit

Pleiades Perfection: Amateur Astronomer Snaps Spectacular Photo of ‘Seven Sisters’ | Space.com

Surprise! Asteroid Hosts A Two-Ring Circus Above Its Surface

US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane Shatters Orbital Endurance Record | Space.com

What Does the Grand Canyon Look Like from Space?

Astronaut Excited about 3D Printing on International Space Station (Video) | Space.com

Rocky Alien Planet Leftovers ‘Polluted’ White Dwarf Stars With Metal

NASA Narrows Asteroid Targets for Mission to Lasso a Space Rock | Space.com

Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

Incredible Technology: Giant Starshade Could Help Find an Alien Earth | Space.com

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astropicks:

Scientists Detect Direct Evidence of Big Bang’s Gravitational Waves | I Fucking Love Science

Fly through of the GAMA Galaxy Catalogue on Vimeo

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/02/22


“Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written.”

– Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Inside the Eagle Nebula

The Cosmic Web of the Tarantula Nebula

Crossing Dingo Gap on Mars

A Rainbow Pileus Cloud over Zimbabwe

Comet Lovejoy over the Great Wall

The Long Jet of the Lighthouse Nebula

M44: The Beehive Cluster

Images of the Week:

A  Rose  Made of Galaxies Highlights Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Cepheid Variable Star RS Puppis
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

New Planet-Hunting Telescope To Join Search For Alien Earths In 2024

Can Quiet, Efficient ‘Space Elevators’ Really Work?

We ‘Hype’ Alien World Findings Amid Little Data, Exoplanet Scientist Says

5 Private Moon-Race Teams Compete for Bonus $6 Million

Could Jupiter Become A Star?

Calculated Risks: How Radiation Rules Manned Mars Exploration

Asteroid Swarm ‘Pounded’ Pulsar Star, Causing Changes Visible From Earth

NASA Seeks Targets For Asteroid-Capture Mission

Why Silicon-based Aliens Would Rather Eat our Cities than Us: Thoughts on Non-carbon Astrobiology

Real ‘Death Star’ Fires High-Energy Particle Beam At Sister Star | Video

Help Wanted to Find Lost ‘Moby Dick’ Asteroid

Cosmonaut Valery Kubasov, Apollo-Soyuz Crewmember, Dies at 79

NASA Mars Probe Shifts Orbit to Study Early-Morning Fogs and Frosts

High-Res Satellites Help Track Whale Populations

NASA Teaches Humanoid Robonaut 2 Medical Skills for Space Emergencies (Video)

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

Battle Royale in Stephan’s Quintet (video)

Human Research Program: How astronauts are affected by space exploration (interactive)

When will we build the starship Enterprise?

Eyes on Exoplanets (download beta)

 

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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?

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