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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

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/05


English: An illustration of Wolf-Rayet star R1...

English: An illustration of Wolf-Rayet star R136a1, the most massive star known. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! This week has been…interesting, in the manner of the well-known but possibly apocryphal Chinese curse. Yesterday morning there was a storm, though just on the outskirts of hurricane Arthur. Personally, I’m more wary of hurricanes with female names — no reason, other than first-hand experience in dealing with several, my favorite being Isabel in 2003. We didn’t lose internet this time, nor even power save for a few seconds during the beginning of the wind and rain, and no significant flooding in my area either. We got lucky.

I’ve been working on more Project Logicality entries for this site, though I’ve been remiss on posting with most of my other sites. I’m still experimenting with themes for the blog hub, and the logos picturing cute baby cthulhus are not finished, so the hub is not yet ready to go public. I’m also considering making one of my test blogs into a full-use private forum for more personal entries, and if that goes through, I’ll send out invitations to any interested parties when it’s ready.

So here’s this week’s astrophenia, and a happy Caturday to you all!

Galaxy Cove Vista Revisited

Peculiar Elliptical Galaxy Centaurus A

Wolf Rayet Star 124: Stellar Wind Machine

NGC 4651: The Umbrella Galaxy

Along the Cygnus Wall

OCO-2 Night Launch

M106 Across the Spectrum

Images of the Week:

Galaxy M106
Source: Hubblesite.org
The Doomed Star Eta Carinae
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Gravitational waves: Orbiting white dwarfs provide good test of Einstein’s idea.

A Brief History Of Gliese 581d and 581g, The Planets That May Not Be

OCO-2 Takes the A-Train to Study Earth’s Atmosphere | NASA

Red Dragon: Low Cost Access to the Surface of Mars using Commercial Capabilities | SETI Institute

The Moon’s two faces: Why are they so different?

Chandra Image May Rival July 4th Fireworks

Newfound Frozen World Orbits in Binary Star System | NASA

Invention for Sampling Mars is Honored by NASA | SETI Institute

Mars One Soliciting Your Research Ideas for 2018 Robotic Red Planet Lander

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station | NASA

Hurricane Arthur: Atlantic’s first hurricane seen from space.

Astrophoto: A ‘Mistakenly’ Beautiful View of the Crescent Moon and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Big PIcture Science Radio Show – Time for a Map | SETI Institute

C/2012 K1 Pan-STARRS: Comet seen by WISE

Liquid Light Show:

Weekly Stellar Picks:

Extreme Planet Makeover: Adjust the parameters of your very own simulated planet!

The International Space Station Interactive Reference Guide

An Animated Proton-Proton Fusion Reaction

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/05/31


Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627 (NASA, Chandra, 12/13/12)

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627 (NASA, Chandra, 12/13/12) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

G’day, and good morning from my side of the globe. This week was interesting, and at least on my end is bound to be more interesting still. I’ve noticed a little bit of discussion going on about the strength of the evidence for recent claims of the discovery of gravitational waves, here. I’ve decided to post semi-regularly on my blogs, linked to here as The Collect Call, I am Troythulu, The Impudent Algorithm, the Gods of Terra, My Horrific Elegance, The Hypershard Dispatches, We are the Wavetouched, the Checkerboards of the Gods, and The Exohuman Journal.

These more specific-material sites (only three are general purpose, including this one) should help out with any reluctance I may have on occasion to post something, and help improve my proficiency at writing. It’s been a long time since the clunky verbiage of my early post-2008 entries, and there’s work to be done with that still.

This weekend, I’m having guests over to help pass the time, especially teh Queen of teh Fluffies, Willow, who’s appearance will no doubt fill Rockykins and Mr. Eccles with feline joy.

It’ll be a busy weekend, with the launching on the Algorithm of a series of ongoing narratives/reviews of Indra’s Pearls, a math text that reads like adventure fiction that I’m currently studying from. We’ll see how that turns out, but I’ll be posting installments each Monday or thereabouts.

Camelopardalids and ISS

An ALMA Telescope Array Time-Lapse

Star Factory Messier 17

The Cone Nebula from Hubble

Millions of Stars in Omega Centauri 

Planetary Nebula Abell 36

Satellite Station and Southern Skies

Images of the Week:

The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star
Source: Hubblesite.org

The Eagle Has Risen: Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Watch All The Apollo Saturn V Rockets Blast Off At The Same Time

Future Space Telescope (WFIRST) to Probe Exoplanets, Dark Energy (Video)

Weekly Space Hangout – May 30, 2014

3D Printer ‘For Weightlessness’ Needs Special Design (video)

Spitzer Telescope in Crosshairs of a Budget-Constrained NASA

New Arecibo Radar Images Show Comet Responsible for Camelopardalids is an Icy, Cratered Mini-World

Space History Photo: Little Joe Launch Vehicle

There Might Be 100 Million Planets in the Galaxy with Complex Life

Virgin Galactic Signs FAA Deal to Clear Airspace for Suborbital Flights

Video: Beyond Neptune, It Sure Is Crowded With Icy Objects

SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Spaceship

Astrophoto: Spectacular View of the Triffid Nebula in Narrowband

Cosmic Inflation Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize

The Battle Against what Spaceflight Does to Your Health

Hunt Intensifies for Aliens on Kepler’s Planets

How Much Can Titan’s Sunsets Teach Us About Alien Planets?

Want to Find Alien Life? It Will Take a Lot of Luck.

Will An Asteroid Smack Jupiter in 2022?

NASA’s Voyager Probes Still Healthy After Nearly 4 Decades in Space

Chandra Helps Explain ‘Red & Dead’ Galaxies | NASA

“We’ll Find Alien Life in This Lifetime,” Scientists Tell Congress

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astropicks:

The NASA Exoplanet Archive

No, An Asteroid is Not Going To Wipe Out All Life on Earth in 2041

Cassini Solstice Mission: Images

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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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