Illustration of the relative sizes, albedos, and colours of the largest trans-Neptunian objects (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
G’day, and happy Caturday. As of Thursday the current blogging schedule began, and fortunately things have been busy. This week, there was a satellite launch via Atlas V booster, and news of the extension of the New Horizons probe’s mission out past Pluto, deeper into the Kuiper belt of trans-Neptunian objects (Whew! I almost typed trans-Newtonian! – Huge difference!). On the Pluto flyby, the really cool thing was the naming of a whole, kinda whale-shaped region of Pluto after Cthulhu, and another was Mordor from LoTR. There are some really nifty images with this piece, excepting this week’s newly captioned Cat for Ze Caturday, the dire and infamous Mr. Eccles plotting mischief with the home furnishings. May you always find at least a few clear nights out of the month, and reach for the stars!
Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.
Image of the Week:
Proxima Centauri – Hubble
What Do Other Planets Sound Like?
Ice Loss: Greenland and Antarctica lost 5 trillion tons since 2002
New Ultrathin Optical Devices Shape Light in Exotic Ways
Searching for Life… and Death… in the Universe
The (Possible) Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10
Aurora: Intense activity seen in Sweden
At Saturn, One of These Rings is not like the Others
The NASA K2 Mission: Extending Kepler’s Legacy
More Spectacular Images From the MUOS-4 Launch
Photobomb: ISS transits the Sun by Thierry Legault
NASA’s TES Satellite Instruments Gives New Insight into Water Cycle
Big Picture Science Radio Show – What Lies Beneath
A Fiery End for Kosmos 1315 Over Hawaii
Global Warming: Sea levels are rising rapidly
What Happened to Early Mars’ Atmosphere: New Study Eliminates One Theory
SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center Stars…
A God’s Eye View of the Universe
Evil monkey-cat…museth evil things…