Caturday’s Astrophenia | Black Hole Rhythm & Blues

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G’day! I hope this day finds you all in good spirits. I’m listening to a debate (again!) as I type this entry, which ought to pop up on this site by 20:00 EST this Caturday. Things have been busy but acceptable, and that’s alright. This week marks in physics history the second time the LIGO experiment has picked up gravitational waves, the song of the Cosmos, the result of a merger of two more black holes about 1.5 billion years ago and the same in lightyears of distance. That’s a good thing considering the effects on anything in the vicinity of the merger, particularly instant of the two black holes becoming one. So, it’s back to the books, safe in the knowledge that this event, while darned awesome and fun to think about, is safely distant, both in space and time, but knowable to we fortunate humans at this lucky moment of our exploration of the universe.

Talotaa frang.

Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars

Galaxy Evolution Tracking Animation

Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula

Tycho’s Supernova Remnant Expands

Three Planets from Pic du Midi

NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy

The Shadow of Surveyor 1

Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula

The Supernova and Cepheids of Spiral Galaxy UGC 9391

Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki

The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble

Pluto at Night

NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula

The Fornax Cluster of Galaxies

A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay

Unexplained Dimmings in KIC 8462852

North America and Pelican Nebulas

GW151226: A Second Confirmed Source of Gravitational Radiation

Northern Lights above Lofoten

Comet PanSTARRS in the Southern Fish

Sputnik Planum vs. Krun Macula

Tri-Weekly Astrognuz:

470 Million Year Old Meteorite Discovered in Swedish Quarry

Hubble Image of HB 12 a Dying Star Surrounded by Gas and Dust

Big Picture Science Radio Show: Surviving the Anthropocene

Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley

Peering for Pluto: Our Guide to Opposition 2016

SpaceX Wants to Send Humans to Mars by 2024

Evidence for Tsunamis in an Ancient Martian Ocean and the Search for Habitable Environments

NASA Spots Single Methane Leak from Space

Mammals Were Already Flourishing When the Axe Fell on the Dinosaurs

Japanese Space Probe Akatsuki is Sending Back Images and Data from Venus

The Other Way to Find Life Out There

Gluttonous Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation

xkcd: Black Hole

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