Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.07.11

English: Leonard Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Com...

English: Leonard Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With no big to-do about it, I’m bringing back this blog’s astroscience and Astronomy Picture of the Day feature. This weekend, the New Horizons probe is getting closer to its flyby of Pluto, planet or not, and the its first detailed surface photos. I’ve heard that there are even names picked out for any features that may be discovered, Spock, for example for a possible mountain, to honor the late Leonard Nimoy‘s Star Trek role, as opposed to the Terran child psychologist of the same name ;-) I’m continuing from here a feature suggested by stellar blogger and authoress Sharmishtha Basu “Ze Cats for Ze Caturday,” because as the personal pet monkey of the dread Feline Overlord, the diabolical Mr. Eccles, it would just not be Caturday without cats.

So, good morning to all, and as Kai’Siri say…

…Talotaa frang.

Zeta Oph: Runaway Star

Colorful Clouds Near Rho Ophiuchi

The Milky Way from a Malibu Sea Cave

In the Company of Dione

5 Million Miles from Pluto

Messier 43

Geology on Pluto

Image of the Week:

Galaxy M106. Click for macrofication.

Weekly Astrognuz:

Pluto’s Heart Revealed as New Horizons Probe Starts Flyby

Comet Life. No.

Once Around the Sun with Jupiter

Crash Course Astronomy: Meteors

Falcon 9 Rocket Failure a Huge Blow to SpaceX: Musk

Supernova: What would happen if a star exploded near Earth?

Is Kapteyn B Not to Be?

Labeling Pluto’s Topography | SETI Institute

News | Searing Sun Seen in X-Rays

Legendary Band Styx Meets Styx Discoverer, Mark Showalter | SETI Institute

News | NASA Selects Leading-Edge Technology Concepts for Extended Study

Earth and Mars may have shared seeds of life | SETI Institute

 News | With One Year to Jupiter, NASA’s Juno Team Prepares

Glimpsing the Solar System’s Birth:

Ze Cats for Ze Caturday: