Tag Archives: Astronomy

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.08.13


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This week was the time for the Perseid meteor showers, an event I sadly missed from the profoundly annoying persistence of cloudy night skies, and the resident inebriated from the local pub. But all was not lost: as I type this, I’m involved in a GURPS game with the gang as our characters engage in a bit of literal rocket science, with a super-tech edge. It’s all part of our diabolical plan…Heh, heh, heh!

Beside that, I’ve been importing more video posts over to the new blog venue over the last couple of evenings, and have saved as drafts this site’s pages over there as well. I’ll publish those after editing and updating them for their new home. Have an excellent weekend as Sunday rears its dire head, and as (almost) always…

Tf. Tk. Tts.

A Huge Solar Filament Erupts

Behind Saturn

A Rocket Booster Falls Back to Earth

Behold the Universe

M63: Sunflower Galaxy Wide Field

Apollo 15 Panorama

Los Campanas Moon and Mercury

Io: Moon over Jupiter

Perseid Meteors over Mount Shasta

Mars at Closest Approach 2016

Colliding Galaxies in Stephen’s Quintet

Perseid, Aurora, and Noctilucent Clouds

The Easter Bunny Comes to NGC 4725

Perseid from Torralba del Burgo

Star Cluster in Nebula NGC 3603

The Astrognuz

How Far is the Asteroid Belt from Earth?

VLT Photo of Orion Nebula Unveils a Mystery in How Stars are Born

Sage III to Look Back at Earth’s Atmospheric Sunscreen

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Skeptic Check: After the Hereafter

Kepler Watches Stellar Dancers in the Pleiades Cluster

Why Haven’t We Found any Aliens Yet?

Exoplanet Moons May Be Visible in 2017

New CO2 Sounder Nearly Ready for Prime Time

Seeking Signs of Life in an Ancient Martian Hot Spring

Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan

What are Magnetars?

Sen. Ron Johnson Repeats Standard Global Warming Denial Talking Points

NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable

Can We Avoid the Same Fate as the Dinosaurs?

Astronomers Catalogue Planets that May Be Earthlike

Tabby’s Star Mystery Continues to Intrigue

Rosetta’s Complex Trajectory Around a Comet

Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

Danger, Will Robinson!

What’s Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

xkcd: Time Travel Thesis

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: