Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.07.18 | Pluto Special!

Charon compared with Eris, Pluto, Makemake, Ha...

Charon compared with Eris, Pluto, Makemake, Haumea, Orcus, 2007 OR 10 , Quaoar, their moons and Earth. All to scale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Pluto week! So, with the passing of New Horizons past Pluto’s orbit thus ends the first era of humanity’s reconnaisance of the solar system. There is much, much more to be seen, as we now know that the dwarf planet is the largest body of the chilly Kuiper belt, past the orbit of Neptune.

Even now, we select targets for further exploration, like Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s Enceladus, as we continue to receive data from our probes in the outer reaches of the system. And we’ve only begun to receive the vast sum of information possible from New Horizons.

The late Carl Sagan once said, “The sky calls to us…If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day journey to the stars.”

These are very exciting times to live in. Have a fantastic weekend!

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga sulat.

New Horizons Launch to Pluto

Last Look at Pluto’s Charon Side

New Horizons Passes Pluto and Charon

Pluto Resolved

Fifty Miles on Pluto


Fly Over Pluto

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

Gaia: Galaxy map of stellar density

Mysterious Mountain Revealed in First Close-Up of Pluto’s Moon Charon

Pluto: from Hubble to New Horizons

How Could We Destroy the Moon?

Art: Pluto’s features predicted in 1979

Three-Tailed Comet Q1 pansSTARRS Lights up Southern Skies

Global cooling: No, we’re not headed for a mini ice-age.

Catch a Fine Lunar Planetary Grouping this Weekend

Pluto: New Horizons closest approach

Jupiter twin discovered around solar twin |

Celestial Fireworks: Star Cluster Westerlund 2:

PLUTO MARS – Outbound Probe [A Capella Science]

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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:

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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup 2015.07.05

XS_XXXGood day! I’m back to posting after a long period of reading and study the past few weeks. Last month, most of my study time involved lessons in Hindi, with some new study and revising of Bengali, on which I shall be focusing more this month.

I’ve gained an understanding of the basic vowels and consonants of Hindi via its Devanagari script, and am now filling in gaps in my knowledge of the graceful and intricate script of Bengali. I’m mostly focusing on the version spoken in West Bengal, with some of that used in Bangladesh as well.

Each month, I devote most of my language study to one spoken and written tongue, with the rest of study on other subjects and revising of prior study. I wish first to gain the competency to write fiction and poetry in the vernacular, and of course to improve my everyday usage as well. I’m not quite there yet, I think. Next month, I’ll resume Tamil as the main subject of study.

This morning, I’ve scheduled updates on all five of my blogs, my hub-page The Unspeakable Blogs, of course my Tumblr site, My Horrific Elegance, This blog, the Call, my Blogger site, The Collect Call, and my two remaining WordPress blogs, The Checkerboards of the Gods, and The Prank Call, my recent personal blog, with some earlier posts recently transferred from this site’s archives.

I’ve been updating the layout of my sites as well, at least the WordPress ones, with new Category organization and better use of SEO techniques for all subsequent entries where possible. I’ve added links to the blogrolls for each site, improved navigation via widget layout.

I have bad news. Checking my financial status and online expenditures, I cannot afford to pay $50.00 per year for this blog’s media file and ad-blocking upgrades, so those will expire sometime next year.

I don’t blog regularly enough to make a Patreon account worth the while of any interested Patrons, so I’ll have to blog cheap. So next year, ads will come back, but again, they are WordPress’s, not mine. I’ll continue promoting my peeps’ indie-published books through linked widgets in the Call’s sidebar.

As always with stuff Kai’Siri say,

Talotaa frang.

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