Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014.11.29


Young open star cluster IC 1590, which is foun...

Young open star cluster IC 1590, which is found within the star formation region NGC 281 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another week gone by! I’m looking forward to seeing the launch of the new Orion rocket during the next, intended to take us beyond even the Moon, perhaps to Mars and even further out! It brings back the days from 1969 to the very early 1970s during the Apollo Moon landings I saw on television in an auditorium in school as a kid. We’ve not gone back since, but maybe someday we’ll dream again, and live those dreams among the stars!

I’m bringing back the Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup next week while I try out some new ways of bookmarking via Evernote, and this Sunday shall see the monthly return of the Indra’s Pearls: the Vision of Felix Klein chapter reviews on the my site, the Impudent Algorithm.

Posting this week except for this Thursday was a bit slow, so I’ve a lot of catching up to do when scheduling entries. We’ll see. Stay well, stay brilliant as the stars, or in the Kai’Siri…

Talotaa frang.

Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

Soaring over Titan

The Creature from the Red Lagoon

Io and Callisto Mutual Event

Galileo s Europa Remastered

Portrait of NGC 281

3D 67P

Images of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

Orion on Track at T-Minus 1 Week to First Blastoff

Stars and Clouds: The Pleiades and California nebula, by Rogelio Bernal Andreo

NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot Impenetrable Radiation Barrier in Space

Pavlof Volcano: Eruption seen by Landsat8

‘Meteoric Smoke:’ Comet Siding Spring Could Alter Mars Chemistry Permanently

Orion Teams on Track Heading into Holiday

Venus Express Spacecraft, Low on Fuel, Does Delicate Dance above Doom Below

Crew Module Cabin the Focus for Weekend | Orion

How Do Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving on the Space Station?

NASA Airship Could Watch the Stars Without the Need of a Rocket

The Milky Way Rising Over Mount Everest

Cats in Space…

…and Moar of Ze Cats for Ze Caturday!

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014.11.22


Well, it’s back. With this entry, the far-too-long long hiatus of this installment is over.

I’ve mentioned before that I won’t be online as much as I used to, and so won’t be posting live on any of my sites save for emergencies. I will, however, schedule entries when I can get the free time to do so, and set them to post as needed and whenever material is at hand. That may mean that they pop up online more or less frequently than currently, preferably more frequently once I’m up to my old pace again.

I took so long between the last edition of this series and this one as I needed to bring myself up to speed on blogging after my WordPress break from late August to early October of this year, and this entry depends partly on use of time-sensitive, datable material difficult to set up for posting on a busy daily schedule without getting reaccustomed to it.  The same applies to the Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup, which will be alternating with this entry once I finalize how I’ll organize it, on Saturdays. One, or the other, possibly, but rarely both for the same day.

My language lessons are coming along nicely, though not as quickly as I’d like. But then, I’m alternating time between three languages, and reason dictates that that’s to be expected. I’m surprised it isn’t taking longer given my dislike of multitasking when I don’t have to. At current estimate, I should have a basic understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and effective use of script for all three languages sometime around the early part of 2015.

I now plan on this entry being specific to this site, as with the Weekly Roundup, and will follow a similar guideline for other more blog-specific entries on my other sites. I want each blog to have its own feel, and that, I think, is the best way to make that happen. Let me know in the comments for this entry if there is anything that you would like to see changed about this series or added, but please keep things civilized and constructive. My cats and I will appreciate it :-)

Thank you.

Leonids Above Torre de la Guaita

The Double Dust Disks of HD 95086

Star Formation in the Tadpole Nebula

Bright Spiral Galaxy M81

LDN 988: Dark Nebula in Cygnus

M1: The Crab Nebula

Solar Flare from a Sharper Sun

Images of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

Distant Horizons: Mosaic of worlds humanity has set upon

Warm, Flowing Water on Mars was Episodic, Study Suggests

Philae Spotted: Lander actually seen in comet photo

No “Rubber Duckie!” Rosetta’s Comet Looks Weird in Decade-Old Hubble Model 

Casual Sexism: When a shirt is more than a shirt

Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules, and Half a Foot of Dust

SDO and sunspot 2192: Amazing hi-def video

Elektro-L: Video of the Earth from Space

Subaru Telescope Spots Galaxies From The Early Universe

NASA’s Swift: Ten Years in Space

The Cosmos in Video:

Ze Cats for Ze Caturday:

 

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/08/23


G’day, and happy Caturday to you all. I’ve been working on increasing the already disgustingly large number of blogs I own, with the hub page for all public sites here, recently updating its theme to something a bit better. This Friday, I finally got around to creating the first of my private venues, here. It’s for material and tone that not only won’t fit well with other blogs, but also may be a bit…controversial…in a public forum.

I won’t be shy of expressing myself on this site, and neither should its readers. I do require that any discussion adhere to some level of decorum, and that all debate when it occurs be bloodless, honest, and relatively civil. I’ll follow that dictum as well. It is a blog, after all, not a warzone, nor the halls of the U.S. Congress or state legislatures.

Readership is open, and if you’ve any interest, feel free to hit me up by email or a comment on this post for an invite. That goes for any further private sites as well, as needed. WordPress might be a bit of a bastitch, and might not notify me of any requests made to the server.

I’ve got things planned for the week ahead, including some of the learning tools I’m using to learn Tamil, which I’ve been having a lot of fun with. I’m currently mastering the vowels in the language’s script, and the pronuciation of its syllables.

My evil cats have been doing quite well, and both of my boys are featured below, in this post. Stay cool, stay brilliant, or in a dialect of Kai’Siri spoken only on the edge of the Sagittarius spiral arm of the galaxy:

Talotaa frang.

Jupiter and Venus from Earth

Star Trails Over Indonesia

Contrasting Terrains on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula

Venus and Jupiter at Dawn

Comet Jacques, Heart and Soul

The Spectre of Veszprem

Images of the Week:

Firestorm of Star Birth in Galaxy M33
Source: Hubblesite.org

Starburst Galaxy M82
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Earth’s Ozone Under Attack Despite Banning Destructive Compound: Study

Rational Impact: Tattoo of a Skeptical Phrase

Surf Saturn’s Rings In Amazing Raw Cassini Images from This Week

IC 4499: Getting the age of a globular cluster

A Piece of Vesta Has Been Stolen!

Mars Curiosity: Celebrating 2 years on the Red Planet

Is A Sitcom Astronaut Hadfield’s Next Frontier? ABC Commedy in the Works, Report Says

Atmospheric CO2: Humans put 40 billion tons in the air annually

How Watching 13 Billion Years of Cosmic Growth Links to Storytelling

Titan weather: Clouds seen forming over a methane lake

Watch A ‘Swan’ Fly Free From Its Trap In A Space Robotic Arm

Fireball: Astronauts photograph Cygnus resupply ship burning up (Photo)

Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”

Helium: how do you wiegh a balloon?

Curiosity Brushes “Bonanza King” Target  Anticipathing Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling

Asteroid 1950 DA: Impact in 2880 very unlikely

What is Nothing?

Ze Cats for Ze Caturday:

Thanks to Sharmishtha Basu for this idea!

Teh Fluffeh-Man Cometh, Teh Ebil Rockykins!

Teh Fluffeh-Man Cometh, Teh Ebil Rockykins!

Bath-Time for Mr Eccles

Bath-Time for Mr Eccles

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/08/02


Image of Adromeda Galaxy in infrared.

Image of Adromeda Galaxy in infrared. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and good morning! This week was good, with much of the blogging being done within the last couple of day’s or so. I’m spending some quality time with the cats, and doing well in study, as I’ve completed the political theory course I was taking, having debunked a few of my own misconceptions, and that’s always good!

I’m to bed soon, both to attempt to normalize my sleep cycles, and to get up early enough to see a movie later this afternoon. On the Algorithm, I’ve taken a look at the older installments of my ongoing book review series and will need to rewrite them. Yes, it’s that bad, even if I hate my own stuff anyway, these bear correction and additions not in the original drafts, so they are all pending for reposting when they are finished. That includes the yet-to-be published review of the 7th chapter of “Indra’s Pearls.”

I’m now studying from two more DVD format lectures, one to brush up specifically on my algebra skills, and another for recreational, introductory, and practical general math skills for college level. I plan on finishing the two courses simultaneously by the end of this month, but we’ll see. *tentacles crossed*

I’ve been visiting peeps’ blogs this week, and have plans for more of that this weekend and next week.

Talotaa frang.

Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

The Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared

A Sky Portal in New Zealand

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

Veins of Heaven

Tetons and Snake River, Planet Earth

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

Images of the Week:

Interacting Galaxies Arp 147
Source: Hubblesite.org

Lined-Up Galaxy Pair NGC 3314
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Explore Mars Group Wants To Build Instrument Seeking Subsurface Red Planet Life

Solar Storm: A massive 2012 CME just missed the Earth

Companion Planets Could Keep  Alien Earths Warm in Old Age

Ranger 7: Anniversary of the first close pictures of the Moon from space

Rosetta’s Comet is Too Hot for Complete Ice Surface, Probe Reveals

Double-ringed craters: Oblique view of a weird lunar impact

Hubble Spots Furthest Lensing Galaxy Yet 

Global warming: Inhofe still denying reality

Surprise! Classical Novae Produce Gamma-Rays

Geysers on Enceladus: Powered by gravity, heating the surface

NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition

Nocticulent Clouds: Photo Taken by an Astronaut

Numerous Jets Spied With New Sky Survey

Vitamin K: Parents refusing injections put babies at risk

This Model of Earth’S Giant Impacts Makes Us Wonder How Life Arose

Phobos transit: Martian moon travels across the Sun

New Image of Rosetta’s Comet Reveals so Much More

The Great Oxygenation Event: Earth’s first mass extinction

If You Mine an Asteroid, Who Does the Property Belong To?

Earth from space: Guadalupe island and a glory

NASA Space Sounds

Ze Cats of Ze Caturday

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/26


G’day, and happy Caturday. Something has been missing from this post lately, and I’ll address it now: Beginning this week, I am putting ze cats back into ze Caturday, as though there wasn’t enough mischief afoot from the ebil Feline Overlords this week!

Also, just last evening, I got word of the completion of the art featuring the cute mini-Cthulhus to be used on The Unspeakable Blogs hub page which links to this site and nine others. I’ll be updating the hub, and be redoing the headers for all ten blogs accordingly sometime this weekend. *muppet flail*

So, here are the links, and without further delay, the kitty pics!

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A Solar Filament Erupts

Spacecraft Rosetta Shows Comet has Two Components

Cave with Aurora Skylight

IC 4603: Reflection Nebula in Ophiuchius

ALMA Milky Way

Cosmic Crab Nebula

NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe

Images of the Week:

Spiral Galaxy M74
Source: Hubblesite.org
Galaxy Triplet Arp 274
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Having Fun with the Equation of Time

Asteroids: Two space rocks named after science communicators

“Mars” Crew Emerges from Simulation after 120 days

Lego Hubble: Let’s get this model made

Astronaut Spots Violence over Gaza, Asks what Extraterrestrial would Think

Earth from space: What is the object in this astronaut photo

Video: Warp into a Star Nursery 3,000 Light Years Away

Falcon 9 reuseability:  Video of splashdown after successful launch

Mapping Dark Matter 4.5 Billion Light-Years Away

Kepler 421b: Exoplanet with the longest orbital period found

To Help Mars Rovers Phone Home, NASA Asks for Ideas to Close Looming Communications Gap

Cycloid Motion: An illusion based on spirographics

Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission

The Antennae: Rolf Wahl Olsen photo of colliding galaxies

How Do We Terraform Venus?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Still fighting the wrong fight

Wil Wheaton and the Science of Star Trek:

Weekly Stellar Picks:

Confirmed Exoplanets

Keith Cowing and the ISEE-3 Rebooters | Planetary Society.

The Diversity of Habitable Zones and the Planet | SETI Institute

Space Images | Planetary Society

NASA Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/12


G’day. I’ve been posting more than I have last week, and so here and on two other sites, I’ll post once each to finish off the week. I’ve been testing my limits, and it’s proven informative and useful. Given time, or rather, making time, I’ve seen that I can post fairly often in a week without being P.Z. Myers or the blogging staff of the Skepchick sister sites.

This is cool, but I’ll have to fit study into this as well, which will have an effect on blog posting. Well, this last Thursday, I’ve deleted my copy of Talking Tom, on my iPad, as I’ve reached my in-game goal of raising the Pseudo-Eccles, the Quasi-Eccles, the Diet-Coke-Of-Eccles to full adulthood from a kitten.

That’s now one less thing to distract me when work is needed, but I’ll admit it was fun while it was lasted. I got my money’s worth. Will I maintain my posting schedule from this week? I’ll not promise what I can’t fulfill, but I do know that I can if I’ve enough spare time available.

Enjoy this week’s video, posted by Twitterer and YouTuber @mavireck.

Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset 

J1502+1115: A Triple Black Hole Galaxy 

Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku

Gliese 832c: The Closest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet 

Noctilucent Clouds over London 

Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane

SN 1006 Supernova Remnant

Images of the Week:

ACS Image of NGC 5866
Source: Hubblesite.org
Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

Astrophotos: RGO’s best of the year contest.

Contest: Get Your Video On The International Space Station

OCO-2: New NASA satellite to monitor Earth’s carbon dioxide.

Timelapse: Watch the Antares Rocket Go Vertical on the Launch Pad

The View: McCarthy and Shepherd to leave daytime talk show.

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The ‘Pinwheel Galaxy’ Field Of View

Typhoon Neoguri: Huge cyclone heads for Japan.

Water Or Not? Fresh Martian Trenches Primarily Due To Carbon Dioxide Freezes, Study Says

Climate change: A threat to national security.

‘Gyrochronology’ Allows Astronomers to Find True Sun-like Stars

Ceres and Vesta: Two asteroids have a close encounter.

How to Watch Spectacular Antares Commercial Launch to ISS on July 13 – Complete Viewing Guide

Crackpottery: BBC journalists told to stop interviewing science deniers.

Help Bring Astronomy to Children in East Africa

Occultation: The Moon and Mars.

Curiosity Captured from Orbit Crossing Landing Ellipse Boundary – Martian Scenery from Above and Below

Putin-Huilo: Ukraine astronomers mock Vladimir Putin.

Cosmic Voyage IMAX HD

The video uses factors of ten, to focus the viewer on the inner and outer scale of the Universe. Everything from the atom to the Big Bang, Black Holes & supernovas is shown, giving one a profound perspective of the Universe.Narrator Morgan Freeman

via mavireck‘s YouTube channel

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/07/05


English: An illustration of Wolf-Rayet star R1...

English: An illustration of Wolf-Rayet star R136a1, the most massive star known. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! This week has been…interesting, in the manner of the well-known but possibly apocryphal Chinese curse. Yesterday morning there was a storm, though just on the outskirts of hurricane Arthur. Personally, I’m more wary of hurricanes with female names — no reason, other than first-hand experience in dealing with several, my favorite being Isabel in 2003. We didn’t lose internet this time, nor even power save for a few seconds during the beginning of the wind and rain, and no significant flooding in my area either. We got lucky.

I’ve been working on more Project Logicality entries for this site, though I’ve been remiss on posting with most of my other sites. I’m still experimenting with themes for the blog hub, and the logos picturing cute baby cthulhus are not finished, so the hub is not yet ready to go public. I’m also considering making one of my test blogs into a full-use private forum for more personal entries, and if that goes through, I’ll send out invitations to any interested parties when it’s ready.

So here’s this week’s astrophenia, and a happy Caturday to you all!

Galaxy Cove Vista Revisited

Peculiar Elliptical Galaxy Centaurus A

Wolf Rayet Star 124: Stellar Wind Machine

NGC 4651: The Umbrella Galaxy

Along the Cygnus Wall

OCO-2 Night Launch

M106 Across the Spectrum

Images of the Week:

Galaxy M106
Source: Hubblesite.org
The Doomed Star Eta Carinae
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Gravitational waves: Orbiting white dwarfs provide good test of Einstein’s idea.

A Brief History Of Gliese 581d and 581g, The Planets That May Not Be

OCO-2 Takes the A-Train to Study Earth’s Atmosphere | NASA

Red Dragon: Low Cost Access to the Surface of Mars using Commercial Capabilities | SETI Institute

The Moon’s two faces: Why are they so different?

Chandra Image May Rival July 4th Fireworks

Newfound Frozen World Orbits in Binary Star System | NASA

Invention for Sampling Mars is Honored by NASA | SETI Institute

Mars One Soliciting Your Research Ideas for 2018 Robotic Red Planet Lander

NASA Television Coverage Set for Orbital-2 Mission to Space Station | NASA

Hurricane Arthur: Atlantic’s first hurricane seen from space.

Astrophoto: A ‘Mistakenly’ Beautiful View of the Crescent Moon and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Big PIcture Science Radio Show – Time for a Map | SETI Institute

C/2012 K1 Pan-STARRS: Comet seen by WISE

Liquid Light Show:

Weekly Stellar Picks:

Extreme Planet Makeover: Adjust the parameters of your very own simulated planet!

The International Space Station Interactive Reference Guide

An Animated Proton-Proton Fusion Reaction