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

Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/05/31


Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627 (NASA, Chandra, 12/13/12)

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627 (NASA, Chandra, 12/13/12) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

G’day, and good morning from my side of the globe. This week was interesting, and at least on my end is bound to be more interesting still. I’ve noticed a little bit of discussion going on about the strength of the evidence for recent claims of the discovery of gravitational waves, here. I’ve decided to post semi-regularly on my blogs, linked to here as The Collect Call, I am Troythulu, The Impudent Algorithm, the Gods of Terra, My Horrific Elegance, The Hypershard Dispatches, We are the Wavetouched, the Checkerboards of the Gods, and The Exohuman Journal.

These more specific-material sites (only three are general purpose, including this one) should help out with any reluctance I may have on occasion to post something, and help improve my proficiency at writing. It’s been a long time since the clunky verbiage of my early post-2008 entries, and there’s work to be done with that still.

This weekend, I’m having guests over to help pass the time, especially teh Queen of teh Fluffies, Willow, who’s appearance will no doubt fill Rockykins and Mr. Eccles with feline joy.

It’ll be a busy weekend, with the launching on the Algorithm of a series of ongoing narratives/reviews of Indra’s Pearls, a math text that reads like adventure fiction that I’m currently studying from. We’ll see how that turns out, but I’ll be posting installments each Monday or thereabouts.

Camelopardalids and ISS

An ALMA Telescope Array Time-Lapse

Star Factory Messier 17

The Cone Nebula from Hubble

Millions of Stars in Omega Centauri 

Planetary Nebula Abell 36

Satellite Station and Southern Skies

Images of the Week:

The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star
Source: Hubblesite.org

The Eagle Has Risen: Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Watch All The Apollo Saturn V Rockets Blast Off At The Same Time

Future Space Telescope (WFIRST) to Probe Exoplanets, Dark Energy (Video)

Weekly Space Hangout – May 30, 2014

3D Printer ‘For Weightlessness’ Needs Special Design (video)

Spitzer Telescope in Crosshairs of a Budget-Constrained NASA

New Arecibo Radar Images Show Comet Responsible for Camelopardalids is an Icy, Cratered Mini-World

Space History Photo: Little Joe Launch Vehicle

There Might Be 100 Million Planets in the Galaxy with Complex Life

Virgin Galactic Signs FAA Deal to Clear Airspace for Suborbital Flights

Video: Beyond Neptune, It Sure Is Crowded With Icy Objects

SpaceX Unveils Dragon V2 Spaceship

Astrophoto: Spectacular View of the Triffid Nebula in Narrowband

Cosmic Inflation Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize

The Battle Against what Spaceflight Does to Your Health

Hunt Intensifies for Aliens on Kepler’s Planets

How Much Can Titan’s Sunsets Teach Us About Alien Planets?

Want to Find Alien Life? It Will Take a Lot of Luck.

Will An Asteroid Smack Jupiter in 2022?

NASA’s Voyager Probes Still Healthy After Nearly 4 Decades in Space

Chandra Helps Explain ‘Red & Dead’ Galaxies | NASA

“We’ll Find Alien Life in This Lifetime,” Scientists Tell Congress

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astropicks:

The NASA Exoplanet Archive

No, An Asteroid is Not Going To Wipe Out All Life on Earth in 2041

Cassini Solstice Mission: Images

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/04/12


flurrdikon copyG’day. I’m posting this at the comic shop today in between lecture viewings. This week, something very strange has been announced… The discovery of a new type of quark — those are fundamental particles that make up most normal matter, such protons and neutrons, and they are bound together by the strong nuclear force — I avoided saying ‘nucular,’ because that would be silly and would elicit copious WTFs from you, and I don’t feel like jerking peoples’ chains right now. This discovery may have deep implications for astrophysics, but prophecy is a lost art, though I expect interesting things to be revealed from it nonetheless. May you enjoy what’s left of the weekend, and as always…

Talotaa frang.

Fresh Tiger Stripes on Saturn’s Enceladus

A Solar Eclipse from the Moon

M42: Inside the Orion Nebula

Two Rings for Asteroid Chariklo

Mars, Ceres, Vesta

Mars near Opposition

Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala

Images of the Week:

Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color
Source: Hubblesite.org

Galaxy M106
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

NASA Mulls Unplanned Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Computer Outage

Failed Space Station Computer Spurs Contingency Spacewalk Plans

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Packed with Big Science for Space Station (Infographic)

Backup Computer Glitches On Space Station But Crew Safe, NASA Says

‘Gushing’ Hot Plasma Erupts From Sun | Video

A Salad Bar for the Space Station

From Here to Mars: Senate Testimony of Astronaut Leroy Chiao

Follow-Up on Skydiving Meteorite: Crowdsourcing Concludes it Was Just a Rock

Project LIGO: How Lasers Could Reveal Glimpses of Gravitational Waves

Twin Peeks: Astronaut Brothers To Go Under Microscope During One-Year Mission

After The Flood: Ancient Waters Carved These Martian Channels

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

‘Super Planet Crash’ Game Lets You Build (and Destroy) Alien Solar Systems

Scientists Detect A Particle That Could Be A New Form Of Matter

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/04/05


Figure 5: NASA JPL to-scale size comparison of...

Figure 5: NASA JPL to-scale size comparison of Enceladus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! I’m posting this from the comic shop this disgustingly fine afternoon, while getting things ready for study, practice of study and reading strategies, and getting in more reading.

This was a good week for the search for life on other worlds, with the discovery of an ocean on Caturn’s moon Enceladus.

I’m hoping that we find the political will to fund a mission there sometime soon, as well as further missions to Titan and the exploration of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

I’m a little curious though, about the proposed Martian cuisine for future colonists — grasshoppers and fungi — Sounds tasty, though that’s probably just the fact that I like mushrooms…not the recreational sort though!

Stay brilliant, O peeps, as the stars at night!

Io in True Color

2012 VP113: A New Furthest Known Orbit in the Solar System

Space Station Robot Forgets Key Again

Mars Red and Spica Blue

At the Edge of NGC 2174

Along the Western Veil

Lunar Farside

Images of the Week:

Spiral Galaxy M100
Source: Hubblesite.org
Jet in Carina
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Is Andromeda Drifting Towards Us?

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area | NASA

Morpheus Lander Flies Again on ‘Green’ Fuel | Video

Stunning Aurora at Mount Kirkjufell in Iceland

Predicting Mars Cuisine: Grasshoppers with a Side of Fungi (Op-Ed)

El Gordo Galaxy Cluster Even Bigger Than Thought

India Launches Its 2nd Navigation Satellite

Could This Be The Signal Of Dark Matter? Unsure Scientists Checking This Out

US Air Force Launches New Weather Satellite Into Orbit

Sobering IPCC Report: “Warming is Unequivocal”

Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter?

NASA Announces ‘Take the Plunge’ Contest – Guess when LADEE Hits the Moon – Soon!

Hints of Dark Matter from Milky Way’s Center Revealed by Gamma-Ray Map | Video

Cassini Spacecraft Confirms Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus

NASA-Russia Breach Will Not Affect UrtheCast Cameras On Space Station, Company Says

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

How Hubble Successor Will Spread Its Wings Far From Earth | New Animation

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics | Talk Video | TED

Weekly Space Hangout – April 4, 2014: Space Politics, Skydiving Meteor, and Enceladus Ocean

Dance Me to the End of Time and Space

Did a Skydiver Almost Get Hit By a Meteorite? (Video.)

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/29


English: The International Space Station is fe...

English: The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-134 crew member on the space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 11:55 p.m. (EDT) on May 29, 2011. Endeavour spent 11 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes attached to the orbiting laboratory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Caturday, such as that may be. This time, I’ve decided to go a little easy on the links, and for this and perhaps other of my blogs, I’ve decided to post a page discussing all plans and projections of online projects, both previously announced, and projects to come, to serve as a helpful reminder for me to get off my backside and complete them!

There’s my interest in setting up my own monthly satiric webcomic on the adventures of misfit mad scientist Doctor Incompetto (No, I’ve not forgotten, nor have I given up on this!), my learning of Indic languages, particularly Tamil and Hindi, my speculative fiction effort, the current endeavor of studying logical and cognitive fallacies in-depth, the revival of the City of Glass project for fractals, completing my fractal tutorials, my posting more often on mental health issues, and so on.

All projects dating from the beginning of my blogging career will be covered, added to as new ones catch my interest. Those I complete will be noted as such, and they will all be there to see, to hold me accountable to you, the readers.

The View Near a Black Hole

Orion and Aurora over Iceland

Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust

M78 and Reflecting Dust Clouds

Stephan’s Quintet Plus One

Stripping ESO 137-001

A Milky Way Dawn

Images of the Week:

Hubble
Source: Hubblesite.org

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Mars-Bound Comet Sprouts Twin Jets in Hubble Telescope Photos | Space.com

Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Its Comet As It Prepares For An August Encounter

Astronaut, 2 Cosmonauts Arrive at Space Station After 2-Day Delay | Space.com

Discovery! Possible Dwarf Planet Found Far Beyond Pluto’s Orbit

Pleiades Perfection: Amateur Astronomer Snaps Spectacular Photo of ‘Seven Sisters’ | Space.com

Surprise! Asteroid Hosts A Two-Ring Circus Above Its Surface

US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane Shatters Orbital Endurance Record | Space.com

What Does the Grand Canyon Look Like from Space?

Astronaut Excited about 3D Printing on International Space Station (Video) | Space.com

Rocky Alien Planet Leftovers ‘Polluted’ White Dwarf Stars With Metal

NASA Narrows Asteroid Targets for Mission to Lasso a Space Rock | Space.com

Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

Incredible Technology: Giant Starshade Could Help Find an Alien Earth | Space.com

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astropicks:

Scientists Detect Direct Evidence of Big Bang’s Gravitational Waves | I Fucking Love Science

Fly through of the GAMA Galaxy Catalogue on Vimeo

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/15


I’m posting this a bit late for Caturday. My bad, but both yesterday and today, I was experimenting with my first animations via Mandebulber and iMovie, and while not pleased with the overrall results, I’ve a good idea how to make it work with future attempts, in which the quality of the result will actually be worth putting on my YouTube channel, and embedded on this blog in future fractal posts.

This Caturday has been a good if busy day, as the dawn of, here in the Northern Hemisphere, a new Spring, and a break from study for me, until I decide study would be more fun.

I’ll be working on my blog-project on argumentation (I’ve still yet to name it), my fractal tutorials, and study notes for my personal learning projects. Have a good Spring, or Autumn, depending on your hemisphere of residence, and reach for the stars!

A Hole in Mars

Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Dark Matter?

In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula

The Sun Rotating

Messier 63: The Sunflower Galaxy

Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 2685

Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph

Images of the Week:

Hubble/GALEX/Spitzer Composite Image of M81
Source: Hubblesite.org

Planetary Nebula NGC 6543: Gaseous Cocoon Around a Dying Star
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Sun Unleashes Intense Solar Flare as NASA Watches (Video)

Economics, water plumes to drive Europa mission study

New Comet Jacques May Pass 8.4 million miles from Venus this July

Hunt Is On for ‘Rogue’ Black Holes

Check Out NASA’s New “Dashboard” for Spacecraft Communications

Rare Diamond Reveals Earth’s Interior is All Wet

Watch Two Dark Moons Sneak Into Cassini’s Shots

NASA Offers Cash Prizes for Help Hunting Dangerous Asteroids

Astrophoto: Beautiful Encounter with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

What Would A Rocky Exoplanet Look Like? Atmosphere Models Seek Clues

Arecibo Observatory Back in Action Following Earthquake Damage

Space History Photo: Seymour Schwartz Conducts an Experiment at the ERC

Rocket Fail Video Shows Human And Technological Risk With Each Launch

‘Live from Space’ Lets You Track the International Space Station Online

Robonaut 2 To Toddle And Waddle Around Space Station This Summer

‘Live From Space': How Astronauts Use Tech to Share Orbital Life with Earth

“Death Stars” Caught Blasting Proto-Planets

NASA Robot Aces Satellite-Refueling Test on Earth

How Do You Jumpstart A Dead Star?

Did Life On Earth As We Know It Come From ‘Geological Life’?

Malaysian Flight MH370: Join the Satellite Photo Search

How Giant Galaxies Bind The Milky Way’s Neighborhood With Gravity

NASA Joins Hunt for Missing Malaysian Jetliner

Physicists Reveal the Hidden Interiors of Gas Giants

NASA’s Powerful Mars Orbiter Sidelined by Glitch

Chinese Satellites May Have Detected Debris from Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Launch to Space Station Until March 30

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave:

COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

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