Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/05/17

G’day! Things have been going well this week, and I’ve gotten finished with six more lectures-worth of notes, and will start on more today, whether I go out this afternoon or stay home.

I’ve fully opened up the most recent six blogs I’ve created, and begun posting on each, so it’s good that I’ve got that taken care of. That’s why I didn’t publish this entry or Sunday’s last week, with preparing the new blogs.

With the division of labor more clearly defined between all ten sites, there will be less in off-topic posting, less worry about where to post what and how often, though there are those three generalist blogs, including this one. Thanks so much to those who’ve subscribed to the new sites, and to the others. I really appreciate that.

I’ve got two presentations of a new simulation of the universe, one in the links just below, and in this morning’s video feature by SpaceRip explaining it. Enjoy, and may you have a brilliant weekend!

Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars

Illustris Simulation of the Universe

CG4: A Ruptured Cometary Globule

A Live View from the International Space Station

Voyager’s Neptune

Opportunity’s Mars Analemma

Hubble’s Jupiter and the Amazing Shrinking Great Red Spot

Images of the Week:

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1512 in Many Wavelengths
Merging Clusters in 30 Doradus (Non-annotated)



Weekly Astrognuz:

Pulsing Stars help Map Milky Way’s Outer Reaches

Mercury’s Ready for Its Close-Up, Mr. MESSENGER

Astronauts Test Asteroid Exploration in Underwater “Spacewalk”

Occultation of Saturn

Upgraded Space-Stuttle Pumpkin Suit Tested for Asteroid Mission EVA

Hubble Sees Jupiter’s Red Spot Shrink to Smallest Size Ever

Congress: Not Taking out Orbital Trash = Economy in Jeopardy

It’s Alive! Rosetta’s Comet Flares as it Approaches the Sun

Space History Photo: Dynamic Test Chamber At Goddard Space Flight Center

Earth’s Lightning Ramps Up With The Solar Wind: Study

NASA Ceremony Celebrates Center’s Renaming for Neil Armstrong

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission to Provide First 3-D View of Earth’s Magnetic Reconnection Process

Watch 2 Neutron Stars Merge and Become Black Hole

Phobos & Deimos — The Moons of Mars Explained

Alien Planet Camera is Most Sensitive Exoplanet Imager Yet

Direct Image of an Exoplanet 155 Light Years Away

Jupiter Moon’s ‘Club Sandwich’ Ocean May be Able to Support Life

Moscow Delivers Double-Whammy to U.S. Space Efforts

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Picks:

Explore Mars Now — The Interactive Mars Habitat


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