Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.09.19 | It’s my birthday

G’day, and happy Caturday! I’m now 51 years old. Let’s see how much longer I can keep this up! This morning, I’m doing a companion piece to this on my fictional planet Bruticus, the latest dealing with the actual numbers so far on its mass, diameter, gravity, those of its five large moons, and some numbers crunched for the mass, express velocity, specific impulse, and the delta-V of the biological spacecraft of its natives with notes on their makeup as well. This has been a good week for study, though a bit slow for blogging. I’m currently engaged in a full unit of my Hindi textbook, and am getting new books to fill in gaps in the study of all three South Asian languages I’m learning. I found something very cool, and especially so for Americans of Tamil descent, 8K Radio, a Tamil language radio station located here in the ‘States, which I’m finding quite fun. I’m now a semi-regular listener to its evening program 2 Idiots, with RJs Dinesh and Priya, and enjoying the heck out of it when I can follow the news and discussion as well as the music. Again, thanks to Anneliese and Ray for suggestions and ideas on the alien ships of this morning’s next post!


A Partial Solar Eclipse over Texas

Pluto from above Cthulhu Regio

A Spiral Aurora over Iceland

Bright Spots Ressolved in Occator Crater on Ceres

Pickering’s Triangle in the Veil

A Plutonian Landscape

A Prominence on the Sun

Image of the Week:

Galactic Wreckage in Stephan’s Quintet

Weekly Astrognuz:

Pluto’s Spectacular Backlit Panorama

Could we Terraform a Black Hole?

M2-9: Hubble Picture of a Weird Planetary Nebula

The Real Martians

Amateur Astronomer Chases Down Barnard’s Star

Tarantula Nebula: Hubble Image in Unusual Colors

Halfway There

Adventures with Starblinker

Cloud Streets: Bering Sea Formation from Aqua

NASA Physicist Recognized on National Television for Community Outreach

M63: Hubble Image of the Sunflower Galaxy

Pluto’s Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains, and Foggy Hazes

10 Years of Haumea

Soyuz Launch: Rocket Cams Provide Stunning View

Light Signal from Colliding Black Holes Explained

To Scale: The Solar System



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