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Caturday’s Astrophenia | Carina Blues & Nebular Hyperbole

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Vanakkam….Namaskar….Slamalaikum….Namaste…. This week has been busy, so I’ve had little time for blogging, but things are getting done where they need to be. That includes work on study notes, and my weekly Bengali quizzes as my pre-semester learning review continues. I’m halfway through the Great Courses lectures on Indian history with three discs to go before finishing, and have at the awesome Sharmishtha Basu’s suggestion found a book on the subject by historian Romila Thapar. I’m also practicing unfamiliar but damned useful study methods so as to make them customary in all my learning. Some methods are better supported than others by evidence, and it’s those that should be favored, as those lead to more solid and reliable learning. Part of that involves giving myself time to pause from Internet use and think, while also absorbing as much as I can in the time that remains. After all, thinking is useful, but you can’t think well without good content to think about!

Still, I try to post on this site at least once, twice, or more each week, as I’m not on blogcation this time of year. I’m making plans that I’ll announce soon once I formulate them on the future of this blog toward the end of this year, as it’s been close to eight years since this site’s founding, actually my third blog, my second to be created using WordPress. This one was created on December 28, 2008, and it’s now-defunct predecessor on January 15 of that same year. Barring accident or misfortune, the next major blogcation this year will be during November, when Election Day rolls around and my country’s future for at least the next four years is decided by the utterly insane American political process. It’s a process worthy of Lovecraft’s madness-inducing alien gods, and Nyarlathotep only knows how it will turn out!

*tentacles crossed metaphorically*

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest

Clouds of the Carina Nebula

The Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared

Halo from Atacama

The Surface of Europa

3D Mercury Transit

Milky Way and Planets Near Opposition

LL Orionis: When Cosmic Winds Collide

Inside a Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector

Milky Way Over the Spanish Peaks

NGC 5078 and Friends

IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula

The Great Carina Nebula

Cat’s Eye Wide and Deep

Image of the Fortnight

Mars Near 2016 Opposition


Can Stars be Cold?

Spiral Galaxy M81 Photograph by Robert Gendler

Clue to Mars’ Climate History: Polar Cap Slowly Building

Next Time You’re Late to Work, Blame Dark Energy!

Mysterious Martian Plumes in Upper Atmosphere May Be From Solar Storms

SETI’s Dr. Janice Bishop Wins Award for Clay Science Research on Mars

A Lord of Rings: Saturn at Opposition 2016

Sand Dunes in Arabia Look Like Pits in This Optical Illusion

SETI Institute at Baycon 2016

The House Makes NASA a Counteroffer It Probably Can’t Refuse

Jupiter Estimated to Get Hit by an Asteroid Six Times a Year

New Hints at a Kinder, Gentler World

Anti-Vaxxers, Conspiracy Theories & Epistemic Responsibility

Hat Tip to Andy Hall of Laughing in Disbelief and CrashCourse‘s YouTube channel

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Caturday’s Astrophenia | A Most Mercurial Week!

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Getting ready for study this weekend, focusing on vocabulary and lectures, so I’ll be minimal on text here. I’m still recovering from the coolness and yummy food of Friday’s Greek Fest celebration, and seeing Marvel’s Civil War movie in the theatre immediately afterward. I’m enjoying a new video lecture course, on Indian history, by the Great Courses. I’ll post a review of it when I’m done. Enjoy the weekend, and I’ll try likewise!


Contemplating the Sun

Crossing Mars

Aurora over Sweden

A Mercury Transit  Sequence

The SONG and the Hunter

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

Three Worlds for TRAPPIST 1

Mercury’s Transit: An Unusual Spot on the Sun

Webb Telescope Mirror Rises after Assembly

Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star Clouds

A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO

A Transit of Mercury

ISS and Mercury Too

Falcon 9 and Milky Way

Image Of THe Week:


1st Boeing Starliner Hull Assembled as 1st Crew Flight delays to 2018

Eleanor Lutz Created a Medieval-Style Map of Mars

Climate Change: Plankton and You: the Science of How We’re All connected to Climate

Expose-R2 Photochemistry on the Space Station

Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Completing for Curiosity Rover

Astronomy Cast Ep. 414: Navigating Far

Reminder: Science Luau 2016

Climate Change: Power Play: Envisioning a Wind, Water, and Solar World

A Martian Dustup

2007 OR10: The Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System

Super-Secret X-37B Nears One Year in Orbit Doing???

Creationist Ken Ham’s Attempt to Debunk Science with Science Goes Hilariously Awry!

Climate Change: Effects

Kepler Verifies 1284 New Planets!

When Can I Die on Mars?

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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.04.16

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This week I’m engaged in working on my study skills and putting them to use at the same time, and we are still getting Rickmeister Fluffington used to my parental unit and to Gorgeous, the most sedate and least scary cat in the house. Ricky is getting on wonderfully with Eccles, which is good given Eccles’ aggressively kittenish playfulness. No jumping on other cats’ heads or attacking fluffy tails for you, Doctor Eccles! The objective of the next week is to get pictures of Ricky trying to hide, either behind the couch, or in my spare room, amusingly in plain sight while thinking himself invisible. He reminds me of old Rocky, who used to try his cloaking device technique of jumping onto my desk and slowly creeping up to me, which of course never worked 🙂

I know that officially I’m supposed to be on a self-imposed spring break until the next study semester, but preparation is needed. I must catch up with practice on earlier material, lots of immersion in the subject, including speaking the language(s) however badly at first. Learning languages is not easy, especially three of them, and you cannot succeed if you are not willing to accept and exploit setbacks. It’s important to use “break time” to ready myself for more advanced material, to make demonstrable progress whatever the subject once study officially resumes. It’ll be fun, and it has been so far.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Close up of the Bubble Nebula

Lucid Dreaming

Cancri 55 e: Climate patterns on a Lava World

Auroras and the Magnetosphere of Jupiter


Lapland Northern Lights

A Green Flash of Spring

Cassini Approaches Saturn

The Comet and the Star Cluster

Combined Solar Eclipse Corona from Earth and Space

Orion in Read and Blue

Full Venus and Crescent Moon Rise

Mercury and Crescent Moon Set

Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System

Image Of The Week: Evaporating Peaks In 3D: Pillars In The Monkey Head Nebula

Weekly Astrognuz:

Bigelow and ULA Partner to Launch Commercial Space Habitat by 2020

KELT-4Ab is a Jupiter-Like Planet Orbiting in a Triple Star System

NASA Invests in Two-Dimensional Spacecraft, Reprogrammable Microorganisms

NASA Discovers 72 New Asteroids Near Earth

Robert De Niro Defends Anti-Vax Documentary, Parrots Long-Debunked Claims

Video: Two Years of NEOWise Asteroid Data

Hawking Supports Tiny Spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Three Jupiters: A Jupiter Analog Orbits Another Star

Space Images: The Great Divide

Pluto Reveals More Secrets

The Laws of Cosmology May Need a Re-Write

Rogelio Bernal Andreo Photo of Faint Wispy Dust Between the Stars

A Space Spider Watches over Young Stars

April 12, 1961: The First Human in Space

Three Jupiters: Young Rogue Exoplanet Found in Sun’s Galactic Neighborhood

Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Surfeit of the Vitalest 

xkcd: Stargazing

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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | #Paris #Beirut #Baghdad

G’day. This last weekend was the time of the awful terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and in Baghdad, resulting in scores dead and hundreds injured. ISIL, also referred to as Daesh, has taken credit for the attacks and this travesty on a monumental scale. To paraphrase twitterer @LEDFlashing, it shows how those who can’t succeed on the merits of their ideas need terror as their messenger. This is a recipe for failure in the free market of ideas, and they who so fail shall be left behind by those of us who’ve grown up and moved forward. Here’s an animated clip of Carl Sagan’s monologue from his book, Pale Blue Dot, which notes the futility and instability of unthinking brutality and rule by fear on such a tiny world as ours, a world barely a fraction of a dot.


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Mr. Eccles Presents | At The End

This short film shows what might happen when Earth is doomed by a nearby supernova and aliens come to rescue humanity – for a price – to survive their world’s destruction at the cost of becoming slaves to the aliens…

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.11.07

This has been a week of change, and change is good where I’m concerned. We’ve gotten tentative confirmation of the status of star KIC 8462852, previously suspected by some as the possible location of an alien megastructure. There are radio signals we would expect to see if it were an artifact of a technical civilization, signals we do not detect but should even given our species’ current level of technology. So, it seems as though it’s “no aliens,” or at least the Scottish verdict of “not proved.” No one is more disappointed than yours truly, though to be fair, history has not been kind to the astroscientific detection of aliens, and this was not unexpected. Are we alone? We don’t know, and it’s too soon for a definitive answer, though it’s extremely unlikely that Earth hosts the only intelligent life in the universe.

May you enjoy the weekend, and your nights be lit by the stars.


The Milky Way over Monument Valley

Comet ISON Being Destroyed by the Sun

Seeking Venus under the Spitzkoppe Arch

The Great Orion Nebula M42

NGC 1333 Stellar Nursery in Perseus

Unraveling NGC 3169

Earth and Milky Way from Space

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Service Module Event

Who was Galileo Galilei?

Alien Star: No Signals Detected from Aliens Yet

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Going to All Species

Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned for NASA Mars Orbiter

Protecting Juno’s Heart

Lamar Smith and Adjusting Scientific Data

Animal Communication, Information Theory, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

NASA Seeks Ideas for Spot on Mars for Next Giant Leap

Who was Christiaan Huygens?

Antarctic Ice: Still Losing Mass

SETI Institute to Lead New STEM Program with Girl Scouts

Galaxy at the Center of the Hubble Tuning Fork

Ion Propulsion: The Key to Deep Space Exploration

Crash Course Astronomy: All About Galaxies

Cyclone Chapala: Huge Storm Set to Hit Yemen and Oman

Astrochemistry: Putting the Astro in Astrobiology

NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

New Visualization Shows Incredible Variety of Extraterrestrial Worlds

Finding Earth’s Twin

via SpaceRip’s YouTube Channel

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