Tag Archive | Jupiter

Caturday’s Astrophenia | Winter’s Linguistic Blues

Namaskar. Slamalaikum. Vanakkam. Namaste. Ikktighar furiit. Greetings. This week, a little heads up on things going on from yours truly! Study has gone well despite the almost painful slowness of progress in Bengali, at least on understanding and reading. My penmanship still annoys me, and I’m still hesitant to speak the language with any real confidence, but I’m on the 18th unit of the text (Teach Yourself Complete Bengali) out of 35, and well underway to completing Part 2 of the text within the next four months, up to Unit 26. Then begins a more intense regimen of practicing what I’ve learned to date. After that, I’ll be studying Tamil for the following six months before focusing on Hindi for the first six months of 2019, then Bengali again. I’m also listening to Bangla podcasts, Bangla online radio broadcasts (There’s a station out of Dhaka I listen to a lot.), so I’m getting some practice even now. I’m more than halfway through Algebra II, reviewing practice exercises from Algebra I, and will start Precalculus and Geometry beginning in July. That language study has been slow no longer bothers me. Bangla is NOT an easy language, and learning it with two other languages, all with significant differences to each other, merely compounds the effort. But I’m learning at my own pace and minding my mental health in the process, so there’s really no problem. I must persist. The cats are doing well, with Eccles and Ricky behaving themselves fairly well after the last time they caused mischief during an attack of the zoomies on morning last month. Gorgeous, well she’s being Gorgeous, and still patient to young Eccles despite her age. Family life is kinda so-so, nothing particularly noteworthy to mention. Over all, things are going well, though how long that lasts remains to be seen.

Stay warm, or cool, according to your preference in your latitude and hemisphere of residence, and thank you for clicking on this blog!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in Light and Sound

Colorful Airglow Bands Surround the Milky Way

Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999

Cyclones at Jupiter’s North Pole

Horsehead: A Wider View

Phases of the Moon

The Astrognuz:

A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Two Super Earths

A Star is About to Plunge into a Monster Black Hole, Scientists are Ready to Watch

Computers Could Help in Assessing Asteroid Threats

360 Video: Tour A Mars Robot Test Lab

Jupiter’s Mysterious Geometric Polar Storms

An Asteroid is About to Embark on an Interstellar Journey

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Space: Why Go There?

Space Images | Glare on the Window

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.07.16

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Good evening! I’m posting this some hours later than I’d like, as last night I had a fantastic game session and dinner party with my GURPS group, finishing up the prequel to our AEON superhero campaign, and getting our baptism of fire in a major battle. Twitterer @Ravenpenny was our GM for the session.

This fortnight, Juno is still in the news, with the spacecraft’s settling into orbit around Jupiter and sending us our first clear views of the giant planet in a long time.

I’m still importing video posts to Blogger, though keeping most on this site, save junk posts and expired videos and images. I’m considering not abandoning this site entirely, but posting infrequently, say once a fortnight or month, depending on my personal schedule for posting on Blogger. For those of you without Blogger who want to keep up with my posts there, I’ll set up an RSS link and email subscription box on The Collect Call, so you can get updates in your feed or inbox, as I do with several of the Blogger sites I follow. I’ll do that once regular posting is underway there in November.

Stay cool, stay cosmic, and as always,

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Cat’s Eye Nebula

IC 4628: The Prawn Nebula

The Colorful Clouds  of Rho Ophiuchi

Arp 286:  Trio in Virgo

The Altiplano Night

The Swirling Core of the Crab Nebula

Nocticulent Clouds Tour France

Moon Meets Jupiter

Aurorae on Jupiter

Chasing Juno

M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius

NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends

NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula

The North Celestial Tower

Image of the Fortnight

The Tarantula Nebula on the Large Magellanic Cloud

The Astrognuz:

Dark Energy Illuminated

Hubble Photo of NGC 6814

The View from Juno

Full Speed Ahead for Solar System Exploration

Dark Region Grows Eerily on Sun’s Surface

One Year after New Horizon’s Pluto Flyby

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Microbes: Resistance is Futile

The Next Mars Rover’s 2020 Launch

The Constellation Boötes

Plans to Test Space-Debris Clearing Satellite

The Call for New Tools to Search for ET

Matter Wobbles around a Black Hole

Carbon Nanotube Mirrors in CubeSat Satellites

The Moon Photobombs the Earth: DSCOVR

“Independence Day”: Core Values

“Frankenstein” Galaxy Surprises Astronomers (Astronomers love surprises!)

xkcd: Juno

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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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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.11.01

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Good morning. As you’ve seen, I’m back to posting as of a couple of days ago and I’ve updated my blogging schedule for this month. I’ve revised my study periods, not for a mere monthly cycle, but for semesters of 15-18 weeks, with Bengali study being given priority for the rest of this year. This allows for days when other duties prevent study, and keeps my goals realistic. Depending on my progress, Bengali study will continue for one or perhaps two more semesters before I resume studying Tamil, and afterward Hindi, and so on. I’d like to study Sanskrit as well, but that’s just too much to concern myself with at this moment. I’ll do that only after I get to advanced proficiency with one or more, preferably all three, of the other languages.

To clarify what I intend to do, at least in this site, here is the current (updated) blogging schedule, as I was probably a bit vague on this in the previous Gnuz & Lynx Roundup.

There shall be one, sometimes two, or maybe three, entries published here every other day, possible consecutive days being Saturday and Sunday if I post both the Caturday’s Astrophenia and this installment on the same weekend. The other, formerly weekday-specific posts will be varied by day and the appropriate title, with a mix of fiction pieces, the new Ubi Dubitas… limited series of skeptical posts, a weekly or biweekly fractal entry, Mr. Eccles Presents, MetaCognitions, Lost in Translation, Future Fluff and Eldritch Nine, the occasional poem, any filk song parodies I complete (like the Enya Trains and Winter Rains piece currently pending) along with more freeform entries without any particular format or topic nature.

Yes, this is a skeptical blog, but one not to be bound too rigidly to subject matter.

This installment has an obvious Halloween bias in the links, so click on what interests or amuses you. It’s time for a new month, with new challenges. Let’s face them together.

Talotaa frang, Talotaa kas, Talotaa tranga suulat.

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[Fiction] On Europa [first draft]

It was answering the call, the call that had roused it from a million years of slumber beneath the icy crust of this lonely little world under the watchful red glare of the massive orb in the sky.

So close, so close to the source of the call that woke It from its dreams on the ocean floor…

Several structures, far too regular in shape, marred the ice fields of Its home. The call, whatever it was, emanated from there, and was more than a little…annoying?

The sound grated on Its ears, or what passed for them, as close to the source as It was…

A nearby structure beneath Its feet was crushed in an audible groan of steel and plasticrete and sparks flew in the wreckage as power cables snapped and arced madly, several hundred tiny…things…four-pronged creatures of some sort scurried about, seeking to avoid Its massive bulk.

For such annoying little things, they were almost worthy of concern. But only almost.

It stepped on them.

They felt oddly squishy beneath Its feet. It moved on.

Its eyes, or similar organs, darted about, Its ears attempting to find the source of the keening wail.


The odd construct, disturbingly geometrical in shape, a cylinder, if It had known what one was, was being used to drill into the ice.

The noise was even louder now, enraging It, and It reacted by swiping at the irritant with a chitinous paw, satisfied after several attempts when the noise finally ceased with a loud…Crunch!

Hmmm? What’s this? Something there, not moving, just standing there, at Its feet.

One of the tiny four-pronged creatures.

Its eyes, and the eyes of the tiny thing met…the eyes of a mite scarcely bigger than one of Its claw digits.

It knew. It recognized this tiny thing from Its dreams across time, this one, with its defiant gaze, mouthing sounds It did not, could not understand, but It knew. The tiny thing stood there, as if resigned to its fate, but doom would have to wait.

Not now.

The annoyance had passed, and now It was feeling a bit sorry for the mites, alien though they were. They were such small things, and as It looked into the sky, to see the red glare of the banded orb dominating the horizon, it thought of how small It may be to things larger still.

Shifting Its bulk, It turned around, away from all this. Another call, the call to sleep for another million years, as It knew years, drew It away from this odd blighted place of strange structures and tiny, defiant creatures.

The call to home.

So It left, and as It did so, the thought of finding a quieter resting spot came upon it.

A good idea, as It knew ideas with Its massive but ponderous mind, and one well worth the thinking.

APW | Astronomy Pix of the Week for October 23 – 29, 2011

Cassini space probe view of the unilluminated ...

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APW is a weekly installment, published each Saturday between 7:31 and 8:30 am EDT, of links to each daily entry on NASA’s website Astronomy Picture of the Day. I hope you enjoy looking at these often breathtaking images as much as I do.

Scale […of the planets vs the Moon]

Now this is neat. It’s a vid showing the relative sizes of several planets, including the Earth, as they would appear in a hypothetical sky at the same distance from that world as that of the orbital mean range of our own faithful companion body, Luna.

And no, Jupiter does not literally fill up the entire sky, as the video does not represent the sky in full view.

It is damned impressive though, with the size of our humble little satellite being used as the benchmark for comparison.

To get the full effect, I recommend watching this in Hi-Def fullscreen mode.