Tag Archive | Mars

Caturday’s Astrophenia | Doctors and Dusters: 2016.10.15

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G’day! I had the cosplay session at the studio on the 25th of last month, but I neglected to take pics! Here is one that the parental unit took before filming began (I look old, just short of 900 years, I think!):


But the filming went well, and the episode should air on the 29th of this month, the Saturday before Halloween. I’ll post links to it on social media, including the next Astrophenia for this blog before regular posting ends. Stay cool, or warm, depending on your hemisphere of residence, and as always…

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Aurora Over White Dome Geyser

Explore Rosetta’s Comet

Nest of the Eagle Nebula

A Crumbling Layered Butte on Mars

Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars

The Hydrogen Clouds of M33

Moon, Mercury, and Twilight Radio

Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station

The Winds of Earth

The Cygnus Wall of Star Formation

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Galaxies from the Altiplano

Herschel’s Orion

Gemini Observatory North

The Astrognuz:

What Was Sputnik I?

Climate Change Denial: Like Saying the Earth is Flat

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Science and the Election

NASA’s Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully

Hurricane Matthew Forces Closure of Cape Kennedy Space Center

Blue Origin Tests Spacecraft Escape System

Methane on Mars: Potential Origin and Seepage

NASA’s Kepler and Comet 67P

JPL Predicts Global Mars Dust Storm

Arctic Sea Ice Second Lowest Extent in 2016

World’s Biggest Radio Ear

Hubble Detects Giant ‘Cannonballs’ Shooting from Star

Can You Buy Land on the Moon?

Calculating How Big A Black Hole Can Get

Pluto’s Interacting Surface and Atmosphere

Where are All the Alien Robots?

Rosetta Mission Ends

Zombie Vortices in Star and Planet Formation

NASA-Produced Maps Help Gauge Italy Earthquake Damage


Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.08.13

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This week was the time for the Perseid meteor showers, an event I sadly missed from the profoundly annoying persistence of cloudy night skies, and the resident inebriated from the local pub. But all was not lost: as I type this, I’m involved in a GURPS game with the gang as our characters engage in a bit of literal rocket science, with a super-tech edge. It’s all part of our diabolical plan…Heh, heh, heh!

Beside that, I’ve been importing more video posts over to the new blog venue over the last couple of evenings, and have saved as drafts this site’s pages over there as well. I’ll publish those after editing and updating them for their new home. Have an excellent weekend as Sunday rears its dire head, and as (almost) always…

Tf. Tk. Tts.

A Huge Solar Filament Erupts

Behind Saturn

A Rocket Booster Falls Back to Earth

Behold the Universe

M63: Sunflower Galaxy Wide Field

Apollo 15 Panorama

Los Campanas Moon and Mercury

Io: Moon over Jupiter

Perseid Meteors over Mount Shasta

Mars at Closest Approach 2016

Colliding Galaxies in Stephen’s Quintet

Perseid, Aurora, and Noctilucent Clouds

The Easter Bunny Comes to NGC 4725

Perseid from Torralba del Burgo

Star Cluster in Nebula NGC 3603

The Astrognuz

How Far is the Asteroid Belt from Earth?

VLT Photo of Orion Nebula Unveils a Mystery in How Stars are Born

Sage III to Look Back at Earth’s Atmospheric Sunscreen

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Skeptic Check: After the Hereafter

Kepler Watches Stellar Dancers in the Pleiades Cluster

Why Haven’t We Found any Aliens Yet?

Exoplanet Moons May Be Visible in 2017

New CO2 Sounder Nearly Ready for Prime Time

Seeking Signs of Life in an Ancient Martian Hot Spring

Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan

What are Magnetars?

Sen. Ron Johnson Repeats Standard Global Warming Denial Talking Points

NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable

Can We Avoid the Same Fate as the Dinosaurs?

Astronomers Catalogue Planets that May Be Earthlike

Tabby’s Star Mystery Continues to Intrigue

Rosetta’s Complex Trajectory Around a Comet

Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

Danger, Will Robinson!

What’s Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

xkcd: Time Travel Thesis

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 | 2016.04.02

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G’day! I’ve good news this Caturday: We have a new play-buddy for Eccles, a new cat we named Ricky! He’s part Maine Coon and part Tabby, but looks Maine Coon though a bit on the small size. At four years of age, he’s in Eccles’ peerage, and though a bit skittish around other cats, once the two get used to each other they should get on famously. Ricky was brought home from the shelter just yesterday, and can hide like a ninja. I’ll update this post with pics of the new arrival once they’re available, when he’s used to being here and accustomed to the other cats…and oh, not hiding like a ninja!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

(Update: 2016.04.05) I finally have pics of Ricky!





A Picturesque Equinox Sunset

Alaskan Moondogs

Rainbow Airglow over the Azores

The Great Nebula in Carina

Hickson 91 in Piscis Austrinus

Close Comet and the Milky Way

Solstice to Equinox Cubed

NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars

Orion’s Belt and Sword over Teides Peak

NASA’s Curiosity Rover at Namib Dune (360 View)

NGC 6188 and NGC 6164

Big Dipper to Southern Cross

Europa: Discover Life Under the Ice

Pluto’s Bladed Terrain in 3D

Image Of The Week: Vibrant Gaseous Ribbons: The Veil Supernova Remnant

Weekly Astrognuz:

Mars Colony Will Have to Wait, Say NASA Scientists

55 Cancri e Surface Temperature Mapped for the First Time

New Search for Signals from 20,000 Star Systems Begins

NASA Satellite Images Uncover Underground Forest Fungi

Jupiter Just Got Nailed by Something

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Maximum Extent in 2016

RIP Kenneth Souza

Investigating the Mystery of Migrating ‘Hot Jupiters’

Japan’s Black Hole Telescope is in Trouble

Tribeca Pulls Anti-Vax Documentary by Andrew Wakefield from Its Lineup

Big Picture Science: Skeptic Check: How Low  Can You Go?

NASA Announces Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows for 2016

Carl Sagan On Extraterrestrials | Blank On Blank

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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.10.17

G’day, and happy Caturday! This week, I begin setup for next month’s blogging schedule for this site, preparing posts for November and afterward. I’ll announce plans and details in tomorrow’s Weekly Roundup along with the blog items, news, sciencey stuffs, and links. I’ll be going on blogcation for two weeks, then resuming posting next month on the new schedule, as announced elsewhere, with from one to two entries posted on this site alone every other day along with this post, the fractal entries, and the Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup. Posting for Wordless Weekday and Cat Thursday entries is a bit more iffy, as they may not be needed much of the time on the upcoming updating schedule.

Good news: I’ve located and set up a new version of MB3D for my laptop OS, and can once again generate Mandelboxes and their corresponding Julia sets for more fractal fun, and especially to further explore untried fractal types, so I’ve been busy making new images, like this one using MB3D…

Platform V

…and this one via UF5…


So while I probably won’t be doing any more Mandelbulber tutorials barring acquisition of a superior update of it for my OS, those for the apps I still use, especially MB3D and UF5, can and shall be posted in future.

There’s also study, as I will continue to make time for that. Lately, I’ve got Bengali phrases getting stuck in my head, sort of linguistic earworms, but that’s cool. It means I’m assimilating them more effectively, like the oncoming vehicle warning, “Thamo! Thamo! Gari ashche!” and others less easy to accurately transcribe in Roman letters.

Stay cool, or warm, as the case may be in your part of the world this time of year, may your weekend be festive, your days bright, and as always, in proper Soruggon,

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.

In the Center of the Trifid Nebula

Galaxy, Stars, and Dust

The Elephant’s Trunk in IC 1396

A Gegenschein Lunar Eclipse

M16 and the Eagle Nebula

Night Hides the World

Bright Spiral Galaxy M81

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

ExoMars Heads to the Red Planet in 2016

Stephan’s Quintet: Huge Shockwave in a Small Galaxy Group

Big Picture Science Radio Show: Space for Everyone

Space Images: A Fractured Pole

Scott Kelley Becomes U.S. Astronaut to Spent the Most Time Living in Space

Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

Weird Star: Strange Dips in Brightness are a bit Baffling

Lakes on Mars

“Hedgehog” Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity

Remembering George Mueller: Leader of Early Human Spaceflight

Why do Red Giants Expand?

51 Eri b: Direct Photo of an Exoplanet

Dunes, Dust Devils, and the Martian Weather

Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

New Horizons Publishes First Research Paper in Science

Cassini’s Close Flyby of Enceladus Yields Surprising, Perplexing Imagery

Asteroids and Volcanoes: Both May have Caused the Dinosaurs’ Extinction

Protecting Both Mars and Earth

Saturnian Snowman

The Real Martians

Curiosity Snaps Drill Site Selfie at Martian Mountain Foothill

Crash Course Astronomy: Clusters of Stars

Beautiful Photos of Mars

Jupiter Global Map from Hubble OPAL Data

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