Tag Archive | Milky Way

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 | Winter Blogcation’s End: 2016

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Welp. This morning, I resume regular posting on the Call, and a bit on the Checkerboards next week with some new 13 word stories I’ve come up with.

And it’s about time, I’d say.

I’ve a few useful and for the most part reliable ways of generating ideas; on days when the weather permits, I go for a twenty-minute walk and pay attention to what happens with my thoughts as I go. If I can, I walk for up to an hour or so a day when feeling in need of inspiration.

But actually getting ideas like this requires that I really turn a problem, question, or goal, over in my mind before just letting the brain’s diffuse network handle the workload via the subconscious.

Other times, I may listen to music, though it’s important to listen to tunes that take minimal subconscious processing, with the same general requirements and effects as walking. These and other methods tend to work more often than not, and at the very least I get some useful exercise out of the deal.

I’m still on a study break on new material for at least another month, but am catching up nicely on overlearning what’s already been covered in previous units. I’m tempted to translate some of the wordplay I’ve come up with into Bengali, and will when I make the time to.


I’m posting from here on every other day or every third day on this site, and more than I have lately on others. I’ve got a lot of stuff to show you all now that I’ve caught up on business in life!

May your days be bright and full of joy, and your nights full of cool things to gaze up at.

It was a long wait, and it’s good to be back.

Tf. Tk. Tts.*

*(“Be well. Be safe. Be brilliant as the stars.”)

A Solar Prominence Eruption from SDO

Mystery Feature Now Disappears in Titan Lake

Solar Eclipse Shoes in the Classroom

Edge On Galaxy NGC 5866

Dark Sun over Ternate

Lunar Show Transit

The Flash Spectrum of the Sun

Neon Saturn

Dark Nebulas across Taurus

Cheering a Total Solar Eclipse

A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland

Close Comet and Large Magellanic Cloud

The W in Cassiopeia

3D Ahuna Mons

Image Of The Week: Celestial Lightsabers:  Stellar Jets In HH24

Weekly Astrognuz:

The Milky Way Galaxy’s Dark Halo of Star Formation

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Celebrates 10 Years in Orbit Around Mars

Big Picture Science: Who’s Controlling Whom?

Messier 7 (M7): The Ptolemy Cluster

Global Warming Took Another Big Jump in February 2016

On This International Womens’ Day

ExoMars Spacecraft Launches to Red Planet Searching for Signs of Life

Ahuna Mons: A Mountain on Ceres

NASA Selects Educators to Fly with Astronomers on SOFIA Airborne Observatory

What are the Different Kinds of Supernovae?

DSCOVR Satellite Sees Total Eclipse From Space

Activity Report of the Carl Sagan Center for February 2016

xkcd: Gravitational Waves

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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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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.09.26

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G’day! This Caturday, there’s been a bit to glom on in astroscience, with NASA’s announcement of an upcoming solution to a Martian mystery, China’s plan to send a mission to dear old Luna’s far side within the next five years or so, US presidential candidate Ben Carson’s absurd anti-science views, and the bizarre “snakeskin” terrain of Pluto discovered in pics sent back by New Horizons as it ventures deeper into the Kuiper belt.

I’ve been informed of the upcoming total lunar eclipse on the 27th by the awesome Sharmishtha Basu (With one of her many wonderful blogs here.). I’ve been reading further, and will be watching it live via webcast if the sky is cloudy in my region as it has been so far this week (grumble…). This will be extremely cool, as it is a relatively rare occurrence, but NOT a sign of the End Times as is trendy and hysterical to claim during these astronomical events.


Global Ocean Suspected on Saturn’s Enceladus

Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina

Antarctic Analemma

LDN 988 and Friends

Pluto’s Snakeskin Terrain

M31 versus M33

Image of the Week:

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme

Weekly Astrognuz:

Carnival of Space #424

Pluto: Stunning Full Disc Color Image

September 27: Watch a Total Eclipse of the Moon

Weekly Space Hangout | Sept 25 2015

Ben Carson: Anti-Science

Completing the Census of Exoplanetary Systems by Microlensing

Astonishing “Snakeskin” Textured Mountains Discovered on Pluto

Earth Without Water: Nope

Big Picture Science Radio Show | No Face to Hide

Is the Universe Dying?

NGC 1783: An LMC Globular Cluster

Could We Really Find ET?

Dramatic Imagery from NASA of Supersonic Shockwaves

Microburst: Sudden Downpour

Integrating Planetary Protection in Human Missions

China Plans Lunar Far Side Landing by 2020

VLT: Lightning over the Observatory

Jill Tarter Elected President of California Academy of Sciences

NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved

Hubble’s Pluto Mission

Caturday’s (Big) Cat


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