Get yourself out this evening about an hour before sunset and look to the southwest horizon for a wonderful conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and a new crescent Moon. We spotted an early version of this (before the moon was in position) and thought they were a couple of airplanes, they were so bright.
The HST took this visible-light photo of an extrasolar planet — the first ever — orbiting the star Fomalhaut.
3 a.m. found me lying on my back on a tennis court, watching the northern sky for the Perseids meteor shower. We saw a handful, and it was good. But it’s also why I’m not writing a longer post.
This has gotten a lot of attention in media that we nerds pay attention to, but not much elsewhere. Last week something blew up deep in space. If you’d been looking up at the sky at that time, you’d have set several records. You’d have seen the furthest naked-eye-visible object. Seven and a half billion […]
A collection of photographs of actual nuclear and thermonuclear detonations from Trinity through a Chinese test of 1967. A frightening thing I noticed is the scale, or rather, the lack of scale, as the detonations became more powerful. The Operation Crossroads tests of 1946 rated 21 kilotons. In the images, easily identifiable markets give the […]
Take a look at the animation on the jump page. Do you see the dancer spinning clockwise or counterclockwise? If clockwise, you’re right-brained. If counterclockwise, left. There’s a poll attached, so please register your predeliction.
Where the heck is Eris, anyway? I was all sentimental about it, but I guess in this context, Pluto probably doesn’t deserve to be called a real planet after all.
This two-hour show airs Sunday, March 18 from 8 – 10 p.m. US eastern time. Last spring, The Broadway Bach Ensemble was approached by the producers to appear in a few scenes. We gathered the troops together one night in May along with a film crew and an actor, a nice gentleman who was portraying, of all things, a trumpet player.
The Cassini spacecraft sent back photos today from its polar orbit of Saturn, showing literally never-before-seen images of its rings from above. There’s a gallery of photos available on NASA’s Cassini site, but this one really grabbed me because of it’s beautiful, almost painterly, subtle coloration. Just barely visible the fringes of the inner rings at about 4:00 and 6:00.