Monday, May 05, 2014

Moving! Redux!

Just an FYI that I am moving the blog. I kept running into dead links among older postings. Rather than hunt-and-peck and fix bit by bit, I am in the process of moving to a new blog to make it easier to clean up dead links, edit as needed, delete posts that no longer apply and the like.

So visit me at Bernal Alpha. New posts! Old posts migrating!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Landing!

What a Soyuz capsule looks like after re-entry. Ouch. Hot. Ouch.
There Are Some Invitations One Should Hesitate Over

NASA Invites Media Inside One of the World's Largest Vacuum Chambers. Will they let the media out again?
What Made Universe

White dwarfs and astroengineering. What mad(e) universe.
The Blades of Europa

Is Europa covered with "ice blades" of up to 10 meters long? A recent paper says so, and if true, this could mean landing a probe on that moon (to search for life) could be problematic. What innovative means will be developed to get around the "blades"?
Complex Interplay

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day combines data from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope to give a highly detailed look at the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our galaxy's satellites.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Castle and PanSTARRS

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Comet PanSTARRS (still not viewable here, thanks clouds!) over Castle Hohenzollern in Germany.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pencil

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 2736, part of the Vela supernova remnant. This composite shows beautifully the ripples of the expanding interstellar shock wave. The nova is popularly known as The Pencil Nebula.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Great Nebula

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a stunning view of Messier 42, the Great Nebula in Orion.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Different Moon

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a full hemisphere of our Moon, as viewed by the data collected by the twin GRAIL orbiters, Ebb and Flow.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Continued Cold and Cloudy

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a beautiful shot of Comet PanSTARRS in the sunset sky. No, I did not take the picture. No, I haven't seen the comet. Yes, the forecast is for more "wintry mix". Sigh.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Echoes of Light

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows V838 Mon, in the constellation of Monoceros. In January 2003, V838 Mon became the brightest star in our galaxy. The light echo of that flash is captured here by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

PanSTARRS

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Comet PanSTARRS over France. Looks like some of us have had nice skies!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Vermin from the Skies

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Comet PanSTARRS and...what's that? The Black Cloud? An Stapledonian Interstellar Entity? No, a Coronal Mass Ejection from our Sun, en route to our small rock. Expect green skies for Saint Paddy's Day, marching down from the poles if it hits (last estimate I saw was 70% chance).