2 am, 5/16/2013
Wit, Wisdom, and Whimsy. (your mileage may vary)
May 16, 2013
2 am, 5/16/2013
November 27, 2012
Saturn’s north pole. Today. Taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
I have no idea why Saturn’s north pole has a hexagon. It’s huge!
A close up.
Images from the Planetary Society’s web page.
October 1, 2012
September 17, 2012
Buzzfeed has a series of black and white photos that have been altered to show how they would appear if they had been taken in color. There are several that are more powerful to me in color than in the original black and white, but there are also a few who seem to lose some of their effect when translated into a color picture. Follow the link to see them. This one of President Abraham Lincoln is the most powerful to me. Seeing him in color makes him less a historical figure, and more a real man.
August 19, 2012
Space Cadet JimmieJoe is taking me to task right now. This is a big thing, and I missed it!
I don’t recall being aware of this, at all. I don’t even know if I’ve seen this picture before, but if I have, I’m fairly certain I would think it was of Mars. Instead, this is the surface of a satellite orbiting a planet 794 million miles away from us (at it’s closest approach).
I’m thinking, right now, of all the hoopla surrounding the recent landing of the Curiosity on Mars, and marveling that there was not something similar back in 2005. Yes, the Huygens probe, part of the Cassini mission, only parachuted to the “ground”, and Curiosity did the whole ‘heat shield – parachute – retro rocket – sky crane’ deal, but still…
I missed it! (hanging head in shame, avoiding the glare of 12 year old Space Cadet JimmieJoe)
Mars, and Titan. But did you know, they’re not the only two places we’ve set down on.
We’ve landed on another planet, too.
February 20, 2012
February 13, 2012
So you have to ask yourself, “WTF?? What was the photographer thinking, and was it done on purpose?” The look on her face… and on his!
To coin a phrase…
The Huffington Post has some other… unusual… Valentines Day pictures, here.
February 8, 2012
Here’s something that doesn’t often happen. I’m all dressed up for dinner! Enjoy the view, it’s a rare thing. I was even told that “I clean up well”!
January 2, 2012
The Moon. It’s a real place. A world of it’s own, that hangs in our sky. It may be the very reason life exists on this planet. Formed when a planet the size of Mars collided with the (then smaller-than-now) Earth, the results of that chaos formed the (more-properly designated) double-planet system we see today. We often talk about the Moon orbiting the Earth, but it doesn’t, not really. The Earth and the Moon both orbit around a common center of gravity. That center is some miles below the surface of the Earth, but it is not the center of the Earth. The Moon is considered the largest satellite (even though it’s not, not really) of a planet, relative to the primary’s size, in our solar system, with the possible exception of Pluto/Charon. Now that Pluto has been downgraded from planet status, the Moon may hold that title without challenge.
I took my telescope out into the back yard tonight, and had a look-see.
November 27, 2011
When half of your jurisdiction is mountains, you need the right equipment!
Used in parades and other events, it’s also used in actual responses in the mountains, for search and rescue.