Sunday, October 31, 2010

Astronomical Halloween

Astronomical Halloween

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IC 2118 or The Witch Head Nebula is my favorite astronomical Halloween object.

Image Data: Digitized Sky Survey; Color Composite: Noel Carboni

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This lunar eclipse looks very much like Pumpkin Moon. Carved pumpkins is one of the characteristics of our Halloween celebrations.

Credit & Copyright: Sebastien Gauthier

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The Perseus Cluster's X-Ray Skull is a heavenly example of another symbol of Halloween namely skulls.

Credit: A. Fabian (IoA Cambridge) et al., NASA

Black Hole

Black Hole

It is that time of year again when the world is getting darker and darker and darker....until we hardly see any daylight at all up here in the High North. So, evidently it is 'black hole' season! Enjoy this piece on black hole duality, folks, and cherish the light as long as you can...:-)



Carrying malaria or not - bugs are bugs and this one is uber cool! :-)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cute Frog

A Cutie Pie

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Lovely new frog species discovered in the Amazon. Totally charming! :-)

Save Birds

Save Birds

It is the international year of biodiversity. Birds are populating the list of animals that are in danger (red list). I love to watch birds and I hope the international efforts this year can help save some birds at least, as well as other species of course. And stop what appears to be some political battling....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cat In Space

Cat in Space

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Illinois/R.Williams & Y.-H.Chu; Optical: NOAO/CTIO/U.Illinois/R.Williams & MCELS coll.

A super nova remnant CAT, that is. Do you see it? :-)

This cat image is part of NASA goes pink honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Stellare's Week-end Magnetar

Credit: CXC/M. Weiss

There will be very few of these Week-end Magnetars, so enjoy this rare moment. :-)

PS. A magnetar is a slowly rotating neutron star where the internal magnets go bananas....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Rhino Posisiton

The Rhino Position

Is given by GPS, not any particular rhinos personal view....:-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chilean Miners Rescued With Help From Space

Chilean Miners Walking On Planet's Surface

All 33 Chilean miners were rescued with the help of all the best scientific and technological knowledge humans possess. That includes element of space technology as well as medical and psychological experience from our numerous space expeditions.

Congratulations Chile! Congratulations Science!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fossil Day 2010

Fossil Day

Happy National Fossil Day, America! :-)

Staring Contest

Staring Contest

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I'm so glad Bumapple is back on SU. Because he commits literary pearls like this Staring Contest. I was a late bloomer alright and had my staring contest period a wee bit late, but Bumapple devastate my record of immaturity. Just read about his combat with a kid, will you! It is hilarious.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me To The Moon

Or at least close by...:-)

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Io, Mio Io!

Credit: NASA

Io, the golden moon of Jupiter. Smashing!

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

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A Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) found at Lizard Island.

Credit: John Huisman-Murdoch University

This must be the nicest little worm I've ever seen. It is a marine worm that looks like a blue xmas tree. :-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Soyuz! Combust Me!

Combust Me!

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Credit: NASA

Alright, alright! I know 'combust' isn't really a word. But will you just look at that combustion rocket huge thingy, already! I want one. It is a free world (at least where i live) so... Combust me! :-)

Oh, well, we are talking about Soyuz TMA-01M which is about to get ready to blast off the next shipment into space. On 7th of October 2010 this Russian rocket will take off and dock at the International Space Station.