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Third Detection of Gravitational Waves by LIGO

Scientists report the third detection of gravitational waves by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), their findings being published in the Physical Review Letters. Continue reading

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GeekDad: The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings

The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings are fifteen wonderful illustrations by the French astronomer and artist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot Continue reading

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“No Man’s Sky” Game Begs Interesting Questions About The Universe and The Mind

The computer game on everybody’s lips at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year was Hello Games “No Man’s Sky”. It’s a science fiction game that has a simple aim – to procedurally generate an infinite galaxy and allow the player to explore it in real time without boundaries. The player can fly around the galaxy in a space ship, pick a sun, land on any of it’s planets, Continue reading

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GeekDad: Images and Animations of The Eclipse 20th March 2015

pinholecameraeclipse3eclipse1Take a look at these images of the Eclipse of 20th March 2015. My son and I built a pin hole camera, but I was surprised at how good my smart phone captured the event.

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GeekDad: Cool Cardboard Astrolabes

Take a look at these cardboard Astrolabes. The first (with my son) was made from a simple cut-out kit I found on-line, and the second, based on authentic astrolabe design, was made using an excellent piece of software called Shadowspro that enables you to input specific design and mathematical elements to create the astrolabe. The software was created by Francois Blateyron and can be found here:

www.shadowspro.com

 

– Your Joyful Benefactor

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Galactic Ghosts

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

In the coming decades, our ability to find and catalogue exoplanets within our own galaxy will improve exponentially and although direct observation may well be impossible, we will be able to measure the exact composition of a distant planet’s atmosphere by analysing the light that has reached us. From this, several things follow.

The composition of an atmosphere should tell us if it can sustain life – certainly the kind of life that we are used to: carbon based life that requires liquid water. Continue reading

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Newtonian Light

Hubble Observes Infant Stars in Nearby Galaxy NGC 602, N90

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – ESA/Hubble Collaboration

O! Heaving eyes from Earth that face the stars
And shape dim light to hues of Helium fire.
With slow ascent, decline: a pale Mars,
Whose barren plains perceive no human spire.
Of time long past this glass can but reflect;
Yet wonder of ancient light shall not decrease.
The wordless suns too many to inspect
Speak now of spheres whose populous increase.
Ask then, what moves beneath their starry cloak?
Or despair to guess and name a faceless fear.
Rejoice to be alone, the Earth it spoke,
Not quite alone, a wanderer moves near.
Our body revolve round quiet light infernal,
Not ever to rotate in flux eternal.

© Phil Corbluth

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Upon a Star

image: Camille Flammarion

image: Engraving by unknown artist appeared in Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire

 

Vega listened to Tau Ceti,
And Tau Ceti listened to Cygni.
Cygni listened to Procyon,
And Procyon listened to Sirius.
Sirius listened to Barnard,
And Barnard listened to Proxima,
Proxima listened to the Sun,
And the Sun listened to me.

© Phil Corbluth

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