Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

a Burning Ring of Fire

May 20th--Sunday--the Moon will pass between the Earth and Sun, creating a solar eclipse. This one is a little different because the Moon will be at apogee (the furthest point in its orbit--the orbit isn't a true circle), so it won't completely cover the face of the Sun. Want to look? Go here for ideas (yes, it's about seeing upcoming Venus transit, but it still gives nice information about looking at the Sun).  Here too. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN (unless you're already blind--but then you wouldn't be reading this :)).

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's Rainin...Meteors

I seriously love meteor showers--they are wicked cool. 

Clicking on the image takes you to the high-res version. I got this from 8bitniblet (a cool tumblr blog), who got it from jtotheizzoe (another blog...about science). How do you use this?

  •  The date on the left is the early morning after midnight on the day it will peak (so “October 7” is between  midnight and sunrise on the morning of the 7th). 
  • The constellation represents the point in the sky that the shower will “originate” from. 
  • Choose someplace dark, away from city lights, and bring a blanket and a friend.
  • Enjoy.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2012


    There's a moment in Predator (the movie) that we discover the alien collects the skulls of his victims as trophies.

    I'm pretty sure the assassin bug (and what a cool name) in this picture isn't collecting the killed insects as trophies--there is speculation and some argument. One point of view says it's to mask their scent, like aroma camouflage, allowing them to sneak in closer to the potential victims. Another point of view is that they use it as armor, so that when a bird or something attacks it only strikes the dead its collected. It's probably a combination of the two I would surmise. Either way though--AWESOME!

    From Ark In Space

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012


    So. That's my desk--or at least it was. There's the mercury (we named in Melvin), and a McDonalds cup, and my Mac. Thanks Josh for sending the clip.