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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ghosts of Firefly Past
Fans of the old show will love the opening two scenes of this week's Castle.
8:37 am est

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dark Skies, Moon Calculator
I was looking around for some Dark Skies in my neighborhood and surrounding states. I came across The Cherry Springs Star Party in Northern PA, and it sounds pretty spectacular. Their next party is June 10-13. I was curious what the moon phase would be at the time, and found this moon phase calculator. Of course, those clever astronomers used something similar to pick their moon on the 10th.
6:49 am est

Thursday, October 22, 2009

So...Now What?
The report is out, the readers and other readers are discussing it, the Congress is preparing to fight it, but in the end, what will happen? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a speech will happen. That's all I'll stand by for now.
6:26 pm est

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Double Anniversary
Two events happened twenty years ago. The Loma Prieta Earthquake (on Oct 17th) and the launch of the Galileo Probe to Jupiter (on Oct 18th). Why are these items related? Because the Galileo probe was pushed out of Earth orbit using an Inertial Upper Stage, and that stage was controlled from Sunnyvale, CA near the epicenter of the quake. The people who were to control the IUS evacuated the facility during the quake, then returned the next morning, held their breath, and turned the computers back on. All was OK, so the launch was a go.
9:00 pm est

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Meteor Captured on "Film"
An image was captured of a meteor's streak through the sky. There should be many more cameras like this throughout North America.
8:42 pm est

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Problem with Doing Live Events... that they don't always go the way you want. The live feed from the LCROSS Impact was a bit underwhelming, but the visual image frame rate was only 10 frames/sec. I don't know how long a visual flash would last, but apparently it was less than 1/10th of a second. Most likely, the less visual data will provide a better show without the instant gratification.

Update: Paul Spudis is more programmatically disappointed.
1:33 pm est

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ice found on an Asteroid using spectroscopy from Earth.
3:59 pm est

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