Saturday, May 21, 2016

Anderson's Worlds

A Flickr album of the worlds of Gerry Anderson. Courtesy of the efforts of Derek Meddings and Crew.

The Under 10K Club

Round objects of the Solar System (under 10,000 kilometers in diameter). Images adjusted for scale. How many have we visited?


A proposed orbital laboratory for Mars, designed to control ground rovers, analyze samples from those rovers (and launched from Mars by other robots), and allowing for the exploration (by the crew) of the moons of Mars.

Final Tour

It's sad to think that Cassini is on it's final tour of Saturn Space. The band won't be able to get back together, as the orbiter will be destroyed to avoid contaminating any of the potential abodes of life out there (other than Saturn itself...). What's up for the last orbits? Take a look.

Status Report

What's going on in the solar system in May 2016?

100,000 Stars

An interactive observatory (requires Chrome, it appears). Even a sountrack!


Over at Gizmodo, a collection of cutaway illustrations of spacecraft and space stations. I remember most of these (and even had more than a few as posters or pictures on the wall).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Backyard Hobbyists

An article about the amateur astronomer from New Scientist. Are they really "dying" out (or "aging out")? Or is it more an issue of urban sprawl, light pollution and fragmented interests or lack of free time?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Job Security

122 years on, work on the "ultimate" Latin dictionary marches onwards! You can't hurry perfection.

Taking the Plunge

At some point the International Space Station will be deorbited. Hopefully, it will be a planned event rather than an emergency. Meetings are underway to develop a way of "controlling" reentry.

The downside: NASA is so underfunded that there are no plans, right now, for a replacement as the money will be put towards the expedition to Mars. No return to the Moon, no exploration of the Asteroids, no other station, just one thing at a time, folks.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Greatest RPG Ever

It is asserted that Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu is the greatest roleplaying game ever. I wouldn't argue.

A Difficult Upbringing

Apparently books like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter result in difficult children. In fact, asserts one gentleman, one should be required to have a license to buy such books!

Perhaps one should be required to have a license to wear those pants.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fire in the Lake

Another look at the GMT Games Fire in the Lake title, covering the Vietnam War.

Addendum: A after actions review. Lots of positive stuff on this game of late!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 6872, a "barred spiral". It is described as "a conventional barred spiral in which severe tidal interaction took place" (you think?).

I thought that perhaps NGC 6872 might have been a galaxy listed by Halton Arp in his famous Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, but it does not appear to be there.

What it most puts me in mind are some of the "stargate sequence" images from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, created with drops of ink and resembling exploding stars, globular clusters and galaxies.

Monday, April 25, 2016

On Top of Spaghetti

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a fantastic composite image of a supernova remnant that (if visible to the naked eye) would cover the sky in the equivalent of six full moons. What subtle structures are out there, waiting to be exposed!

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a very iconic image from the Hubble Space Telescope, featured in the news and popular culture (including film): Messier 16, a portion of the Eagle Nebula, popularly known as the Pillars of Creation.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Canyon Dreams

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a long-term exposure from Jabul Shams in Oman. Rugged landscape, lunar light and Milky Way all in one.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows NGC 7635, a planetary nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia. A wonderful Hubble Space Telescope image!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows solar system object Comet C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS) sweeping past deep sky object Messier 97, a "planetary" nebula.

Field Rations

Everything is on the internet. Or, at least, You Tube. Including "unboxing videos" for military field rations.

Potato Moon

Should a crewed expedition to Mars actually go to Phobos instead? What would be the advantages? The disadvantages? There's no money in it yet (let alone tin being bent), but people are (again) thinking about this.