Monday, September 18, 2017

Orion Over



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day gives Orion a new stance for me: He soars over one of the enigmatic heads of Easter Island, on his "head". "Mouseover" the image in the link for a constellation guide.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Messier's Gems



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a "stacked image" (ground and space-based telescopes contributing) of Messier 81, a striking spiral galaxy in Ursa Major.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Grand Finale



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the last image transmitted by the Cassini Orbiter as it was deorbited into Saturn. The science continued during Cassini's final trajectory, lasting nearly sixty seconds after it was estimated the spacecraft would be unable to maintain communications with Earth.

Goodbye, Cassini. You were, possibly, the grandest of our grand explorations.

Friday, September 15, 2017

100 Steps



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the winner of the 2017 The World at Night's International Earth & Sky Photo Contest.

Goodbye, Cassini



Right now, as I write this, the venerable hard-working Cassini Orbiter is plunging into the atmosphere of Saturn. This is being done to protect the moons of Saturn, or rather the potential life on the moons of Saturn (wouldn't want anything from Earth contaminating!).

The mission ran for 20 years, 13 of them in the Saturn system. Data from the mission will bring us discoveries for years to come.

It's strange to feel sad at the loss of a robot, but Cassini was more than a robot. It was a working representation of our desire to explore and learn.

Goodbye, Cassini. May we follow in your robotic footsteps soon.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Travels with Blackthrone (on the Cusp of the Storm)

The Three Hoarsemen return! Stina Leicht returns! The podcast returns!

Spouting Off



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a waterspout in the waters of Florida.

This Stretch of 27: Friday Photos

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Looking Back on the Eclipse



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day has the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter peeking homeward to catch a glimpse of the Moon's shadow during the eclipse.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cycles



I feel like today's Astronomy Picture of the Day needs a Philip Glass soundtrack. "Mouseover" the image in the link for a guide.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Arches



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us many arches in and reaching to the sky. "Mouseover" the image in the link for a guide.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ring Waves



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us density waves in the Rings of Saturn, courtesy of Cassini. I'm going to miss that vehicle!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Space Bird



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day peers into the heart of the Pelican, IC 5067 in Cygnus.

Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001—?



An interview with Volko Ruhnke, full-time three letter agency employee and part-time game designer on his experience with gaming, game designing, and GMT Games Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001—?.

BGG page on the game here. GMT Games page on the game here.

Saturday, July 29, 2017