Friday, March 24, 2017

Nice Grouping



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day features an owl and galaxy and a local interloper. Comet 41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresak encounters galaxy Messier 108 and nebula Messier 97 (the "Owl Nebula").

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cygnus Starfield



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day gives us a deep look at Cygnus. Astounding stuff.

Origin Story

The very secret origins of the Wild Cards novels and stories aren't very secret, but this essay by John Jos. Miller gives a nice new perspective on what happened. And they say nothing ever comes out of playing games!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

JWST



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the James Webb Space Telescope in the clean room at Goddard. I really hope this thing works!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Odometer



For a mission slated for a mere ninety "sols", Opportunity is doing pretty good.

Phasing



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows several months on phase changes for Venus. Which phase is the brightest in the evening (or morning) sky?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Starlight Moon



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us the starlit face of Mimas. Another wonderful image courtesy of the hard-working Cassini orbiter!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter Composite



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a composite of visible stars and enhanced nebula in the winter skies. "Mouseover" the image in the link for a guide.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Closeup: New Worlds



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us the best view ever of Saturn's tiny moon Pan. The detail comes at a price, we're in the final stages of Cassini's extended mission.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heart of the Nebula



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day brings us one of my favorite sites in the night sky. Christoph Kaltseis brings us the heart of Messier 42, The Great Nebula n Orion.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

To Far Centaurus



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows "active galaxy". The visible image is only a portion of what is going on there.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Swirling Complexity

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the complexity found in the Great Nebula of Orion. This one is worth making into your desktop image!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Day Job



Still in the midst of a product cycle that is slowly reducing my SAN. Hence low productivity on reading and gaming and such. Zounds.

Dark and Light



Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows dark dusty lanes and bright emitting lanes in NGC 2170 in Monoceros.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017