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Martians

You can watch this 1 hour video on the research that proposes there are/were living things in ancient Martian lakes.  I watched/listened to some of it.  It’s interesting, but I don’t have the time to dedicate to it’s entirety.  Unlike some of the scientific videos, this one is interesting, and the presenters know how to put emotion into the talk.

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LEGO Jakku

Jakku LEGO Scene

This is a pretty neat diorama of a mix of LEGO scenes from the sequel trilogy.  What you can’t see from the photo is the moving ships that go around the perimeter.  Reddit video doesn’t let me embed it for some reason, so you’ll have to venture over there.

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Some of the Eclipse

Here’s some 360° video of this Monday’s total Solar Eclipse.  Witnessing this event in person was amazing.  We drove 16 hours down to Greenville South Carolina only to be stuck in clouds.

Clouds!
Clouds!

Not to worry though, because that was a major fear of ours, we were prepared and rushed in the opposite direction of the clouds.  Eventually we ended up on the border of Liberty South Carolina.  We pulled over to the side of the road with just enough time to spare to see the last of the moon cover the sun and plunge the place into darkness.

My favorite photos are available on my site under the Eclipse album.

I took many photos, which I’ve combined together into the time-lapse below:

I can’t wait until the next one graces our fine nation in the spring of 2024.  Who knows what kind of crazy technology we’ll have by then.  I can only hope though that deadlycomputer is still running strong.

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Eclipse!

Once in a lifetime.  Well, only if you think a total solar eclipse is the end of the world that is.

This afternoon, starting at around 1:09pm and lasting until just after 4pm Eastern the sun will begin to be blotted out by the Moon.   It’s funny how that works, the moon is the perfect size, and the perfect distance away from the earth to perfectly block out the sun.  Almost like it was engineered that way, artificially.

I’m not going to start conspiracy theories today.  Today is about science.  Science that is made possible due to the eerie circumstances that made the earth and moon billions of years ago.  Circumstances that were too perfect if you ask me.

If you’re reading this today, and you’re not in the path of the eclipse, you’re probably out of luck to see full totality.  Check this handy chart from NASA though.

 

Let’s hope that I see you tomorrow, or else the Mayans really got things wrong.

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Watching the Stars

Here are two time-lapses of the night sky from two very different perspectives.   The first one is the standard watch the stars pass by overhead in a circle around the viewer.  It’s pretty nice, Aryeh Nirenberg created it by leaving his camera on all night on Assateague Island in Maryland.

I do enjoy watching the stars pass by, it’s quite relaxing.  This next video is a different take on the tradition.  The stars are moving because the earth is moving through space, and rotating around it’s axis.  Most people experience this by having the foreground stationary and letting the stars spin.  AlphaPhoenix reversed that and has the stars stationary and the foreground rotating around Polaris, the North Star.

It’s actually, quite dizzying to be honest.  I’m not a fan of it.

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Orion Over Sky

Sriram Murali created the above video to show the effects that light pollution has on the beautiful night sky.  In it, he focuses on the constellation Orion, and how our perception of it changes based on the light density of the area we view it from.  The entire thing is a great example of one of the major downfalls of city life – loss of the night sky.  However, the entire thing also does suffer from a major unintended side-effect.  In order to take impressive night sky shots, you must take long exposure photos.  In the process of taking those photos, and in the post-processing necessary on them, you get many more stars visible than the human eye usually sees.  That makes the darker skies even more impressive in the time-lapse.

Regardless, it’s still a good teaching tool.  Hopefully you take the time to drive 100 miles from the city where you live to really experience the night sky!

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Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day Stamp

On April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union made history by sending Yuri Gagarin into space.  He was the world’s first astronaut, and he was the one who shot the United States in the arm and made us realize that we had a long way to go if we wanted to beat the commies at their own game.

In 1962, the USSR commemorated this day as a national holiday – Cosmonautics Day.  In 2011 some random international agency declared it the International Day of Human Space Flight, whatever that means.

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Voyageurs Northern Lights

In 8K!

Well, if you can even render 8K on your puny monitor that is.  This was taken up in Voyageurs National Park, way up in northern Minnesota, like, way up there on the border of Canada.  It’s not a place that’s easy to get to as much of the park consists of lakes and rivers, but that makes it unique in its own right.

One day I’ll make it to this park, hopefully it will be at a time when I can experience those beautiful norther lights in person!

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Alternate History Thursday: Year Over

The Date: December 39, 20009.  The Time: 11:59 PM.  The Mission: Revenge.

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The Space Station

You really do want to spend the next 18 minutes watching this video, you will thank me.

I got two things out this tour. 1). There are flashlights everywhere.  I guess it makes some sense, it still seems excessive. 2). It’s more cluttered than a teenager’s bedroom.  And I’m sure like every teenager, they moved stuff and tidied up for the video.  This really puts into perspective where we are as a species, and that is very far from the clean, sleek interiors of the various ships shown in sci-fi movies and TV.

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