Great ball of fire

Well.  Here we were, watching a moderate 50m sized rock go swoosh past.  Planetary Society and others using it as an opportunity to push for more money to find more rocks.  Trying to boogie as best they could with a … Continue reading

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Window of opportunity

Most of the day was cloudy.  Sometimes, though, fate is kind.  The clouds parted, and allowed for a view of the elusive planet Mercury.  Now, all by itself, Mercury is not very photogenic…..just a pale dot in the glow of … Continue reading

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Turbulent fluid dynamics…or weather

The saying in Tennessee is that if you don’t like the weather, just wait.  Certainly it’s been like that over the past two weeks.  70 degrees to 20 and back again.  The amount of energy that such temperature differences hold … Continue reading

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Not safe, part II

Here we go….from the Swift spacecraft, monitoring Gamma Ray Bursts.  Video commemorates the 500th GRB detected, December 2004 to April 2010.  Note some of the subtitles….including a note about the detection of a burst bright enough to be visible to … Continue reading

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