Tycho’s Supernova Remnant

APOD: 2011 April 30 – Tycho’s Supernova Remnant.

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Tycho! Tycho! burning bright
In the darkness of the night,
What exploding white dwarf star
Did frame thy remnant from afar,

In the distant deep dark skies
Under gaze of human eyes?
Seen by mortals and their ma
Named for one called Tycho Brahe.

(as lifted direct from apod.nasa.gov)

At last! I now know how to pronounce Brahe.  Something learned every day.

APOD: 2011 March 20 – Parthenon Moon

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The Frontier is Everywhere


Earthshine « Lights in the Dark

Earthshine « Lights in the Dark.


“I’ll never forget this place…seeing this makes the heart soar and the soul sing.”
– Douglas H. Wheelock, STS-120 Mission Astronaut

A view from the window of the International Space Station, taken on by astronaut Doug Wheelock, shows external structures lit by a cool blue light reflected off our planet – “Earthshine” – while the bright crescent of dawn blooms within the thin line of our atmosphere. Stars – the light from other suns billions and trillions of miles away – shine in the distance. It’s another stunning view of our world from 220 miles up, and through the “miracle of modern technology” we are able to share this view and many others like it as quickly as the images can be uploaded to the internet.

Go look up Lights in the Dark’s page, he has some truly wondrous images to share and fine commentary to go with them. If you’re a space freak like me, you WILL enjoy it.


What all the Best-Dressed Presents are Wearing This Year…

Doctor Who Gift Wrapping Paper!

Guess what my presents are going to be wrapped in? Provided I can find some, that is!

The Tardis is the coolest.




Look Ma. Top of the World!

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Want. Want. Want. To be there.


There’s no place like home.

Peering out of the windows of the International Space Station astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson takes in the planet on which we were all born, and to which she would soon return. About 350 kilometers up, the ISS is high enough so that the Earth’s horizon appears clearly curved. The space station orbits the Earth about once every 90 minutes.  The ISS can frequently be seen as a bright point of light drifting overhead just after sunset. The above image was taken in late September from the ISS’s Cupola window bay.

Dr. Dyson is a lead vocalist in the band Max Q.

We humans can achieve so much, it is hard to look at this picture and remember the inhumanity towards each other that we also do.

With My Heart Full of Longing…

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Constellations of lights sprawl across this night scene, but they don’t belong in the skies of planet Earth. Instead, the view looks down from the International Space Station as it passed over the United States along the northern Gulf Coast on October 29. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is docked in the foreground.

November 2 marked the first decade of continuous human presence in space. With all my heart, I long for this to continue.

Astronomy Picture of the Day


Happy Shatnerday!


Celebrity Pictures - Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner

Dare I Go In…

to the Royal Observatory’s Oktoberfest,  Science Fiction London tie-in event? Well, if I want to see the preview showing of Gareth Edwards new film, Monsters, I shall have to!

“Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.”

Edit: And very good it was, too.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Manned Glide Flight


I just wish I could fulfil my life-long dream and see Earth from Space. Maybe this will bring the dream nearer…

The VSS Enterprise today reached a new milestone: completing a manned free flight from over 45,000 feet, then gliding down to land at Mojave Air and Spaceport, in California.

During its first flight the spaceship was piloted by Pete Siebold, assisted by Mike Alsbury as co-pilot. The two main goals of the flight were to carry out a clean release of the spaceship from its mothership and for the pilots to free fly and glide back and land at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

More info here, at Virgin Galactic News.