Archive for the 'Astronomy' Category


Here are a couple of photos that the hubby managed to take of the solar eclipse today. They’re purple, as they were taken through a couple of filters from my grandfather’s old camera. So very cool!

Posted on 20th May 2012
Under: Astronomy, Photo | 3 Comments »

Day 19: Symphony of Science – A Glorious Dawn

I know, I know. It’s been forever since I started this. …But I got stuck on “S’” and only now have I figured out that my beloved “Symphony of Science” totally starts with S. Now, a word of caution for this video. I know that many people have an issue with the use of Autotune (and in general I agree) and this video uses same. So, if you are one of those you may wish to skip this one. If not, I hope that you enjoy Symphony of Science – A Glorious Dawn:

Posted on 7th September 2011
Under: Astronomy, Meme, Music, Video | 2 Comments »

The Mountain

From the post on Youtube: “This is a video by Terje Sorgjerd. Its ecstatically beautiful and is taken from one of the tallest mountain in Spain. ”

Posted on 19th April 2011
Under: Astronomy, Photo, Video | 2 Comments »

Poem: Sidereal

Um…I think I made up for lost time lately. I wrote a pivotal scene in one of my WIPs today, and I’ve been attacked by no less that 2 poems in the last 48 hours. One, I even managed to finish. So…here it is. Hope you like it.


We each
some amount
of personal gravity.
There are those
in our orbits
and others
revolve around
at a slow
celestial events
are mirrored
in disruptions
of complex
terrestrial dances.
So perhaps
it is fitting
that even
our own
entropic ending
of seeming stillness
is only
rejoining the Earth
in her particular

Posted on 10th November 2010
Under: Astronomy, NaWriAnMo, Poetry | 4 Comments »

Asteroid Discovery From 1980 – 2010

May I just say…wow.

Posted on 6th September 2010
Under: Astronomy, Video | No Comments »

Crash Positions! Incoming Brain Dump! (part 1)

(A scene from last weekend. There were actually five classic cars in a row. It was *so* cool! )

It seems to me that this blog was supposed to entertain someone at work, and I have been falling down on the job. So…here is a bunch of stuff to keep y’all entertained.

* As I may have mentioned the other day, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is on Hulu. Well, at least season one anyway. Check out episode one here.

* After watching “A Glorious Dawn” did you go check out Symphony of Science webpage?

* Speaking of symphonies, have you watched the YouTube Symphony Orchestra? Check them out at Carnegie Hall (sorry, they are too wide to embedd)- Act 1 and Act 2. (Good music and some really cool stories.)

*…But back to Carl Sagan. Someone recently visited his grave and played a bit of music for him.

* On a sillier note, try the “Geocities-izer” on a website. Make it look like it’s from the mid-1990s.

* Guess where I’m going in another week and a half or so! Reno, Nevada. Am I going there to gamble or take in a show? Nope. I, and a couple of my friends, are going to the National Automobile Museum. I’ll be sure to tell you when to go over to the Where’s Calliope blog to follow my progress.

* And now, for those of you who care about the environment, “NBC is teaming up with Prince Charles for a new TV special about the environment. Harmony, which is slated to air in November, stems from Prince Charles’ three decades of work fighting climate change and searching for new solutions to the worldwide environmental crisis.” You can watch the teaser here. (Sorry, it’s another video too big to embedd.)

* Need an onlineetymological dictionary? How else will you know what a word used to sound like when you need the information at 2 am?

…and this is getting a bit long, so I’m going to break it up into a couple of bits.

Posted on 27th April 2010
Under: Astronomy, Information, Language, Link, Photo, Video | 2 Comments »

Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science)

You know how I feel about Science and Music by now, right?

Where to even begin?

Okay. There is a group called Symphony of Science, and they describe themselves thusly:

“The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.”

“A Glorious Dawn” (below) is their video that has been nominated for a Webby Award. (So, vote for it, if you can.)

Basically, this group combines music and the voices and images of science/scientists. The classic series Cosmos with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking from Stephen Hawking’s Universe are the ones featured in A Glorious Dawn.

Sound difficult to wrap your brain around? It isn’t, really. Just watch and see/hear for yourself. (And if watching this video makes you wish that you could go back and watch Cosmos again…Season 1 is available for free on Hulu.)

(If, like me, this song really gets to you, you can buy it on itunes. Just search for “A Glorious Dawn.)

Posted on 25th April 2010
Under: Astronomy, Music, Video | 2 Comments »

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

I got this link from a friend the other day, and all I can say is…wow.

Posted on 23rd January 2010
Under: Astronomy, Video | No Comments »

Another Messy Office


My sister was kind enough to send me this photo of her Home Office for you all to see. I should point out here that her room is larger than mine, just to give you all a point of reference. What do you think? Do you have a messier office? (Hmm…is that “messy-er” or “messier”? ‘Cause “messier” makes me think that we’re talking about stars or something.) Send me photos, folks!

Posted on 22nd July 2009
Under: Astronomy, Photo, Rambling | 2 Comments »

Rambling and Today’s Good and Bad

A massive young star cluster in the Milky Way

The Hubble takes the best pictures, doesn’t it? These jewels in the night are from the giant nebula NGC 3603. It’s only 20,000 light years away. What I wouldn’t give to have a TARDIS so that I could pop over and take a look a bit closer up.

My day was a bit of a blur. I discovered that a certain person at work who has been a bit…overly friendly won’t be bugging me for a bit. Needless to say, I’m relieved. I really don’t like it when people hit on me. A little flirting is fine, but that’s not the same thing. I’m thinking that I will start wearing my engagement ring more often, even if it doesn’t nestle against my wedding ring properly. Just to make the ring finger more noticeable. Also, it looks like I’m on the blog committee for my branch. (Actually…I may *be* the blog committee.) I expect that it’s up to me to make sure that the blog is marketed well and has a lot of fresh content. I’ll find out at the meeting with my boss and her boss on Tuesday. I’ve got a lot of ideas. Let’s just hope that I can translate them well enough for the non-bloggers I’ll be talking with.

Wish me luck for tomorrow. I have to get a new drivers’ license and go in search of my mail organizer. *stress*

And now, my daily good and bad:

Good: Well, I thought that today’s good was going to be “no one hit on me at work” or “The blog at work is mine muahahaha”, but I was wrong. One of my friends I hadn’t heard from for a while posted her personal statement from her college apps on her LJ, and I was one of the folks she dedicated it to. Colour me excessively honoured.

Bad: My mail organizer is lost somewhere. The company has it listed as delivered, but the only thing I’ve received it the free DVD. *sob* Tomorrow, after I deal with the driver’s license, I’m going to stop by the post office and see if there is anything I can do.

Posted on 5th October 2007
Under: Astronomy, Good&Bad, Rambling | 2 Comments »