A curious curly-head who gets excited over just about everything-- especially science and when I think I've made a good joke (which I am usually wrong about). I often like to imagine my life is a never-ending coming of age phase that's unfolding along to an awesome 80s mix tape. Something like that.
I love you very much, sweet girl.

I love you very much, sweet girl.

I just want to sleep and wake up and know what to do

Sunday, April 20, 2014
"

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
and
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

"
Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullabye”
Saturday, April 19, 2014

lookatthismagnificentshit:

1. NGC 4945 

2. NGC 5128

3. M83

Took these last night with Christian and Nik using an RC8 telescope, NEQ6 Pro mount, Orion SSAG autoguider and a H-a modified Canon 7D. Taken in Randwick, NSW under light pollution.

Friday, April 18, 2014

sci-universe:

Estonian astrophotographer Raivo Hein captured Moon with Jupiter and its moons!

ohstarstuff:

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot 
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is an atmospheric storm that has been raging in Jupiter’s southern Hemisphere for at least 400 years.
About 100 years ago, the storm covered over 40,000 km of the surface. It is currently about one half of that size and seems to be shrinking. 
At the present rate that it is shrinking it could become circular by 2040. The GRS rotates counter-clockwise(anti-cyclonic) and makes a full rotation every six Earth days. 
It is not known exactly what causes the Great Red Spot’s reddish color. The most popular theory, which is supported by laboratory experiments, holds that the color may be caused by complex organic molecules, red phosphorus, or other sulfur compounds. 
The GRS is about two to three times larger than Earth. Winds at its oval edges can reach up to 425 mph (680 km/h) 
Infrared data has indicated that the Great Red Spot is colder (and thus, higher in altitude) than most of the other clouds on the planet
Sources: http://www.universetoday.com/15163/jupiters-great-red-spot/ http://www.space.com/23708-jupiter-great-red-spot-longevity.html

ohstarstuff:

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is an atmospheric storm that has been raging in Jupiter’s southern Hemisphere for at least 400 years.
  • About 100 years ago, the storm covered over 40,000 km of the surface. It is currently about one half of that size and seems to be shrinking. 
  • At the present rate that it is shrinking it could become circular by 2040. The GRS rotates counter-clockwise(anti-cyclonic) and makes a full rotation every six Earth days. 
  • It is not known exactly what causes the Great Red Spot’s reddish color. The most popular theory, which is supported by laboratory experiments, holds that the color may be caused by complex organic molecules, red phosphorus, or other sulfur compounds. 
  • The GRS is about two to three times larger than Earth. Winds at its oval edges can reach up to 425 mph (680 km/h) 
  • Infrared data has indicated that the Great Red Spot is colder (and thus, higher in altitude) than most of the other clouds on the planet

Sources:
http://www.universetoday.com/15163/jupiters-great-red-spot/ http://www.space.com/23708-jupiter-great-red-spot-longevity.html

Thursday, April 17, 2014
"My Way " by Frank Sinatra

Play this at my funeral

I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to help you the way you deserve and need.

I promise it is all that I want to be able to do, though. More than anything. I’m sorry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
My Wednesdays have gained a new ritual that is me spending the evening at the park going along on my long board with my good friend while our supervisor from work tries not to trip on his rollerblades (jk he’s a really good rollerblader which is an equally hilarious and awesome statement), and afterwards we meet the astronomy club in the parking lot and look through amazing telescopes and talk about how great the universe is and one of these nights I’m bringing a giant thermos of coffee for all of us to share

My Wednesdays have gained a new ritual that is me spending the evening at the park going along on my long board with my good friend while our supervisor from work tries not to trip on his rollerblades (jk he’s a really good rollerblader which is an equally hilarious and awesome statement), and afterwards we meet the astronomy club in the parking lot and look through amazing telescopes and talk about how great the universe is and one of these nights I’m bringing a giant thermos of coffee for all of us to share


“Wash day at la Pitchoune”, 1973

“Wash day at la Pitchoune”, 1973

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Certain things are worth waiting up in the early hours of the morning for. I am amazed, and humbled, and small but in a nice way. I’ll always feel home here. Thank you for the show. You too, Spica.

 
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