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LIGO explains

February 11th was a good day. I spent the day at the “Dynamics and accretion at the Galactic Center” Conference at the Aspen Center for Physics, where about 75 physicists have spent the week talking about black holes and stuff. This morning we watched the LIGO press conference, frantically deciphered the papers, and had a…

A New Kepler Orrery

Ethan Kruse has update the Kepler Orrery, just in time for Extreme Solar Systems III now under way. Enjoy

Skrekkur is an annual talent show for Icelandic schools, roughly 9-10th grade, and it has grown to become quite a big deal. The winning act is usually stunning and original and very well executed, and I don’t just say that ’cause my little cousins keep winning… This year the winning performance, from Hagaskóli, was extraordinary,…

Nice cuppa tea

Why sex is just like a nice cuppa… This animation from Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios is really quite excellent and has been making the rounds, but that doesn’t mean everyone has seen it… “Copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios Non-commercial use: Video must have copyright information displayed below video, with a…

La Marsellaise

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The Dance of Neptune

The Kepler 2 mission serendipitously observed Neptune about a year ago. The images were posted on the K2 website, but according to the website stat like nobody shared them, which sucks. The animation was just shown at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, #DPS15, in DC so it is time to show it again. Enjoy.…

As of this morning we have discovered over 1,500 exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. In addition to the confirmed discoveries, we have over 3,000 candidate exoplanets, most discovered by the NASA Kepler Mission through transits, where we see the shadow of a planet as it crosses in front of its parent star.…

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Well, that took longer than expected. Anyone still out there? Lots to talk about, eh?

iPod iChing throwback

We haven’t done an iPod iChing prognostication in a very long time, and needs must! So, Oh Mighty iPod One! What say you? Whoosh goes the randomizer. Woosh. The Covering: The Secret Marriage – Sting The Crossing: I Will Not Be Denied – Bonnie Raitt The Crown: Away in a Manger – Kenny G The…