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Saturn and environs

The Big Picture has gorgeous shots taken by the Cassini probe. Above is Rhea.


Spectacular lenticular!

Today’s APOD is spectacular. Big version here.

Obama said: “My administration will not deny facts — we will be guided by them” And then actually began to do something about climate change. A good start.


Solargraphy is the art of using long-exposure pinhole cameras to record the path of the sun across the sky. The above example (click through for enlarged version over at APOD) is a six month exposure taken in Bristol, UK. Here are instructions to do it yourself – no processing required beyond use of a scanner…

Spirit and Opportunity Still Going …

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the landing of NASA’s Spirit on Mars. Its sibling, Opportunity, will celebrate five years on January 24th. Expected to last 90 days on the hostile Mars surface, as this article reminds us, they are still going strong and have been awoken after their winter hibernation. Martian winds occasionally have…

International Year of Astronomy

2009 is not just the Darwin Bicentennial, it is also the International Year of Astronomy. As APOD reminds us, This year was picked by the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization because it occurs 400 years after Galileo turned one of the first telescopes toward the heavens. Peering through…

Happy New Year!

ID and Global Warming – No contest

Over at Uncommon Descent, “DaveScot” has attempted to make the case that “public interest in global warming evaporates”. By his own measure, public interest in ID barely exists.

Sheril has just announced that Barak Obama has answered fourteen questions posed by the Science Debate 2008 team. I haven’t had a chance to read his responses yet, so wander on over yourself to see what he has to say.