Carl Sagan would have been 79 yrs old today.
Carl Sagan would have been 79 yrs old today.
The “Supermoon” full moon is this weekend!
WikiPedia says: A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth.
The next occurrence will be on 23 June 2013. This full moon will not be only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.
So, what you’re saying is, the moon will be closer and look larger than at any other time this year? Got it.
But really… we need to work on a name. “Supermoon” is a little too pedestrian for this colossus in the sky…
Suggested names for the Super Moon…
#5. Moon du Souper.
#4. Big Cheese?
#2. No larger than usual, but appearing larger than usual moon.
#1. The latin name “Lunas- Kardashianus”
Wow… 10 ton meteor explodes over Russia, injures more than 750. CBC News story.
In other news: Another meteor is heading our way today. NASA is saying there is no chance at all that it will hit the earth. They admit they didn’t even see this last one coming, but they’re 100% positive this next one won’t hit us. However they are recommending that around 11:30 this morning… everyone on Earth lean to the left.
Could one be heading for us? Mike’s top five signs a meteorite might be heading for Prince George.
#5. There are already large holes all over our roads.
#4. I’m pretty sure I saw Gru with his shrink ray in the mall parking lot.
#3. Mysterious activity out at the PG Observatory (lots of nervous pacing by Jeff Goldblum).
#2. NASA officials were seen unpacking a giant trampoline near Hixon.
#1. Google Earth has replaced aerial photos of Prince George with a giant arrow and radiating yellow circles.
Out of roughly 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, a new analysis of Kepler data shows that around 17 percent of them have Earth-sized planets orbiting them, meaning there could be as many as 17 billion Earth-sized worlds.
Kepler’s mission is to find and document Earth-sized planets at greater distances. The more planets discovered with Earth-like orbits in the habitable zone, the greater the chances of extraterrestrial life.
Size isn’t everything. There are other signs that a planet may support life as we know it.
#5. Does it contain the essentials elements for building and sustaining life (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus – arguably iron as well.)?
#4. Is it nice and warm during parts of the year and a little chillier during other parts of the year?
#3. Little people all making noises, yelling, waving and holding big signs saying “this speck contains life”? (ala Horton Hears a Who)
#2. Is it pristine and beautiful and does it contain enough inner wealth so we might lay it to waste in an orgy of self indulgence?
#1. Do they have at least one Tim Hortons?!
The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles wide, was within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach this morning (December 12, 2012).
Deflector shields up!
No disrespect to Toutatis, the great Celtic god and tribal protector, but “4179 Toutatis” is a bit of a strange name and no one knows how to spell it.
So, I called NASA to make a few suggestions for re-naming the rock…
#5. “Toutatis style”. ala Psy.
#4. “Santa-roid”. It’s December, Santa will fly around the world, it’s an asteroid.
#3. “Prep H”. Oh, wait did I say asteroids? Never-mind.
#2. “The Rouge Reindeer”. Like a crazed reindeer, likely Comet has enough of all the sled pulling and decides to make a break for it two weeks before the big night.
#1. “Toutatis, Boo-bot-us, Do-dot-us, Moo-mot-us”. That very, very secret Harry Potter spell from Spacewarts.
Any other suggestions? Please comment below and I’ll see all suggestions are submitted to NASA…
Mike’s top five signs it’s a Star Wars Thanksgiving.
#5. Count Dooku cuts off your right arm after you pass him the stuffing.
#4. Every few minutes someone says “Luke… use the fork…”.
#3. Your friends Howard, Sheldon and Leonard can make it to dinner, but Penny is “too busy” to make it.
#2. Instead of the Heimlich Maneuver, if someone is choking, you just slit them open like a Tauntaun with your light-saber and crawl inside for a look.
#1. Sith’s won’t pass anything to Wookiees!
also… Sith’s also won’t eat wookies for Thanksgiving. They find them a little chewy. Thnx Bill!
File this one under “How could this possibly go wrong?”. Geez, don’t these guys watch movies?
J. Craig Venter, the American biologist who led the first private efforts to sequence the human genome, wants to send what he calls a ‘digital biological converter/teleporter’ to Mars. He hopes it will find Martian DNA, sequence it and beam the information back to Earth for scientists to recreate the Martian lifeforms in a lab.
Two Toronto teens are making headlines for sending a LEGO man into space. Well, maybe it wasn’t technically “space”, but 80,000 feet is pretty legorific!
The theory of which asteroid was responsible for killing the dinosaurs 65 million years ago has been shattered… (article from Huffington Post).
New data from NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) satellite suggests that an asteroid from the Baptistina family was actually not — as previously thought — responsible for the mass extinction.
“As a result of the WISE science team’s investigation, the demise of the dinosaurs remains in the cold case files,” Lindley Johnson, program executive for the Near Earth Object (NEO)
Scientists still believe that an asteroid hitting Earth 65 million years ago was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, but now they’re less sure of where exactly it came from.
There are people working on this? Really? Working on which asteroid got the dinos? Why?
When we find out which asteroid did it, what will we do? Send them a note…
Dear Asteroid, We have discovered that you are the asteroid that whacked all the dinos 65,000,000 yrs ago on the planet Earth, enclosed is our bill for clean-up.
You just saw the words “space junk” and all you can picture is an funky alien with a large behind? Me too. NASA’s defunct satellite is now scheduled to hit the Earth sometime this afternoon. Top five signs space junk is coming your way.
#6. They keep changing Facebook.
#5. All of a sudden there is an eerie stillness and everyone is pointing at you while slowly backing away (could also be the humus).
#4. Someone calls this afternoon to ask if “it’s there yet”.
#3. 4:20, more of a bang than usual.
#2. The theme from Armageddon won’t stop playing.
#1. Loud noise outside, people screaming, big crash, then little bits of satellite everywhere.