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.
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…
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!