06 April 2015
A beautiful Blood Moon (total lunar eclipse) happened on April 4 of this year and was one of the shortest lunar eclipse in many years and the third eclipse in a series of lunar eclipses called the Lunar Tetrad.
From timeanddate.com :
Lunar tetrads can be rare in some centuries and can occur frequently in others. The 21st century will have eight lunar tetrads, the maximum number of lunar tetrads that can occur in a century. The last time this happened was in the 9th century!
The next lunar tetrad of the 21st century will start with the Total Lunar Eclipse on April 25, 2032.
Like Solar Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses tend to occur in 18 year long cycles called Saros Cycles. Lunar Eclipses separated by a Saros Cycle share similar features, including time of the year and the distance of the Moon from the Earth. Eclipses that are separated by a Saros Cycle are included in a Saros Series.
The April 4, 2015 Lunar Eclipse belong to Saros Series 132. The series that includes 71 lunar eclipses began with a penumbral eclipse on May 12, 1492 and will end with another penumbral eclipse on June 26, 2754.
I realize the eclipse already happened, but we will enjoy another lunar eclipse this September!
27 February 2015
All I can say is rest in peace Leonard Nimoy when I want to say Live Long and Prosper, Spock. Today I am very sad to learn that Leonard Nimoy has beamed up for the very last time today. As a big fan of Star Trek, I will miss his presence here on Earth but enjoy his work for years to come. I love this photo from the Big Bang Theory:
- Actor Leonard Nimoy "Spock" Dead at 83 (wbko.com)
- Live Long, and Prosper - Leonard Nimoy, 1931 - 2015 (fillingspaces.wordpress.com)
- Leonard Nimoy, World Famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek', Dies (wilx.com)
26 February 2015
I have been watching Stargate SG1 the television series for the first time in many years. I started with the original movie Stargate and then moved on to the series. It is taking me some time to get through because in the 1990´s, there were quite a few episodes per season, but I do not mind because I am enjoying each and every one!
In the series, I feel Richard Dean Anderson is a better Colonel O´Neill than Kurt Russell was in the movie.It has nothing to do with the acting but the way the character O´Neill in the series is written: he has a great sense of humor, is a little dumb but very caring and does the right thing most of the time. I am usually not a big fan of military science fiction but I do like this show a lot.
07 January 2015
The comet, discovered last August by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy (his fifth comet to date), is putting on a show for those equipped with little more than good binoculars or a small telescope. Officially catalogued as C/2014 Q2, this object is now reaching the pinnacle of its brightness; it will be making its closest approach to Earth tonight (Jan. 7) at a distance of 43.6 million miles (70.2 million km).
You can read more HERE.
This morning I had a great view of Jupiter and the Moon together in the early morning sky.
- How to Spot the Burning Green Comet Lovejoy in Night Skies This Week (scienceworldreport.com)
14 December 2014
Several years ago, I was quite nostalgic about the end of the space shuttle program by NASA and made a post about it in Jan 2010 HERE, but very excited about the new Orion spaceship. This new test was a great start and I hope will continue on into the future. From Universe Today:
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The long road to NASA’s “Mars Era” opened with the thunderous on-time blastoff today, Dec. 5, of NASA’s first Orion spacecraft.
Orion took flight atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on its inaugural test flight to space on the uncrewed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission at 7:05 a.m. EST on December 5, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
“It’s the dawn of Orion and a new era in space exploration,” said NASA launch commentator Mike Curie as the Delta rocket roared to life.
Orion’s Delta rocket lit the sky on fire and soared to space on the world’s most powerful rocket.
10 September 2014
I love sci fi art, especially when the subject matter is Star Trek related. This rendition of the Enterprise is wonderful.
- Design Inspiration: 6 TV Intros That Were Ahead of Their Time (shutterstock.com)
- Sci-fi goes back to the Eighties (techcentral.co.za)
- 10 Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction (toptenz.net)
15 August 2014
Star Trek happens to be one of my favorite science fiction shows, all of the series beginning with the Original series through Voyager and the movies(even Star Trek The Movie!). I have a special fondness for Deep Space 9 because it was set on a space station instead of a ship, was on the frontier of the Alpha Quadrant and the Gamma Quadrant, and dealt with many different alien races and darker less utopian stories. My favorite alien race is the Trill, especially if joined as is Dax. Jadzia Dax and later Ezri Dax. Jadzia Dax is interesting because she has had a friendship with Capt. Sisko and later married Worf. It was a shame she left the show for the last season but Ezri Dax became an interesting character all on her own, we just did not have time to get to know her, but some great stories were told involving her character.
Anyways, just some musings about Star Trek DS9 and I love this photo of the two actors who played Dax, Terry Farrell and Nicole De Boer.