Astronerd Revisited. FGJ!!

11 Feb 2012 at 15:48 (Random Randomness) (, , )

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My first score has gone down, it seems, but my other two have gone up. 96% Astronerd! FGJ!

From this time forward, you’ll hold the title:
Master of Uber Space Nerd’s Mentor
Carry it proudly!

I will!

Quick Fun Facts:

21854 unique people have taken this test.

Based on these unique user’s answers…

25.7% of ’em are gals,
70.4% are guys,
…the rest (3.9%) are confused.

3.7% of the guys,
5.6% of the gals, and
11.8% of people 60 or older
believe we haven’t been on the moon!

2.3% watch way too much Star Trek
(neutrinos == cloaked ships???)

59.8% think we’ll be back to the moon by 2020, and
68.3% hope to be on Mars by 2030.

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Astro Nerd!! FTW!!!!

30 May 2008 at 20:44 (Random Randomness) ()

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YES! I am an astro boffin! Huzzah! Now I’m off to go look for a supernova!

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Lana’s Star

9 Feb 2008 at 23:33 (Random Randomness, Screenshots, Sims 2) (, )

This is Lana’s star from part one of Halfway Across…
Lana’s Star
My astronomy is SO off! Sirius isn’t really blue, though it does look kinda blue in the sky. It is in fact a white star and you can see Sirius in the evening this time of the year. It’s very bright, you can’t miss it. Have a look at this map to find it.

Good news on the story front anyway, part 3 of Lana’s story has been written, as I mentioned on the home page, I do have quite a few screenshots to take now, but I plan on getting it done by the end of the month. But we’ll see.

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More skywatching

15 Sep 2007 at 20:09 (Random Randomness) ()

Quick sky notes. 04.00 Universal time, looking south.

A lovely view of Orion and Canis Major. Very bad seeing this morning, Sirius was flickering so badly it looked red. I tried to swing it like Dr Bates said, but it still flickered like anything. Oh well. I also saw two planets, which I guessed were Mars and Venus (and I was right, surprisingly!). Venus looked crescent-shaped through binoculars, but it’s hard to tell for sure as my binoculars are meant for birdwatching, not skywatching. Aldebaran in Taurus, Canis Minor, Auriga and Gemini were also visible. Nice view of the Pleiades, but it looked like a small blue cloud with my crummy eyes. Argh! another reason I need to see a Bates teacher!Orion

Zoomed in:
The Pleiades
Yah, I forgot to get a close-up look of the Hyades, perhaps I’ll try again tomorrow morning. But I did have a look at Orion’s sword. My binoculars are only 10x32s or something, the crummy roof prisms type, and because the objective lenses are so small M42 (the nebula in Orion’s sword) appeared grey, which is a beastly shame, but what do you expect from freebie binocs, eh?

And this is what the Pleiades really look like:
The Pleiades

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Alpha Canis Majoris

1 Aug 2007 at 22:11 (Random Randomness) ()

AKA Sirius, the brightest star in the sky

Canis Major has always been a kind of special constellation for me, along with other favourites like Lyra, Cygnus, Orion and Boötes. It was amongst the first constellations I identified. Sirius (alpha [α] canis majoris) is the brightest star in the sky at magnitude -1.4, which makes is quite easy to identify, even in bright city skies. Canis Major is located east of Orion, and if you follow Orion’s three belt stars down you will find Sirius.

How to find Sirius

Historically, many cultures have attached special significance to Sirius. Sirius was worshipped as Sothis in the valley of the Nile long before Rome was founded. The Middle Kingdom of Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, which occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and the summer solstice. In Greek mythology, Orion’s dog became Sirius. The Greeks also associated Sirius with the heat of summer: they called it Σείριος Seirios, often translated “the scorcher.” The dog days of summer were also connected to Sirius.

Canis Major
Photo © by Akira Fujii

And you’ll understand the significance of this just as soon as I’ve finished part 2 of Lana’s story. I don’t know when that will be.

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