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sirius

I'm not a good astronomer, only able to pick out a few constellations or individual stars. But Sirius is probably the one star I'd know just by looking at it even without Orion nearby to point the way. All stars twinkle, but Sirius glitters and flashes--red! blue! yellow! white! full spectrum! I stared at it a while last night, and when I pointed it out to my husband and said it could easily be mistaken for a plane due to its brightness and flashiness, he peered at it and said, "No, that *has* to be a plane...doesn't it?"

Then the Pleiades and Jupiter grouped up together in one of the skylights over the bed, so, thank you all around, clear winter skies.

Speaking of astronomy, did you know there are two, yes, TWO possibly brilliant comets coming in 2013? Comet PANSTARRS will be the more modest opening act in March, and the potentially dazzling Comet ISON is due for around November. Keep an eye on astronomy pages for details. (This blog seems dedicated to the comets in particular.)

Speaking of science in general, you could do a lot worse for a new year's resolution than this philosophy from Neil deGrasse Tyson:

degrasse tyson

Or maybe you just need something faux-literary and silly. Here you go.

poeboy

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girlspell
Jan. 2nd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Actually I'm happy about that other very big comet visiting us 2040. It was scheduled to hit us, but recent measurements have reassured that it will miss. It will pass by instead about half the distance between the earth and moon. So impressive sight, but not the end of the world for earth. So I wondered when I first read this. I had just finished seeing Melancholia.
mollyringle
Jan. 2nd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness! I thought that was an asteroid? Well, good news either way, and we'll wait to hear if it'll make a pretty sight in the sky for us instead of Doom. :)
serai1
Jan. 2nd, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I am DYING with anticipation for NDT's new edition of Cosmos. He is one of the Top Five Coolest Humans on the Planet, and a worthy successor to Carl.

Oh, and by the way - Why is a raven like a writing desk?
mollyringle
Jan. 2nd, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hee--is there any definitive answer to the raven question? (Maybe "because Poe wrote on both" or something.)

I forgot about the new Cosmos! That will rock. I love NDT. Such an effective ambassador for science. In a fair world, he would be president (with VP Bill Nye), but he's surely too smart to want the job.
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