Monday, December 23, 2013

Making a name for Myself in the Galaxy ( Actually with glaxies)

Thank god the government shutdown didn't permanently cripple APOD! It's  been a huge help in making this possible!
Behold!  It's a  bit dodgy but if you squint, you can see  My name in the images. The J, the I, and the E are Galaxies and the M and the A are Nebulae!
J: It's an artist interpretation of what will happen when M31 and our Galaxy will eventually collide
A: This is the Cat's Eye Nebula
M: The Snake Nebula in Ophiuchus
I: Irregular Galaxy NGC 55
E: Fireworks Galaxy NGC 6946
Every image was either flipped or rotated to make the exact letter shape.
Lastly, If I had to communicate from someone not from this known earth, I'd prefer to use body motions ( think interpretive dance) or Images, not  any written words, maybe I'd use science, it is pretty universal, but to me pictures sound like the best option. But how do we know they se the same as us? if  they se at all? Maybe  there's  no one out there  who can at this time communicate with us in anyway. We don't have all the answers, but we keep the frequency of  neutral Hydrogen under close watch, just in case anyone wants to drops us a line using the most abundant source in the universe/.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

UFO's : a Disscussion


This Week we take a turn into controversy : UFOS, which  to some means little green men and to others.... I could fling my tennis shoe in the air and if you didn't see me fling it that would technically be a UFO to other people. Yet  there has been some actual research done upon  UFOs and what we really do know about  these unknown fliers.

On the British UFO Research Association Website I  found a really intriguing page  about decoding and  debunking UFO photos. It shows possible UFO photos but debunks air planes, fakers, birds and even shaky cameramen as the culprits of these " UFO "  sightings  I love the pictures in the "hoax " section : The "Raw" image just shows its a pie plate tin on a stick!

 There were several stories on the page talking about certain images, my absolute favorite being the  nighttime photos of  "advanced flying craft".  People sent in photos to BUFORA  that did have a craft like shape with long arm like appendages and  dancing lasers lights. But  under further inspection ( Making this  the follow up to  many a UFO stories) a shaky hand made the image a blurry blob so   what might have been a foreign craft may also have been a  jumbo jet!

My personal definition of a UFO is  an unidentified flying object, be it intelligent life looking in on us, a forging spy plane or  a lightning bug  flying to high over my head to tell if it's  a piloted craft or not. I'm pretty loosey- goosey about UFOs and what they 'really are'. I believe certain UFOs exist ( foreign military craft especially) but I don't think there's a lot of  aliens checking up on us, mostly because I don't  tend to find us  that interesting, special? yes, but interesting? no.

My sister thinks UFOs  are more of an optical allusion to us and we don't realize what they  truly are. I  truly agree with her on that impromptu testimony

Monday, December 9, 2013

Astronomy Blogs Other than my Own ( or Mrs. Herrold's)

I really really really wish I could simply promo my astronomy buddy's ( Gabs) blog here because it's one I actually read quite frequently and needless to say, we're good friends and I want to support her!

Alas posting a comment doesn't work for me because of my  different blogging platform ( Hums "Why Can't We be Friends") so I decided to sniff around Astro Bob's blog, It sounded really interesting!

LINK ( b/c I  always forget this) :

Dec 9 Post : Titan, a Place to Stretch Your Wings and Fly!

Summary: Titan is a wondrous land that because of it's dense atmosphere ( comprised of 98% nitrogen and  about 1.45 times thicker than the earth's atmosphere) and  weak gravity a human actually fly around on a pair of homemade Wings. Another stunning feature of Titan is the seasonal south polar vortex! Spinning  completely around in 9 hrs ( about 42x faster than the 16 day rotation period of Titan) No one is really sure what causes it, but scientists are claiming it shows open cell convection.  Finally titan is littered with lakes filled with  natural gasses chilled into liquid form ( as the surface temperature of -290 degrees Fahrenheit.

I posted my comment under Jamie L. ( like I always do) and if you use the same link and scroll all the way to the bottom you should see my comment!