When quacks with pills political would dope us,
When politics absorbs the livelong day,
I like to think about that star Canopus,
So far, so far away.
Greatest of visioned suns, they say who list 'em;
To weigh it science almost must despair.
Its shell would hold our whole dinged solar system,
Nor even know 'twas there.
When temporary chairmen utter speeches,
And frenzied henchmen howl their battle hymns,
My thoughts float out across the cosmic reaches
To where Canopus swims.
When men are calling names and making faces,
And all the world's ajangle and ajar,
I meditate on interstellar spaces
And smoke a mild seegar.
For after one has had about a week of
The argument of friends as well as foes,
A star that has no parallax to speak of
Conduces to repose.
By Bert Leston Taylor
Originally posted by duathir at Bert Leston Taylor, 'Canopus'
You can take the moon by the spoonful
or in capsules every two hours.
It's useful as a hypnotic and sedative
and besides it relieves
those who have had too much philosophy.
A piece of moon in your purse
works better than a rabbit's foot.
Helps you find a lover
or get rich without anyone knowing,
and it staves off doctors and clinics.
You can give it to children like candy
when they've not gone to sleep,
and a few drops of moon in the eyes of the old
helps them to die in peace.
Put a new leaf of moon
under your pillow
and you'll see what you want to.
Always carry a little bottle of air of the moon
to keep you from drowning.
Give the key to the moon
to prisoners and the disappointed.
For those who are sentenced to death
and for those who are sentenced to life
there is no better tonic than the moon
in precise and regular doses.
by Jaime Sabines
translated by W. S. Merwin
Originally posted by duathir at Jaime Sabines, 'The Moon'
Happy 98th birthday to pioneering NASA physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson! One of the earliest women to join NASA, Johnson's skills in celestial navigation were renowned. Among other mathematical feats, she calculated -- by hand -- the launch window and trajectory for the 1961 space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. For her contributions to the space programs and for blazing a trail for women and African Americans at NASA, Johnson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award, last year.
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(from Oh My What a Beautiful Day FB pg)
There's an unidentified object in a strange orbit past Neptune and no-one can explain it, from Science Alert
Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations, from Brain Pickings
14 Totally free things on the Internet everyone should be taking advantage of
Here's why Olympians always bite their gold medals
The physics behind four amazing demonstrations (walking on broken glass, dipping fingers in molten lead, bed of nails and breaking a concrete block, picking up a piece of orange-hot space tile)
A rare 'monkey orchid' is shown in Fukushima Aquarium in Japan
15 best books of 2015, from Brainpickings
Remembering Oliver Sacks, from Brainpickings
Left Turn No Turn Right Turn Stop, a short SH story by wordybirdy. ("Holmes learns to drive a dog-cart. London evacuates en masse.")
Watchers flock to Prospect Park in New York to see a rare bird
Here's the bird: a painted bunting:
The facts behind the most common misconceptions about space, from Science Alert
Is gratitude selfish?
How to properly use positive thinking (rather in line with what Zig Ziglar had said/written)
When "Queen Victoria" delivered a baby
(browngirl--you must read this last one ;))
["I just found this really, really old picture of you"]
(from Elizabeth Gilbert's FB page)
"The cosmos is also within us, we're made of star stuff." ~Carl Sagan
(Here's more info and a short video about it: "We are made of star stuff--a quick lesson on how"
“Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot even breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and you have cried yourself to sleep enough times that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not even loss. You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day you are going to find yourself again.” - Finn Butler
Top 5 Misconceptions about Evolution, in infographic form
Flowers bloom in the Atacama Desert in Chile
FDA approves the first ever oncolytic virus for cancer treatment
Audrey Hepburn was an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, from A Mighty Girl
Truman Henry Safford (1836 – 1901) was an American calculating prodigy. In later life he was an observatory director.
At an early age he attracted public attention by his remarkable calculation powers. At the age of nine, a local priest asked him to multiply 365,365,365,365,365,365 by itself. In less than a minute, Truman gave the correct answer of 133,491,850,208,566,925,01
At around this age he also developed a new rule for calculating the moon's risings and settings, taking one-quarter of the time of the existing method.
Daguerreotype of Truman Henry Safford
(from Victorian History FB pg)
A real-life Prof. Moriarty, if you will...but he didn't go into crime...;))
“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson
(from Kelli Klymenko's FB pg)
Eleven Mile Reservoir Milky Way (Colorado).
I will try to take some new night photos this weekend. Until then here is one of my favorite photos from 2013. A 30-second exposure of the Milky Way at Eleven Mile Reservoir. The color in the clouds is not due to a sunset or sunrise; the clouds are illuminated by the lights of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and some other towns in the distance. It was a great night. I even caught some fish while waiting for the clouds to move. When I got there, the Milky Way was completely blocked by clouds.
If you have one of my 2015 calendars ... this is the photo for June. smile emoticon
Have a great weekend!
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Here is a photo of a stunning a sun-pillar reflecting light from the Sun setting over Ontario, Canada.
Sun Pillars occur typically during sunrise or sunset when sunlight is reflected off the surface of falling ice crystals associated with thin high-level clouds, like Cirrostratus clouds.
The crystals are hexagonal, plate-like crystals and as they fall they are forced into a horizontal orientation due to resistance from air.
The result is the reflection of this beautiful pillar of light.
Image courtesy of Rick Stankiewicz
(from The Earth Story FB page)
Warp Speed Aurora
On March 17, 2015, Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography went out to photograph the northern lights. A strong geomagnetic storm (G4) produced a dazzling light show. Here is one frame from a time lapse. He tweaked the photo a bit in Photoshop to give it the "warp speed" look.
Nikon D600 & 14-24mm @ 14mm
f/2.8 - 25 secs - ISO 1600
Processed via Lightroom & Photoshop CC
© Mike Taylor | Taylor Photography
Workshops - Presentations - Prints
via The Universe FB page
The best sprite I've ever seen
A wonderful photo taken last year above Minnesota reveals the clearest glimpse of a very rare phenomenon from the ground, and probably the first depicting their natural colour. These wisps of red fluorescent plasma are very short lived (5 milliseconds), and elusive, so snapping one, along with the aurora borealis (the green glow) and the lightning storm that spawned the sprite is a once in a lifetime event. I'd be surprised if we see the like again even in photo. Careful observation of distant storm fronts and aeroplane flights are your best chance of glimpsing them.
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Do take a look, the video is only a few seconds long and there are photos as well, and instructions, in case you want to try it yourself:
2. Chocolate health myth dissolves
3. Great videos in this link: "If other Solar system planets took the place of the moon" and "If other stars took the place of the sun":
Replacing our moon with other planets yields stunning views
(browngirl--you must see these! ;))
4. Australia--trip to the historic gold rush town: http://a-zimmermann.livejournal.com/
5. People who failed at their one job (list from 2013)
And two more lists of the same kind:
People who had one job to do and still failed, from 2014
30 more fails
(yes, there are some repeated items among the lists)
Cosmic Fender Bender
A pileup of galactic proportions is captured in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The wreckage is visible, from the distorted shapes of the galaxies to the trails of debris streaming away from the accident scene.
This is Stephan’s Quintet, also known as Hickson Compact Group 92. Okay, first things first: it’s not really a quintet. The galaxy on the upper left, NGC 7320, is actually a foreground galaxy located about 40 million light-years from Earth. The remaining four galaxies are over seven times farther away, at an estimated distance of 300 million light-years in the constellation Pegasus. This was the first compact group of galaxies discovered, seen by Edouard M. Stephan in 1877.( Read more... )
26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence (a sense of perspective through astronomy diagrams)
33 Teachers who got the last laugh
Detective Caminada and the Quack Doctors
(The real-life Sherlock Holmes and his debunking of quack medicine)
Sherlock Holmes in Russia
(an extensive overview of Russian SH adaptations, among other things)
Delightful 17th-Century Traveling Library Packs 40 Volumes Into One
(how one could have a portable library in the pre-electronic times--if one could afford it, of course...)
Napoleon's Traveling Library
(and here's another famous portable library)
[browngirl--you must see the two links above ;))
Some of the best rare natural phenomena that occur on Earth
Cool mathematical things to do on the back of a notebook
(doodling elevated to an entirely new level)