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With all delighted gratitude to [personal profile] purlewe!

"Some of our favorite postcards from our journeys at Saturn, now available in a free, downloadable e-book: "

Several formats including Kindle, Apple, and straight up PDF

(reposted from [ profile] browngirl--many thanks!)
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Further details have been posted on the Astronomers Without Borders website.

The address has not changed; you can send your glasses to:

AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762

Further details can be found over here at their website
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The Eclipse of the Sun, 1820

High on her speculative tower
Stood Science waiting for the hour
When Sol was destined to endure
That darkening of his radiant face
Which Superstition strove to chase,
Erewhile, with rites impure.

By William Wordsworth

Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at William Wordsworth, 'The Eclipse of the Sun, 1820'

Also, some great photos of the eclipse here:

Stare all you want at these incredible eclipse images, from Gizmodo
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And it's for a good cause--for the schoolchildren in Asia and South America to see the 2019 eclipse there!

I'll definitely be sending along the three pairs the public library kindly gave us (I had bought a few more beforehand, but alas, they weren't officially certified :( )

“This is an opportunity for schools to have a first-hand science experience that they might not otherwise have” Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons told Gizmodo. “Many schools in developing countries don’t have resources for science education and this is a rare opportunity that inspires students and teachers and shows them that science is something they can do. It can be a ray of hope for young people who don’t otherwise see a path to a career like this.”

More details in the article, including the address if you want to send them right away, or if you wait, they'll have another address--so you can hold on to your eclipse glasses in the meantime:

You Can Actually Do Something Good With Those Eclipse Glasses

Please do hang on to your certified eclipse glasses and please spread the word to all your friends and acquaintances!

(tagging [ profile] egg_shell and [ profile] browngirl :) )
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When 4th grader and self-proclaimed “Guardian of the Galaxy”, Jack, wrote to us about applying for a job, we replied:
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("Having flown around the earth in a Sputnik ship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and multiply this beauty, and not destroy it!" ~Yu. A. Gagarin)
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Originally posted by [ profile] browngirl--many thanks for sharing the beauty of the Universe with us :)
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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 [ profile] duathir at Bert Leston Taylor, 'Canopus'

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The Moon

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 [ profile] duathir at Jaime Sabines, 'The Moon'

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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.

Read more... )
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On very diverse topics, and in no particular order:

A rare 'monkey orchid' is shown in Fukushima Aquarium in Japan

Science jokes

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

([ profile] browngirl--you must read this last one ;))
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["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


Sep. 30th, 2015 05:29 am
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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 133,491,850,208,566,925,016,658,299,941,583,225 with no paper.

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...;))
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“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)


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