Why Uranus Is My Favorite Planet and Other Links

January 19, 2010

-Uranus is my favorite thing in the Solar System. I mean look at that giant blob of smooth,¬†blue haze. It’s hypnotizing, isn’t it? Unfortunatel, it is also marred by its name. Why did the Greeks have to name it that way? ūüė¶ They should have forseen the existance of English!

(via badastronomy)

-My not so posting of the link to Carnival of Space.

-The story of the Big Bang, as told by Mr. Siegel: Part 1 and Part 2

-Very cool annular eclipse pics from Universe Today. Annular eclipse happens when Earth is in the closes point to the sun (around January) and the moon is the furthest point from Earth, and they line up. So what happens is that the moon is slightly smaller than the sun. Very cool:

Link to the guy who took the picture is here. And apparently, there is a group called the Eclipse Hunt 2010. They took a lot of cool pics too. Anyways, Universe Today has more links to the eclipse than I could ever provide, so help yourself.

There was also an astropic of the day from yesterday which has an eclipse, which is worth the Holy Crap!:

-Finally, astropic of the day¬†in January 19¬†is… *drum rolls*

Cool Martian landscape!

Alternative Does Not Make It Right

January 19, 2010

While I was playing the game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a very fun, hilarious visual novel/videogame about a rookie defense attorney, I found the following amusing scene:

While fiddling around the “Ace Detective” Luke Atmey’s room (ha! get the name? the series is filled with puns)¬†to gather evidence for a trial, I examined the chemistry set. What follows is the funny dialogue above. She asks, “Did you know?” and say that water is made of carbon and hydrogen. Phoenix responds that it is oxygen and hydrogen. And then, you can see¬† what happens in the next two dialogues up there, ending with Phoenix’s sarcastic thought:

“If by alternative, you mean the ones you make up inside that head of yours.”

I find this funny and at the same time, I can relate to it. And you probably find it funny too. Now, you might laugh at them, but have you ever considered that they are poking fun at some of us too? After all, real people do come out and tell you things that seems without substance on the premise that it is alternative, and that there are multiple points of views. *cough*alt-med*cough*

I wish I could show that joke to everyone who tells me about alternative whatever. Because really, these people end up looking as silly as Maya does up there when she tells us that water is carbon and oxygen. Those people, then, would kind of understand why I don’t think what they are saying is true. They would know that A: Their claims are unsubstantiated and B: They made it up. Whatever they told people were not based on prior, existing knowledge or, and I know it is redundant,¬†the facts were not substatiated. See, if they would have had the evidence, they wouldn’t look silly.

I tell you, this joke teaches us more lessons than an entire day in high school. ūüôā

Deep Down the Gravity Well

January 8, 2010

Have you wondered, how deep down the gravity well are we in? Me neither. But this xkcd comic let us know:

It turns out it is a really good picture of what a “gravity well” is, which has to do with the amount of¬†speed, thereby energy needed to climb out of the well and prevent yourself from clawing at the wall and falling.¬†Now you know how come you need a giant rocket to get out of this really deep well we call Earth. Of course, compared to the giant planets and the gargantuan sun, Earth’s well is nothing. Falling into Jupiter must make one heck of a nasty experience…

Galaxy Zoo Blogging

January 3, 2010

After the weeks long rest from blogging, I would like to show a few pics I had been classifying on Galaxy Zoo:

Merger galaxies:

Beautiful edge on spiral:

Annoyng star in the way:

Weirdly disturbed galaxy:

If I get anything else that is much prettier than these murky pictures, I will be sure to tell ya. ^_^