snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Its just a video showing a size comparison of the universe but its so mind warpingly beautiful.

What can I say? I'm a nerd who finds this stuff fascinating.


snowywolfowl: (gecko)
First I'm thankful that no one was killed by that meteor today in Russia because that would have made a very cool science story almost unbearably tragic. Luckily this meteor was so well sized it was like Weight Watchers for news junkies. I can watch as many videos of the destruction as I want without anymore guilt than usual.

Secondly I'm glad that this particular meteor happened to explode over a Russian city long after the Cold War has ended, simply because having an ICBM dropped onto my city while I sleep would be a really crappy way to start the day.*

Thirdly I am thankful for police corruption because without all those dashcams aimed at recording car accidents and interactions with the police none of that amazing footage would have been captured. So remember, the next time any of you are arrested for video taping excessive use of force remember this, you are not taping the police, you're just waiting for the meteor to drop in.

And lastly I'm thankful for living to see something so amazing from space. Here's hoping it inspires us to look up and actually step back into the cosmos above. If not from curiousity then at least from equally worthy motivations like greed and self-preservation.

Stay good everyone, and keep looking up! :-)

*In elementary school I once told a teacher I figured we'd get hit with between 2-4 large hydrogen bombs just so the Soviets could be sure they got all the important stuff here. Definitely overkill but isn't that what nuclear warfare is all about?
snowywolfowl: (gecko)
Those are the words I'd be screaming if I was in this Russian's car. Apparently this was a small meteor that caused this much damage. Reports on casualties are varying from 150 to 500 injured but thankfully so far I haven't read of any deaths.

Here's some video of this. All I can say is I'm so glad this wasn't Tunguska II. If it had of been the effect would have been equivalent to a nuclear explosion instead of just breaking windows, setting of car alarms, and collapsing building roofs.





For more information, pics, video and more informed commentary than I can provide check out this link. I think he does a pretty good job breaking the event down, especially pointing out that this meteor probably isn't part of the close approach later today.
http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/15/breaking_huge_meteor_explodes_over_russia.html
snowywolfowl: (Default)
I've got a large, non-twinkling, yellowish light, low on the horizon ENE of my position. Any sky watchers in Canada/England/Northern Europe seeing it? It's not moving at all so I'm thinking its a planet. Any idea which one?
snowywolfowl: (Default)
I've got a large, non-twinkling, yellowish light, low on the horizon ENE of my position. Any sky watchers in Canada/England/Northern Europe seeing it? It's not moving at all so I'm thinking its a planet. Any idea which one?
snowywolfowl: (Default)
I've got a large, non-twinkling, yellowish light, low on the horizon ENE of my position. Any sky watchers in Canada/England/Northern Europe seeing it? It's not moving at all so I'm thinking its a planet. Any idea which one?
snowywolfowl: (Phantom)
Granted to me "UFO" means "Unidentified Flying Object" and NOT "Little Green Men". I'm pretty sure that what I saw was just a very bright satellite, and not the results of intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic gazing upon us with envious eyes, drawing their plans against us. *

Still, its always cool to be able to gaze up into the sky, see something, and walk away thinking "Just what exactly was that, really?" I guess that's why we continue to gaze into places that we really don't belong, whether its the vastness of space, the depths of the ocean, or the unknowable mysteries of the human heart.

School starts again soon. Time to find out what I see for myself I suppose.



"Hey, what can I say? I loved reading H.G. Wells as a kid, and the 1953 George Pal film version is a sci-fi movie classic well worth seeing for any fan of the genre."

snowywolfowl: (Phantom)
Granted to me "UFO" means "Unidentified Flying Object" and NOT "Little Green Men". I'm pretty sure that what I saw was just a very bright satellite, and not the results of intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic gazing upon us with envious eyes, drawing their plans against us. *

Still, its always cool to be able to gaze up into the sky, see something, and walk away thinking "Just what exactly was that, really?" I guess that's why we continue to gaze into places that we really don't belong, whether its the vastness of space, the depths of the ocean, or the unknowable mysteries of the human heart.

School starts again soon. Time to find out what I see for myself I suppose.



"Hey, what can I say? I loved reading H.G. Wells as a kid, and the 1953 George Pal film version is a sci-fi movie classic well worth seeing for any fan of the genre."

snowywolfowl: (Phantom)
Granted to me "UFO" means "Unidentified Flying Object" and NOT "Little Green Men". I'm pretty sure that what I saw was just a very bright satellite, and not the results of intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic gazing upon us with envious eyes, drawing their plans against us. *

Still, its always cool to be able to gaze up into the sky, see something, and walk away thinking "Just what exactly was that, really?" I guess that's why we continue to gaze into places that we really don't belong, whether its the vastness of space, the depths of the ocean, or the unknowable mysteries of the human heart.

School starts again soon. Time to find out what I see for myself I suppose.



"Hey, what can I say? I loved reading H.G. Wells as a kid, and the 1953 George Pal film version is a sci-fi movie classic well worth seeing for any fan of the genre."

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