Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Flowers for spring

Here are some flowers. Now get out and enjoy this beautiful spring day! :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More artwork

This is a picture I drew for a friend at her request. I did touch it up with Adobe, mostly since it scanned almost white when it had far more depth of color. Also it didn't pick up the red in the picture so I added that in. However, for the most part it's what it looked like when she got it.

The neat thing about this picture is that I asked my coworkers if they new what it was. The Baptist had no clue whatsoever, the other guy looked at it, thought for a moment and was able to give exactly what it was. He's the former Catholic. Can you tell what it is?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Floating Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers

There's a fascinating article in Discover about a new creature found in the Antarctica. They are called the Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers. You should go check it out!

Also, as an astronomer, it's my duty inform the public of a once in a lifetime event when the planets will align in such a way to be felt here on earth!

British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 yesterday that at 9:47, April 1st 2008, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event is going to occur that listeners can experience in their very own homes.

The planet Saturn will pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that will counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. This strange effect is caused because of the phenomena where the gravitational effects of two bodies can be calculated as one if you are sufficiently far away. Because of our distance from these planets the gravity will appear combined and we'll get a "double-dose," so to speak, of pull from these two planets.

Moore told his listeners that if they jump in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurs, they will experience a strange floating sensation.

Hopefully those Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers stay under the ice during this time. If they are small enough they might start floating and we wouldn't want an infestation of them up here!