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!

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