A blog dedicated to science and all things wonderful, with a specific love to the emptiness of space and the field of physics. This is run by a 18 year old girl in university. I am an engineering major who wishes she had the brains to become a physicist. I'd be happy to talk to anyone, introduce yourself!
Of note is the deeply red star in the lower-left of the picture. That’s a carbon star, one whose makeup is a mixture of carbon and oxygen. The mixture on the outer layers creates a red color (from carbon monoxide being created) but inside the star is carbon in a state of plasma.
What does this mean? Well one might think of it as a star made of diamonds that are so hot that they don’t simply sparkle reflected light, they absolutely emanate light and energy of their own accord.
The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene.
The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.
… the two processes, that of science and that of art, are not very different. Both science and art form in the course of the centuries a human language by which we can speak about the more remote parts of reality …
Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”
“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
or how tons of blacks and latinos end up in prison for carrying a joint or less worth of weed.
On a semi-related side note, this is how jury duty works. I am one of those people who have been eagerly waiting for the day I get to serve on a jury and I finally got that call and was so pumped. I wanted to be sure to be unbiased and objective and see things from all view points, look at evidence and make a good choice. Jury duty is such an important task.
On the first day they read to us a sample scenerio and then asked us all several questions. The people who answered the questions and used fair critical thought.. those were the people who were removed from the jury. I was the first person kicked out. It was a devistating look at how “fair” a jury can be. I ran into another lawyer on the way out of the court house and she noticed I looked sad and she told me simply. “they arent looking for a fair jury, just one who will get the conviction they want.” It sucked.
This makes me very sad because I really want to be on a jury and…
Finally got around to wrapping up this portrait of everyone’s favorite astrophysicist. With his huge impact on new generations of aspiring scientists, I knew I wanted the background to be children’s space drawings. With my 6 year-old niece’s planetary masterpieces as inspiration, I did my best imitation with my left hand. (prints available here)