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Rooftop Stargazing and Temporal Dominoes

4 Oct

See that dot?

Clearly, I need a telescope. Is anyone watching the Hubble?

It’s tempting to go with Sagan here: “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.” (Yes, I have that memorized, mostly inadvertently.) But it’s not here/home/us. It is, according to every internet resource I can find combined with my common sense, Jupiter. It is by far the brightest object in the sky besides the Moon and various airplanes.

You see, my building has some very nice rooftop decks that no one seems to use on weeknights when it’s SoCal-cold outside. So I’ve started going out there most days to get some alone time with the stars and various Neal Stephenson tomes.

There are stars and constellations I think I have identified with some certainty — my problem, besides my lack of telescope, is possessing the sense of direction of a brick. Seriously, you can see a bit of highway near the bottom of that picture. My bedroom window faces it, too. I don’t know what highway it is.

A third and equally serious problem is the city itself. Between the light-pollution and the pollution-pollution, you can see only the brightest of stars on the clearest of nights. So while I think I can see a large percentage of Pegasus, or most of Cassiopeia, or three stars that must be part of Cygnus, they lose some of their status as constellations.

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Music of the Helices

12 Aug

I don’t even know what I can add to this: There is a musical version of The Selfish Gene.

It’s running for 8 more days in Edinburgh. This is problematic on a number of levels, the most obvious being that I have already used up my spontaneous-adventure-vacation for this year on the Shuttle launch in July.

The article I linked to above states that “The show condenses The Selfish Gene into 70 minutes of catchy songs, innuendo and laughs as well as science: no mean feat.” My only question is: WHY is this not already a major genre, à la “space western”?

And before you ask, I have searched extensively and in vain for youtube clips of this show. Where there’s life, there’s hope, I suppose.

(Found via Friendly Atheist)