Straight off the pages of a Syd Mead or Robert McCall art book, The Moon is the next mega-hotel/casino planned for Las Vegas. Instant 1970s-era retrofuture! Where’s my back issues of Omni Magazine? I am so there.
Went to my usual spotting place on Lone Pine Canyon Rd. where the San Andreas Fault passes through Cajon Pass. Counted 80 meteors in the 40 or so minutes onsite (2:30 am – 3:10 am PST) and “hints” of a lot more that the light from the full moon washed out. Pretty good shower, but not particularly memorable.
If you’re getting ready for the Leonids shower on Monday night/Tuesday morning, here’s a handy Java-based calculator that can give you an idea of what to expect.
We’ve all seen the famous “inside the LEM” video of Apollo 11 making the first manned landing on the moon. Here are the other four (doesn’t have Apollo 15 up yet).
The Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley jam with the plasma waves and magnetic field emanations from Jupiter and Saturn as recorded by the Voyager spacecraft. First performance tomorrow night at the University of Iowa.
Everyone is mentioning this story, so I’m obliged to join in. Asteroid 2002 NT7 is on a “collision course” with Earth with the closest approach on February 1, 2019. NT7’s orbit is still not refined enough to judge whether or not an impact is certain, but it’s a close one. If anything, since 1 Feb 2002 is a Friday we’ll have the whole weekend to recover from our hangovers.
Today’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day is worth checking out too. Sure, space is empty, but that plot of the inner solar system would give even the sharpest air traffic controller the Mother Of All Anxiety Attacks.
Neat profile of Dr. Donald Olson, a researcher at Southwest Texas State University, who pinpoints the time and place of paintings, photographs, historical events, art masterpieces, through astronomy.