Cover photo
A. Lawrence “Oz” Onek
Works at Memphis Pink Palace Museum / IMAX
Attended The University of Kansas
Lives in Memphis, TN


Science is not a "Eureka!" It is a long, slow struggle.
4 comments on original post
Add a comment...
How the universe will die is subject to debate, but researchers from Vanderbilt University have uncovered evidence that suggests it is more likely to end in a big rip than a freeze or crunch..
You heard it here, the universe might not end with a bang. but with a rip.
2 comments on original post
Add a comment...
My son, Tristan, in the news in Germany (striped jacket, left of center, smiling) as part of the American and Romanian students visiting #Markkleeberg  this summer. Happy travels, Mr. T. Love you and Miss you. 
Add a comment...
A quick update on the current geomagnetic conditions.

We are still experiencing the effects of today's coronal mass ejection arrival but the impact has been rather insignificant compared with what was forecast.

While the solar wind speed remains high around 600km/s, the strength of the IMF declined from an initial value of 12nT to 9nT right now with the direction (Bz) being mostly northward. These kind of values are really insignificant and we can unfortunately conclude that it is even unlikely that we will reach the minor G1 geomagnetic storm threshold. Auroral displays will be confined to high latitude locations. A shame as this looked like a promising coronal mass ejection on LASCO but it turned out to be a disappointment for auroral activity here on Earth.

Nonetheless we thank you for following us the past few days. It was a very interesting week thanks to sunspot region 2371 which gave us the second strongest geomagnetic storm of this solar cycle.

Unfortunately we have to conclude that sunspot region 2371 is decaying and it is right now only a shadow of it former self. It's delta structure is no longer there as it has ripped loose from the trailing sunspot region. The chance for even a low-level M-class solar flare is very low. To honor this sunspot region that gave us this exciting week we made a time lapse video with SDO footage showing how this sunspot region evolved from June 16 when it appeared at the limb until right now. We also show the M2.0/M2.6 solar flare that launched the full halo CME which was responsible for the severe G4 geomagnetic storm on 22 and 23 June.

Thank you for your support and keep following us!
1 comment on original post
Add a comment...
Add a comment...
"It would make sense for both sides to calm down and at least stop escalating this particular dispute."
Add a comment...
Add a comment...
Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 
- The Moon’s Motivation: Luna is desperately trying to slow Earth’s rotation so that one Earth day eventually equals one Month.
- Earth has already tidally locked the Moon, which is why it shows only one face to Earth - the “near” side.
- Contrary to Pink Floyd's 1973 album-cover proclamation, there is no Dark Side of the Moon. A day there simply lasts a month.
- At the (slow) rate the Moon is tidally locking Earth, the Sun will die before it succeeds — a more important concern for all.
- Look up this eve, or the next. Venus sparkles in the west.  Gracing twilight’s glow, find Jupiter nearby, seemingly in tow.
- And yup. Today, June 30, 2015, was also Asteroid Day:
26 comments on original post
Add a comment...
Here is one more image from SOHO/LASCO C2 showing the M7.9 coronal mass ejection that left the Sun this morning. This is a fast coronal mass ejection at 1.600 km/sec (CACtus) but unfortunately it is poorly directed towards Earth. You can see on this image how the bulk of this coronal mass ejection is heading well north-west of our planet with only a minor full halo forming. While we can expect some form of shock arrival at Earth, we can not expect more than a glancing blow (yes those two words again.) A more detailed analysis will follow later today on
3 comments on original post
Add a comment...
In honor of Asteroid Day... Phil Plait offers up a little allegory about an asteroid heading toward the Earth, and how easy it might be to save ourselves, if not for mistrust of science itself.  

Me?  I om on the advisory boards of the B612 Foundation... actively seeking to protect our planet from rocks... and NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group.  So I am doing my part.  The rest of you can too, but laying into the War on Science crowd and finding every opportunity to call them what they are -- enemies of our kids' future.
Take a moment and indulge me. I want you to imagine a scenario. Astronomers mapping the sky find a moving object, incredibly faint, in their data. It’s moving slowly, so it’s very far away and probably small. Their best guess is that it’s an asteroid about a kilometer across. Because...
2 comments on original post
Add a comment...
An impressive coronal mass ejection is becoming visible on SOHO imagery following the M3 solar flare that peaked almost 1 hour ago. An earth-directed component is possible but needs to be confirmed in the coming hours. More info will follow later.

Follow it live on
3 comments on original post
Add a comment...
Meteorologist / PT Science Instructor
Emergency Communications, Science Instruction, Mass Media, Typing 50-100 wpm, Morse Code 5 WPM,
  • Memphis Pink Palace Museum / IMAX
    Instructor, 2008 - present
    Meteorologist, 1997 - present
  • KFSM-TV 5
    Meteorologist, 1994 - 1997
  • KTKA-TV 49
    Meteorologist, 1991 - 1994
    Announcer/Meteorologist, 1990 - 1992
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Memphis, TN
Topeka, KS - Fort Smith, AR - Colorado Springs, CO
Contact Information
803 Channel 3 Drive Memphis, TN 38103
Johanne-fac-totum, amateur radio operator, eternally in search of a good breakfast, severe weather junkie, gadget tweaker, spam-hater, Lutheran for life, tilter-at-windmills, collector of pithy and humorous Latin phrases, self-proscribed science geek and weather prognosticator, root beer snob (seeker of the Lost Root Beer Mine), Ragamuffin, music aficianado, Doctor Who fan, one of the boys with an I.Q. of two thousand and five, lover of cartoons and comic strips, defender of the Earth, mage in training, unconformity personified, licensed Beeblebroxologist.. Nemo Me Impune Lacessit.. These are a few of my favorite things, although not all of my favorite things, that make me feel real loose like a long-necked goose, and oh, bay-buh, that's what I like. With all due respect (and a good sneer) to Ian Shoales, I gotta go.
Do whatever you have to. Push your fingers, say a prayer, think of a basket of kittens. But do not give in to the fear. Because: I am and always will be the optimist. The hope for far-flung hopes and dreamer of improbable dreams. The wheels are in motion. Done. But things happened and there was stuff and shenanigans. Beautiful word: Shenanigans. Hello everyone! Guess who? Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax. You're only human. You should always waste time when you don't have any. Time is not the boss of you...Rule 408.
  • The University of Kansas
    Atmospheric Science, 1986 - 1991
  • Topeka West High
    HSD, 1982 - 1986
  • Topeka Lutheran School
    ESD, 1974 - 1982
Basic Information
Contributor to
One of my favorite places on Earth. Haven't been back for nearly 20 years and miss it every single day. Truly God's country.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Great alternative to the normal grocery shopping run. Highly competitive prices and decent selection of fare from around the world. For anyone not in the immediate area (Winchester & Kirby) may be a bit of a stretch to get to. Well worth the time/effort spent to get there IMHO.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
3 reviews
Gibson's Donuts has been in operation for over 40 years with two different owners, including the current owner, Don DeWeese. Open 24 hours a day, with occasional closings around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, you can always find a great tasting snack here whenever you want it. Early mornings before and during rush hour are a bit busy. On weekends, the line can stretch out the door. But, the staff is a good-natured bunch and will work to fill your order as quickly as possible. The owner, Don, may throw you a doughnut through the air, so eyes open and heads up when you go in. Well worth it for the prices and a great start to the morning.
• • •
Public - 7 years ago
reviewed 7 years ago