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Note to JJ Abrams: THIS is how you do lens flare...   #supermoon   #lunareclipse   #photography  
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Comets, Asteroids, and Meteor Showers, oh, my!

Lately I've been asked "how do you discover asteroids and comets?"

The process is rather simple, and made easier through the use of digital imaging and computer processing.  My group takes several images in an area of the sky, and then we overlay the images, using the background stars as a guide.  

Anything that is moving against the background stars in certain directions and velocities is flagged by our system as a potential object. The software isn't 100% accurate, which is where us astronomers come in. We review these images real-time and sort out what's real from what's not. 

Speaking of meteors, asteroids, and comets, there might be a new meteor shower this saturday morning. - Look due north just after midnight local time. We might be in for a treat!

*PS the object below is a real object. 

#camelopardalids   #meteorshower   #nasa   #nasasocial   #scienceeveryday   #comet_209p_linear  
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I'm not saying it's #aliens , but...

Courtesy of my friends at +The Replica Prop Forum

#ancientaliens #mondaymemes #aliens #memes

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You sir have just won the interwebz :-)
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Opportunity looks a lot like hard work: 

As a fellow Iowan, I've had a lot of respect for Ashton Kutcher, despite his "frat boy" image.  In this acceptance speech, Ashton laid out three things he felt are crucial for success:

Opportunity, being sexy (hint: being smart is sexy), and living life. 

#motivationalmonday   #mondaymotivation   #ashtonkutcher  
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+Amy Shira Teitel Yeah, I was a little disappointed when Ashton tried to be inspirational, and the crowd really only got engaged at "sexy". :(  

Kids these days... off my lawn... etc. etc. etc. 
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As a costumer (and cubs fan) , this has always pissed me off.  You see fans at sports games, painted up, wearing costumes, jerseys, etc. 

Yet, the same people who do that more or less openly mock costumers at sci-fi conventions.  So dressing up like a purple viking at a football game is "cool" but dressing up like Thor isn't? 

h/t to the "Tales from the Con" comic at:

#comiccon   #sportsfans   #rants   #comics   #nerdhumor  
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+Ray Sanders That was my point ... I don't see any bashing either.
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Anyone who has ever gotten into backyard astronomy, or even professional astronomy knows this is true!
#scienceeveryday   #scienceiscool   #astronomy  
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Oh that's funny stuff right there !!!
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Take a look, it's in a book!

+Levar Burton just launched a #kickstarter  campaign to relaunch #readingrainbow  on the web.  Pretty much anyone under the age of 35-40 has fond memories of Reading Rainbow, so I expect this kickstarter to be WILDLY successful.

But don't take MY word for it, check out the link below. ;-) 
Drop everything: LeVar Burton wants to resurrect Reading Rainbow, and he wants it as universally available as possible. So this morning, he launched a Kickstarter, aiming to raise a million dollars to fund the development of a web version. That great swooshing sound you just heard was the entire Internet opening its wallets simultaneously.
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WOOHOO! Congrats +Levar Burton !
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Damn.  +Dirk Talamasca was one of the first people I circled on Google+, along with +J.C. Kendall - Both gone before their time. 

I'll raise a toast to you Dirk. #RIPDIRKTALAMASCA   #sundaysadness  
RIP +Dirk Talamasca, you helped make my experience on Google Plus as well as thousands of others amazing!

You will be missed my friend.
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Damn shame.  Likewise Dirk was one of my earlier plus pal.
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Happy #wintersolstice   !!!
Science fact: During winter in the northern hemisphere, Earth is actually closer to the sun than during summer. It is the tilt of Earth's axis (as shown in the nifty image below) that gives us seasons. 

Learn more at:

#scienceeveryday   #reasonfortheseason   #solstice  
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Very easy to see this up in Norway.  In North America, the sun does its usual path straight over your Norway, it's more like the sun is a hula hoop.  Very disconcerting.
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The XKCD Guide to Meteor Showers 

Since the #perseids  Meteor Shower is this weekend, I thought sharing this handy guide from would be fitting. 

If you want to catch the Perseids, find a nice quiet (and dark) site, away from city lights. Bring some comfortable lawn chairs. If you can, use lawn/camping chairs that can lay flat, or nearly flat.  

Best viewing is after midnight local time, and you'll want to look to the north-east if you want to see the meteors originating from the "radiant" of Perseus.  That being said, try to have as much sky visible as possible, since meteors can appear from most every direction during a meteor shower. 

If you want to being a telescope or binoculars, you can view the milky way overhead, however you may want to just leave your gear at home and just enjoy the meteor shower. 

You can expect anywhere from 40 to over 100 meteors per hour during the peak of a Meteor shower. Be patient, relax, and enjoy time away from the computer.  I've found the more relaxed and calm you are, the more meteors become visible. 

Most importantly, keep looking up! 

Fun Fact Over 100 tons of material from space burns up in our atmosphere each day! 

#perseids2013   #scienceeveryday   #meteorshower  
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Hope i will be ready tomorrow.I cant imagine, what time will it be?
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You'll be missed +J.C. Kendall. Rest in Peace. 

I enjoyed interacting with you on many different posts here on Google+  
"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience."

--Jean de la Bruyere 
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Have them in circles
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Contrary to popular belief, I did not destroy 3/4 of a star system... more like 5/6 - it's not an exact science.
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