Randall Munroe, of xkcd fame, is releasing a book on September 2, filled with expanded favourites from his What If series. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is available for pre-order in several countries, in both paper and e-book format, from all appearances.
One to look forward to!
Kotov handed over command of the orbiting complex to Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency during a ceremony on Sunday, March 9. Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut to perform this duty. When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 39 formally will begin. A video of Sunday's ceremony is available at http://go.nasa.gov/1h6Ubr7.
NASA Television coverage times for Soyuz activities are listed below. These activities also will stream online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Monday, March 10
4:30 p.m. NASA TV: Expedition 38 farewell & hatch closure coverage
7:45 p.m. NASA TV: Expedition 38 Soyuz TMA-10M undocking coverage
10:15 p.m. NASA TV: Expedition 38 Soyuz TMA-10M deorbit burn and landing coverage
Join the conversation on Twitter by following hashtags #Soyuz, #Exp38 and #ISS. To learn more about all the ways to Connect and Collaborate with NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect.
Starting at around 8pm EST today, bonus 50% experience on all your D3 characters. Good time to level up new characters, like your crusader.
Hopefully I'm in a gaming mood by then..
This is really neat. talks of a system with an unusual star structure. Read more below.
A new paper in Astronomy and Astrophysics heralds the discovery of a yellow hypergiant star known as HR 5171. Such stars are exceedingly rare, with only 12 such stars known to exist within our galaxy.
A yellow hypergiant star is a very massive, very luminous star. They typically have a mass between 20 – 50 times that of the Sun, but their temperature is roughly similar to that of the Sun. What makes them particularly rare is that they are unstable. They are so bright that their light pushes away the outer layers of the star. Because of this, they are stars in transition.
What makes this particular yellow hypergiant unusual is that it is also a binary star. The team analyzed observations of the star and found that it is an eclipsing binary with a period of about 1300 days. This is surprising because the star itself has a diameter about 6 times that of Earth’s orbit. Given its size and mass, the companion star must be so close that they touch, known as an interacting binary.
Because the two stars are in contact, they each have an impact on the other’s evolution. The companion can strip material from the primary, and in turn will increase in mass. As the primary hypergiant continues to expand, the two stars will interact more strongly.
Needless to say, things could get very interesting for this system.
Paper: O. Chesneau, et al. The yellow hypergiant HR 5171 A: Resolving a massive interacting binary in the common envelope phase. A&A 563, A71 (2014).
I'm Tara. I try not to be rude, or be a jerk, and ask for the same in return. Sometimes I fail, but attempt to correct it as appropriate.
Whilst my interests are varied, most of my posts will tend to science, particularly astronomy and physics, with some feminist and Canadian posts thrown in. And recently, my crochet adventures. A light peppering of other topics are periodically added to keep things interesting.
There are days of posting frenzies by me, but generally, I try to keep it to a few a day, with days off.
The G+ experience is what I wanted from social media and more. This is a fantastic platform for following passions and interests, while keeping some contact with loved ones.
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Notable things said about me:
"Hrm, Tara Mulder... okay fine, your rampant infidelity has saved you. Once again."
- Kimberly Chapman
The above quote is taken wildly out of context for entertainment purposes. It is not an invitation.
"Happy birthday, +Tara Mulder, my stream is filled with men kissing because of you."
- Halfdan Reschat
Interests include economics, mathematics, science, science-fiction, analytics, risk management, feminism, astronomy, zombies, port, wine, gaming, golfing, blacksmithing, crochet, and a tonne of other things.
I may be a little obsessed with Doctor Who, but most of that is done through pictures and links on my Pinterest board. Same for zombies and other things that tend to be pictures or videos. If you're really interested in what I've pinned, look me up at Pinterest.
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current cover photo is a view of the Venus transit. Picture credited to NASA.
Things To Love About Toronto
An occasional project by me is “Things To Love About Toronto.” For now, I'm only doing a Downtown Edition, but that'll be expanded the next time I go to the zoo.
This will be photographs of different parts of the city (taken by me, unless I can't get a good picture and need to use another one), with blurbs about what it is and why it's awesome. Please note that I'm not even close to a professional (or even very good by amateur standards), so this is partly about learning both to take photos from better perspectives, and learning to use extras, like cropping, colour adjustments, filters, and frames. I'm trying to figure out on my own how to emphasize certain features. For now, all photographs are taken with a BlackBerry PlayBook, and post-processed with an app called PicShop by esDot Development Studios.
Hopefully others will enjoy seeing aspects of Toronto. Feel free to ask questions about the scenes I present, but I may not always be able to answer everything. Will try my best, though!
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Finally, I can get really wordy. Working on that! Apologies if I do it in your comments section.