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My snarky blog about constellations has finally made it to Orion.
After the Big Dipper, Orion is easily the most known and the most pointed out constellation by the people who recognize at least some of them. There is the obvious belt, although Orion lived BP (Be…
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Pegasus, the true hero of the story.
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Percy's story.
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Happy Solstice
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They had primitive tools back then.
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Please join our band of warriors

It's happening!   The Azimuth Backup Project is backing up climate data held by the US government.  So far the main people involved are:

+Jan Galkowski, a statistician and engineer at Akamai Technologies, a company in Cambridge Massachusetts whose content delivery network is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms, responsible for serving at least 15% of all web traffic.   He started downloading data about a week ago.

+Scott Maxwell, a site reliability engineer at Google who works for Google Drive.   Scott lives in Pasadena California and in case you're wondering, he used to work for NASA and had a job driving a Mars rover.  He has set up a 10-terabyte account on Google Drive that the rest of us can use, and he too is downloading data.

+Sakari Maaranen is a systems architect at Ubisecure, a firm in Finland that specializes in identity management, advanced user authentication, authorization, single sign-on, and federation.  He has offered another 10 terabytes of memory and is also downloading data.

So far this team has backed up several major climate databases, and we want to do more.  I hope we will eventually have a server that can provide access to backups to this data, and I hope we can provide proof that these backups correctly match the original data.  

Some people on our team know how all this stuff works; I'm just the dumb figurehead whose job is to help organize things.  My next job will be to do a Kickstarter campaign to get money for the data storage and a server.

If you're curious what we're doing, check out this blog article:

https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/azimuth-backup-project/

If you've got serious computer skills and want to help save climate data, we could use your help - drop me a line, either here or (better) on that blog page!

#climateaction  
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THIS IS COOL ! I don't see you much on G+ these days
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Time to empty my camera's memory.
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There is a constellation named after a star named after a peacock.
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Vera Rubin. Born July 23, 1928, died Dec 26, 2016 (today). She was an American astronomer. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomenon became known as the galaxy rotation problem. Although initially met with skepticism, Rubin's results have been confirmed over the subsequent decades. Attempts to explain the galaxy rotation problem led to the theory of dark matter (source: Wikipedia).
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This year has seriously just been an entire sack of assholes. 
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Quasar-dust. There is probably some under your fridge right now.
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The constellation of Phoenix, a mythical bird.
Most constellations are a Latin word that translates to some generic thing. But a few are their own translation such as a specific person’s name. The Phoenix is a unique mythical bird that is…
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A constellation named for the painter's easel.
Pictor is part of the Lacaille Group, the handful of constellations named after a bunch of 18th century stuff by a 18th century French guy. In this case it is the easel which held the artist’…
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Hi. My name is Brad and I'm an astroholic. Carpe Noctem.
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Brad Snowder is an astronomer and a graduate of WWU with a bachelor of science degree in Physics with minors in astronomy and math, and with a master's degree in Science Education. He holds the Astronomical League's certificates for the Herschel 400 (cert. #89) and the Messier (cert. #737) deep sky observing programs.

Brad is an astronomy instructor at WWU and Whatcom Community College. In the past he has also taught astronomy courses for Skagit Valley College and for Northwest Indian College.

Being part Choctaw Indian, Brad has long had a special interest in preserving American Indian and other cultural starlore.
 
Brad has managed the WWU Planetarium since 1995.

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I can moonwalk backwards.
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    B.S. Physics
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    MEd. Science Education
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The best hunting, fishing, rifle and shotgun shooting, and survival information on the Internet. Check out Field and Stream's blogs, reader

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An academic facility dedicated to preserving the arts, skills, and science of astronomy, and of cultural starlore.

Western Washington University Planetarium
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An academic facility dedicated to preserving the arts, skills, and science of astronomy, and of cultural starlore.

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Starlore: folklore about the sky from native America.

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Building international support for peaceful space exploration & scientific discovery

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No,  no. Of course there were no dinosaurs in Noah's Ark, but we'll get to that. I find it irritating interesting that Religious Fundamen

Mars Curiosity Landing: A Cheat Sheet
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After a spectacular launch and a long cruise through the black reaches of space, the Mars Science Laboratory—better known as the Curiosity r

replacing god: Quantum mechanics gets a bit less spooky
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Quantum mechanics is a very robust theory of the small-scale phenomena in the universe. It has been repeatedly verified in the lab, and has

Atheist looks at a popular Bible verse: John 3:16 - Freethought Arizona
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