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Interesting approach to developing textbooks using GitHub: http://open-astrophysics-bookshelf.github.io/
Open Astrophysics Bookshelf. Open Licensed Astrophysics Texts; Open for Contributions. View on GitHub. Welcome to the Open Astrophysics Bookshelf. This is a collection of open-licensed, freely available texts on various topics in astrophysics. You are free to use them as-is, make mash-ups of ...
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Setting pi to music

Not exactly planets, but extremely cool. David Macdonald assigned a note to each number so that sequence of numbers that make up the irrational number, π, could be 'heard' in music.
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Fantastic atmospheric vortices caused by islands.
 
Canary Islands Kick Up Von Kármán Vortices

Known as von Kármán vortices, the remarkable curling patterns can form nearly anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by an object. Read more at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=85989&src=googleplus

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The OU has been very important to me, first in helping me get a degree and now as my employer.
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+Chris Watkins Thanks and yes i am really enjoying it. I would recommend the OU to anyone. :-D
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Some images from space missions that are not quite as good as they should be but are interesting nonetheless.

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/bill-dunford/20150202-flawed-beauties.html
More examples of imperfect--but tantalizing--images from deep space.
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Excellent simulation.
 
Fancy simulation of water and optical effects therein.

http://madebyevan.com/webgl-water/
WebGL Water. Made by Evan Wallace. This demo requires a decent graphics card and up-to-date drivers. If you can't run the demo, you can still see it on YouTube. Interactions: Draw on the water to make ripples; Drag the background to rotate the camera; Press SPACEBAR to pause and unpause ...
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That is awesome- it's also amazing that it runs on last-gen phones.

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The torrid story of a grad student's desperate struggle to get computing time on the department's cluster.
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  • Open University
    Associate Lecturer, 2013 - present
  • BT Group
    Various management roles, 1989 - 2007
Education
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics, 2006 - 2013
    MSc PhD
  • London Guildhall University
    Social Resarch, 1999 - 2001
    MSc
  • Open University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1998
    MMath BSc
  • Chatham House Grammar School
    1976 - 1983