I’ve been busy of late and not keeping up with my blogging duties. Nevertheless, this morning I came across two things which I decided needed a place on this blog.
The first (found at The Awl) is a collection of images from Voyager and Cassini/Huygens which would make both Carl Sagan and Carolyn Porco proud. Note that all of the pictures interlaced in this video are raw image data from the missions… including the brilliant ice geysers of Enceladus. Ungh.
The song is The Cinematic Orchestra -That Home (Instrumental).
Click through to follow up with some fun NdGT adaptations. Read more…
Earlier today I noted a few tweets from America’s astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. NDGT has been excited over a spectacular night for viewing Jupiter both tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).
Well, as I was walking home amongst the stop lights, the red was emphatically stated with the LED flashes and the red planet glaring down at me. I was discussing recently how amazing it is that New York’s air quality has improved so much that you can now actually see the stars on a regular basis. When I was growing up, the incinerator smoke and smog choked out the stars. No more. Now we get a real light show and never more so than tonight with Jupiter’s stark clarity and brightness.
OK, so the Leonid meteor shower may be better, but this night still has me yearning for a telescope (and rural living).
Click on through to see a couple of photos I snapped. Note that you can actually see the red tint of the planet. Read more…
Yesterday I posted some of the best legitimate Neil de Grasse Tyson videos from the interwebs. Today, we’re going with pure fun, as in Colbert Report fun. Linked after the jump are the entirety of NdGT’s world record six appearances on the Colbert Report.
NdGT was the first Threepeat, Fourpeat, Fivepeat and Sixpeat guest on the Report.
Any time you get a chance to see NdGT work, you're constantly drawn to make plans to visit the Rose Center.
While most of the time I’m going to embed videos from TED lectures, sometimes I’ll go with non-TED videos that drive home a similar concept of pressing forth knowledge while providing entertainment. In the field of science and astrophysics, in particular, there’s simply no one better than Neil de Grasse Tyson.
Tyson is the revered host of PBS’s NOVA magazine show and is the director of the Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium at New York’s Museum of Natural History. He’s also one of the most engaging folks when it comes to conveying enthusiasm for the sciences. Oh yeah, there’s also the whole Pluto thing (The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet).
I’ve linked a few videos for a reason, appearing after the jump.