The December solstice happened about twelve minutes ago as I compose this post (2010-12-21 23:38 Universal Time). APOD, as per usual, has the solstice goodies:
A microbe has been discovered in a remote Californian lake that can survive without phosphorus, capable of substituting arsenic into that slot in its biochemistry instead.
All those stars reminded me – it’s nearly September equinox time (it’s becoming more common to no longer refer to vernal/autumnal equinoxes or summer/winter solstices because it gives the wrong impression that it’s the same season simultaneously around the world). The equinox falls on tomorrow, September 23rd at 1:09 pm Sydney time.
APOD put up a fantastic picture to mark this stage in the planet’s journey around the Sun. Recorded on March 10 from Teide National Park on the island of Tenerife, the vista is composed of 4 separate pictures spanning over 180 degrees. (Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel López)
I now have a few extra places I want to see that I’ve added to my bucket list.
This one is just so elegantly composed. North America got a very pretty show this week from the Moon and Venus.
And it’s been way too long since I posted something from Astronomy Picture of the Day (I added the labels of the moons on Friday before I got too sick to even look at my screen): Click on the picture… Read More ›
I didn’t, until the news about the little asteroid 2009 DD45 that just missed our planet yesterday popped into my milieu.
I’m sure there are better photographs of the Great Smiley Conjunction out there. But this is mine, taken mere moments ago; and that’s what makes it special.