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Geminids:the year 2009

Geminid meteor shower 09


Excellent pic by Wally Pacholka at

Add comment December 16th, 2009

Home: The movie

Planet Earth: Home

A film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

His Website

Add comment May 15th, 2009

I am not at this time

Clever enough

To Shoot Sub-atomic particles around a giant magnetized tunnel.
However I do pocess many skills, and i like reading. (retaining the information is often a problem.)
Obviously listen to some rush,
A counter culture. caught in a culture culture.
Is that who? A petri dish of micro organisms whisper in your ear. ‘ὀργανισμός – organismos’
Bathing in translucent light relaxed alert, a kitten cat, eyes open closed.

I get a news letter very often, and I have filed many without reading, (need to make the time), but we are here because of a link I will post that reminded me that I’d heard it before,
In a different light Kurzweil
So anyway.

Coming Soon

Add comment January 22nd, 2009

the grunge of macabre history versus the clinical precision of the scalpel

The drill

the drill .
The grippy tongues

This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

Check out ‘in ancient Egypt’

Add comment January 8th, 2009

Hidden Worlds

pictures from a scanning electron microscope in the nano-scale.

zinc oxide nanorods, by Michael Oliveri

zinc oxide nanorods, by Michael Oliveri

nanorods other zinc oxide structures, by Michael Oliveri

Element gallium and the growth of silicon oxide nanowires, by Michael Oliveri

Germanium balls and zinc oxide wires, by Michael Oliveri

Get a little more detail here.

Add comment January 2nd, 2009

Building a model solar system

Stage 2 Phase 5

I am actually getting a little ahead of myself here, and first have to attatch the Ceres gear and Ceres itself.
Ceres also designated 1 Ceres, is the smallest identified dwarf planet in the Solar System and the only one in the asteroid belt. It was discovered on January 1, 1801, by Giuseppe Piazzi, and is named after the Roman goddess Ceres — the goddess of growing plants, the harvest, and of motherly love.


as you can see the absense of the moon has indeed changed our perspective.

A cup of tea brewing the spoon.
Preoccupied with the stirring to realisze the whirling.

1 comment September 4th, 2008

Solar eclipse (partial) Aug 2008

From Southport North West UK


10.46am bst

Eclipse August 2008 north west uk

Picture taken nikon d40 1/4000 f25 through a photo negative held over lens

Add comment August 1st, 2008

Can’t figure my boiler, how can I figure the universe.


The milkyway galaxy

Tis home.
The Milkyway

Credit: Knut Lundmark, Copyright Lund Observatory.

There is also a nice explanation of the picture/drawing here.

Lets have another look..

Infrared image of the core of the Milky Way galaxy

Infrared image of the core of the Milky Way galaxy

So some facts for you.

The stellar disk of the Milky Way galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter, and is believed to be, on average, about 1,000 light years thick. It is estimated to contain at least 200 billion stars and possibly up to 400 billion stars, the exact figure depending on the number of very low-mass stars, which is highly uncertain. Extending beyond the stellar disk is a much thicker disk of gas. Recent observations indicate that the gaseous disk of the Milky Way has a thickness of around 12,000 light years – twice the previously accepted value. As a guide to the relative physical scale of the Milky Way, if it were reduced to 130 km (80 miles) in diameter, the Solar System would be a mere 2 mm (0.08 inches) in width.

Our location amongst the maelstrom

Sun’s location

The Sun (and therefore the Earth and Solar System) may be found close to the inner rim of the Galaxy’s Orion Arm, in the Local Fluff or the Gould Belt, at a hypothesized distance of 7.62±0.32 kpc from the Galactic Center. The distance between the local arm and the next arm out, the Perseus Arm, is about 6,500 light-years. The Sun, and thus the Solar System, is found in what scientists call the galactic habitable zone.

The Apex of the Sun’s Way, or the solar apex, is the direction that the Sun travels through space in the Milky Way. The general direction of the Sun’s galactic motion is towards the star Vega near the constellation of Hercules, at an angle of roughly 60 sky degrees to the direction of the Galactic Center. The Sun’s orbit around the Galaxy is expected to be roughly elliptical with the addition of perturbations due to the galactic spiral arms and non-uniform mass distributions. In addition the Sun oscillates up and down relative to the galactic plane approximately 2.7 times per orbit. This is very similar to how a simple harmonic oscillator works with no drag force (damping) term. Due to the higher density of stars close to the galactic plane, these oscillations often coincide with mass extinction periods on Earth, presumably due to increased impact events.

It takes the Solar System about 225–250 million years to complete one orbit of the galaxy (a galactic year), so it is thought to have completed 20–25 orbits during the lifetime of the Sun and 1/1250th of a revolution since the origin of humans. The orbital speed of the Solar System about the center of the Galaxy is approximately 220 km/s. At this speed, it takes around 1400 years for the Solar System to travel a distance of 1 light-year, or 8 days to travel 1 AU.

Lots going on here, in this space time reality, but what about our neighbors?

Andromeda Galaxy.

A visible light image of the Andromeda Galaxy.

A visible light image of the Andromeda Galaxy.

approximately 2.5 million light-years away. So blow me away baby.. What is real?

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More, bring it on..

Add comment July 23rd, 2008

I broke Earths moon,

and smashed the orbits of Phobos and Deimos.

In part 2 of building a model solar system. See part 1 here.

Phase 2. Will be adding the gear wheel for the earth and moon system, plus the Earth itself.
Unfortunately the moon snapped off in the construction stage.
Now how is this likely to effect our planet.
Apparently if the earth was suddenly without its moon, there would be significant problems associated with the planets water.
The moon effects the global altitude of the water, so if this was taken away, a lot of water would be redistributed around the poles.
The effect on the planets rotation would also be changed, the moons location, and gravitational attraction keeps the planet in a relatively stable orbit, no wobbles as such, and as consequence a fairly predictable seasonal climatic balance.
Without this stability life on this sphere would likely have struggled to build itself to the complexity we see today.
So on a lighter note, it’s only a model after all, i’ll get out the super glue and try to restore equilibrium.

Phobos and Deimos

Again in the construction when trying to place the pin on the bottom of mars onto the orbiting moons arm their relative position was changed when I was forced to bring out the hammer to bash the pin in.
I have no idea how this turn of events would effect the solar system as a whole, dynamic interactions and connections are one thing, but i’m thinking not much, considering removing our own moon would apparently not cause all the planets to plunge headlong into a fiery death as we all race towards the sun.

Fate of the solar system in my hands.

Mars and moons

Add comment July 10th, 2008

Blue Smartie is back

But check out the non-artificial ingredient

Cyanobacteria.. Sounds interesting right? Better known as blue-green algae, blue-green bacteria or Cyanophyta.

I also didn’t know that algae simply refers to any aquatic organism capable of photosynthesis. So now ya know.


cyanobacteria spirulina


There are pills, concoctions, I shouldn’t be surprised
It gets stranger, or more interesting as you read.

cyanobacteria spirulina

1 comment May 21st, 2008

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