Archive for January, 2016

Tuesday 19th January 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2016 by uppyalf

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David Bowie: astronomers give the Starman his own constellation

Scientists have registered a constellation shaped like a lightning bolt in honour of David Bowie and his out-of-this-world talent

David Bowie has been given his own constellation, consisting of seven stars that shine in the shape of the lightning bolt.
Belgian astronomers announced the registration of the constellation, which appropriately sits in the vicinity of Mars, following the artist’s death last week.

It is a fitting homage to Bowie, who used the universe as a key inspiration throughout his career. Bowie first found success with the single Space Oddity and later crafted the persona Ziggy Stardust, an extra-terrestrial rockstar. His hits also included Starman and Life on Mars.
He appeared on the cover of the 1973 album Aladdin Sane with a red and blue lightning bolt painted on one side of his face.
Belgian radio station Studio Brussel and the MIRA public observatory teamed up to register the constellation, but finding the right place for the legendary rock star in the heavens was a complicated task.

Philippe Mollet from the MIRA Observatory said in a statement: “it was not easy to determine the appropriate stars”.

“Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy,” he said.

“Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars — Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis — in the vicinity of Mars.

“The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”

The creation of the constellation is part of the Stardust for Bowie tribute project, where fans can use Google Sky to add their favorite Bowie songs with a short note to a virtual version of the constellation.

Bowie died on 10 January aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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Sunday 17th January 2016

Posted in Stuffed. on January 17, 2016 by uppyalf

IMG_8757A galactic mega-merger

The subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is known as NGC 3597. It is the product of a collision between two good-sized galaxies, and is slowly evolving to become a giant elliptical galaxy. This type of galaxy has grown more and more common as the universe has evolved, with initially small galaxies merging and progressively building up into larger galactic structures over time.

NGC 3597 is located approximately 150 million light-years away in the constellation of Crater (The Cup). Astronomers study NGC 3597 to learn more about how elliptical galaxies form — many ellipticals began their lives far earlier in the history of the universe. Older ellipticals are nicknamed “red and dead” by astronomers because these bloated galaxies are not anymore producing new, bluer stars, and are thus packed full of old and redder stellar populations.

Before infirmity sets in, some freshly formed elliptical galaxies experience a final flush of youth, as is the case with NGC 3597. Galaxies smashing together pool their available gas and dust, triggering new rounds of star birth. Some of this material ends up in dense pockets initially called proto-globular clusters, dozens of which festoon NGC 3597. These pockets will go on to collapse and form fully-fledged globular clusters, large spheres that t the centers of galaxies like satellites, packed tightly full of millions of stars.IMG_8761Supermassive and super-hungry

 

 

 

Friday 15th January 2016

Posted in Stuffed. on January 15, 2016 by uppyalf

Tim Peake says aliens are REAL and there’s ‘high chance’ of humans discovering extraterrestrial life
But the Chichester-born spaceman has said that his incredible journey is just one small step in a longer mission which could eventually result in humans discovering life on another planet.
Peake said he was confident scientists would soon crack the “big question” of whether we are alone in the universe.
“There is a high chance we will soon discover there was – or is – life in our solar system,” the 43-year-old told Mirror Online.
“I would be very surprised if there wasn’t life elsewhere in the universe.”
However, the astronaut said he didn’t expect little green men to suddenly pop up from the craters of the Red Planet.
“Single cell life forms might be found on Mars,” he continued.
Tim also suggested extraterrestrial organisms might be found on the moons of Saturn or Jupiter, some of which are thought to hide vast oceans of water.
He said: “Wherever there is water, there is the possibility of life.”

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Friday January 1st 2016

Posted in Stuffed. on January 1, 2016 by uppyalf

Wow what a busy busy couple of weeks we have had over the Christmas period. Star Wars. Thriller. Sunny Afternoon. Playboy Club. Victoria’s Secret. Art Galleries. Gold Bars. Museums. Out with the Stuart and Old Fart and Ben and the Greek Goddess. Then Christmas with Helen, Lily, Yung Un and his new bird. Kali.

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