SCIENCE! I love this stuff. My Bad Astronomy blog: syfy.com/badastronomy I use "likes" for bookmarks. No endorsement implied.
Good on ya, Denver Airport. Weirdly though I didn't see anything for all-electric cars. http://bit.ly/2KkTOT0
Arkansas: You! Me! Tonight! I will make Star Trek jokes and show amazing photos and probably blow your mind at least a little bit. https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/1139672500743409664
I’m really glad to hear this! @FrankConniff is good people and we need him mocking movies and politics for a long, long time to come. https://twitter.com/BillCorbett/status/1139886815031308288
We had a latch on the door for the hay barn but the #horses figured out how to open it with their noses, so my wife replaced it recently with a new knob. Note the tooth dents in it and the scratches. They figured out how the knob works, but not how to gr… http://bit.ly/2IhCsnu
There’s lots of fun stuff here, and the bloopers from Young Frankenstein are worth the click alone. https://twitter.com/MsInformation/status/1139677098145177601
Hey Arkansans! I’ll be in Little Rock Saturday at 7:00 p.m. to give a talk about exoplanets: “Strange New Worlds”. It’s free! https://cals.org/event/strange-new-worlds-is-earth-special/
My daughter wrote an article about dissociation, and what it feels like. This one is tougher to read than most, but if you suffer from this or know someone who does, this is an important thing to understand. https://twitter.com/miz_misery/status/1138101903915704320
13 years old, but still a puppy when it comes to her toy. http://bit.ly/2XgcLMz
7/7 And a reminder that I have a beautiful image of Westerlund-1 and a description of cool stuff about it on the blog: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/westerlund-1-a-star-cluster-full-of-monsters /fin
6/ The good news is that Westerlund-1 is so far away from Earth (10,000 light years) that when these stars explode — and they will — they can’t hurt us. So that’s why I suggest you put this cluster in your spaceship’s rear-view window and go *anywhere* else in the galaxy.
5/ And Westerlund-1 also has a half dozen hypergiants in it. These are massive stars so huge that if you replaced the Sun with one, the Earth would be fried to a smoking crisp. Because WE’D BE INSIDE IT. More about them: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/swole-star
4/ There’s also a Luminous Blue Variable in Westerlund-1. It’s hard to exaggerate anything about these stars. Eta Carinae is an LBV and has over 100 times the mass of the Sun and is 5 MILLION times brighter. Five. Million. More on Eta: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/eta-car-tick-tock-tick-tock
3/ There are also *24* Wolf-Rayet stars in the cluster, which are incredibly luminous, violent stars. They explode, too, and it’s best to keep the better part of a galaxy between you and one. You can read more about them here: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/is-this-cosmic-sprinkler-surrounding-galaxys-next-gamma-ray-burst
2/ I seriously cannot overstate the case for staying the hell away from this cluster. It would be bad enough that it has several red supergiants in it that could explode at any time. Those are pikers compared to some of the other stars in Westerlund-1.
Little bit o’ advice here: If someone asks you where in the Universe would you go if you could? Stay as far away from Westerlund-1 as you possibly can. That place is abso-freaking-lutely terrifying. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/westerlund-1-a-star-cluster-full-of-monsters
I just saw that the paperback version of my book “Death from the Skies!” is just $6.57 + shipping, and there are only 7 left at that price. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143116045
So cool: An animation from space showing a Siberian river delta thawing and greening up. https://twitter.com/NASAEarth/status/1139532959424364545
That second line is a deep dive but I’m partial to math jokes. It’s how I operate.
Felt acute. Might ∇ete later.
Speaking of anti-vax garbage, the horrid anti-science site Natural News has been banned from Facebook. I’ve written about the founder, Mike Adams, before: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/alt-med-ghouls #GoodNews https://twitter.com/DocBastard/status/1138799408353554432
This really is a great book, and if you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance to get the paperback! https://twitter.com/penguinpress/status/1138449674292121602
I love seeing the dew drops hanging on the gate refracting sunlight. The color you see depends on the angle between you, the drop, and the Sun, so from closeby there are all different colors. http://bit.ly/2ZiLiXO
I like my icy moons with a dash of salt. Lucky for me, sodium chloride — *table salt* — has been found on Jupiter’s moon Europa! This has some very interesting implications for the possibility of wee fishies swimming in its vast, dark, undersurface ocean. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-salty-ocean-of-europa-table-salt-found-on-jupiters-moon
RT @MaraWilson: I was only mildly famous in the '90s but vaccinate your kids
PSA: Celebrities can be duped by anti-science just like anyone else. But this? This is dangerous, putting babies, the elderly, and immunocompromised people at grave risk. https://www.thedailybeast.com/jessica-biel-comes-out-as-anti-vaxx-activist-joins-robert-f-kennedy-jr-to-lobby-against-ca-vaccination-bill
SWEET https://twitter.com/DeSmogBlog/status/1138906712939753472
There are times when reading a scientific paper really jolts me: A super fundamental thing we thought we knew about spiral galaxies… well, we *thought* we knew it. Turns out, maybe not so much. Spiral arms really do wind up. This changes everything. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/battle-of-the-bulges-have-astronomers-been-wrong-about-spiral-galaxies-all-th is-time
Who among us has NOT been inspired by the word FRES(chair knocked over from behind by rolling cannonball)? http://bit.ly/2IaHemI
It's because in large part the press won't use the word "lying". https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1138681020750946304
Then she probably shouldn’t lie all the time, including for a living, and work for a lying liar who does nothing but lie. #lies https://twitter.com/NightlyPolitics/status/1138503025394249728
Rebecca has a lot more info on that terrible, misleading, and potentially fatal list of abortifacients that’s gone viral (and that I tweeted about earlier). https://twitter.com/rebeccawatson/status/1138588812953522176
G O O D But this is just Step 1. https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1138568116521394177
Corollary: Intelligent Design my foot. Or my sinuses, more accurately.
Note to future me: Do NOT walk around gardens on the last day of a trip in another country smelling all the flowers. I’ve been home 16 hours and already gone through an entire box of tissues.
Oh this is TERRIFIC! I *strongly* support this. https://twitter.com/HouseScience/status/1138557567179923456
And I’m excited to be heading there this weekend! Hey Central Arkansans, come hear me talk about new planets littering the galaxy: https://cals.org/event/strange-new-worlds-is-earth-special/ https://twitter.com/CALibrarySystem/status/1138519184340586498
This is literally made up nonsense that *at best* will be ineffective. At worst? Unwanted pregnancies and, well, read just what pennyroyal can do to you: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-480/pennyroyal https://twitter.com/MissBriaJanay/status/1136255972098420736
Segue-1 is a mystery galaxy. We don’t know how it formed, or how it got where it is. It’s so shy it barely even shows up in deep images, despite being one of the closest galaxies in the Universe to us! https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/where-did-this-tiny-ghostly-galaxy-segue-1-come-from
I still wonder if money will be taken from climate science to fund Trump’s vanity Moon 2024 debacle. The GOP would consider that a win/win. We need to keep a very skeptical eye on what’s going on here. https://twitter.com/SpcPlcyOnline/status/1138450633340719111
Sometimes, the best part of travel is coming home. http://bit.ly/2WXDuNS
Yay! This means Jupiter rises at sunset and is up all night. It's the best time to see it but it's still good for many months. Go outside and look! https://twitter.com/Celestron/status/1138203187893194753
The (free) BA newsletter is once again out on the wild! https://badastronomy.substack.com/p/ban-121-space-race-beresheets-resting
There are Americans who still have health insurance and aren't starving. https://twitter.com/MsInformation/status/1138171346469498880
PSA: If you are traveling where others congregate (airport, bus station, etc), then I am begging you: Please don't wear perfume or cologne. I know folks who get terrible headaches from it. Sincerely, if you don't, thank you.
Sounds like a good basis for science. http://bit.ly/2XIgXBW
Abell 30 isn't a zombie or a vampire, but its central star did die, was reborn, and then died again. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/abell-30-a-star-that-died-was-reborn-then-died-again
I WILL! http://bit.ly/2R1OuV0
And the DNC won't allow candidates to debate what to do about climate change. https://twitter.com/NWSStLouis/status/1137037903953944576
Fossil fuel is so over. They now sell energy in stores. http://bit.ly/2KDYTF8
A door of considerable difficulty. http://bit.ly/2WpW1xS
 
 
 
 
 
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