Archive for September, 2013

Today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2013/09/navigators-companion.html is an image of the Polaris region with the North Celestial Pole shown by a marker.

This is EPOD number 53 🙂  Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.

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You should be able to guess from the last few entries that there haven’t been any clear nights 🙁  No different tonight – but at least I’ll stay on topic 🙂  This is some DSS2 data of the Pleiades region that I have just processed, the data in this region as you can see is pretty good.  Unfortunately, just a bit further off to the left they caught a plane, that’s why it’s cut a bit short on the left hand side 🙂

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As I rapidly leave middle-age and note the ever increasing loss of elasticity of the skin on the back of my hands I become acutely aware of my DNA’s inability to perfectly replicate.  Enter Deinococcus radiodurans – a polyextremophile bacterium, one of the most radioresistant bacteria known and which can also survive cold, dehydration, vacuum and acid.  Deinococcus radiodurans’ ability to survive high doses of radiation is due to it having multiple copies of its genome as well as a rapid DNA repair mechanism – I could do with some of that!!  D. radiodurans usually repairs breaks in its chromosomes within 12-24 hours.  Although this bacterium will not help much with my telomere-shortening problem, it seems that the contribution of telomere length to lifespan in humans is currently a controversial issue.  However, if this issue does get resolved and we find that we could do with increasing telomere length with increasing age, then we need to go take a look at Leach’s Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) to help us with that particular problem 🙂

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The Government would like to spend £50 billion of your money on a new high speed rail link.  How would you prefer 50 nuclear reactors spread around the country and free electricity for the rest of your life?  Free electricity for domestic users and commercial users can pay a nominal tariff.  Now don’t you think that would be a better, more forward-looking way of spending your £50 billion??

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I just did a quick check through of all the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) images that have been published by Jim over the years and I found I had missed 2 off the list.  So when I said I had recently managed to get my 50th EPOD, it was in fact EPOD number 52.  My name is also against two more EPODS, one is Brian May’s Sundog stereo, and the other is Alex Cherney’s superb Zodiacal Light shot from the Canary Islands – but as I didn’t actually take the images – these two do not appear on my EPOD listing.

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This is another non-astronomical rant, although it does concern our planet – so if you don’t like these posts – read no further.

In my 59 years on this planet I have never given any money to charity – until last week – when I made a donation to Greenpeace.

As I approach my 60th Birthday I am at last understanding what my Mum & Dad were saying to me about how things were not improving with time, and their worry about the up and coming generations being able to contribute anything, anything at all.  Last night I had my own wake up call concerning how the next generation is almost totally and utterly clueless, and yes of course this has a lot to do with my generation’s input.

But the doom and gloom bit has been around for each and every generation past hasn’t it, this is nothing new is it?  Is it even true??  Well look around you.  Consider what has happened over the past 50 years.  Look at the total disrespect and total disregard for Nature, Wildlife and the planet in general that has occurred over these past 50 years.  The “I want it all and I want it now” attitude is destroying your future.  If you don’t believe that the greed of man has seriously affected the smooth running of this planet in so many ways then you can proudly proclaim your membership of the Idiocracy.

I will continue to donate to Greenpeace until I finally peg out – they will not halt our hell-bent self-destruction, but I hope that they will at least slow it down enough that I won’t be around when it all falls completely apart.

 

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Clear Moonless night last night and I imaged a Carbon star near Caph in Cassiopeia.  Mini-WASP array, all 3 cameras, 19 subs at 4-minutes per sub.

Couldn’t believe when I loaded up this image that I’d done it last month 🙁  Need to get a grip!

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Ended up in getting 15 subs per camera at 10-minutes per sub on the Bubble nebula region in Cepheus last night.  Needs about the same amount of data again to bring out the faint stuff, or maybe some H-alpha narrowband data using the Sky 90.  Trouble is, clear Moonless nights are in very short supply and there’s so much out there to capture 🙂

 

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And I’m imaging M52, the bubble nebula, NGC 7538 and NGC 7510 with a single mini-WASP frame.

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I see the Image of the Month didn’t pop up a couple of days back.  Either I didn’t do one or it’s lost in cyberspace.  Never mind, here’s one a couple of days late.  This is the recent M11 in the Scutum star cloud image taken a couple of months back using the mini-WASP array.  This is rapidly becoming my favourite image, mainly due to all those stars 🙂

 

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