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#astrofood October 27, 2011

Posted by Marie in astrofood, silliness.
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Fried Egg Nebula - Credit: ESO/E. Lagadec

A response to a tweet about lunch spawned an afternoon of cringeworthy messaging today.

The subject – #astrofood!

Of course, the obvious Mars, Galaxy, and Milky Way made an appearance (as did a schoolboy mention of the aftermath of eating, which made reference to the 7th planet from the sun – you know who you are :-p).  But tweeps were a lot more imaginative, so I thought I would share some of them here for fun.

In alphabetical order:

Big Bang-ers          Black ‘toad-in-the’ Hole          Brian Cox’s Orange Pippins

Chocolate Mintaka          Christmas Tree Cluster pudding          Crab Nebula Pate

Flying Saucers          French Orion Soup          Herschel chocolate

Ice cream sun-dae          Ju-pitta bread          Meat-eors

Ophiuchus-tard creams          Sausage and mashtroid          Space Dust

Stargazy pie          Sun spotted dick

And my top 5, in no particular order are:

  • Martianmallows
  • Alfalfa centauri salad
  • Ensaladas (think about it!)
  • Eton Messier objects
  • Hubble and Squeak

If you have any more, let me know!

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The Kinky Red Diary October 22, 2011

Posted by Marie in Recycled Electrons, Royal Astronomical Society.
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I am so delighted with my new acquisition!  The Kinky Red Diary was first prize in a competition which I entered for a bit of fun on the self-styled ‘not-quite-a-podcast’ podcast: Recycled Electrons.  Courtesy of  hosts Chris Lintott (@chrislintott) and Rob Simpson (@orbitingfrog), my prize arrived in the post this morning.

To give its proper name, the Kinky Red Diary is actually the Royal Astronomical Society’s diary for 2012, and it looks like Chris didn’t really need his so decided to give it away … to me!

Apparently it will sync with the iPhone 5 … 🙂

The bad news and the good news October 17, 2011

Posted by Marie in Asteroids, Bad Astronomy, TED talk.
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Bad news – an asteroid is heading for earth.

Good news – we can do something about it!

I’ve watched several TED talks in the past, and this one – featuring @BadAstronomer Phil Plait – is just as informative and entertaining.  It’s a bit of a shame the audience was either too far away or not properly microphoned as you can’t always hear their response very well.

But if Phil Plait says it’s going to be OK, then I’m happy!

ALMA – looking into the soul of the universe October 4, 2011

Posted by Marie in ALMA, Astronomy, Cosmos.
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I love the Spanish language, and I really love that many songs in Spanish dwell upon the word alma meaning ‘soul‘ as often as they do ‘corazon‘ or ‘heart’. So I like the fact that the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a ‘telescope’ in the Chilean Andes, composed of 66 high-precision antennae (of which only 22 are currently online), designed to study light from some of the coldest, furthest, and most hidden secrets of the soul of the Universe.  For example …

Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

The array has recently published its first image (above) using only twelve antennae working together — just imagine what the images will be like once all the antennae are on-line!

To find out more about ALMA, or just to see some stunning scenery, it’s well worth taking a look at this video from ESO (European Southern Observatory).  Amazing skies, telescopes being moved on trucks – it’s all here!  And my claim to fame is that I know people who work on ALMA which makes me really cool. Yes? 🙂

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