Astrostuff..

Wikipedia –

Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earth’s atmosphere (such as the cosmic background radiation). It is concerned with the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe.

Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide useful information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters. Numerous traditions and applications employing astrological concepts have arisen since its earliest recorded beginnings in the 3rd millennium BC. Scientists of the modern materialist age consider astrology a pseudoscience or superstition.

For free’s sake, please stop getting confused about astronomy and astrology. The next person who asks me if i know palmistry once I tell them I love Astronomy is going to get punched on his face!!

Astronomy is Science. Astrology is well, bullshit. Free.. Anyway, for those who believe in Astrology please devote sometime to The BadAstronomer. If that article doesn’t clear your mind, nothing ever will.

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PS – Dr. Phil Plait, I salute you for all that you have/are done/doing. You  are one Absolutely Awesome Floo. Respek.

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Telescope!!

You can say this is the moment I have been waiting for all my life. Finally, after 20 years, I got to spend a night with a telescope in my hands. Now, how awesome is that!!!??? :D.

With an equally psyched friend for company, I spent the happiest stargazing night ever, making out the awesomely awesome constellations, the so so distant nebulae, the stunning Gas Giants and everything that there is in the night sky.

I have finally got better at spotting the constellations properly, thanks to one amazing software called Sideralis for mobile phones. It’s just fucking amazing! And you should have seen my face when I finally managed to spot the Orion completely ( largely thanks to the fact that I had traveled some 60 Km away from the Light Polluted Chennai to get Clear Skies ) :). Ah, The feeling that you get when you spot the Big Dog with it’s stunning tail ( The Canis Major ) or when you spot Mr. Hercules who seems to be standing there in the dark with his hands raised, poised like a true Hero, Absolutely Amazing.

And then, Saturn. Only now I understand why Saturn is the favorite celestial object of all fucking times. Appa, the rings, Breathtaking! Saturn is the Best Planet Ever, after Earth of course :P. And Titan, the largest moon of Saturn that was just a pixel in the image was really nice, and Jupiter with it’s beautiful bands of clouds and it’s moons lined up on either side was some sight:).

Not to forget Sirius, Betelgeuse and Regulus, The Beautiful Orion Nebula that was just a collection of dots in the scope and the Whirlpool Galaxy which is so distant that I got to see only an unresovled dot; besides the always stunning Ursa Major which thought me in a simple manner how everything revolves around Polaris, and did I mention that Saturn rocks?

I even managed to spot Leo and Bootes. Finally there’s our own Moon. Waning Gibbous, with the line bringing out the crescent shape that is breathtakingly beautiful surrounded by all the craters and mountains on that pure white landscape, brilliant :), and Saturn’s rings are the best ever!

So I managed to do and learn so much in one single night than I’ve done for the last 20 years. It feels good :). A round trip of about 120 Km and a night without sleep, but totally worth it, thanks to a friend with this amazing scope :D, thanks to which I was able to spot Saturn with it’s Rings :).

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Clear Skies!

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EDIT:

I forgot to mention the scope’s amazing Goto capability and the built-in Computer. It has a catalog of stars, nebula, constellations etc. and first, the finder scope  is properly aligned and the we point the main scope with any two stars visible at that time and calibrate it, after that all you have to do is just select the object from a long list and the scope will automatically move and point to the object! We literally fell down when selected ” Goto Saturn ” and it pointed to it with perfect precision and we saw the fucking rings. Technology. Science. Genius.!!

The Tenth Dimension

I have always wondered how to visualise all the additional dimensions that various theories propose and if you have ever heard of the String Theory and it’s ten dimensions this video will go a long way in helping you start visualising the stuff that make up our world.

Brilliant!

You see the complex and yet simple theories that just blow away your mind and to think how far science has come to explaining so much is just awesome. To think of the power we have due to science and our ability to comprehend and propose new ideas, I guess evolution has peaked.

Quantum Mechanics…

Just saw this video while digging around the web and it is simply amazing. Check it out, it’s about the double slit experiment.

Science Rocks 🙂