- Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds
Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space. When an image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 -- a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles --was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission. In a new image of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue. Pareidolia may strike again as some people report seeing a shape of a face in WISE's infrared data. What do you see? NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, also took a picture of the neutron star nebula in 2014, using higher-energy X-rays than Chandra. PSR B1509-58 is about 17,000 light-years from Earth. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the WISE mission for NASA. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Category Archives: Politics
There seems to be a lot going on in the world recently. We could spend hours talking about the Bergdahl swap, or Hillary’s comments regarding domestic terrorists, or Obama’s non-comments about anything meaningful. What does Cantor’s loss in the Virginia … Continue reading
It has been 34 years since the fall of the US Embassy in Tehran. While that is an event that many of us have placed in the dustbins of history, we received a reminder of the event as “tens of … Continue reading
Here is an approach for you. WRITTEN BY A 21 YEAR OLD FEMALE. PUT ME IN CHARGE . . . Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or … Continue reading
The events of 9/11/01 weigh on everyone’s mind today, as well they should. As time passes those memories will fade but, with the technology of the 21rst century and the 24 hour news cycle we will always be reminded of … Continue reading
A reminder piece out of Fred Thompson’s new organization.
Been a busy few weeks here but I thought I would weigh in on a political topic for a moment. Last week Margaret Thatcher passed away. A historical figure with a strength and courage the likes of which Britain had not seen … Continue reading
Over the last few years our society has spent a fair bit of time talking about “The Law of Unintended Consequences“. While this phrase dates back to the 18th century (or earlier) it has really become an adage for describing … Continue reading
Here is a nice little monologue piece about recent events. It is a good story, a little long but it is worth it to listen and watch. Make sure to stay tuned until at least the 7:30 mark, it is … Continue reading
POTUS – Shakespeare Go check this link from Weerd World for an interesting take on POTUS’ lecture earlier this week. My Thoughts on the Inauguration Speech | Weerd World.
I had been trying to figure out a tasteful way to bring up this historical point. It seems Barron has already managed it, so I direct you to: Some Historical Context… – The Minuteman.