Our Local Universe

Neighbourhood Watchers,

What’s been happening recently in our neck-of-the-universe?
Well for one thing we have a new map, so we won’t get lost on our upcoming wanderings 🙂

You’ve never seen the universe like this before. Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the most complete 3D map of the local universe, covering a distance of 380 million light-years, ever created

And here’s a map with road signs ,and a video, to make it easier for you to get around 😉

A bit closer to home? Well, Saturn is still in a stormy mood.
     The huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn’s northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This picture, captured on Feb. 25, 2011, was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began, and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet.

Even a bit closer?
Well, please say hello to asteroid Vesta, now orbited by the human’s Dawn spacecraft.

On 15 July 2011, NASA’s ion-propelled Dawn probe will become the first spacecraft to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.  Dawn will orbit Vesta for one Earth-year, studying the giant space rock at close range to help scientists understand the earliest chapter of our solar system’s history.

After a year Dawn will be off again, then to rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres. We live in interesting exploratory times 🙂

And from the Earth-space boundary …

Yes, it’s Noctilucent Cloud time again in Uppsala, Sweden, Scandinavia, Northern Europe and North America 🙂

View some more wonderful “Space Cloud” images at the Space Weather website.

And finally, (on a humerous note) a bit of Down to Earth music symbolizing the continuingdisputebetween the we-will-save-you-all  environmentalists (Bill Murray’s “Carl” – the green keeper 😉  ) and the we-just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-enjoy-life average person (the rocking gopher).   
MUSIC: I’m All Right – Kenny Loggins (1981)

Universal Gopher Brady

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3 Responses to Our Local Universe

  1. Thank you, Brady, for all your efforts at fitting together puzzling observations in climate science, space science, politics and economics.

    Today I am rewriting, with more data points and references, my belated conclusion to 1945-2011 events: Today’s social and economic unrest probably stem from fear by world leaders that all live on Earth – including the lives of world leaders themselves – would be destroyed unless they used a “Common Enemy” (Global Climate Change) to

    • Unite Nations
    • End Nationalism
    • Abolish Nuclear Weapon


    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  2. Carl-Fredrik NB says:

    Great work Brady! Keep it up…though I would like more posts coming quicker 🙂
    Keep up the good quality, and your blog will be the best scientific blog on blogspot.com 😀

    p.s Oliver K. Manuel… you work at NASA, and i’ve asked you this before…
    Was the moonlanding ’69 really a big hoax??!?!

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