Wow. Amazing photo of Europa (the moon of Jupiter) at APOD today.
'more than 800,000 frames of data from Spitzer's cameras have now been pieced together in an enormous mosaic of the galactic plane – the most detailed infrared picture of our galaxy ever made.'
via Daring Fireball, a brief history of the internet.
A sphinx. There are loads of cool 1900s lantern slides of Egypt uploaded by the Brooklyn museum. Check out the Paris exposition ones as well. via things magazine.
Major geek porn: 'the 10 kilometer-wide crater Heimdall lies on the north polar plains of Mars… the bright spot is the Phoenix lander parachuting toward the surface. The picture was captured on camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.'
I didn’t have a lot of luck on either front. Really of course you need a moth trap to count moths effectively. I had a go at treacling—spreading a mix of treacle, brown sugar and rum on tree trunks to attract the moths—but nothing came. In the end my total count was three species; Jersey Tiger, seen earlier in the day, a Marbled Beauty attracted to the porch light, and a Double-striped Pug which came into my bedroom. Still, Jersey Tiger was one of the target species for NMN this year, so that’s good.
One thing becomes apparent walking around the garden at night; lots and lots of slugs.
And here’s some hot slug-on-slug action.
I didn’t try very hard with the meteorites, I must admit. And didn’t see any. But little white flashes of light appearing in the sky because the orbit of our planet is rolling through the dust trail of a long-gone comet seems like a good enough reason to post this: