Daniel Fischer

@cosmos4u

All things astronomy and space (and then some) - in tiny bits and pieces but mostly with links to more ... :-)

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Playing around with http://books.google.com/ngrams I noted that "Pluto" (blue) has a strong and lasting peak in the literature in the 1940s, i.e. 10+ years after its discovery: what could be the reason for that? And Neptune (red) peaks 15 years after its discovery - and again in ... 1951 (but not at all after the 1989 Voyager visit). Does all that make any sense?

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During tonight's #StargazingLive pointing out the recent http://planetfour.org discovery - by citizen scientists - of an apparently never before seen phenomenon on the Martian surface. Right now on http://www.time4tv.com/2011/09/bbc-two.html they are still discussing it.

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Do they have a problem with huge spiders on the ISS? Just look at the giant web on the left of during the live interview right now streaming on http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

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Astronomy overload ... on the left the slides from the #AAS221 JWST Townhall, on the right #StargazingLive - embarrassament of riches.

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New year's fireworks 2013 over Bonn, Germany, as seen from Niederdollendorf over the Rhine (3/3) - more views in the album http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4504392442813.2154203.1080556720&type=1&l=bb776da153

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New year's fireworks 2013 over Bonn, Germany, as seen from Niederdollendorf over the Rhine (2/3) - more views in the album http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4504392442813.2154203.1080556720&type=1&l=bb776da153

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New year's fireworks 2013 over Bonn, Germany, as seen from Niederdollendorf over the Rhine - here framed by an old tree. More views in the album http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4504392442813.2154203.1080556720&type=1&l=bb776da153

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The boss of Mike Simmons speaking on the big http://www.columnatv.ro/tv/live/ astronomy show (still on) - yesterday the feed worked fine, today the colors are highly distorted ...

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This is what *I* see when I click on http://www.facebook.com/dan.fischer.393/posts/539418479421319 - according to the little logo a "public" page. But the picture shared was not public (though it should be IMHO) - so apparently FB then makes the whole page "invisible" to anyone but me. Very clever ...

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Zooming in closer to the current Hy / Jup / Moon / Plei constellation http://twitpic.com/bpc43h with some moving clouds for added fun; note that some of Jupiter's Galilean moons can now be seen!

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Jupiter and the blazing Moon in the "Golden Gate of the Ecliptic" - is that German term http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenes_Tor_der_Ekliptik also used in English for the Pleiades and Hyades combined? - right now (25 Dec. 2012 ~20:00 UTC) from Königswinter, Germany.

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Yesss - a major German TV station has just, on X-mas Day at prime time, admitted that there WAS NO "Star of Bethlehem"! See http://www.presseportal.de/pm/7840/2386590/-das-geheimnis-der-geburt-jesu-zdf-dokumentation-am-weihnachtsabend-unterzieht-die-biblische?search=Stern,von,Bethlehem for the program's announcement.

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The Great Conjunction of X-Mas 2012! :-) Jupiter, the Moon, Aldebaran and, gasp, the ISS over Königswinter, Germany, on 25 Dec. 2012 at 18:07 CET. Once again no tripod (where did I put it?), so Jupiter & the stars aren't perfect points ...

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One more of the Hyades, Jupiter and the Moon right now over Germany - with the latter causing colorful optical effects in isolated clouds. This and the previous pictures taken w/o tripod, by the way ...

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As http://www.clearskyblog.de/2012/12/24/beobachtungstipp-mond-jupiter-und-das-goldene-tor-der-ekliptik-25-12 had "advertised", the Moon, Jupiter and the Hyades are having fun tonight (25 Dec 2012) - while the last clouds move away.

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The Moon meeting Jupiter on X-mas evening 2012 over Königswinter, Germany, as the clouds are parting "miraculously" ...

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Allumage! At t+7 seconds the Ariane 5 boosters ignite - this is a *real* pic I "took" from the webcast. But fairing separation was *again* illustrated with an old video clip (recorded during a *daytime* launch!), without the launch commentator noting or even knowing ...

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Rather unusual sunset photo taken from a train in Germany, through trees over snow; looks more like a painting ...

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Encounter with an Airbus A 380 near Broome (NW WA) last night (3/3): Earth shadow higher, plane now in shadow.

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