The Moon, Europa

The Moon, Europa

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Orleans Comic Con

I am excited about Wizard World's first Comic Con in New Orleans Louisiana! I have a lot going on at my day job that month in preparation for Super Bowl XLV, but I didn't want to miss it so I will be making a quick, mostly sleepless, trip down there. So unless I am able to lay off work an extra day...

I will be at New Orleans Comic Con on Saturday January 29th only.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Tonight and early tomorrow morning, you Western hemisphere folks (which includes me) can see a lunar eclipse.  At about 12:30 a.m., the big event happens but we won't be able to see anything (provided the sky is clear) until after 1:00 a.m.  There will be a smudge on the upper-left part of the moon.  Here's a full article about it.  And here's a link to NASA's lunar chart (but they've been v., v. busy today so be patient) or here's the pic of the site in case it's too busy.

I hope you are up that late because the next time you'd be able to see it is in 2014.

Here's a news article about it.  And a picture from 2003 is included.

And a wiki page.

UPDATE:  Here's a video of what you missed.  

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wicked cool science news

From time-to-time, I see science news that just has to be shared.  A lot of the time, it doesn't necessarily have to do with Jupiter or even this solar system.  But I am always happy to promote (through linkspam) the exploration of space as a whole in the hopes that it will make that much more plausible my own theories of and hopes for space exploration.

First, Voyager I, on the road for more than 30 years and still doing business.  Going where, literally, no human has ever gone before.

Second, every year this guy does a "best of" space pictures.  This years list is a wicked cool (and pardon the pun) out-of-this-world show.  You don't want to miss it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just missed it ...

As many of you know, I wrote a book called "Europa" and the story is based entirely on Jupiter's moon Europa.  NASA is sending a probe next year that should reach Jupiter/Europa roughly 10 years after that.

But believe it or not, other people, besides those at NASA, keep up with the goings-on in outer-space and actually keep tabs on Europa (the moon, not my book).  Apparently, on December 3rd and with a small telescope, we could have seen Europa (the moon, not my book) round the east corner of the planet Jupiter.  I missed it.  There's not much I could have done about it anyway since, and this might surprise you, I don't have a telescope.  It would have been nice if I could honestly tell you that it would have looked like this:

But most likely it was a slight shadow or blur just on the east horizon.  Someday we'll get pictures which are closer ... and dare I say more accurate? 

If you want more information about this story (and the whole timeline) visit this website.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Selfless Promotion

My wife sometimes reviews shows and movies for a blog and she was able to do a short synposis/review of Europa.  (She loves the book, of course.)  And in the interest of selfless promotion, and if you're primarily interested in getting a short synopsis of Europa, please visit the blog post here.  And in the interest of share and share alike, if you're a movie buff like me, go ahead and visit this site on a regular basis.  They post between 3 and 8 reviews of a variety of different media per week.  Thanks for letting me share and let me know what you think!