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A friend of mine posted on Facebook that an alert had gone out that there was a pre-supernova event that had been detected coming from the direction of Betelgeuse. Sadly, it turns out that it was a false alarm. A test message had been generated that shouldn't have been sent out to the whole list.

No big bright supernova today.

Ah, well.
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We got up early enough today to get out and get lunch before heading to the movie theater where I went to see Rogue One while Gretchen took Katie and Julie to see Moana. This worked out well for both of us. I enjoyed Rogue One quite a bit and it was a movie that it was nice to see in 3D on the big screen. I'll catch Moana (which Gretchen and the girls enjoyed quite a bit) once it comes out on disc.

One of Katie's school assignments that began over break is to chart the phases of the moon, starting last Thursday. This has been mostly an exercise in futility due to low clouds for the last few days. But there was a moderate amount of blue sky this afternoon, so when we got home from the movie around 4 PM, I told Katie to wait in the driveway and we'd hunt out the moon if it could be found.

Well, let's see. It's about three or four days since the new moon. The sun is there, just behind the house across the street. So I pointed at it, then traced back 90 degrees by cocking my elbow so that I was pointing to where the half moon would be. So today the crescent moon should be just about halfway in between. I swung my hand back toward the sun, stopped, traced down toward the southern horizon...

And there, a bit more than halfway up the sky on the line I was running down, was a thin sliver of crescent moon that you could easily mistake for the cirrus clouds drifting around in the neighborhood -- except, of course, that the clouds were moving a good bit faster.

Obviously, all of the star piloting in Rogue One was rubbing off on me.
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It was much nicer today than it's been in a while, which was appropriate for the first day of spring. Tomorrow should be even nicer.

And then next week, it turns cold again, because it's just being that sort of winter. I wait anxiously to find out what level of parka I'll need for the Cubs' Opening Day.

But it was clear tonight, so I took Katie and Julie outside and showed them Orion, Canis Major (and Sirius), Jupiter, and the Big Dipper (at Katie's request). The winter stars will be gone soon, so it's a good time to get out and see them.

In other news, I continue debugging the Java calculations at work. In a fit of "What the heck is wrong here?", I decided to spend a couple of hours implementing our Analyze code, so I could dump the result of some of the problematic calculations and see which numbers were being the problem children.

And when I was done, I discovered that the code that someone else wrote to load the resource strings is not working correctly, so I still can't see what's going wrong, because the data dump is mostly blank. *sigh*

So I've sent an e-mail off asking to have the resource loading fixed.

We'll see how it looks in the morning.
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The Hubble Space Telescope has located the most distant galaxy so far. According to the report, we're looking back to about 500 million years after the Big Bang to see a galaxy that's about a hundredth of the size of ours.
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The Hubble Space Telescope has located the most distant galaxy so far. According to the report, we're looking back to about 500 million years after the Big Bang to see a galaxy that's about a hundredth of the size of ours.

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Dec. 9th, 2010 02:53 pm
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Via Instapundit, I find this article from the discoverer of Xena on how he helped get Pluto demoted from planetary status.

Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] shsilver...

Plutocide

Dec. 9th, 2010 02:53 pm
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Via Instapundit, I find this article from the discoverer of Xena on how he helped get Pluto demoted from planetary status.

Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] shsilver...

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