Monday, April 29, 2013

Messier 8 (M8) Lagoon Nebula

In the Labeled Milky Way is an object called M8. Here is a pictured of it close up, taken through the telescope. I took 29 photos of mostly 10 seconds each and stacked them to bring out more detail.
Always looks like a monster smiley face to me now.

Wikipedia: The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Guillaume Le Gentil in 1747 and is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. Seen with binoculars, it appears as a distinct oval cloudlike patch with a definite core. A fragile star cluster appears superimposed on it.
The Lagoon Nebula is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth. In the sky of Earth, it spans 90' by 40', translates to an actual dimension of 110 by 50 light years. Like many nebulas, it appears pink in time-exposure color photos but is gray to the eye peering through binoculars or a telescope, human vision having poor color sensitivity at low light levels. The nebula contains a number of Bok globules (dark, collapsing clouds of protostellar material), the most prominent of which have been catalogued by E. E. Barnard as B88, B89 and B296. It also includes a funnel-like or-tornado-like structure caused by a hot O-type star that emanates ultraviolet light, heating and ionizing gases on the surface of the nebula. The Lagoon Nebula also contains at its centre a structure known as the Hourglass Nebula (so named by John Herschel), which should not be confused with the better known Hourglass Nebula in the constellation of Musca. In 2006 the first four Herbig-Haro objects were detected within the Hourglass, also including HH 870. This provides the first direct evidence of active star formation by accretion within it.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Egg-Filled Bell Pepper

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450.
  2. Split a bell pepper vertically. Scoop out the excess portions of each to create two cups.
  3. Pour some olive oil into each half.
  4. Dice garlic and partially fill each half.
  5. Dice onion and fill each half to about 3/4 full.
  6. Shake herbs and spices of all kinds into each pepper. As well as salt and pepper. I used basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, chilli powder, and paprika.
  7. More olive oil into the peppers.
  8. Grease a pan; I recommend olive oil. Place your pepper halves onto the pan. If they tip or are lopsided, use extra diced onion to prop them up.
  9. Cover the peppers.
  10. Bake for roughly 20 minutes. Or until the peppers are getting pretty well cooked.
  11. Pull out your peppers.
  12. Crack an egg into each pepper half. It is imperative that the yolk remain intact.
  13. Put your peppers back into the oven, and cover them again.
  14. Bake for another 15 minutes or so.
  15. As soon as the whites of your eggs are cooked, the meal is done. Don't overcook your yolk.
  16. Eat immediately, while they're hot.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Exclusive Teaser Trailer

try this

catching fire

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Birthday Present

Some awesome woman had this made for her husbands birthday.

When you get to Asheville

Song by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell from their new album "Love Has Come For You"

Jump Rope Girl

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Look Rock Milky Way

Here is the Milky Way at 3:30 AM this past weekend. By far the best Milky Way shot I have so far. I increases the saturation a LOT to get some dramatic colors, which really oranged the light-polluted horizon.

I think it was 111 seconds on the Canon T3 at 6400 ISO piggybacked,

Make sure to click on it

Monday, April 15, 2013


I recommend the following:

Do not become emotionally or psychically invested in the media on the Boston bombings.  The fixation on media of these horrific events is, first and foremost, making money for many companies based on tragic events; this is sort of like charging money to attend a funeral.  By definition, the media must attempt, that is actually try, to make all stories and events as dramatic as possible; this is known as sensationalism - and it is sad to sensationalism death and destruction.  In reality, I would prefer to have NO news coverage of these events, therefore, the assholes who commit the crimes don't get the credit or acknowledgement that they are absolutely looking for.  People, when you invest your energies in the media in these cases, you are feeding the attempts at further crimes, you are feeding fear into the human race, and immersion in the news will, consciously or not, further promote fear of life, negativity, loss of faith, and generally hurt our potential as a species. 

Please, don't become enamored with the media's thriving on these tragic events.  I hate it all, the actions by those who planned and executed the crime, the fact that people are so super board and sad with life to do it, and our society's resulting fixation on the event.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three quick pics from Maui

 Hot lava flow picture for Hilary

 From hike inside a volcano the other morning

From Mars, oops, I mean from "inside the computer," oops, I mean, from inside the crater of a huge volcano

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ViHart: 5 Reasons

Pleiades (7 Sisters)

Showing some nebulosity:

First Friday

Bad picture but here it is.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Please listen to this.

Start at 6:30