Daniel Fischer


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

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The fastest citation at an astronomical conference? During the #AG2012 Astronomy Outreach Meeting in his talk - on using Twitter in science communication - showed the TwitPic of the attendees I had twittered about 2 hours earlier ... :-)

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Currently in the #AG2012 "Public Outreach in Astronomy" meeting in Hamburg - can't say there isn't enough engagement here: one speaker had already to be kicked from stage because he ran out of the agreed time and refused to stop ...

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Now live from home in California on the screen at #SpaceUpEU: answering audience questions about planetary exploration. Already in the morning she had been announced as someone "who knows everything" about planets.

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Can't have a group picture at #SpaceUpEU without ...

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That's what such pictures look like in one the regular Twitter, i.e. just the website. Full credit ...

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'Driving' home how big the #MSL Curiosity actually is: Project Manager Richard Cook with a full-scale wheel, during his nice review talk http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25391855 covering the early mission weeks.

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The Atlas V launch video was actually pretty cool - the feed from an infrared telescope, that is, which showed the plume expand nicely in the upper atmosphere, with the camera looking directly into the rocket exhaust just before ULA had to cut the feed on NRO's request. More screencaps in http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=28638.165 and the next page.

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Insect close-ups from an Alpine flower garden in Austria - see http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3970208608551.2144495.1080556720&type=1&l=eedf8179f5 for 24 pictures and http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3970262769905.2144497.1080556720&type=1&l=6eae91a72b for the context!

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OMFSM, Yoda has turned to the Dark Side ... found this funny French anarchist label on an Italian lamppost today.

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Blue butterfly on red flower - a little teaser for the album http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3944746612017.2143892.1080556720&type=1&l=560fb6a34c that begins with some Tuscan animals and ends with a lot of art history and architecture. Such is life ... :-)

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The (center of the) Milky Way over Tuscany, seen minutes ago from http://www.hapimag.com/en/pentolina-tuscany.htm in spite of light pollution and the Moon just rising in the East.

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Over the roofs of Siena (Tuscany, Italy): autostich-ed from 4 pictures taken from the Duomo today while it was raining; an even worse rain system is looming in the distance. Still a great view ...

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Something astronomical 'discovered' in Siena's cathedral? This unusual ... thing - which looks like a lunar eclipse to me - was spotted on the ceiling of the Battistero di San Giovanni (see http://www.operaduomo.siena.it/eng/battistero_approfondimento.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battistero_di_San_Giovanni_(Siena) for context), near "The Descent of the Holy Spirit" of Lorenzo di Pietro's "The Articles of the Apostles' Creed", painted 1447-1450.

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What a welcome to Tuscany! A brilliant double #rainbow (autostich-ed here from 2 wide-angle pics) spotted this afternoon near Siena, after driving nine hours through rain and traffic jams from South Tyrol.

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Ununsual view of a bathing Cuban flamingo caught today in the http://www.grugapark.de in Essen, Germany - see http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3907827369059.2142878.1080556720&type=1&l=6297329234 for more pictures.

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Can you tell which object in our planetary system this image - published today - is showing? Guesses welcome!

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Also tried to stitch the #MSL Navcam pics of Aeolis Mons, but even after increasing the gamma of the low-contrast JPEGs to the limit autostich recognized only one match. Anyway, we now know how the mountain front (that hides the actual peak!) continues towards the right. Now waiting for the full Mastcam color glory ...

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The Moon, Jupiter, the Hyades and the Pleiades this morning after the Perseids & satellites action http://bonnstern.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/10-perseiden-die-stunde-seltsame-fotos-und-ein-mysterioses-satelliten-paar - taken without any tripod and dangling from a basement window in order to hide an obnoxious streetlight behind a hedge ..

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Mars mania ... Germany's largest-circulation tabloid opens today with "Scientists close to breakthrough: mission Curiosity - life on Mars after all?" This has NOTHING to do with anything the MSL actually did so far, of course; the actual article http://www.bild.de/news/ausland/curiosity/dramatische-suche-nach-leben-auf-dem-mars-25602210.bild.html merely consists of German space people's soundbites re. what *could* be ...

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