Space Station’s Expandable Habitat

By | 30 September 2016 - 15:07
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is seen attached to the Tranquility module of the International Space Station. BEAM is an is an experimental expandable habitat. Expandable habitats, occasionally described as inflatable habitats, greatly decrease the amount of transport volume for future space missions. via NASA

Testing the James Webb Space Telescope Pathfinder

By | 29 September 2016 - 16:31
In this photograph taken on Sept. 1, 2016, the James Webb Space Telescope Pathfinder structure has been configured for the Thermal Pathfinder Test at NASA Johnson Space Center’s giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A. The Pathfinder is a test version of the structure that supports the telescope. via NASA

Some News From My Facebook

By | 29 September 2016 - 11:44

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Ieri ho conosciuto una persona. Che afferma di curarsi con “rimedi omeopatici” e di fare terapie preventive omeopatiche. La cosa paradossale è che questa persona ammette che nessuno di questi rimedi funziona: si ammala comunque, ogni anno, senza eccezioni. Ammette che vorrebbe tanto prendere gli antibiotici ma la sua “dottoressa omeopatica” le dice di no … Continue reading “Il Paradosso dei Paradossi”

Il Paradosso dei Paradossi

By | 29 September 2016 - 10:11

Ieri ho conosciuto una persona.

Che afferma di curarsi con “rimedi omeopatici” e di fare terapie preventive omeopatiche.

La cosa paradossale è che questa persona ammette che nessuno di questi rimedi funziona: si ammala comunque, ogni anno, senza eccezioni.

Ammette che vorrebbe tanto prendere gli antibiotici ma la sua “dottoressa omeopatica” le dice di no perchè afferma che il suo corpo si assueferà e quando (ha detto proprio così: non “SE” ma “QUANDO”) le capiterà qualcosa di grave, nessun antibiotico funzionerà più.picardfp

Ammette anche che nonostante questo, lei continua ad andare dalla sua “dottoressa omeopatica” molto di più che non dal suo medico di base e segue i consigli basati su zucchero e acqua fresca.

Stupendosi poi del fatto che ogni anno si prende influenze, mal di gola, raffreddori e tutte le malattie di stagioni che nessuna pillola di zucchero potrà mai evitare o men che meno guarire.

Io sono stato zitto, le ho sorriso suggerendole di seguire la terapia che la fa stare meglio.

E lei mi ha risposto che tutto sommato, forse, magari prima o poi un antibiotico lo prenderà.

Forse c’è speranza?

Look what I put on Instagram!

By | 29 September 2016 - 06:13
repost from @saganism
“I’m often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don’t care about your economic background. I don’t care what town you’re born in, what city, what country. If you’re a child, you are curious about your environment. You’re overturning rocks. You’re plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you’re doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.
And so then so what do adults do? They say, “Don’t pluck the petals off the flowers. I just spent money on that. Don’t play with the egg. It might break. Don’t….” Everything is a don’t. We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.

So you get out of their way. And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help ‘em explore. Why don’t you get a pair of binoculars, just leave it there one day? Watch ‘em pick it up. And watch ‘em look around. They’ll do all kinds of things with it.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson

Image illustrated by Sam Spratt

#saganism #neildegrassetyson #scienceisawesome #scienceisfun #ifuckinglovescience #ilovescience #science #ignoranceisachoice #noexcuses #doyouscience

Water Swirls, Gulf of St. Lawrence

By | 27 September 2016 - 17:09
Orbiting above eastern North America, a crew member on the International Space Station photographed a dense pattern of eddies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Caught briefly in the Sun’s “glint point,” reflections off the water surface show an interlinked mass of swirls and eddies in the shallow water north of Prince Edward Island. via NASA

Ophiuchus the ’13th sign’

By | 26 September 2016 - 20:51

Ophiuchus the ’13th sign’ – Dates: 30th November to 17th December

This article is copied from ReoCities. All the links in the article point at ReoCities. The author of this article is Dr Shepherd Simpson, so any criticism, complaint or compliment have to be addressed to him and not to me. If Dr. Simpson will ask me to remove this copy of his article, I will abide.

Definition: [Sun Signs – Solar Zodiac] Ophiuchus, the sign of the Serpent Bearer, is the 10th sign of the Real Solar Zodiac.

However, although it lies on the Ecliptic it is not one of the signs of either the Tropical Zodiac of standard Western Astrology, or the Sidereal Zodiac of standard Vedic astrology.

This problem is one of the most contentious issues in modern astrology. I know the subject of Ophiuchus causes us lots of grief as astrologers. But it’s up there in the heavens. It exists. We can’t ignore it.

The Thirteenth Sign? Ophiuchus is often mistakenly called the ‘thirteenth sign of the zodiac’ because the sign is thought of as an additional sign to the the twelve Tropical or Sidereal signs.

In fact, Ophiuchus is a Sun-sign in the Real Solar Zodiac, i.e. the Sun can be seen against the stars of Ophiuchus between 30th November and 17th December each year. [The dates of the cusps move a little from one year to the next, so sometimes they are quoted as 1st December to 18th December.] Aquarius, the Water Carrier, is the actual 13th, and last, sign of the Real Solar Zodiac.

Northern celestial hemisphere constellation map showing the sun sign of Ophiuchus between Scorpius and Sagittarius

Ophiuchus the Sun sign. The curved line marked with degree signs is the Ecliptic. The Ecliptic, the Sun’s path through the heavens as seen from Earth, runs through Ophiuchus from about 245 to 265° away from the Vernal Equinox. This means that the Sun can be seen against the stars of Ophiuchus from 30th November to 17th December

Ophiuchus in the Planetary Zodiac: As Ophiuchus is a Sun-sign it is also a member of the Planetary Zodiac and the Lunar Zodiac, i.e. as well as the Sun, the planets and the Moon can frequently be seen against the stars of Ophiuchus, from the view point of the Earth.

The planet Pluto could be found in Ophiuchus until the end of 2003, after which it passed into Serpens Cauda, the Serpent’s Tail. The Centaur object, the minor planetoid Chiron, was visible against the stars of Ophiuchus until November 2001, after which it passed over the border into Sagittarius. Venus and Mercury can be found in Ophiuchus for a time each year. Shown right is an example of a star chart for Pluto in Ophiuchus in June 1999.

So why isn’t Ophiucus in the Commonly-Used Western Zodiac? Ophiuchus is an Ancient Greek constellation. The Serpent Bearer is one of the original Ptolemy constellations, appearing in Al Magest Star Catalogue [c 130 – 170 AD]. He also appears on the Farnese Globe, a Roman copy of a circa 2nd century BC depiction of Atlas holding the Celestial Sphere above his head. So why isn’t Ophiuchus a member of the standard astrological zodiac – the Tropical Zodiac?

Good question! Ophiuchus is a Sun-sign. The Moon and planets all are seen against the stars of Ophiuchus. Unfortunately, the answer to the question is that Ophiuchus isn’t in the Tropical Zodiac not because there is something wrong with Ophiuchus but because there is something wrong with the Tropical Zodiac.  The Tropical Zodiac  is an inaccurate oversimplification of the heavens dating from a time when we did not have telescopes or computers. Follow the Zodiac Wheels link for a description of the history of the Zodiacs.

The planet Pluto against the Sun-sign of Ophiucus, 21 June 1999.

Pluto in Ophiuchus. Star chart for 21 Jun 99 of the Serpens-Ophiuchus-Serpens area of the night sky. The green lines are the constellation boundaries. The white lines join the stars of each constellation to make the constellation figure. Most of the bulk of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, is visible in the centre of the chart. Pluto [the joined PL symbol in gray] is just occulting the star ζ Ophiuchi.  [Star names and star symbols are marked in red, constellation names are shown in yellow.  The white horizontal line in the center of the star chart is the Celestial Equator.]

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Feet of Clay?: You can read elsewhere on the internet that the problem of Ophiuchus was invented by the Royal Astronomical Society several years ago to bedevil we astrologers. Alas, if it were that simple! The problem of Ophiuchus is very old: at least nineteen hundred years old, if not more. It dates back to at least the time of Claudius Ptolemy, the Classical father of astrology [c 130 – 170 AD].

Ptolemy produced two great works, Al Magest, which charted the heavens, and Tetrabiblos, the seminal work of astrology – a compendium of essentially all the astrological knowledge of the Ancient Greeks. Al Magest contains the earliest Star Catalogue that we still possess.

In Tetrabiblos, Ptolemy treats Ophiuchus as a non-zodiac constellation; he follows the simple, inherited tradition of the twelve part, equal-sign zodiac. However, in Al Magest, Ptolemy actually charts Ophiuchus in the heavens. He looks at the reality of the stars above. He catalogues 29 stars in the constellation. 24 of these he measures to have a latitude above the Ecliptic. But 5 of these he observes have a latitude below the Ecliptic. In other words the figure of Ophiuchus crosses the Ecliptic [the path of the Sun] making it by definition a Sun Sign. The five stars which lie south of the Ecliptic are:

Ptolemy’s Al Magest Star Catalogue c 130 – 170 AD:
Modern Star Name Number Ptolemy’s Description Location Ecliptic Latitude*
36 Ophiuchi star 247 Praecedens de quatuor quae sunt in pede dextro Ophiuchus’ right foot -02 15′
42 Theta Ophiuchi star 248 Quae istam sequitur Ophiuchus’ right foot -01 30′
44 Ophiuchi star 249 Quae adhuc istam sequitur Ophiuchus’ right foot -00 20′
51 Ophiuchi star 250 Reliqua de quatuor quae omnes sequitur Ophiuchus’ right foot -00 15′
5 Rho Ophiuchi star 257 Quae tangit plantam sinistri pedis Ophiuchus’ left foot -00 45′

*The negative sign indicates that these stars have a position below the Ecliptic. Ecliptic latitudes taken from the on-line version of Al Magest held at:

Ptolemy never resolved these contradictions between a simple twelve-sign Solar Zodiac description of the skies and the reality of the thirteen sign heavens, and we as astrologers are still struggling with them today. Really though, the heavens have to win in the end…

Historical Star Charts of Ophiuchus – Ophiuchus Backwards and Forwards: The charts below are actually based on up-dated versions of Ptolemy’s Al Magest Star Catalogue, though the catalogue was first written some fifteen hundred years before they were drawn. During the Renaissance, Ptolemy’s work became freely available once again, which lead to the production of new catalogues and the drawing, for the first time, of accurate maps of the skies. Note the stars in Ophiuchus feet lying below the Ecliptic, just as in the excerpt from Ptolemy’s Star Catalogue given above.

Except… that since antiquity the figure on the left has reversed. From the Star Catalogue entries, Ptolemy’s Ophiuchus figure was facing towards us with his left leg slightly below the Ecliptic, resting on Scorpius and his right leg further below the Ecliptic. Many Renaissance drawings have him facing away from us, right leg on Scorpius. In this they seem to all follow Johann Bayer’s incorrect drawing of 1603. However, as early as 1604, Johannes Kepler [below right] had improved on Bayer’s mistake and produced a correct map which shows the figure of Ophiuchus that the Ancient Greeks would have seen in the heavens. After a fifteen hundred year sleep, the Ophiuchus of the Greeks – and his Ecliptic problems – were reborn.

A star chart of Ophiuchus, from Uranometria, Johann Bayer, Augsburg, 1603 AD
A star chart of Ophiuchus, from De stella nova in pede serpentarii, Johann Kepler, Prague, 1606 AD

A star chart of Ophiuchus. From Uranometria, Johann Bayer, Augsburg, 1603 AD. The black and white line passing through the legs of Ophiuchus is the Ecliptic. The hatched area at the bottom of the drawing presents the band above the Ecliptic of the 7° Planetary Zodiac as known at the time. Ophiuchus holds Serpens, the Serpent. Compared to the Classical Greek Ophiuchus two things are wrong with the figure: Ophiuchus has his back to us, and his legs extends too far below the Ecliptic. However it is a beautiful drawing!

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A star chart of Ophiuchus. FromDe stella nova in pede serpentarii, Johann Kepler, Prague, 1606 AD. The dark line two and a half sqaures up from the base is the Ecliptic. Kepler correctly portrays Ophiuchus as facing us. The positions of the legs are also closer to Ptolemy’s original than Bayer’s drawing, only the feet lying south of the Ecliptic.

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A star chart of Ophiuchus, from Uranographia, John Bevis, London, ca 1750
A star chart of Ophiuchus, from Atlas Coelestis, John Flamsteed, London, 1753

A star chart of Ophiuchus. In Uranographia Britannica, John Bevis, London, ca 1750. The black and white line at the bottom of the drawing is the Ecliptic. The hatched area at the bottom of the drawing presents the band above the Ecliptic of the 7° Planetary Zodiac as known at the time. The figure is essentially copied from Bayer’s of 150 years earlier – with the same, somewhat incorrect, position for the figure of Ophiuchus.

A star chart of Ophiuchus. From Atlas Coelestis, John Flamsteed, London, 1753. The curved black and white line at the bottom of the drawing is the Ecliptic. Whilst the figure has a slightly different orientation – notably of the head – in comparison to Kepler’s drawing, the star positions of the major limbs are very similar. This figure is very close to what the Ancient and Classical Greeks would have seen when they looked for Ophiuchus in the heavens.

The Astrological Lore of Ophiuchus: Ophiuchus was better known in classical times as Asclepius, [in Latin, Aesculapius] the God of Medicine. He learnt the art from Chiron, the Centaur. On either side of Ophiuchus in the heavens lie the two parts of the sign of the serpent he holds, Serpens Caput, the Serpent’s Head and Serpens Cauda, the Serpent’s Tail. The twined serpent staff is the badge of the medical profession to this day. [However, the sign of the serpent itself does not form part of the Real Solar Zodiac, though it does from part of the Planetary Zodiac.] It is from the Serpent that Ophiuchus learnt the secret of the Elixir of Life.

Ophiuchus is always shown with his foot resting on Scorpius, the Scorpion [see above]. This is especially apt. In Greek star lore the Earth Goddess Gaia sends Scorpius to kill Orion, the Hunter, who has threatened to hunt down all the animals of the Earth – a tale with resonance for modern times. Scorpius stings Orion, who would have died had it not been for the intervention of Aesculapius (Ophiuchus). Aesculapius gives Orion a sip of the divine Elixir and restores him to health.

The even older Babylonian version is slightly different. Here the serpent is Tiamat, the Monster of the Bitter Ocean. Holding Tiamat is Marduk, the Sun God of the Babylonians. They are doing battle together in the eternal fight of good against evil.

Other Thirteenth and Forteenth Signs: There is some information available on the Internet about another ’13th sign’, Arachne, the Spider. This sign was first described in James Voghs’ book Arachne Rising. However, the book was a hoax. Arachne Rising was science fiction. ‘James Vogh’ is a pseudonym of the science fiction author John Sladek, now deceased.

There is also some information available on the Internet on Cetus, the Whale, describing it as the ’14th sign’. This is a confusion of the Real Solar Zodiac and the Planetary Zodiac. The Ecliptic and hence the Sun, as seen from Earth, do not pass through Cetus. However, most of the planets, and the Moon, can be seen occasionally against the stars of Cetus. But this is also true of another 25 signs in the Ptolemaic Planetary Zodiac.

The Real Solar Zodiac Sun Signs:

Sun Sign  Meaning  Dates
01: Pisces  the Fishes  12 Mar to 18 Apr
02: Aries  the Ram  19 Apr to 13 May
03: Taurus  the Bull  14 May to 19 Jun
04: Gemini  the Twins  20 Jun to 20 Jul
05: Cancer  the Crab  21 Jul to 9 Aug
06: Leo  the Lion  10 Aug to 15 Sep
07: Virgo  the Maiden  16 Sep to 30 Oct
08: Libra  the Scales  31 Oct to 22 Nov
09: Scorpius  the Scorpion  23 Nov to 29 Nov
10: Ophiuchus  the Serpent Bearer  30 Nov to 17 Dec
11 Sagittarius  the Archer  18 Dec to 18 Jan
12: Capricornus  the Sea Goat  19 Jan to 15 Feb
13: Aquarius  the Water Carrier  16 Feb to 11 Mar
* The Non-Zodiac Constellations

© Dr Shepherd Simpson, Astrological Historian

Some News From My Facebook

By | 26 September 2016 - 19:30

From Facebook via IFTTT
Situazione surreale in un discorso surreale (accaduto giusto mezz’oretta fa):

– LEI: di che segno sei?

– IO: (un secondo di pausa)… dell’Ofiuco!

– LEI: (sorridendo) no dai, seriamente, l’Ofiuco non esiste! Sono dodici case, solo dodici segni, quello è finto!

– IO: (sorridendo a mia volta) l’Ofiuco come costellazione esiste eccome. E come costellazione zodiacale è sempre esistita, anche se esclusa dall’astrologia perchè il numero 12 ha una forte valenza mistica e simbologica. Quindi, parlando seriamente, dato che la costellazione si trova dietro il Sole tra il 30 novembre e il 17 dicembre, io sono dell’Ofiuco.

– LEI: (sorridendo molto meno) ah quindi mi stai dicendo che secoli di astrologia non valgono più niente?

– IO: (sorridendo molto di più) a dire il vero ti posso dire che secoli di astrologia non sono mai valsi niente se non forse qualche migliaio di anni fa. Forse. Comunque sto dicendo solo quello che già tutti sapevano ma che la Scienza ha ufficialmente confermato: i segni zodiacali sono 13. Punto. Tutto il resto sono solo tue conclusioni, a me poi dell’astrologia non interessa nulla, figurati un po’ se mi interessa screditare una superstizione che si scredita benissimo da sola senza il mio aiuto…

– LEI: (lievemente indispettita) guarda che l’astrologia è una scienza confermata e conosciuta, non una superstizione!

– IO: no. Sbagli. Stai confondendo l’Astronomia con l’astrologia. La prima è una Scienza, la seconda è un cumulo di superstizioni vecchie, decrepite e inutili che servono solo a far fare soldi ai ciarlatani che scrivono oroscopi su riviste compiacenti.

– LEI: (apertamente arrabbiata) sei un maleducato presuntuoso! Ma chi ti credi di essere? Uno scienziato? Critichi secoli di saperi antichi ma non sai neanche di cosa parli!

A quel punto ho perso il filo della sua incazzatura e l’ho lasciata al tavolo, con i suoi cristalli appesi al collo e i suoi chakra ingolfati di sacro fuoco incazzoso!

Ophiuchus [the ’13th sign’]

Tectonically Active Planet Mercury

By | 26 September 2016 - 17:57
New NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet. Images obtained by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft reveal previously undetected small fault scarps— cliff-like landforms that resemble stair steps. via NASA


By | 26 September 2016 - 11:17
A Young Greg Universe

A Young Greg Universe

Elizabeth Eaton:

I love him. He does his best, is loving and understanding of his son. And it seems he understood it wasn’t right for Steven to live in the van so he let the gems take him under their wing. And no matter what, he is there when Steven needs him. One of the best dads I’ve seen

Elias Clark:

He immediately puts Steven first when he suddenly becomes rich and recommends college. When Steven rebuffs him, instead of the typical, at the best, disappointed -at the worst, volatile- reaction, he nods knowingly and doesn’t try to pressure Steven into something that he feels isn’t just for him. He has unconditional love for his son and this is honestly one of the most positive father/son relationship I’ve ever seen in ANY television series. So much love and respect.
I love Dad Universe.
He is the Coolest Dad This Side of the Cosmos(tm)

He is TOTALLY awesome! He made fall in love (and had a son with) an alien, after 5000 years she lived on Earth and had (according to Pearl, Amethyst and Rose Quartz herself) other partners!
Plus all the things Elizabeth and Elias said. Moreover he had to live with the anger of Pearl against him and some subtle dirty trick played by Amethyst that must have had broke his heart once again…
And yet he is still there for his son and his family. No matter what. Now, if this is not the most marvellous example of LOVE I really don’t know what love is. And he doesn’t have any special power at all if not…
And his Music that made Rose Quartz felt in love with him.
He is awesome to the bone. Go Greg, a lot of people (no matter the gender) have to learn from you!
Me, first!

Happy Bi Visibility Day

By | 25 September 2016 - 19:01

This post is not my own but a repost from @rebeccasugar so all credits MUST GO TO HER! I merely thought that the message is important and must be spread. The drawing is made by Rebecca Sugar so if you like it, please GO ON HER ACCOUNT AND TELL HER! And remember, if you want to share this message, give credits to the original author, ok? 
Bisexual, Bi
A person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or to those of another gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime. Bisexual people need not have had specific sexual experiences to be bisexual; in fact, they need not have had any sexual experience at all to identify as bisexual. -GLAAD Media Reference Guide
Happy Bi Visibility Day

Filosofia da cartone animato #2

By | 22 September 2016 - 21:20

Steven: It feels so bad!

Connie: That’s okay, too! There was nothing else you could’ve done!

Steven: I don’t want to feel this way!

Connie: You have to! You have to be honest about how bad it feels so you can move on. That’s how it was for me…

Steven: (Sniffles) Okay.

(Fuses into Stevonnie)

Stevonnie: Aaah-eeee! Just. Breathe.

Stevonnie: (Flailing her legs to land) Mm-mm-mm! I’m here.


Practicing Orion Spacecraft Recovery After Splashdown

By | 22 September 2016 - 17:01
A group of U.S. Navy divers, Air Force pararescuemen and Coast Guard rescue swimmers practice Orion underway recovery techniques in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to prepare for the first test flight of an uncrewed Orion spacecraft with the agency’s Space Launch System rocket during Exploration Mission (EM-1). via NASA

Look what I put on Instagram!

By | 21 September 2016 - 22:15

It happens a lot of times. Oh well, I usually got very disappointed because of that but you know what? I am not the one who is losing something good and the chance of learning something and having some good fun. The cartoons depicted here are definitely not for children only. Make some quick research if you’re too picky to watch some episodes and you will understand what I mean. Be humble. Or get humbled. ;-) #adventuretime #stevenuniverse #gravityfalls #cartoonnetwork

One Billion Base Pairs Sequenced on the Space Station

By | 21 September 2016 - 16:49
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins checks a sample for air bubbles prior to loading it in the biomolecule sequencer. When Rubins’ expedition began, zero base pairs of DNA had been sequenced in space. Within just a few weeks, she and the Biomolecule Sequencer team had sequenced their one billionth base of DNA aboard the orbiting laboratory. via NASA

Some News From My Facebook

By | 20 September 2016 - 21:23

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L’amichevole consiglio a quelli che:

– non riescono ad esimersi dal vedere tutto sempre e solo negativo, sempre, dovunque, comunque, ad ogni costo, in ogni momento.

– passano la vita a scartavetrare le palle al prossimo con lamentazioni continue, pedisseque, ossessivo-compulsive, inconsolabili.

– più cerchi di tirargli su il morale e più trovano motivi per deprimersi e per vedere tutto nero con una dose di pessimismo tale che alla fine vai a leggere Leopardi per farti due risate e sentirti più ottimista.

– vivono nel peggiore dei mondi possibili che può solo peggiorare e che non mancano di fartelo notare in qualsiasi discussione tu possa portare loro.

– se per caso arrivi di buonumore sono in grado di trovarti almeno quarantotto motivi validi (ma solo per loro) per i quali invece tu dovresti essere di orribilissimo e mestissimo malumore come loro.

– quando ti chiedono “come va” e tu gli dici “bene” poi loro ti rispondono con un bollettino di guerra che sembra che tutte le disgrazie del mondo le abbiano avute solo loro negli ultimi due mesi, compresi il ginocchio della lavandaia e la fascite necrotizzante.

Ecco, l’amichevole consiglio per queste persone è…

Ciao. Sul serio, ciao. Ciao ciao! 

Space Station Flight Over the Southern Tip of Italy

By | 20 September 2016 - 16:20
The southern tip of Italy is visible in this image taken by the Expedition 49 crew aboard the International Space Station on Sept. 17, 2016. The brightly lit city of Naples can be seen in the bottom section of the image. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft can be seen in the foreground. via NASA

Addio Gommarosa

By | 19 September 2016 - 18:58

E alla fine la mia principessa Gommarosa se ne è andata.


L’ho sempre saputo che Dolcelandia non era qui ma dall’altra parte dell’oceano ma non ero pronto o forse, più verosimilmente speravo che bastasse sperarlo.

I’ll take a quiet life,
a handshake of carbon monoxide

No alarms and no surprises
no alarms and no surprises
no alarms and no surprises
silent, silent

This is my final fit, my final bellyache with

No alarms and no surprises
no alarms and no surprises
no alarms and no surprises, please

Such a pretty house, such a pretty garden

No alarms and no surprises (let me out of here)
no alarms and no surprises (let me out of here)
no alarms and no surprises, please (let me out of here)

Where the Small Moon Rules

By | 19 September 2016 - 15:02
Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn’s ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. via NASA

Some News From My Facebook

By | 17 September 2016 - 18:50

From Facebook via IFTTT
MEMENTO PERSONALE e per tutti i ciclisti teste di cazzo che pedalano dove non devono e non possono: la bicicletta è considerata un veicolo a tutti gli effetti, quindi deve essere guidata sulla strada, su viali privati o sugli appositi passaggi.

Il MARCIAPIEDE per definizione, (art. 3, codice della strada) è l’area destinata all’esclusivo transito dei pedoni. Quindi i ciclisti non possono transitare – sempre secondo il Codice della Strada – perché la bicicletta che circola sul marciapiede, in mezzo ai pedoni, crea ovviamente una situazione di pericolosità e insicurezza della circolazione stradale, e in particolare di quella pedonale.

Inoltre, tale comportamento è vietato dal codice della strada e sanzionato con una multa da 41 euro in base all’art. 143 del codice della strada.

Alla faccia dei ciclisti minchioni, esaltati ed arroganti che pensano che montare in sella ad una bicicletta conferisca poteri divini di fare quel cazzo che vogliono, dove vogliono e quando vogliono.

#ciclista #bicicletta #codicestradale #articolo3 #articolo143 #dateviunacalmata #sicurezzastradale #marciapiede

Infrared Echoes of a Black Hole Eating a Star

By | 15 September 2016 - 17:38
This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star, disrupted as it was being devoured by a supermassive black hole. The feeding black hole is surrounded by a ring of dust. This dust was previously illuminated by flares of high-energy radiation from the feeding black hole, and is now shown re-radiating some of that energy. via NASA

Sept. 14, 1966 – View From Gemini XI, 850 Miles Above the Earth

By | 14 September 2016 - 16:08
The western half of Australia, looking west, as seen from the Gemini XI spacecraft, 850 miles above the Earth on Sept. 14, 1966. Reaching this record-shattering altitude was a highlight of a demanding, three-day mission for Gemini XI command pilot Charles “Pete” Conrad and pilot Dick Gordon. via NASA