Endless Parade of Excellence

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It's Ada Lovelace day! If you look up in the sky tonight, take a moment to thank Henrietta Swan Leavitt for all her hard work. While slaving away as a poorly-paid "computer", she formulated a theory about the relationship between period and absolute magnitude of Cepheid variable stars, which was the key to figuring out the distances to other galaxies. She hasn't got a famous space telescope named after her, or a Nobel Prize, but she does have a crater on the moon, and an asteroid.

Monday, March 22, 2010
Giant earwig of St. Helena.
Check your bed.
(Thanks, Dan)

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Russian ASCII animation of a cat from 1968.
Thanks, David!

Friday, March 19, 2010
If you like red grapefruit, then you have radiation to thank.

Thursday, March 18, 2010
On April 4th the Hubble will take a look at Hanny's Voorwerp.
(Via @Nancy_A)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
We need more double-decker bus races.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010