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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Space...the Final Frontier

So yeah, the geek girl loved the 3 foot tall Dalek she saw in the store in Bryant Park.  They also had smaller models from various science fiction movies and TV shows, including one of The Millennium Falcon. 

And joining C-3PO as a vocal cue on my phone ... my ringtone is now now ... well, the phone sounds exactly like a Star Trek communicator.

You're shocked, I can just tell. 

You've been wondering why I haven't mentioned what I thought of The Force Awakens.  I don't have an opinion ... yet.  I haven't seen it.  It's been a royal pain avoiding spoilers.  But that problem will be remedied tonight.

In real-science space news, two celestial happenings, an interesting bit of news, and a major achievement.

Last night the skies lit up with strange light, which turned out to be space debris from a Russian rocket.

Tonight we will see an asteroid pass thisclose to the Earth.  Asteroid 2003 SD220 is apparently shaped like a chicken tender, and will be a mere 6.7 million miles away.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a full moon will light up the pre-dawn sky on Christmas Day.  The full moon — which hasn’t been seen on Christmas since 1977 — will peak Friday at 6:11 a.m. Eastern .  Another full moon won’t be visible on Dec. 25 until 2034.

And the SpaceX mission is a success.  SpaceX achieved a first in its history by completing an historic vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket in Florida Monday night.  That's pretty cool, isn't it?

Here's the Dalek again, just because I liked it so much.

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