(Raining Perseids Credit & Copyright: Fred Bruenjes )
Explanation: Comet dust rained down on planet Earth last August, streaking through dark skies in the annual Perseid meteor shower. So, while enjoying the anticipated space weather, astronomer Fred Bruenjes recorded a series of many 30 second long exposures spanning about six hours on the night of August 11/12 using a wide angle lens. Combining those frames which captured meteor flashes, he produced this dramatic view of the Perseids of summer. Although the comet dust particles are traveling parallel to each other, the resulting shower meteors clearly seem to radiate from a single point on the sky in the eponymous constellation Perseus. The radiant effect is due to perspective, as the parallel tracks appear to converge at a distance. Bruenjes notes that there are 51 Perseid meteors in the composite image, including one seen nearly head-on. This year, the Perseids Meteor Shower will peak in the early morning hours on Friday, August 12.
You can see the amount of smoke coming from the hot spots (red dots) and the direction of the wind. All said, I hope this stuff clears soon, if not were going to have serious problems. Please drink a lot of water, and stay indoors!!! I wonder if Singapore's facing the same problem?
* This is no new news, but Prof. Ramasamy, a famous political science professor had his service terminated by the uni last week. Looks like the racial issue is kicking in again. And he has been critical of some government policies for years now, but still that doesn't not mean they have the right to terminate him without a real reason. He's a leading authority and researcher in Estate worker problems and the Sri Lankan (LTTE) conflict. A clip of news report of him: "In 2003 he was appointed by V.Prabakaran, Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the Tamil Tigers Constitutional Affairs Committee to help to draft an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal for the interim administration in the country's northeast".
I still remember translating a book written by him when I was doing my undergraduate studies. Sometimes it feels not worth living in this country when your talents are wasted on racial profiling and the quota system. Hope he goes to a better university possibly overseas where his works can be communicated freely. Heres some news on him (1) Asian Tribune (2) MalaysiaKini (3) Tamil Canadian website (4) EducationGuardian
* Mars will appear just as it is this month, and possibly for a long time to come. So do NOT believe any Internet rumors that you read that says Mars will be visible very close this month. This short article will help you: APOD
*My blog of the post for this post is this cool photoblog: "Casually Photograped"
* Overheard: "It's cruel that you can cry and I cannot. There's a terrible pain that I cannot express" by the robot character of Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man, a 1999 movie.
This is possibly the best movie adaptation of an Isaac Asimov SF story. Ever shed tears for a robot in a movie? Bet you will when you watch this. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), the quintessential author, who in his lifetime wrote over 500 books that enlightened, entertained, and spanned the realm of human knowledge.
*Since the haze is getting worst, and I might not come online tomorrow 'till next week, have a happy and safe weekend guys and dont forget to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend (if the sky is clear!!!).