This is the International Year of Astronomy - check out the website:
Astronomy Picture of the Day
for details on the 24 hour "party" that is going on this weekend.
Check for local activities, and if you don't live somewhere in the USA where there are activities scheduled - well, sorry to hear that - I guess you'll need to start your own :-)
If someone demands you tell them who gave you permission to go outside and look up - tell them that 'Tish (and her "army") gave you permission B)
October 16, 2009 on spacewether.com was interesting...
Professional Astronomers have lost a connection with "patience"...keep producing wacky theories to sell magazines and get funding for more wacky theories B)
Data coming in from the long journey of probes sent out to the edge of our solar system...another piece of the "fractal"...?
Part of the story:
"GIANT RIBBON DISCOVERED AT THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM: For years, researchers have known that the solar system is surrounded by a vast bubble of magnetism. Called the "heliosphere," it springs from the sun and extends far beyond the orbit of Pluto, providing a first line of defense against cosmic rays and interstellar clouds that try to enter our local space. Although the heliosphere is huge and literally fills the sky, it emits no light and no one has actually seen it. Until now...."
Check it out on the website....
Page 461 - "...Space is pervaded by these wandering derelicts, especially sodium and calcium...."
Before twitter, teenagers had the luxury of making a BIG word trendy to bottom line a common shared experience - "derelict" was a party-line favorite when I was 13...