Posts filed under “Weekend”

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast

One of only 35 examples ever made.

















Source: Classic Driver

Category: Weekend

The Future as Foretold by the Past

Click for a ginormous graphic. Source: Brain Pickings h/t Know More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Film, Weekend

John Pizzarelli – Let em In (Live)

When we spoke with John Pizzarelli for MiB, he told the story of Paul McCartney contacting him to suggest an album of the former Beatle’s lesser known songs, the jazz guitarist immediately said yes. Here is the first effort from John Pizzarelli’s new upcoming album, Midnight McCartney (also available in digital download format):        

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Source: Classic Driver

Category: Weekend

Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Brief History of Everything



Category: Science, Video, Weekend

New Rules

1. You’re a musician, not a recording artist. It’s 2015 and not only have recording revenues declined, the whole world of music has gone topsy-turvy. Yes, there are a few superstars who base their careers on successful recordings, but everybody else is now a player, destined to a life on stage. This ain’t gonna change,…Read More

Category: Music, Rules, Think Tank, Weekend

What’s the Fastest Spaceship in History?

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Category: Digital Media, Film, Science, Weekend

Herbig-Haro 110

  Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen. Although the plumes of gas look like whiffs of smoke, they are actually billions of times less dense and several light-years across. Source: via Buzzfeed

Category: Science, Weekend

1959 Austin-Healey BN6

Source: Classic Driver

Category: Weekend

Superstar Eta Carinae’s Periastron

Eta Carinae is a binary system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years. A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, combined data from NASA satellites, ground-based observing campaigns and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date. New findings include Hubble Space Telescope images that show decade-old shells of ionized gas racing away from the largest star at a million miles an hour, and new 3-D models that reveal never-before-seen features of the stars’ interactions.

Located about 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina, Eta Carinae comprises two massive stars whose eccentric orbits bring them unusually close every 5.5 years. Both produce powerful gaseous outflows called stellar winds, which enshroud the stars and stymy efforts to directly measure their properties. Astronomers have established that the brighter, cooler primary star has about 90 times the mass of the sun and outshines it by 5 million times. While the properties of its smaller, hotter companion are more contested, Goddard’s Ted Gull and his colleagues think the star has about 30 solar masses and emits a million times the sun’s light.

At closest approach, or periastron, the stars are 140 million miles (225 million kilometers) apart, or about the average distance between Mars and the sun. Astronomers observe dramatic changes in the system during the months before and after periastron. These include X-ray flares, followed by a sudden decline and eventual recovery of X-ray emission; the disappearance and re-emergence of structures near the stars detected at specific wavelengths of visible light; and even a play of light and shadow as the smaller star swings around the primary.

During the past 11 years, spanning three periastron passages, the Goddard group has developed a model based on routine observations of the stars using ground-based telescopes and multiple NASA satellites. According to this model, the interaction of the two stellar winds accounts for many of the periodic changes observed in the system. The winds from each star have markedly different properties: thick and slow for the primary, lean and fast for the hotter companion. The primary’s wind blows at nearly 1 million mph and is especially dense, carrying away the equivalent mass of our sun every thousand years. By contrast, the companion’s wind carries off about 100 times less material than the primary’s, but it races outward as much as six times faster.

The images and video on this page include periastron observations from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the X-Ray Telescope aboard NASA’s Swift, the Hubble Space Telescope’s STIS instrument, and computer simulations. See the captions for details.

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Category: Science, Video, Weekend