Space Monkey's Song For the Divine Mother of the Universe

Check out the video above for Ben Lee’s music video: Song For the Divine Mother of the Universe.  The video is titled Space Monkey.

This is a nice moving video.  It starts out sweet then uses a dystopian warning to move me into action.  Not only do I get the ecological importance from the video but it also has two other warnings: the dangers of global war and the importance of our space program.  After all this is our only planet for now, the space program and humanity spreading out into space would increase the odds of us as a people surviving global catastrophe.

I really like the  Planet of the apes feel to the video as well.

...developed in collaboration with the World Wildlife Foundation Australia to “raise awareness of the devastating impact the human race could have on the planet, unless a more meaningful, healthier and sustainable way of life is adopted to help preserve its future.”

(via /Film)

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Orion's Shoulder May Have Blown Up!

Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

Nearby star Betelgeuse has been noticably shrinking over the past decade indicating that it may by now have gone supernova, at 600 light years distant the explosion would pose no threat but would provide a spectacular fireworks display.

Since Betalgeuse is located on Orion's shoulder does this mean that Orion's shoulder blew up!

(via Unexplained Mysteries)

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DVD Releases: March 31st, 2009

Cthulhu-movie Out this week we have eight DVD’s to feature: Cthulhu, The Real Ghostbusters, Vol 1Dragonquest, Vampire Secrets, National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe, Ogre, and two Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, Return of the Mummy

  • Cthulhu:  I can’t wait to watch this movie.  I’m a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft and wanted to watch this independent movie when it was in the theaters but due to it’s limited release I was unable to watch it.  For more read here.
  • The Real Ghostbusters, Vol 1: OMG we were just talking about this show on the Project: Shadow Informant.  I loved this as a kid.  I’m so excited to see it out.
  • Dragonquest: I have not seen this one but it does have dragons in it for our fantasy fans.  If you have seen this let me know in the comments if I should rent it.
  • Vampire Secrets: A History Channel exploration into Hollywood’s vampires including a look at the origin of several common superstitions and reveals the connection between the ancient vampire myths of Europe, Greece and China.  I haven’t seen this show but I like most of the History channel’s exploration specials.
  • National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe: I love these shows the imagery of stellar objects are always breathtaking.  Go on a voyage through the cosmos, beginning on Earth and traveling outward through the solar system and the Milky Way, past distant galaxies and to the very limits of the universe. Images from the Hubble telescope and innovative computer graphics make possible the single, long traveling shot that comprises this journey, and unobtrusive narration explains the sights along the way.
  • Ogre: Yet another bad monster flick from the Sci-Fi channel.  Not having watched this one yet I wonder if it’s just bad or if it passes into the realms of a craptastic B movie.  If you have watched this let me know in the comments.
  • the-real-ghostbusters For the Parents: two Goosebumps movies out this week for the young viewers.
    • Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight: This collection of spooky tales:  In the title story, Jodie and Mark witness strange goings-on at their grandparents' farm. In "Don't Go to Sleep," Matt wakes up to find a family that he almost doesn't recognize. And in "Calling All Creeps," Ricky is paying the price for posting a mean girl's phone number in a personal ad.
    • Goosebumps: Return of the Mummy: A trio of spine-chilling adventures:  Gabe encounters an unhappily disturbed mummy while visiting his archaeologist uncle in Egypt in "Return of the Mummy." Next, Jeff gets a surprise when he receives a sarcophagus containing a 4,000-year-old mummy from his father. Finally, Eddie and Hat's plan to scare a boastful pal doesn't turn out the way they plan.

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First Pictures of Exoplanets

exoplanet2 exoplanet Above is a picture of three exoplanets orbiting a star in the constellation of Pegasus.  In a separate study, scientists were able to image a planet in a stars dust cloud.

Paul Kalas of the University of California led a team of fellow scientists using the Hubble Telescope to get past the stars brightness.

But advances in optics and image processing have allowed astronomers to effectively subtract the bright light from stars, leaving behind light from the planets. That light can either come in the infrared, caused by the planets' heat, or be reflected starlight (BBC).

This is a major advance in optics, and will help us as we continue following our dream to travel to other worlds and one day colonize them.

The study of the light directly from the planets will yield information about their atmospheres and surfaces that is impossible to collect from planets discovered indirectly (BBC).

Teach Children, but Don't give them dreams

Barak Obama has an interesting plan to fund his education plan:

To pay for his education program, Obama would eliminate tax-deductibility of CEO pay by corporations and delay NASA's program to return to the moon and then journey to Mars (USATODAY).

This is not the first, and I know it will not be the last time I see a politician who wants to cut NASA funding to pay for some program. NASA is an easy target, because very few people know about the technological benefits we have all received from NASA's exploration of space. The other thing that these politicians never seem to understand, that cutting funding to NASA to pay for Science and Math education may sound interesting in theory.

"We're not going to have the engineers and the scientists to continue space exploration if we don't have kids who are able to read, write and compute," Obama said (USATODAY).

Without a space program to inspire them, what will fire the kids imagination to make them want to become engineers and scientists? Children need heroes to look up to, to motivate them and inspire them for greatness. In fact, the nation needs something to inspire us all to greatness.

Now is the time when I would usually list all of the benefits of Space Exploration, but I think there is only one real point that has to made against this proposal. If we get rid of the science jobs, what is a child to think about their future if they decide to go into science? People cannot aspire to join in a field of study that they cannot see a future in.

Give the children a hero, and they will become great.

Mystery Explosion in space

C.E. Dorsett The universe has thrown us a curveball:

Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic outburst that they can't yet explain. The event was very close to our galaxy, they said.

The eruption might portend an even brighter event to come, a supernova (

Personally, I like it when we discover new things.  It keeps us from thinking to highly of our own intellect.  This object is very interesting.

The blast seemed a lot like a gamma-ray burst, the most distant and powerful type of explosion known to astronomers.

But when scientists first detected it with NASA's Swift satellite on February 18, the explosion was about 25 times closer and lasted 100 times longer than a typical gamma-ray burst (Reuters).

Here is the NASA page of the Explosion. Cool pics.

Pluto's Neighbors

C.E. Dorsett It's getting crowded around the ninth planet:

Adding to the growing compendium of Kuiper belt objects, astronomers have spotted two new moons orbiting Pluto. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope from May of last year show two tiny dots revolving around the same center of gravity as the ninth planet and its largest moon, Charon. Reporting the finding today in Nature, the researchers speculate that the tiny companions formed in the same cataclysmic collision that produced Charon (Scientific American).

I hope they release pics soon. I would like to see them, even if they are just specs of light.

Behold the Power of Sound in Space!

C.E. Dorsett I really don't know how to take this:

A new model developed by Adam Burrows at the University of Arizona and colleagues suggests that sound waves, not ghostly particles called neutrinos, deal the final blow to stars before they become supernovas (

[blink, blink] If it wasn't for sound, stars could not explode? Whoa... I just thought this story got a wow factor off the chart. I love it when science completely baffles me.

NASA sets sights on the Moon

C.E. Dorsett Well, it's about time:

NASA is fleshing out details of launch vehicles, robotic and human exploration systems that can enable a sustained back to the Moon effort, including possible establishment of an Antarctic-like lunar outpost (

If there is any hope for the survival of the human race, we have to make to begin seeding other planets so we are not so tightly bound to the fate of one world.  I am very excited about the possibility of a moon base and I hope to see one in my lifetime.

Stars have it both Ways

C.E. Dorsett Interesting development in Space Science:

A developing star has been found to have two disks of material rotating in opposite directions. The discovery hints at a future solar system with planets going this way and that (

Imagine living in a solar system where planets orbit in different direction... imagine the possibilities.

Hypergiant stars may have planets

A chill went through me when I read:

Planets might exist around a blazing hot star so big its diameter exceeds the orbit of Mars, astronomers said Wednesday (MSNBC).

The idea of more planets is thrilling. The more planets, the more possible homes for life. I admit it would be difficult for life to survive near a hypergiant, but the idea is still exciting.

New Planet in our Solar System?

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and 2003 UB313?

German astrophysicists have concluded a space body located in the outer reaches of the solar system has a diameter 435 miles (700 kilometers) larger than Pluto, the smallest planet (CNN).

With the pressure to classify Pluto as a Kuiper Belt object, 2003 UB313 being larger, it is possible 2003 UB313 could be added as a ninth planet, and kick Pluto off the list. Interesting times... I just hope they give it a catchy name first.

Smallest Planet Outside Our Solar System Found

Orbiting a normal star, Astronomers have discovered the what could be the smallest known planet.

The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star about 28,000 light-years away. Red dwarfs are about one-fifth as massive as the Sun and up to 50 times fainter. But they are among the most common stars in the universe (

Why should we care? If there is life on any other world, it will have to be on a planet small enough it is not immediately crushed by gravity. This is a promising sign that at the very least, our methods for detecting planets is becoming more sensitive.

Personally, I believe our future is in space. Inhabitable planets are necessary for that to come true.