Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Carbonate Rhombohedra and Arctic Sulfur

Here's a beautiful image that I took of one of my samples from Borup Fiord Pass. As I write up my dissertation, I'm going back through all of the data and trying to synthesize everything into one report. This image won't be used in my dissertation, but it's still pretty awesome. The image was taken using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The scale bar is 10 microns (about one quarter of the width of one of my beard hairs!). The blocky looking structures in the middle are rhombohedra of carbonate minerals while the globular looking things around the top and right of the image are globules of elemental sulfur. This material was collected from the surface of some fresh snow and ice that had been blown out of a glacial crevasse while we were at our field site in the Arctic. I'm kind of sad that I don't have a good way to use this image in the dissertation, but glad that I can share it here!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As the Beard Groweth

My beard has been growing for 1.42 years. To celebrate, I made this profile pic to show of my manly mane of hirsuteness.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Heavens Above a Mo'ai

Here's your awesome for the day! This picture is called "Orion Above Easter Island" and was taken by Yuri Beletsky on 5 October of this year. The image definitely makes me want to get my butt to Easter Island to see such a beautiful sight. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Soponyai's "A Day in the Astro Camp"

"A Day in the Astro Camp" is a composite photograph taken by Gy├Ârgy Soponyai. This image is a composite of images taken over 33 hours and planned for over 2 years. This 360x180 photo appears to show a tiny planet, with a field and trees on its day side and the red streamers and lights of the local inhabitants partying on its night side. The image was taken at the annual Astro Camp of the Hungarian Astronomical Association, so those inhabitants are probably some space nerds in their own right. The little world presented in this image almost seems to be lofted over a sea of star trails. The arc of the orbit of the International Space Station adds the little off-set arc below the globe. You can find more info about this image at Soponyai's Flickr as well as on the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Down to the Wire

This cosmobiologist is finally in the death throes of a Ph.D. program. I recently learned that I have to have my dissertation finalized here in the coming early months of this fall. Yikes! It's going to be a pretty stressful time finishing everything up, but I'm definitely looking forward to the next part of my life (maybe a part where I can get paid for more than only a small fraction of my work). Here's to hoping that I can crush this thing and be ready to give an awesome dissertation defense at the end (which is coming sooner rather than later).

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hoping for Clear Skies

We're heading out to the west of the state of Colorado today to hike into the woods somewhere nice and dark to go camping. Most importantly, we're hoping to get clear enough skies to see the Perseids Meteor Shower. This year's shower has been touted as possibly being even more stunning than usual. Here's to hoping for clear skies!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Squirrel On the Run

Not much to say today, so here's a video of a squirrel stealing a GoPro camera and running through the trees with it.