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Cassini Image of 2008 [20090227|13:55]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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You all remembered to vote in the Cassini Image of the Year contest, right?

A Tectonic Feast: Enceladus FTW


You can see the distribution of votes here. I was rather surprised that the Icy Profile of Rhea came second. I thought that Moons on the Move and the Enceladus skeet shoot would place higher as well.

In outreach news, we completed our second lecture/tour/practical set with the mini-MAGs today. Ten Year 12s turned up to this one with their teacher. All of them were boys (I asked about this - there were only boys doing A-level physics at this school) and there weren't any real standouts like last time. Neither was it my most sparkling performance, as I'm knackered from work this week. At least these students knew how to plot data on a graph and worked reasonably independently once I got them started. But it didn't give me my usual big uplift and that was disappointing.

However, tonight I get to go to Cambridge to the Darwin Lecture series and hear Steve Jones's answer to the question, "Is Human Evolution Over?" It should be entertaining, and likely controversial.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-02-27 16:35 (UTC)
Those are all pretty fly images. Neil Degrasse Tyson, the guy from Nat. Hist. Museum/ Planetarium in NYC was on NPR this morning.

I have *such* a nerd crush on his Pluto-denying Astrophysicizing self.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-03-02 17:19 (UTC)
Pluto's orbit's not in the ecliptic plane, so it doesn't count. At least it's allowed to be a dwarf planet?

I found this image one day when I was searching for an illustration of the outer planets' magnetic fields:

Woe!
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-03-02 17:57 (UTC)
Aaaawwwww. DeGrasse Tyson came up with all kinds of charming arguments for why Pluto shouldn't feel bad about being reclassified as a dwarf planet. He said rather than being a runt planet it could be a really badass icy body.

It was cute.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2009-02-27 20:43 (UTC)
Icy Profile was my pick. I just love the composition.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-03-02 16:56 (UTC)
Ah! I see. Thank you. I think I've probably just been distracted by the technical impressiveness of the others.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2009-03-03 01:04 (UTC)
This is what happens when you let non-scientists vote.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-03-03 08:20 (UTC)
The world would be terribly boring if everybody had the same perspective!
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