Nerd Eclipse-a-palooza!

We just had an eclipse of the sun the other day, March 20, 2015. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault wasn’t satisfied just capturing images of the eclipse, he also caught the International Space Station passing in front of the sun, and the moon…during the eclipse. This guy is an astrophotography rock star!

Thierry Legault Captures ISS Transit of the Sun — During Eclipse!.

Mooning Nerds

Some nerds like me stare slack-jawed at the sky. But no matter how much I stare I’m not going to see Pluto’s smallest moons currently dubbed P4 and P5. I can’t even manage it in my telescope. For that I need the Hubble Space Telescope.

However, I can contribute to renaming them. P4 and P5 just doesn’t lend enough dignity to the dwarf planet Pluto, formerly known as a planet. The guys and gals at SETI, Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, have set up the Pluto Rocks web site on which you can vote for what they should be renamed. The rules are that the names must come from Greek or Roman mythology and must be related to Hades and the underworld.

My vote was for Cerberus and Styx.

Pluto Rocks!

PS: For you fans of the Disney movie Hercules I have already checked. Pain and Panic were not truly sidekicks for Hades. Turns out Phobos and Deimos would work but those names are already taken for the moons of Mars.

Nerds hoping to see the Venus transit even in the rain. A bunch of us nerds are set up at Fishcreek Elementary School in Stow Ohio waiting for the clouds to clear.