Sometimes you might find yourself sitting at a computer, wanting to read something. But you don't want something long. You're thinking, what about a short story, and possibly something in the fantasy or sci-fi realms? You're in luck! Here are four collections, for your reading pleasure: Apex Magazine short fiction
| Baen Ebooks Free Library
, which includes some short story collections | Eclipse Online
, from Nightshade Books | Strange Horizons fiction archive
, including podcasts of many stories. If this is overwhelming, io9 has a pick of 5 short stories from January
, with synopses. [Previously: Plane of the Ecliptic
, on the Eclipse series | This isn't your grandfather's science fiction
, where "Exhalation" is from the Eclipse series]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Missed the transit of Venus in 2004? Want to know if you'll be able to see the transit on June 5/6 from your location? Want a free badge-of-geekhood app for your iPhone? It's all right here! [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on Jun 1, 2012 -
Where will you be on May 20th/21st? There will be an annular solar eclipse
late afternoon that will be visible in the Western US:
"On May 21, 2012, an annular solar eclipse begins over southeast China and passes over Japan. When the eclipse crosses the International Date Line, the local date becomes May 20. The eclipse then enters the California/Oregon border, passes in the late afternoon over Nevada, Utah, Arizona, a corner of Colorado, New Mexico, and ends at sunset in Texas."
As a warning, please don't scorch your eyeballs! There are guidelines
on safe viewing.
posted by dfm500
on May 17, 2012 -
may just be the most peaceful, beautiful 5-1/2 minutes of your entire day: An audio slideshow look at some of the winning images, guided by one of the judges, of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich's 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Interested in "giving it a go"? Here are some guides
to photographing different aspects of the night sky.
posted by spock
on Sep 11, 2010 -
Once every 27 years or so, the mysterious binary star system of Epsilon Aurigae
undergoes an eclipse, lasting nearly two years. This gives this system the distinction of having both the longest eclipse and the longest period of any known binary system. However, it is not clear why the eclipses last so long, or even what the structure of the system actually looks like--the main star is a supergiant
, with a radius as big as the distance from the earth to the sun, and yet its light is dimmed for two years by something yet bigger. The next eclipse is due to begin in August of 2009, and as part of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009
, amateur astronomers are being called on to make their own observations of the changing brightness of Epsilon Aurigae. If you want to try it yourself, you can read the training guide
to find out how to do your own observations and report them. In addition, the two scientists who organized observations of the previous eclipse both have webpages [1
] which are coordinating the organization for the upcoming observation. If you want to learn more about the science behind ε Aurigae, a good rundown with links to papers is available here
posted by Upton O'Good
on Jan 8, 2009 -
Just a reminder
that the lunar eclipse occurs tonight, starting at 7:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (and lasting about three hours). Various webcasts have been set up for the darkness-impaired.
Apologies for the double-post, and I am aware that I'll probably get like 5 comments that say "SpaceFilter".
posted by hammurderer
on May 15, 2003 -