February 2nd, 2010

Spaceman Spiff damaged spacecraft

Astro-Porn of the Day: Coronal Mass Ejection. Plus: Where's Chris Been?

In Crazy-Land, that's where. Not suprising, what with teaching five classes (two in new formats), working with two grad theses, directing a couple of internships, editing a magazine issue, revising a novel, writing proposals, taking applications for the AboutSF position, reading novels for the Campbell Award, soliciting and reading work for the upcoming World Literature Today special science-fiction issue, and a few hundred other things.

In the immortal words of the Emperor of the Universe, "Imperial battle cruiser: Halt the flow of time!"

Click the image to get yourself a copy of STARCRASH, perhaps the B-est B-movie of all time.

Sorry for not posting more. Oh, and I promised astro-porn, didn't I? Here, have an awesome movie that shows a coronal mass-ejection on the Sun! Think of the size and power of this thing:

Click the image to see the Spaceweather story.

"Oh my god, it's coming right at us!" According to Spaceweather, "Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) observed a bright double-ringed coronal mass ejection billowing over the Sun's western limb during the late hours of Feb. 1. At present, the source of the blast is unknown."

Okay, I'm back to work!