J. P. Major

J. P. Major
Location
Dallas, Texas, USA
Birthday
December 26
Title
Editor / Author
Company
LightsInTheDark.com
Bio
Astronomy news and photos from around our solar system! More on Twitter @JPMajor

MY RECENT POSTS

JANUARY 6, 2011 2:20PM

A sign of the coming "Aflockalypse"?

From a recent article on New Scientist (Short Sharp Science) by Niall Firth:

Mass dying of animals plotted on Google map 

Whether it's red tilapia dying en masse in Thailand or thousands of blackbirds dropping out of the sky over Arkansas it might seem like the entire natural world hasRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2011 1:28PM

From the LITD Archives: Final Flight

Originally posted on January 6, 2010. A reminder that our solar system is a dynamic place, where gravity is the rule of the game and there’s rarely a prize for second place.

Comet Flies into Sun

On January 3, the European Space Agency’s SOHO solar observatory spacecraft captured images oRead full post »
JANUARY 6, 2011 1:06AM

I gotta tell ya...

I'm not thrilled with how my feeds show up here. I wish they were clickable back to the original article or feed location. *sigh*

Instead, it just looks tacky.

I'll keep it back where it was, with reposts from my main site and anything new I'll manually edit and put here… Read full post »

JPMajor: Saturn's new storm spreading around the planet... http://fb.me/FeEIjcmy
JPMajor: Double bird kills...what does it mean.... http://fb.me/NywcOeys
JPMajor: Shaking up science: theory of active galaxy formation most likely wrong. (But there's nothing wrong with that.) http://fb.me/z8HceWHo
JPMajor: Queensland's flooded rivers seen by NASA satellite http://fb.me/PNAqftD4

NASA has recently released a list of what they consider to be the best and worst science fiction movies, based on the science presented. Here's their list:

Worst

1. 2012 (2009)

2. The Core (2003)

3. Armageddon (1998)

4. Volcano (1997)

5. Chain Reaction (1996)

6. The 6th Day (2000)

7. What the #$*! Do We Kno

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JPMajor: Wow! What would a lunar eclipse look like from underneath? Well, something like this... http://fb.me/HsHqP7wT
JPMajor: As the world turns: a view of the night sky from Kilimanjaro http://fb.me/Q2CuAuWt
JPMajor: Zoom into the Lagoon Nebula in a stunning video from ESO's VISTA telescope! http://fb.me/QgPdsvxF
JPMajor: A World Turned Inside Out: http://wp.me/pru7J-GM
JANUARY 4, 2011 11:03PM

A World Turned Inside Out

A portrait of Io from Voyager 1 images. © Ted Stryk.

Take a nice long look at this beautiful image of Io, the most volcanically active world in our solar system! This was assembled by Ted Stryk from Voyager 1 images, taken as the spacecraft  passed by on March 4, 1979./… Read full post »

JPMajor: Europe looks to gain support for Uranus Pathfinder mission in 2021 http://fb.me/N3tq46VP
JPMajor: A bit about Sedna, little-known member of our solar system http://fb.me/HPLF1V7N
JPMajor: Looking forward to more from MESSENGER in the upcoming months! http://fb.me/F3wNa6KZ
JPMajor: Do supernovas wipe galaxies clean of life? http://fb.me/OL4L7mU4
JANUARY 4, 2011 3:57PM

Lines of Light

Saturn's backlit rings and limb seen by Cassini

The line of Saturn’s edge – or “limb” – glows brightly with backlit sunlight, as do its rings, in this wonderful image from Cassini, color-calibrated by Gordan Ugarkovic. Beige and blue colors can be seen in the layers/… Read full post »

JPMajor: To brighten up your nychthemeron, here's a lovingly detailed description of what makes up a year... http://fb.me/xQpqqOzZ
JPMajor: Mars Rover spotted by Mars Orbiter...nice teamwork! http://fb.me/RemHUQpP
JPMajor: The sickest eclipse photo you're ever gonna see. Right here. http://fb.me/xOPCep4r
JPMajor: Lines of Light: http://wp.me/pru7J-GG
JANUARY 4, 2011 2:18PM

Lines of Light

Saturn's backlit rings and limb seen by Cassini

The line of Saturn’s edge – or “limb” – glows brightly with backlit sunlight, as do its rings, in this wonderful image from Cassini, color-calibrated by Gordan Ugarkovic. Beige and blue colors can be seen in the layers/… Read full post »

JPMajor: Great migrations: a day of airline travel across the globe http://fb.me/Q1u4BaO4
JPMajor: Partial Eclipse Over Holland: http://wp.me/pru7J-GB