OMG, I LOVE the cartoon version of Stephen Hawking! So kewt!
I’m not one of those people tired of the “doge” meme from 2013. Some creative types have made “Doge Weather” – the famous DOGE will give you a weather status, of sorts.
Check out these screen shots of the fun:
You know how I like interactive websites…this is “Zooniverse“. Citizens unite for science and help the world!
“The Zooniverse is a collection of web-based citizen science projects that use the efforts of volunteers to help researchers deal with the flood of data that confronts them.”
This is a video by Google which shows you how important you are in scientific research (this pertains to space):
Could you discover a galaxy? Yes! But it’s not all about space – there’s so much more!
Do you like to take part in science projects, or experiment in labs? Zooniverse may be just the thing you need to stretch out your science legs and help mankind in the process. It’s like information crowd-sourcing for geeks!
With ticklers like “Hear Whales communicate“, “Model Earth’s climate using historic ship logs“, “You’re hot on the trail of bats!“, “Study the lives of ancient Greeks“, “Help astronomers understand star clusters” and “Go wild in the Serengeti!“, they not only educate, but invite the public to help process and transcribe science data, as well as have you interact with the data so you can declare your own observations. I’ve started to do some specimen transcriptions, and while that might seem boring to some, I thoroughly enjoy it.
The world needs our help – having a collective hive of interested and excited people take a look at the wonders of the world will certainly create more understanding, more documentation, and more collective scientific knowledge that we all need and can share worldwide. Bill Nye and Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be proud of you 😀
Go have fun and be that scientific citizen detective – the world will thank you!
“4,909 Users already participating
We have thousands of specimen images, labels and ledgers from museum collections and the biologists who maintain those collections. These contain information about the where and when a species was found in the past. We need you to help us transcribe that data and make it available for further use in biodiversity and conservation research. Along the way, you will be possibly be finding species that have never been observed anywhere else!”
UPDATE MARCH 8, 2014: An updated and more thorough aurora webcam list is here: https://cousinbelles.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/aurora-borealis-northern-lights-feb-18th-2014
If you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day like me (hey, I’m single), entertain yourself by watching the Northern Lights! Tonight and tomorrow night’s auroras will be GREEN, RED, AND MAGENTA!! There’s apparently a geomagnetic storm heading our way, making the most out of the Earth’s magnetic phenomenon.
Please check out AuroraMax webcam based in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.
In case I haven’t posted all of these previously, here’s a list I’m compiling so you can watch them, too:
- Fairbanks Alaska Aurora webcam – Ronn Murray Photography
- Aurora Sky Station – Lapland Sweden
- SpaceWeatherLive – cameras all over Scandinavia (Norway, Finland, Sweden)
- Iceland cam – Hella, Iceland – this is in real-time!
- Iceland cam – Thingvellir, Iceland – this is in real-time!
North View – Porjus, Lapland, Sweden
ENJOY GOD’S WONDERS!
From Home – AstronomyNorth
Saturday, February 15
ACTIVE (POSSIBLE G2 STORM EARLY MORNING)
Activity Level: 6.5/10
How I wish there was a real-time Northern Lights webcam – but alas, there is not that I can find operating anywhere in the world!
However, without delay, please check out the AuroraMax High-Definition cam that’s live. It’s located in the town of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.
The link is on behalf of the government of Canadian Space Agency – thanks, eh!!
If you’re into this sort of thing like I am, I follow the AuroraMax alerts on Twitter so I can be sure to check out the Northern Lights.
Here are 2 webcam screen shots I got from the above site – the first shows a faint green and pink ribbon, and the second shows a very bright neon green showstopper!
I have actually seen the aurora borealis for my own eyes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; I used to live there and saw their greeny splendor (well, they were green that night). I can’t really explain the beautiful, yet eerie nature of their appearance and movement. They’re sometimes referred to as “sky sprites”, which I think is accurate. They’re like color-changing, shape-shifting neon curtains that sway slowly and gracefully in the night sky…visually, they’re kind of difficult to keep track of since they appear, change “shape”, disappear, and reform. Yeah, it’s kinda like that.
While I’m at it, feel free to check out another Northern Lights webcam in Fairbanks, Alaska from Ronn Murray’s Photography – they maintain the “Alaska Aurora Webcam“. Ronn Murray Photography is also on Twitter.
Below are 3 screen shots from that webcam – notice the variations and intensities of the lights:
Apparently, we’ve got incoming solar flares, so perhaps the show will be brighter and more intense Feb 1st and Feb. 2nd…? AURORAMAX ALERT • A G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is now in effect.
Check out what the Northern Lights look like in “real time”:
Enjoy God’s natural wonders,