Blog Posts - Stars

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Bright star Markab anchors this dusty skyscape. At the top right corner of the frame, Markab itself marks a corner of an asterism known as the Great Square, found within the boundaries of the constellation Pegasus, the flying horse. The wide and d...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 9, 2016

The Bishop's Girl

Title:  The Bishop's GirlAuthor:  Rebecca BurnsPublication Information:  Odyssey Books. 2016. 416 pages.ISBN:  1922200646 / 978-1922200648Book Source:  I received this book from the author free of cost in exchange for an...
by Memories From Books on Dec 9, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Not a comet, bright spiral galaxy Messier 51 is popularly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. Just off the handle of the Big Dipper in northern skies, you can spot it at the upper left in this image from December 1st. Click image for larger size.The...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 8, 2016

Book Review: The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney

For any lover of literature and trivia, this book is a gem.

"A Look to the Heavens"

"What's happening at the center of elliptical galaxy NGC 4696? There, long tendrils of gas and dust have been imaged in great detail as shown by this recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope. These filaments appear to connect to the ce...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 7, 2016

Lucky Boy

Title:  Lucky BoyAuthor:  Shanthi SekaranPublication Information:  G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2017. 480 pages.ISBN:  1101982241 / 978-1101982242Book Source:  I received this book through Netgalley and the Penguin First to...
by Memories From Books on Dec 7, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“To some, the outline of the open cluster of stars M6 resembles a butterfly. M6, also known as NGC 6405, spans about 20 light-years and lies about 2,000 light years distant. M6 can best be seen in a dark sky with binoculars towards the constellatio...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 6, 2016

Book Review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I truly enjoyed Ms. Mantel’s writing, it is sharp, distinct and lively.

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it like this: all dusty. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the de...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 5, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the larg...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 4, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"M78 isn't really hiding in planet Earth's night sky. About 1,600 light-years away and nestled in the nebula rich constellation Orion, the large, bright, reflection nebula is well-known to telescopic skygazers. But this gorgeous image of M78 was sele...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 3, 2016

Leopard at the Door

Title:  Leopard at the DoorAuthor:  Jennifer McVeighPublication Information:  G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2017. 400 pages.ISBN:  0399158251 / 978-0399158254Book Source:  I received this book through the Penguin First to Rea...
by Memories From Books on Dec 2, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"These are galaxies of the Hercules Cluster, an archipelago of island universes a mere 500 million light-years away. Also known as Abell 2151, this cluster is loaded with gas and dust rich, star-forming spiral galaxies but has relatively few elliptic...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 2, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons b...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 2, 2016

Christmas Cookies: Linzer Cookies Recipe

The smell of flavorful cookies baking in the oven is just something that has to happen in every house that respects Christmas. One of the all-time favorite cookies that have become classics through time, are the delicious, nutty, wonderful looking Li...
by Stagetecture on Dec 1, 2016

Book Review: You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

Mr. Fleming realized that after World War II, England was no longer the world power it once was and lets it all out on the page in a dialog which must have been torturous to write between Bond and the head of the Japanese Secret Service.

Butter: A Rich History

Title:  Butter:  A Rich HistoryAuthor:  Elaine KhosrovaPublication Information:  Algonquin Books. 2016. 288 pages.ISBN:  1616203641 / 978-1616203641Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley thr...
by Memories From Books on Nov 30, 2016

Book Review: The Ninja, The Secret History of Ninjutsu by Kacem Zoughari Ph.D

About: The Ninja, The Secret History of Ninjutsu: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan by Kacem Zoughari Ph.D. is a fascinating history book. Dr. Zoughari is obviously involved in martial arts and the subject is dear to his heart. The publisher is giving...
by Man of la Book - Book Reviews on Nov 29, 2016

DIY – Calendarios de adviento con poinsettias – Stars for Europe

Ahora sí que ya no queda nada, la semana que viene arranca el mes de diciembre y la temporada navideña, ¿habéis pensado ya en cómo vais a diseñar vuestros calendarios de adviento este año? este sábado os traigo una sugerencia, podéis hacer...
by Delikatissen on Nov 25, 2016

Book Review: The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock

If you are a fan of the early space program, or just that of the human condition, this book is for you.
by Man of la Book - Book Reviews on Nov 22, 2016

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