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    Mysterious Starplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMysterious Star

    Back in 2016, Tabetha Boyajian gave a TED talk about a star with nifty little name KIC 8462852. The Kepler space telescope had studied it and lots of other stars over the course of four years, but this one stood out.

    Also known as Tabby's Star, it is a main-sequence F-type star located in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,480 light-years from Earth. Its claim to fame of course, is that it was suggested that alien megastructures would explain the weird data that Kepler had recor…
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    • ISSplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigInternational Space Station

      This page has a portal through which you can view the current location of the International Space Station, updating in real-time. The tracker itself comes from the European Space Agency (ESA).

      There is also a handy link to get email notifications direct from NASA when the ISS is visible in your night sky.
    • Mars Weatherplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMars Weather

      Weather Reports Insight Lander Perseverance Rover Curiosity data to come Follow Conjunctions as they occur.

      Martian Day

      The Martian day is 39 mins 35.244 secs longer than a standard day. This means that approx every 36.1 days the Earth weather date skips a day while the Martian Sol marches on as normal. You can see this in the Insight data. April 16th 2019 seems to be missing, yet the Sols on April 15th and April 17th are consecutive.
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      Orbital Calculator Current Version This is a portable application, meaning there is no installer. Just unzip into a folder and run the executable. Since it is portable, it can be run from a USB stick.

      A full description and a list of the features are available
    • Orbital Calculatorplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigOrbital Calculator

      I needed to calculate orbital characteristics for any orbit around any gravitational mass (because I write sci-fi stories), so I wrote this program because I'm a programmer and I'm too lazy to do it by hand all the time. The program has expanded over the last few years, sometimes from suggestions by other writers. I make it freely available and as simple to use as possible. It now has a list of functions as long as your arm (assuming you're not a tentacle user), and the numbe…
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      There are NO tracking cookies on this site!

      The Cookie policy is straightforward. This site only uses cookies that are required to make your experience of using this site better, and only uses session cookies (see exceptions below). Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser.
    • Book Reviewsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBook Reviews

      Here you can find all the book reviews, broken down by genre, and further subdivided by author. If you want me to review your novel, please read my Rules on Reviewing.

      * Science-Fiction * Fantasy * Non-Fiction
    • Contactplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigContact

      If you have a burning desire to contact me, use the discussion form below. Anything you say remains private between you and me.