I couldn’t help myself. I ran home this morning and grabbed my small Cannon 12.1 mega pixel camera and sat down out the front of the museum to take some shots. Had to wait for the clouds to come over the sun slightly as to block out a lot of the brightness and it worked!! Shitty photo I know, but taken by yours truly! Might try again if I’m around in another 100+ years to see the next pair of transits.
Posts Tagged ‘2012’
So the Transit of Venus is occurring right now as I write this. It’ll be the last chance any of us have of seeing this in the flesh, or like me, watching it over the internet in the flesh, unless we live past about 150 until the next one occurs.
For those wanting to view it at home without having to stare straight up at the sun here’s a quick video on how to use some binoculars to project and image of it onto some cardboard.
You can also watch it live streamed online on this page.
This was filmed at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne
Today kicked off nicely with the Freethought Student Alliance (FSA) student leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre starting with a catered lunch with surprise special guests including Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Lawrence Krauss and PZ Myers.
Massive thanks to Jason Ball and the other FSA members who helped organise and hold the event. Students who attended got to hear from speakers including Lyz Liddell, Debbie Goddard and Chris Stedman.
I was lucky enough to interview Dawkins, Dennett, Myers and Krauss, as well as a number of charming atheist students from universities all over Australia for a FSA promotional video. Was somewhat terrified initially, but it all went smoothly.
I was also lucky enough to meet up with the likes of Shelley Segal, Chrys Stevenson, OJ Lesslar and others, which was awesome to finally meet them all int he flesh!
The introduction to the 2012 GAC went well. Lawrence Leung and Kylie Sturgess did a great job as co MCs, and the audience was thrown into fits of laughter for probably 2hrs or so whilst listening to speakers like Mikey Robins, Ben Elton, Stella Young and Jim Jefferies.
I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow! Hope to see you all there my friends.
We’re officially living in the future now that’s for sure… This film of some aerial robots is amazing!
A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.
Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.
Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS.
Follow this link for larger resolution images.
It appears the Christians are starting to prepare as much as the atheists are for this year’s Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia.
I can’t be bothered rebutting any of this article… But I will share a few quotes that made me laugh.
There is little doubt that the media will give full-on coverage as they did last time, with features and interviews sympathetic to the atheists and antagonistic toward God.
It’s unlikely the media will give Christians opportunity to balance atheistic misinformation about science and the Christian faith.
At the time of the last Atheist convention, CMI sent an open letter of invitation/challenge to the convention organisers for a public creation-evolution debate. We got a rejection back the same day—which didn’t surprise us, except for possibly the speed.
News of the convention prompted Dennis Prince, publisher, editor and pastor, to create a one-off newspaper to cover the issues and proclaim the greatness of the Creator God. He was concerned that people who are ill-equipped and gullible could be easily swayed by their academic talk.
“These are not your average atheists”, Dennis said. “These are militants with an agenda—to rid the world of Christianity and the freedoms and benefits it has won over the centuries.”
I know where my vote would be going…