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Star Trek’s George Takei Gets His Own Asteroid October 2, 2007

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As the helmsman of the Starship Enteprise, Mr Sulu flew past many asteroids.

Now, George Takei (the actor who played Sulu) is getting an actual bona fide asteroid named after him.

WOW.

Last week the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union approved the name “7307 Takei” for the asteroid previously labeled “1994 GT9.” The Takei reference will be used in the scientific community to identify this minor body from now on, presumably forever.

Asteroid 7307 Takei is approximately 5 miles in diameter, located in an orbit ranging between 2.5 and 3.0 AUs from the Sun in the mid-solar system asteroid belt (an AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth).

“I am honored, indeed transported to the galaxies, to know that my name has been assigned to an astronomical object in our solar system,” Takei told STARTREK.COM. “I am yet to come down to Earth.”

Highlander The Source – Who wants this series to live forever? September 15, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in adrian paul, Amanda Tapping, astronomy, christopher lambert, fantasy, Graham Crackers Comics, highlander, highlander the source, lightsabers, Rachel Luttrell, Sci Fi, science fiction, scifi, star trek tng, starwars, teyla, YouTube.
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The first Highlander movie is an epic cult classic.

Ever since there have been far too many attempts to re-create that magic on the big screen and the small…the latest attempt is on SciFi tonight called Highlander the Source.

After X movies and shows, we’re finally going to figure out how the immortals became immortal.

Trailer is pretty slick..and the show…well..it follow the standard Highlander model..(namely weak’ish ploting, mediocre acting, excellent action and sound and excellent pacing to an ultimate finale where someone loses their head and a Quickening occurs).

My main problem with this show is – what the frak is considered canon for Highlander? I had thought Highlander : Endgame was it…but now? i don’t know.

Isn’t Christopher Lambert supposed tobe the REAL DEAL Highlander?! Sure Adrian Paul is good but??

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet…

It’s A Google Universe – And We Just Live In It August 23, 2007

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If you ever had a doubt that we’re all just playing in the Google Universe – doubt no more.

Google Earth has gone Universal. That is Google Earth which up until this week was limited only to our little blue planet now has a ‘sky’ portion that shows you the stars from your location.

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen to astronomy thus far in the young history of the Internet.

How many times have I struggled – traveling as much as I do – trying to figure out the sky from wherever my travels take me? – Sure the charts help but Google Earth Sky mode is…

AWESOME.

It is the most fluid, dynamic and visually accurate astronomy program i have ever seen and i strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the skies to check it out.

Conan Set To Return August 16, 2007

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By CROM!! Millennium films has acquired the rights to Conan and is now trying to figure out when and how to roll out new Conan movies.

Good or Bad?

Well the Dino DeLaurentis/Arnold Schwartzenegger films were not true to the original character written by Robert E. Howard in many respects. But..they did have their MOMENTS that could have been pulled from any of the books.

My Personal fav? Conan what is best in life?

Earth-like Planet Found? I don’t think so April 25, 2007

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Mainstream media has been keen to pick up on the apparent discovery of the most earth like exoplanet yet discovered.

Problem is they’re wrong.

Apparently astronomers were researching two Jupiter-size planets with the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, when they noticed a wobble that could not be accounted for by the two-planet model they used. Doppler measurements revealed an inner planet. It orbits Gliese 876, an M dwarf star about one-third of the Sun’s mass.

“This planet answers an ancient question,” says team leader Geoffrey Marcy. “Over 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus argued about whether there were other earthlike planets. Now, for the first time, we have evidence for a rocky planet around a normal star.”

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t consider a Red Dwarf to be normal or Earth-like. Maybe more like Superman’s homeworld of Krypton.

Our Sun is not a red dwarf and has some very specific radiation and magnetic characteristics that are key to the existence of life in this Solar system.

Does a Red Dwarf have such characteristics?

There are undoubtably Earth-like planets out there. I suspect that that they orbit Earth-like stars.

If I were a betting man i’d say they orbit the two closest Earth-like stars: Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti.