Slashdot reports about the new wide field camera at the UK Infrared Telescope. As part of their initial testing, they took some nice looking pictures of the Orion nebula (what I would take pictures of to commission one of my telescopes). Click through here to witness them in all their glory.
No links, just heart felt best wishes for the holiday season! I’ll probably get breakfast going for the family soon, which will probably include toasted English muffins, scrambled eggs and some smoked salmon. Then presents, then get dinner started, then relaxing. Happy Holidays!
In case you weren’t impressed by the 8-bit Christmas music, how ’bout these Christmas Carols generated on a PDP-1. Ah, square waves.
On Christmas Eve the Huygens lander successfully disconnected from the Cassini orbiter and is set for a landing on Titan on January 14th. There is a good article published by the IEEE Spectrum on how Swedish engineer Boris Smeds saved the $300 million dollar mission by detecting an undetected problem in the telemetry system which would have hopelessly scrambled the data relayed from Huygens.
Good luck, and soft landings.