Getting Back to Normal

I looked at the Eclectic Calendar for today and found out that today is, in fact, one of my favorite science minds, Sir Isaac Newton's birthday.  Happy Birthday Sir Isaac!  He is a very young 367 years old today.

Here's a link to my Science Minds Countdown, #6 from way back on July 1.

There is other exciting science-based news, too.  The Kepler telescope has found five more extra-solar planets (that means planets orbiting other stars).  It found a couple more large gas planets, but it also found a strange planet that has the "density of styrofoam".  Kepler's primary goal is to find earth-sized planets within the habitable zone of the star that it's orbiting.  This is a good sign because it means that the telescope is working as it's supposed to.

Because it was cloudy this past Thursday night, I was not able to bear witness to a once in about twenty year occurrence, a blue moon on New Year's Eve (the second full moon in a month).  Not to be just a blue moon, there was also a partial eclipse of the moon in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Finally, I just want to mention that as of December 29, 2009, the New Horizons Pluto probe hit the halfway point.  This means that it is now closer to Pluto than it is to earth.  It is scheduled to reach the little demoted rock at the outskirts of our solar system in 2015.  You can be sure I'm looking forward to it.

There, now you're caught up on the science stuff.  I should be back in the swing of posting soon enough, but right now I'm playing Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Nintendo DS.  It is really good.  Have a good evening and day and stuff.