Carnival of Space Week 79 – One Astronomer’s Noise

Our CoS #79 host Nicole's tribute to Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.
"Ellie, still waiting for E.T. to call?" Our CoS #79 host Nicole's tribute to Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.

One astronomer’s noise is another astronomer’s data,” is the quote from Nicole’s One Astronomer’s Noise website and I can’t think of a better way to kick off this week’s superb Carnival of Space. You’ll find international plans to move mankind off-Earth, some impressive terrestrial craters, a singing Saturn and the uses for inflatable solar sails in space.

This week, I felt the need to chat about one of my favourite regions of the Solar System, the Kuiper Belt. The objects in this icy location are a source of mystery, bettered only by the Oort Cloud (which is probably there, but we can’t see it, thereby making Oort Cloud Objects even more mysterious). So I gave a quick run-down of my favourite five Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), and the number one slot went to a highly unlikely candidate (you’ll be shocked!).

Anyhow, great carnival Nicole! I love your site and your profile’s striking resemblance to a certain Jodie Foster film

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1 thought on “Carnival of Space Week 79 – One Astronomer’s Noise”

  1. LOL! Thanks! As interns in Socorro in 2004, that was the first thing we did when we got to the VLA site, take our “Ellie” pictures. Sadly, we did not have a blue convertible.

    There’s also a “Contact” drinking game that was developed that summer. Man, I miss those guys…

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