Tuesday, October 30, 2007

astronomically useful

Geoscience Australia has a range of online tools that just about anyone, sometime, somewhere, should find very useful.

From their Astronomical Information webpage, you can:

UPDATE: A colleague referred me to another useful reference page, this one offering metric conversion tables and ready reckoners.

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Anonymous Dylan said...

While we're on things astronomical (and after yesterday's post on things falling from the sky) we should recall that today is the anniversary of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio show that (some say) set the masses into panic.

I wonder if we could see something similar today? Surely if the guys at Channel Seven, Nine and Ten got together and ran an invasion show in a news style like Welles did it might fool a few people, maybe lots, for a little while. It would also give MediaWatch something to sink its teeth into.

But I know I would be jumping online to check other sources within a few minutes and would quickly find it was all a joke. The changes in media and variety of news sources would seem to make something like this impossible today.

Or maybe that's what the little green men want me to think...

30/10/07 8:14 PM  
Blogger Jacob A. Stam said...

"But I know I would be jumping online to check other sources..."

True, and then there might be blog wars over which sources are bona fide, and which are part of the conspiracy.

Damian might say he doesn't know what did happen, but he does know what didn't happen.

Harry might put the whole thing down to red cordial hysteria.

I would say whatever the little green men wanted me to say.

30/10/07 9:11 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

It's already happening: Kevin Rudd and the ALP attenpt to invade Canberra.

Will there be an electoral pathogen to stop the ALP aliens before they do in Parliament, interest rates, jobs, the hospitals, any possibility of a "Greenhouse agreement", inflation, the budget surolus, the future fund and, worse of all, take over the checks and balances of the our democracy?

More seriously, that is the source of the info the Rectory uses to plan its telescope pointing.

Mars next....

30/10/07 10:46 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

Oh dear, time for bed..... again.

30/10/07 10:47 PM  
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