1st Observing Night at the University of St Andrews Observatory
Clear skies, but a bright near-full moon. Saw a few deep-sky objects, gave multiple sky tours, and shared two binary star systems though a scope. I was so happy to see so many faces turn up for the event, especially considering the range of majors in the crowd.
Oh, and I was elected to the committee board of the University of St Andrews Astronomical Society as 1st Year Representative!
Left and right are both directions. The difference between them is that when facing due North, your former will be to the West, and your latter will fall on the East. Remember which half of your body was placed in each quadrant, and you will be able to know the difference between your left and right, this works even after you discontinue facing North.
Red is the light reflecting visual representation shared by both blood, and my blankie. It’s also the opposite of green.
The new colour is called Banewolf. I may not have been able to visualise it, but I did just think of it, which was the only prerequisite.
Pure water doesn’t stimulate any of the varying taste sensations, neither does it effect the sense of smell. So this is basically like asking “What is breathing oxygen unassisted in outer space like” knowing full well humans can’t breathe there. However, almost all water you’ve ever drunk has been tainted by something else; tannin, fluoride, minerals, blahblahblah, it depends on where you are. You simply become accustomed to that water so you no longer taste the additional properties. This is why when you go to a different area and drink tap water, sometimes it tastes bad. Or why if you are used to drinking rain water, tap/bore is disgusting to you. It’s not the actual water, it’s the tiny little extra bits you are tasting.
I can do the color. That is, if you speak SCIENCE!
Eminent psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has written of the biological advantage of being awe-struck. How fortuitous, he says, for a species to find its own ability to contemplate, to marble at its own existence has been evolutionary advantageous. In other words, it has been biologically selected for, because it informs our life with sense of cosmic significance, that makes us work harder, to persist, and to survive. In other words, “awe” has helped us to survive. And you know, a recent study out of Stanford University kind of validates this idea. They found that regular incidence of awe leave residual benefits upon the individual that persists, such as increased feelings of empathy and compassion towards others, increased feelings of altruism, increased feeling of general well-being. In this study, they define “awe” as experience of such perceptual expansion. Such perceptual vastness literally have to re-configure, upgrade your mental schematic, just to accommodate, just to take in the scale of the experience.
Jason Silva - The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck
I'm a first year student studying astrophysics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I am an advocate of science, a passionate astronomer, an ardent liberal, an experienced sailor, and a romantic poet. I do hope you enjoy my blog. Cheers!