Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thank Us Later

A l o h a !

"The greatest virtues

are those which are most useful to other persons."


"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.

I'm frightened of the old ones."

John Cage

"Is it not careless to become too local

when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone?"

A. R. Ammons

"Anyone can be an idealist.

Anyone can be a cynic.

The hard part lies somewhere in the middle

i.e. being human."

Hugh Macleod

We Scan the Skies for Killer Asteroids...

So you don't have to...

The first Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) telescope began operating May 13
on Mount Haleakala on Maui.

Eventually, four of these telescopes will search the sky for killer asteroids that could be on a collision course with Earth.

The Pan-STARRS contains a 1,400-megapixel digital camera, the world’s largest, and will take more than 500 exposures each night, searching for objects that either move or change in brightness. Data from the telescopes will be sent to the Maui High Performance Computing Center for analysis.

Scientists say the system is expected to discover 100,000 asteroids over the next three years and determine if any of them are headed for Earth. It also is expected to catalog 5 billion stars and 500 million galaxies.

You're welcome, Earthlings!