Look At The Pretty Pictures!

23 Feb

I am subscribed to NASA’s website and they sent this pic yesterday:

Aren’t they pretty?  They are called buckyballs.  I have no idea what they are or what they do, despite this explanation (there’s a reason I only subscribe to NASA, rather than work for them):

Formally named buckministerfullerene, buckyballs are named after their resemblance to the late architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. They are made up of 60 carbon atoms arranged into a hollow sphere, like a soccer ball. Their unusual structure makes them ideal candidates for electrical and chemical applications on Earth, including superconducting materials, medicines, water purification and armor.

I am sharing the information because I like the picture and the name.  ‘Buckyballs’ sound like such fun, er, things. 

A great name is vital.  Consider what came in the previous day’s email:

Looks good, doesn’t it?  It is an image of the fastest wind from stellar-mass black hole.  It is so beautiful, it should have a romantic name, like Angel’s Breath from Angel’s Mouth, or something.  So what do the scientists at NASA call it?  I’ll let them speak for themselves:

The stellar-mass black hole powering this super wind is known as IGR J17091-3624, or IGR J17091 for short.

Gotta love those catchy nicknames.

24 Responses to “Look At The Pretty Pictures!”

  1. Ron. February 23, 2012 at 12:10 #

    Very cool, TB. I love the NASA website. Thanks.


  2. judithatwood February 23, 2012 at 12:18 #

    What great shots! Do you get “Astronomy Photograph of the Day?” It’s another subscribe-able site with great photos like the Angel’s Mouth, above.


  3. rumpydog February 23, 2012 at 12:28 #

    It’s amazing that there is so much about our Universe that we don’t know. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Grannymar February 23, 2012 at 12:32 #

    I love the colours and see the photos as scope for creative embroidery.


    • Tilly Bud February 23, 2012 at 12:34 #

      I would love to see the finished result.


    • viv blake February 23, 2012 at 13:42 #

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. And that Angel’s Mouth pic has a gorgeous colour combination.


  5. misswhiplash February 23, 2012 at 12:53 #

    Do you spend all day searching for things like these..they are indeed very beautiful and deserve names that reflect what they are


    • Tilly Bud February 23, 2012 at 13:12 #

      No; I subscribe to everything, and they come to me 🙂


  6. laurieanichols February 23, 2012 at 14:43 #

    I appreciate the fact that they felt the need to say “or IGblah blah for short”. I agree with you they need a department specializing in proper naming, that would be a perfect job for you; working for NASA as head of the Naming department. I couldn’t do it because I don’t have the imagination for that but you do, it would be stellar.


  7. earlybird February 23, 2012 at 16:44 #

    Very cool!


  8. Elaine February 23, 2012 at 18:04 #

    Very interesting pictures. My favourite is the ‘Angels Breath’ one. I think Nasa should give you a job naming their images – I think you’d do a much better job. 🙂


  9. SchmidleysScribbling February 23, 2012 at 18:41 #

    You gotta love scientists. I like the ‘endoplasmic reticulum’ found in the cell. Latin for “thing inside that has many facets.” Dianne


    • Tilly Bud February 24, 2012 at 12:59 #

      Baffling us with, well, you know; I can’t say it, this is a family blog.


  10. makenzieking February 23, 2012 at 19:25 #

    So ridiculous! lol! 🙂


  11. kateshrewsday February 23, 2012 at 19:54 #

    I learned something new today, Tilly – buckyballs! Very pretty!


  12. Tom (Aquatom1968) February 23, 2012 at 21:12 #

    I wonder if they have Bucky Balls on GJ 1214b? (That’s the name of the planet I wrote about yesterday, Tilly – I forgot to mention it’s name!)


    • Tilly Bud February 24, 2012 at 13:03 #

      I bet they do, but they’ll have a ridiculous name like Thisisprettyusefulstuffwhenyouknowwhattodowithit.


  13. eof737 February 24, 2012 at 01:37 #

    Yes, NASA has some of the best pictures… so much color and forms. 😉


  14. evilnymphstuff February 25, 2012 at 13:53 #

    Wow those are breath taking photos! Yeah such a great name for the last one 😛


  15. Pseu February 25, 2012 at 19:10 #

    ‘fastest wind from stellar-mass black hole’? I’m surprised they haven’t called it something to do with breaking wind…..

    back at the Ashmolean Museum yesterday I find they have called one of the mummy there (one with a very long name originally) – Jed for short.


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