Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini is now on it’s way towards it’s grand and ultimately destructive finale! Using Saturn’s largest Moon titan to fling it into a polar orbit between Saturn’s ring and it’s outer atmosphere it will complete 22 weekly obits of Saturn before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15th

via Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale / Cassini-Huygens / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA

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Titan on flyby to Cassini’s final orbit

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/cassini-s-first-grand-finale-dive-milestones

Have a look at the links to see more.

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on images or materials – Credit ESA / NASA

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS ARE NOW LIVE

The nominations for the bloggers bash are now open!

http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/17/nominations-for-the-2017-bloggers-bash-awards-are-now-live/

The bloggers bash is not far away and there’s loads of categories that need bloggers names against them so get thinking and get nominating!

Simon 🙂

P.S. Thanks to Sacha and the committe for all the hard work they’re putting into this!

 

 

Manic Monday – Planet Simon, the week ahead

So this week there are as always a few things going on. However, unlike other weeks there’s one or two things of importance that I can’t say much about now but let’s say things might be about to change a bit and who knows where that may lead me?

Last week I managed to do something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, I’ve got a few short stories that need writing up bringing into being. I’ve been meaning to put what I have on my Wattpad and I’ve finally done it. Talking about Wattpad I’ve put a link to my Wattpad on my home page – if your a Wattie (hey I couldn’t think of anything better) then go and follow me. There’s not a lot there yet but watch this space!

I’ve also reset my phone, this doesn’t sound big but when you have a phone that’s running slower the minds of most British politicians it gets annoying. So with much anxiety I backed up and reset – wow what a difference. If you ever need advice on it (I’m more and android guy, but I’ve had to reset Apples in the past) then pop me a comment or email (see contacts page).

There’s a bit of fun lined up this week on Planet Simon so enjoy!

Simon 🙂

Earth Day

In case you didn’t know, today is Earth day. A day where we focus on this self supporting spacecraft whizzing through the cosmos that we call home. We need to help this world keep us alive and looking amazing…



As usual I like to see things a bit differently. What better way than from Saturn…

That tiny spec is Earth… Us. All of us, everything we are, eat, drink everything we want for our phones, computers and everthing we use as fuel for our homes and cars.

There we are again. Between the rings. Small aren’t we? But we think big and we can sort out what we do about how we live our lives.

This isn’t a call to arms or a wake up call… Its a dream really. 

Happy Earth day!

Simon 🙂

Saturn images credit to NASA taken from Cassini

World of Science Fiction

Hi, this is Sorcerygod.

I’ve received an invite by Simon to join as a contributing writer to Universe of Possibilities.

I recognize good writing when I see it, and Simon has it. It’s a pleasure for me to be assigned a helping role in his prozine. This virtual space has a lot of pleasures to it.

I am going to leave this post at this, and I’ll see about contributing a story shortly. Once again, I welcome all readers and particularly writers to this site. It can be a hard slog creating something out of nothing, and no one likes the disappointment of a thin or mushy response. We all like to be praised. On that note, if you like something we write, tell us!

— Sorcerygod (S*Gd)

Manic Monday – Planet Simon’s Week Ahead

Today is a public holiday which means one thing (for me at least) no work! If you’re one of the hard working people that have to work today, big respect to you! I hope the day is kind to you. 😊

Things are frantic, chaotic and erratic in my life right now. In always every way there are rough seas. In the last week things at work have become darker and less inspiring. What I’m going to do about this I’m not sure but it’s made me think about the character of those I work for.

Finding time for writing is nearly impossible but on the good side this month’s magazine is all but complete and should be out in a few days. June is next so I had better get started!!

So far this year isn’t panning out like I hoped it would and I’m wondering why, hoping that it improves and soon. I’m hoping for and moving towards change. Something has to soon right?

Simon 😊

Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus

What Hubble can see these days is amazing!

This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble — one for the ring and one for the auroras.

Ever since Voyager 2 beamed home spectacular images of the planets in the 1980s, planet-lovers have been hooked on auroras on other planets. Auroras are caused by streams of charged particles like electrons that come from various origins such as solar winds, the planetary ionosphere, and moon volcanism. They become caught in powerful magnetic fields and are channeled into the upper atmosphere, where their interactions with gas particles, such as oxygen or nitrogen, set off spectacular bursts of light.

via Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus | NASA

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on images or material – Credit NASA