A Lonely Planet

A few years ago I half-jokingly suggested that it would be great to have a Lonely Planet guidebook to Mars. Today I was reminded of that idea and even Lonely Planet joined in the conversation pointing out some others on their wish list. So, I've mocked up how Lonely Planet Mars might look.

Lonely Planet Mars
A "what if?" mock-up of a Lonely Planet guide for Mars (click to embiggen).Background credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 24th Sep 2012 (17:40 BST) | Permalink

APOD 500,000

It was only a year ago that I mentioned that @apod had 250,000 followers on Twitter. Since then it has doubled to 500,000. This growth could be some kind of network effect caused by more re-tweets making more people aware of the account. It could be that Twitter still has @apod as an auto-follow for new account signups. Perhaps there are just more spam accounts randomly following people. Whatever the cause, I've put in no effort other than to try to keep the daily updates going despite Twitter's increasingly locked-down API.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 07th Sep 2012 (12:37 BST) | Permalink
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