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Emily LakdawallaSeptember 6, 2009

A week of Tweets (6 September 2009)

I'm a little late with this one this week, but I wanted to give myself a chance to Tweet about something other than the Station fire, over which I was obsessing at the beginning of this week. I'll spare you most of my Tweets on that topic.

If you'd like to see these in real time, Follow me at Twitter. A word on some conventions: "RT" means "Retweet" -- I'm repeating something that somebody else said. Anything preceded by an "@" symbol is the username of someone else on Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging service that limits updates to 140 characters in length; I use it primarily to post links to stories I don't have time to write about here on the blog and to mention really really tiny bits of news that aren't worth full blog entries.

Ooh, I can't wait to see these pics: @LRO_NASA says "Taking pictures of the Moon's Limb today with LROC."
unday, September 06, 2009 2:21 PM

After a long, long sit, Opportunity is finally moving around Block Island. See a pretty pan from BI by @nivnac:
unday, September 06, 2009 8:55 AM

Terrific and terrifying movie from Mt Wilson solar telescope tower webcam (note predawn Venus rise) via @plutokiller:
aturday, September 05, 2009 9:56 PM

Marvelously strange things come from Japan -- listen to lunar topography converted to piano notes, like atonal jazz:
aturday, September 05, 2009 10:02 AM

Towercam is back! Now pointing east, giving a fine view of 100-inch dome. Still smoky up there. (via @plutokiller)
aturday, September 05, 2009 8:49 AM

MRO to remain in safe mode for several more weeks so mission can develop fix for spontaneous reboot problem:
riday, September 04, 2009 1:39 PM

Help search for Mars Polar Lander in 11 new images released by @HiRISE this week!
riday, September 04, 2009 11:40 AM

Very pretty; I can see Haughton Crater on Devon Island! RT @NASA: Rare cloud-free view of the Northwest Passage:
riday, September 04, 2009 10:50 AM

RT @LCROSS_NASA: Target announcement next week!
riday, September 04, 2009 10:44 AM

RT @HubblePAO: Set your alarms! The first new Hubble images are due to be released Wed., Sept. 9 on NASA TV at 11 am [EDT]. Don't miss it!!
hursday, September 03, 2009 1:24 PM - The Moon and Jupiter only 3º apart tonight (Jupiter's at right), orange from Station Fire smoke.
ednesday, September 02, 2009 9:20 PM

Danger is past: Fire chief promises another 100 years for Mt. Wilson Observatory: (via @plutokiller, @badastronomer)
uesday, September 01, 2009 9:05 PM - Wider view of Mt Wilson peak w/ both scopes and towers. Fire on north flank deliberately set as backfire.
uesday, September 1, 2009 1:24 PM - Fire just north of telescope complex at Mt Wilson, labeled with names of scopes
uesday, September 1, 2009 1:13 PM

Looks like this is it: Fire has reached the peak of Mt Wilson. Firefighters are on site. Keep your fingers crossed for the towers & scopes.
uesday, September 1, 2009 12:17 PM

The Terra MODIS satellite image of the L.A. area from yesterday shows the impressive "pyrocumulus" cloud above the fire:
uesday, September 1, 2009 10:30 AM

Mt Wilson has been in "imminent" danger for 24 hours. As long as works, they still have power and aren't dead yet!
onday, August 31, 2009 7:07 PM

LA Times: "Mt. Wilson was believed doomed last night, but [officials] said brush clearance by crews and drops of fire retardant helped."
onday, August 31, 2009 9:57 AM

RT @marsroverdriver: No MER ops tomorrow; the rovers can safely wait out the fires. As @JohnCallas put it: "...The rovers understand."
unday, August 30, 2009 6:51 PM

Mt. Wilson director: "Our reports on site are not presently so dire, but the 'fog of war' certainly exists in a situation like this."
unday, August 30, 2009 6:36 PM

RT @plutokiller: Everyone is unsure of Mt. Wilson status. But if fire hits the peak 1/2 million people will have view. Clarity will ensue.
unday, August 30, 2009 6:15 PM

This one was unusually close: RT @lowflyingrocks: 2009 QH34, ~28m-62m in diameter, just passed the Earth at 8km/s, missing by ~1,680,000 km.
unday, August 30, 2009 2:08 PM

T @pradx: Official demise of Chandrayaan1. Will take 1000 days to reach lunar surface. Help sought from Russia and US in tracking.
unday, August 30, 2009 9:16 AM

RT @plutokiller: News from Mt. Wilson Observatory. Fire is heading that way
aturday, August 29, 2009 1:36 PM Aug 29th

India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter has been lost.
aturday, August 29, 2009 7:31 AM

RT @RandomSpaceFact Successful shuttle launch. STS-128 Discovery is in orbit. Will resupply Space Station and swap a couple astronauts.
riday, August 28, 2009 9:30 PM

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