Astronomy

game of thrones cake

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: I do not know why anyone in their right mind would want to have a Game of Thrones themed wedding, that’s asking for disaster and death but I suppose if you’re going to go for it, you might as well have this glorious cake! I really hope the insides of the cake are red velvet. [Neatorama]

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SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) began an online poll a few days ago to find names for two tiny moons of Pluto, recently discovered thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, and designated P4 and P5 thus far.

SETI proposed a list of mythology-inspired monikers, in keeping with the naming traditions of planetary bodies within our solar system, and so far, Vulcan is leading the race. Approximately 347,000 votes have been cast, with more than 120,000 for Vulcan. Cerberus and Styx are in second and third place, respectively, and other candidates include Hercules, Orpheus, Sisyphus,  and Persephone (not enough Firefly fans voting, apparently).

It was William Shatner himself who proposed this addition to SETI. The Shat never misses a chance to pimp out Star Trek, and suggested not only Vulcan, but Romulus as well–but it seems that one’s already taken (along with Remus), it’s the name of one of Asteroid 87 Silvia’s moons (I didn’t even know asteroids HAD moons! Who says this site isn’t educational?)

Keep in mind, this poll itself will not choose the names of these moons. The candidates with the most votes will be presented to the International Astronomical Union, but they will make the actual decision.

If you’d like to add your two cents, the poll is open until 12:00 PM EST on Feb. 25 at Pluto Rocks! (one vote per day, please).

Source: Blastr

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Everyone knows that scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, where Luke Skywalker is standing outside on planet Tattooine with those two suns in the sky. Watching them set on the horizon wondering “what could be” for the future Jedi. While this was only an effect on film in real life this is actually possible and it’s going to happen. By the end of 2012 we could be seeing two suns in the sky, even if it’s for only a couple of weeks.

Just what’s going to give us double dose of daylight?

Thanks to a red super-giant star, as in it’s about to die, in the Orion’s nebula we’ll be seeing a pilgrimage to recreate the Luke scenes for weeks on end. The star know as Betelgeuse (Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!) is predicted to be at it’s end and about to go all Death Star with a massive super-nova that could reach Earth by the end of 2012. The second largest star in the nebula, when it finally decides to call it a lifetime and collapse it’ll be tens of millions of times brighter than our sun. Just don’t go stocking up on sunscreen just yet however, this is only a theory.

According to Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland “This old star is running out of fuel in it’s center…This keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly.” The bad news is, it might not happen for another million years but when it does whoever is alive to see this will need sunglasses for sure. The resulting bang will mean that for several weeks it’ll be perpetual sunlight, 24 hours of tanning light. After a few weeks it will finally begin to fade and after a few months it’ll become very hard to see at all. With Star Wars forums lighting up with news over this it has been accompanied by doomsday theories, with the impending supernova being associated with the end of the world.

Even if this double sun has people thinking it’s going to be the end of the world George Lucas is going to make a ton of money releasing a line of Tatooine clothing (hint,hint). If 2012 means the end of the world at least a world of nerds will be able to fill out a wish from their bucket list.

Via: News.com.au