February 5th, 2009
A blue straggler is a kind of a star in cluster that stays on the main sequence longer than it should, straggling in its evolution. The truth is that such a star is probably a merged binary and evolving differently than more isolated stars.
I came across this nice introduction to black holes and quasars with a lot of follow-up FAQs answered. Black holes and quasars are the focus of my research and this is a good place to start learning if you really don’t know where to go first.
Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy writes about a new exoplanet discovered with only twice the diameter of the Earth. As cool as black holes and quasars are, there’s part of me that wishes I was working on exoplanets. It’s the dawn of a very cool age of discovery, and for me that early phase in a near field is very exciting, and more fun than later stages where work tends to more details and less fundamentals.
Jay Lake writes an insightful post about the psychotic persistance necessary to be a professional writer. It’s what being able to fly or having a way to deal with bullets is to superheroes.
I’ll likely have another post later today that isn’t just a set of links. I just hate when I have a starlinks post and then immediately see several really interesting links to add. I only like to do starlinks a few times a week. Anyway, stop your straggling here and resume your evolutionary path already!