Awesome Pic of the Venus Transit!

This is an amazing false-color image of the sun as Venus passed in front of it. (Venus is the black spot at about 2 o’clock on the pic.) I find it a strangely serene photograph — certainly much different from those solar tornadoes we say back in February. I found this in a post thanks to Phil Plait‘s excellent and informative  Bad Astronomy site — which is actually good, because he points out instances where the science of astronomy is used badly (and also good stuff). Phil blogs for Discover magazine, so you know it’s on the level. Phil received this image from a photographer named Alan Friedman, who did all the heavy lifting. You should follow Phil on Twitter @BadAstronomy to keep abreast of the latest science news.

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Mockingbird Lane

Izzard in costume as Grandpa

You have heard that NBC is reimagining the classic sitcom THE MUNSTERS as MOCKINGBIRD LANE, a drama with comedic elements, right ? It is not on NBC’s fall schedule, because the pilot just started shooting.

The project is being produced by Bryan Fuller. He was the creator of ABC’s late, lamented PUSHING DAISIES (which I loved so much) and WONDERFALLS, so there is hope that this project will reflect something of Fuller’s fractured, candy-colored worldview. Fuller told Entertainment Weekly:

“We want this show to be an American ‘Harry Potter. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family and find stories told in a fantastical way that are instantly relatable.”

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