Yay, my internet is working fine and everything thing today. I guess I am going to do a gizmo suggestion thingy since that has been my Friday thing. It's also kind of easy to do since I am feeling a bit under the weather. I promise to have some awesome astronomical science-y stuff to drop tomorrow.
As the title suggests, this weeks object of affection is a laser pointer. Pretty much any laser pointer. They are pretty handy to have. For astronomy, their use is fairly obvious, they are used by a multitude of astronomers to point out celestial objects.
They also have other uses, pretty much to point at anything thing that would otherwise be out of reach. I have a friend who has one and isn't even in astronomy, but he experiments with his in the snow, smoke, fog, whatever. We're also guilt of taping them to the side of Nerf guns and using them for targeting.
A decent one can run for around $15 on Amazon. For astronomy use, they get more expensive though, upwards of $80 in some cases. Since the lasers need to stronger. Of course, there is safety to be recognized, don't shine it in someone's eye, since it can cause permanent damage. And try not to point it at airplanes, or the FBI or DHS might pay you a visit.
Oh yeah, they also make great cat toys.
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Also, it looks like dark matter is still winning the poll. But keep voting, and we'll see what happens next week. Don't worry though, the other topics and a new one will be back for next weeks poll.
I also wanted to give a shout out to GMU's basketball team, the Patriots. I'm not a huge fan of sports, but they are my alma mater (where I got my degree). And I was there during the celebration of their last March Madness run, making it up to the final four. They currently have a 15 game winning streak (highest in the nation) and have some good odds for them this year. They might not win it, but their gonna go far.