Thursday, 25 August 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 25-8-2016: Saturn

Bleugh … 

And double bleugh … !

I had a LATE night, last night.

But I’m not complaining too much.

I spent quite a bit of time, nattering to friends, via Facebook’s Messenger app.

But also … ?   Spent a few hours catching up with series four of House of Cards: the first three episodes, so you know.

Wowsa … 

Frank and Claire underwood — Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright — are seriously at each others throats … 

It’s looking like a good one … !

~≈ß≈~

But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Angel*, Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in their answers: with all three scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) NASA’s Voyager 2 craft made it’s closest approach to Saturn: on the 25th August of which year of the 1980s?
Q2) The craft had been launched in which year of the 1970s?
Q3) What was the first probe to visit Saturn: in September of 1979?
Q4) Saturn, itself, is what type of planet: a gas giant, ice giant or gas dwarf?
Q5) It takes roughly 29 and a half years for Saturn to orbit … what?
Q6) Famously, the planet has nine main … what: rings or moons?
Q7) Saturn’s atmosphere is 96.3% what: Hydrogen, Helium or Lithium?
Q8) Weirdly, Saturn’s North Pole has a cloud pattern that’s what?
Q9) How many known moons does Saturn have: 53, 63 or 73?
Q10) Finally … what’s the largest of Saturn’s moons?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th August, 1816, saw the signing of the Treaty of Saint Louis: between the USA, and three Native American tribes.   Name one of those tribes.
Q2) 24th August, 1954, saw the resignation — and suicide — of President Getulio Vargas.   He was president of where?
A2) Brazil.
Q3) 24th August, 1914, saw German troops capture the small town of Namur.   The town is in which European country?
A3) Belgium.
Q4) When the International Astronomical Union re-defined the word, ‘planet,’ on 24th August, 2006, it meant Pluto was reclassified.   As what: an asteroid, dog or dwarf planet?
Q5) Finally … 24th August, 1934, saw the birth of actor, Kenny Baker: who died on 13th August, of this year.   Which character did he play in the Star Wars franchise?
A5) R2-D2.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I was, I remember, I still remember when the first time I pointed the telescope at the sky and I saw Saturn with the rings. It was a beautiful image.”
Umberto Guidoni.
And this music … 


Have a good day … !







*        Why on Earth didn’t I think of that, Angel?   I signed up for the Brentwood arm of Freecycle, years ago!   I’d’ve taken it to my local CeX: but don’t think it’d make the grade.   And mentioning a dog called Pluto seemed a good decision: glad you enjoyed it … ! :D


†        Oh, blimey, Olga, AND you managed to catch John Simm?   The chap’s got a good reputation, as well.   Although Michelle Gomez makes for a good replacement as the Master.   At any rate, all this was at the Crucible?   I’m a snooker fan: and STILL want to see the World Championship final up there!   They used to play about 50 odd frames in the final, back in the 1920s.   It would’ve taken AGES!   (I THINK we need legislation: to outlaw discrimination against planets of restricted growth …)



‡        You know, I don’t know if I could ever name my favourite Terry Pratchett book, Debbi!   Good Omens is a good one.   Thud and Nightwatch would be in there, as Commander Sam Vimes is a possibly my favourite character.   And I always tell passing Mormon missionaries to read Small Gods, before they come back … !


2 comments:

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1981
Q2) 1977
Q3) Pioneer 11
Q4) A gas giant
Q5) The Sun
Q6) Rings
Q7) Hydrogen
Q8) Hexagonal
Q9) 53 named moons, 62 with confirmed orbits but many more it seems (at least 150)
Q10) Titan (it deserves its name)
Yes, at the Crucible they have their own productions (very good, and in the same theatre they also have the Studio that is for smaller productions) and it's fabulous. The Lyceum, across the square has more repertory plays and those coming on tour. But I used to be friend of the theatres and you paid a membership and got a discount and could book early tickets so I normally would get everywhere. I am no longer a member as I never know when I'm going to be here and it makes it difficult to book anything so long in advance. I'm not a snooker fan but there's an interesting atmosphere when the World Championships are going on.

Debbi said...

I'll have to check them out. I have a big list of Pratchett to go through! :)

1. 1981 (on Aug. 26: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_2#Encounter_with_Saturn)
2. 1977
3. Pioneer 11
4. a gas giant
5. the sun
6. rings
7. hydrogen
8. hexagonal
9. 62 known moons, but 53 have been formally named See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn#Natural_satellites
10. Titan