A Brush With Fame

Have you ever walked down the street and just happen upon a large group of people getting ready to shoot a scene for a TV show?  That happened to me and my family today.  We were going for a walk along the beach in Kamakura (see the photos and video here) and as we passed Inamuragasaki Point, we saw a bunch of people on Shichirigahama Beach.  Well, I thought they were cleaning up, because you often see people cleaning the neighbourhoods.  Well, there was a lot of other equipment there, and it turned out it was all for a TV drama.  There were many crew members, and I’m guessing the actors were standing out on the rocks.  I wasn’t close enough to see who they could be, though.

So, as we sat down to take a break from walking, I decided to get up to take a picture of Enoshima.  That’s when one of the staff approached me and asked me not to take any pictures.  I said I was just taking a picture of Enoshima.  That seemed to satisfy her.  So later on, as we were walking away, I turned around, zoomed in, and took this picture below.


I’m guessing the woman standing up on the right and the woman sitting down next to her are the actresses.  They were standing apart from the rest and seemed to be the focus of attention.  Too bad I couldn’t see who they were.

Has this ever happened to you?


Welcome to Ceres

Welcome to a new world.  The largest asteroid is now being visited.  It’s also the smallest dwarf planet.  NASA’s Dawn is currently nearing Ceres and will be entering into orbit around it over the next day.  We’ve been treated to some great images of it over the last month.

A couple months ago, we knew there was a bright spot on Ceres.  A month ago, we could see it was still there.  A couple weeks ago, we saw that it was very bright and small.  More recently, we found out it was actually two bright spots.  But we don’t see it clearly enough yet.


Just look at that.  What the hell is that?  It’s so much brighter than the surrounding surface, and even as it passes over the terminator from day into night, it’s still bright for a short time.  It’s in the centre of a large impact crater, so it’s possible it’s the central peak of the crater.  However, there are two of them.  Could they be fresh impact craters that revealed ice below the dark regolith?  Or are they ice volcanoes?

As Dawn explores Ceres over the next year, we should learn a lot about it.

What do you think that bright spot is?