A week ago it was my birthday, and a (base-10 counting western solar calendar system) significant one. I decided to treat myself to an activity I wanted to do, but hadn’t actually done yet. I went on a skydive.

Under the canopy, with Redcliffe in the background.
Piloting the parachute, with the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge and Hornibrook Bridge in the background.
Down on the Woody Point beach

I went with Skydive Australia, who were really good, and I would very much recommend. Would I do it again? Definitely, if I had the opportunity (and money!).

ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before

This artist’s impression shows the first interstellar asteroid: `Oumuamua. This unique object was discovered on 19 October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai`i. Subsequent observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that it was travelling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. `Oumuamua seems to be a dark red highly-elongated metallic or rocky object, about 400 metres long, and is unlike anything normally found in the Solar System.