Saturday, April 23, 2005

"Albedo 0.39"

Utterly spooky, totally out there. This comprises nothing more than gentle electronic patterns, over which a man's voice recites various characteristics of the earth:
"Maximum distance from the sun: 94,537,000 miles
Minimum distance from the sun: 91,377,000 miles
Mean orbital velocity: 66,000 mph
Orbital eccentricity: 0.017
Obliquity of the eccliptic: 23 degrees, 27 minutes 8.26 seconds
Length of the tropical year, equinox to equinox: 365.24 days
Length of the sederial year, fixed star to fixed star: 365.26 days
Length of the solar day: 24 hours, 3 minutes 56.555 seconds in mean solar time
Length of the mean sederial day: 23 hours 56 minutes 4.091 seconds in mean solar time
Mass: 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes
Equatorial diameter: 7,927 miles
Polar diameter: 7,900 miles
Oblaqueness 1/298th
Density: 5.41
Mean surface gravitational acceleration of the rotating earth: 32.174 ft/sec/sec
Escape velocity: 7 miles per second
Albedo is defined as "The fraction of incident electromagnetic radiation reflected by a surface, especially of a celestial body."

Don't say you never learn anything from this blog!


Cocaine Jesus said...

i pride meself on having a pretty good all round knowledge of the music scene having been buying records since 1962 but i have to confess that i have, for once, no idea who or what this is about.
who made this?
and please let us know who the artists are.

Londinium said...

it's by Vangelis, off an album of the same name.

Anonymous said...

and for further information Vangelis was in a band called Aphrodites Child with abother greek gentleman by the name of Demis Roussos. later Vangelis was asked to play with Yes, but didnt want to fly..... or so i remember.