Plots.jl using GR

Day 8/100: Have installed Plots, Julia’s metaplotting package that can use various plotting packages as backends. Now using the GR backend and experimenting with different types of charts.

Flatpak on CentOS 7

Discovered Flatpak last week. It’s making the process of installing applications on CentOS a lot easier. I installed Flatpak, then got GNU Octave from Flathub. Flathub is where you can get apps to run inside Flatpak, without having to look for a version that will run on your specific Linux Distro. I now have GNUOctave installed and running, after several failed attempts before Flatpak.

Anaconda on CentOS 7

Finally got round to installing Anaconda (the Python distribution) on CentOS. I followed this article at Linux Hint. Launched Anaconda Navigator from Terminal, then created new environment. Installed the git and Jupyter packages into it. Opened a terminal window in the new environment. Everything is working fine so far. Last year had random crashes when running Anaconda on OS X, then I installed it on Ubuntu in Virtual Box. Anaconda worked fine, except for the slowness which I expected from a virtual environment. Now that I’ve installed it on a machine dedicated to CentOS, I’m expecting it to work ideally.

Mapping the Milky Way

… Is a gigantic task when you consider that the Milky Way galaxy is about 100,000 light years across, and our sun is 27,000 light years from the Galactic Center. We’re in a lonely part of the Milky Way, on the inner edge of a spiral called the Orion Arm. Yet the Milky Way galaxy is just one galaxy in a huge group of galaxies called a supercluster. A team of astronomers at the university of Hawaii have been mapping this supercluster. We now know that it’s 500 million light years in diameter and contains a hundred thousand galaxies. The Milky Way galaxy is located in the outskirts of this supercluster. Laniakea, our hone supercluster of galaxies.