Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Real life Star Wars destinations, a blue moon eclipse, growing materials for robots and more

1. Get Ready for a Very Rare Blue Moon Eclipse For the first time in 150 years, we can expect a blue moon total lunar eclipse on 31 January. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month—and the eclipse will happen in the middle of the night. Viewing, however, is best “in Central and Eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia,” according …

Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Hideaway aka Earth’s Skellig Michael Island

Even if one has only seen the trailer for The Last Jedi, a glimpse at Luke Skywalker’s verdant, cliffy hideaway leaves an imprint. This remarkable, exotic destination—referred to in the film as Ahch-To—isn’t the product of digital effects. It’s actually the island of Skellig Michael, located west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The island, its abandoned monastery and several stone structures were …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The UK's first interfaith charity shop, a Star Wars-inspired observatory, Marty McFly's Nikes up for auction and more in our look around the web

1. The Genius of Walter Becker Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who passed away last weekend, was widely regarded as one of music’s greats—though not as a brilliant guitarist or vocalist, but rather a genius when it came to melodies. Both Steely Dan co-founders were jazz nerds, but beyond that they were groove masters who managed to craft left-of-center pop songs that appealed to just …