Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

Just Too Cool: 9 May – The Transit of Mercury!

It’s not quite as nifty as the Transit of Venus (for which Sousa wrote a march), but it is still very nifty. As viewed from your planet, Mercury will pass in front of your yellow sun on 9 May. From NASA’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eucharist carried into space for astronaut on the ISS. Self-communication? – UPDATE

UPDATE 5 May 2016: Since today is seems appropriate to talk about “going up”… From a priest: This authorization for receiving the Holy Eucharist in space is pretty long-standing at this point. Astronaut Tom Jones mentions the Eucharistic service conducted … Continue reading

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Nuns mapped stars for the Vatican

I spotted a cool article at CNS about four Italian sisters who helped to map a half million stars for the Vatican’s part in a vast mapping project. Mapping with the stars: Nuns instrumental in Vatican celestial survey VATICAN CITY … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Universe!

From History… On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. Kepler was … Continue reading

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GRAVITY EXISTS! (Just too cool… waaaaay cool.)

That is… gravitational waves exist. Last night during my sermon for Ash Wednesday, I used an image from Augustine’s Confessions.  Augustine, who authored the unforgettable “our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”, described us and our love as working like … Continue reading

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COOL THING ALERT! A passel of planets!

Here is something very cool for all of you to enjoy for free! At Spaceweather we get the details about how all sorts of planets – alas, as far as I know not Planet X – will be visible in … Continue reading

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PLANET X!

What should this new planet be named? From AP: Scientists: Good evidence for 9th planet in solar system CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists reported Wednesday they finally have “good evidence” for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the … Continue reading

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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

I want to remind the readership of a cool DVD (sent to me last year by a reader) and website wherein a good argument is made about the Star of Bethlehem. What was the Star of Bethlehem, anyway? Surely it … Continue reading

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Of the deaths of stars and souls

This is just too cool not to share.  From APOD: My emphases and comments: Explanation: It’s back. Never before has an observed supernova been predicted. The unique astronomical event occurred in the field of galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223. Most bright … Continue reading

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Earth Might Have Hairy Dark Matter!

Some news about your planet. From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Earth Might Have Hairy Dark Matter The solar system might be a lot hairier than we thought. A new study publishing this week in the Astrophysical Journal by Gary Prézeau … Continue reading

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