Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

#gopconvention reminds me of two wonderful things

I’ve been watching the Republican National Convention speeches. Tonight, I’ve been reminded of two wonderful things, one in the past and one in the future. First, in the past, today is the anniversary of the amazing moment when man first … Continue reading

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4 July – JUNO!

From Space.com: NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to enter into orbit around JupiterMonday night (July 4), ending its nearly five-year trek to the solar system’s biggest planet. The key event Monday is a 35-minute engine burn at 11:18 p.m. EDT … Continue reading

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A black hole shreds a star

[1] Unto the end, for the presses [gittith]: a psalm of David. [2] O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. [3] Out of the mouth of … Continue reading

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New Star Trek series for TV in 2017

Who knew about this?  I didn’t. This seems symptomatic of a lot of screen entertainment these days: revivals and sequels, not much that is wholly new. I suppose the flicks are so expensive to produce now that they don’t want … Continue reading

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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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Rads on a Plane! Holes in the Sun! Flares!

Not for Rad Trads, unless you are also frequent flyers… From Spaceweather… RADS ON A PLANE: Regular readers know that Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus regularly fly balloons to the stratosphere to measure cosmic rays. For … Continue reading

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