Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

About that Heliocentric thing…

This is waaaaay too cool not to share about your planet’s yellow Sun.

And then there is this.

A good thought project for Lent. As you watch the animation, as you watch the little dot planets whirl about the Sun, and … Continue reading

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25 years ago, from 4 billion miles away… a glimpse of your planet

From APOD comes this marvelous image:
Explanation: On another Valentine’s Day 25 years ago, cruising four billion miles from the Sun, the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back one last time to make this first ever Solar System family portrait. The complete … Continue reading

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What’s up with your Sun?

Folks, I hate to break it to you like this, but your Earth’s yellow Sun has a filament.
A really big filament.
From APOD:

This is one of the longest filaments recorded. The description of it involves phrases like: ” spiraling magnetic field … Continue reading

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PARIS – Day 5: Miraculous Edition

Pro sacerdote vel laico
O Mater pietatis et misericordiae, beatissima Virgo Maria, ego miser et indignus peccator ad te confugio toto corde et affectu; et precor pietatem tuam, ut, sicut dulcissimo Filio tuo in Cruce pendenti astitisti, ita et mihi, misero … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 6: “FALL BACK!” Edition – REQUEST FOR PRAYERS

In Rome, where I am right now, we set our clocks back now, 25/26 October.
Therefore, I get an extra hour of sleep which I am obviously not having, because I am posting this.
This “fall back” change isn’t such a big … Continue reading

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8 OCTOBER TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

For your information:
Space Weather News for Oct. 7, 2014
http://spaceweather.com
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON:  The Moon is about to pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a colorful lunar eclipse.  Sky watchers in the Americas, Australia, Pacific islands and parts of … Continue reading

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We are at your planet’s tipping point!

My Roman Curia calendar indicates that the Autumnal Equinox occurs at 2:29 GMT (I like using the retro GMT).   So, it occurs today, 23 September in some places.  Here at the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue, the Equinox takes … Continue reading

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TEOTWAWKI? Double blast CME heading towards Earth.

If the media, mind-clouding, thought-befuddling blitz on the part of catholic and other outlets – Fishwrap, Amerika, RNS, Crux – weren’t bad enough, we have to think about this too.
I sure hope you have BOBs ready.
From SpaceWeather:

STORM WARNING (UPDATED): Among space weather … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: The Glory

For your “Just Too Cool” file, I direct your attention to Astronomy Pic of the Day and a viewing of …
… The Spectre of Veszprem. 
This truly is just too cool!

Want an explanation?  Of course you do.
This is a phenomenon called The … Continue reading

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GLOBAL KILLER ASTEROID ALERT (in other words… GO TO CONFESSION!)

Sure, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.  Not to worry.  We are all going to be wiped out pretty soon, anyway.
From The Independent:
Huge asteroid that ‘could end human life’ defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists … Continue reading

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