Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

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 born on … 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 gravity, … 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 one … 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 fringes of our … 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 is a … 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 spots in … 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 of NASA’s Jet Propulsion … 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 the past … Continue reading

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END OF WORLD! #Synod15 or Globe Killing Asteroid?

We don’t know the time or place, but we will on day die and face our Judge.
I saw this at NASA after a priest friend alerted me to it.  He went to confession … I’m just sayin’.
At Express I saw this:
Shock as … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Blood Moon Edition (and bacon)

I returned from Tokyo tonight to find the famous annihilation SHTF TEOTWAWKI moon going on.
First, I went to a “bachelor party” of sorts for a young fellow who contributes to Gregorian chant here in the Diocese of the Extraordinary Ordinary … Continue reading

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SUPERMOON ECLIPSE

From Spaceweather:

SUPERMOON ECLIPSE: This weekend’s full Moon is a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. And it is going to be eclipsed. On Sunday evening, Sept. 27th, the supermoon will pass through the shadow of Earth, turning … Continue reading

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Double Eclipse of the Sun!

This is simply too cool.
From SpaceWeather…

DOUBLE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN: On Sept. 13th, the sun was eclipsed–twice! No one on Earth has ever seen anything like it. Indeed, it was only visible from Earth orbit. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) … Continue reading

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Aurora Alert!

But wait!  There’s more… from my email…
GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 11th, sparking one of the strongest geomagnetic storms of the year and auroras in multiple US states. This continues a trend … Continue reading

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How Spirit got there

Poor little Spirit isn’t working anymore (so far as we know), but this is how he got there!

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“The Tears of St. Lawrence” – annual Perseid Metor Shower

The famous Perseid Meteor Shower falls are the time of the Feast of St. Lawrence.  Thus, they are called the “Tears of St. Lawrence”.
From SpaceWeather:
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER–THIS WEEK: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of … Continue reading

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Prelude to the Tears of St. Lawrence

From Spaceweather:

PERSEID FIREBALLS: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Peak rates of 100+ meteors per hour are expected next week when Earth approaches the heart of the debris stream. … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: Your Earth and Your Moon

Unless you are an astronaut.. or a cosmonaut, you probably haven’t had a chance to see your Earth and Moon from this angle.
From NASA Earth Observatory.  The green tinge is a photographic artifact produced by the method of taking the … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

On my way out of an eatery where I had met a reader and priest heading to Lacrosse for yet another conference with Cardinal Burke, as well as the great Archbp. Cordileone, [HERE] I saw the rising moon. Photos almost … Continue reading

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Signs in the Heavens: recent rare planetary and stellar conjunctions

You might recall that I posted about the theory about the Star of Bethlehem.   His arguments are pretty good.
I was sent a link to an interesting video in Spanish about another triple conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in Regulus in Leo.  Because … Continue reading

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16 July: Apollo 11 lifts off

Who can forget this?
16 July 1969.
Very cool slo mo. Imagine what this would have been like with today’s tech?
Still.. it is simply awesome.
Saturn V!

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