Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

17 April 1970 – Odyssey returns to Earth

On this day 43 years ago, the Command Module Odyssey splashed down.
Apollo XIII

I remember – as if it were yesterday – being glued to the TV watching the coverage of this glorious disaster.  It was inspiring.
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A few days back, this was on Astronomy Pic of the Day.
From the International Space Station as it travels around your planet.
It is not CGI!
If you are every wondering where the ISS is, click HERE. I used that when … Continue reading

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Putting Popes in Perspective

From Astronomy Pic of the Day comes this fascinating shot of a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), a comet, and your planet.

The Comet PanSTARRS, which brightened and was visible for the papal election process (along with another comet, by the way…. … Continue reading

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Conclave Comets!

Together with all the papal portents of which I wrote the other day – and let us not be overly worried about these – there is a rare astronomical sight right now, visible in some parts of the world.
In centuries … Continue reading

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Benedict announces resignation and lightning strikes

On 11 February, the day Pope Benedict announced that he would resign, lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica.
The photo from Agence France-Presse:

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SOLAR FLARE ALERT! But don’t worry, because “Firedrake Keeps You Safe”! (Short Wave and Ham Radio Fun)

A convergence of events drives me yet again to post, on this bloggily-productive day.
First, a TEOTWAWKI Solar Flare, Coronal Mass Ejection and resulting grid killing EMP may be coming….
From SpaceWeather:
ACTIVE SUNSPOT: One of the biggest sunspots of the current solar … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Of Niobids and Rovers

This is simply too cool.
Every once in a while, we find something from antiquity that we knew about but thought lost.
Check this out, from Gazzetta del Sud.  Dorothy King’s PhDiva has a lot of photos.  With a biretta tip to rougeclassicism. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS The O Antiphons: 21 December – O Oriens – Winter Solstice

LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.
ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness … Continue reading

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Geminid Meteor Shower

This could be something fun and memorable to do with your children.
From SpaceWeather:
GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from “rock comet” 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower.  Around the world, observers are … Continue reading

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