Category Archives: Look! Up in the sky!

Will Comet ISON survive tomorrow’s brush with the Sun? UPDATE to the UPDATE!

From Astronomy Pic of the Day, which I check every day.  Click for a visit. Will Comet ISON survive tomorrow’s close encounter with the Sun? Approaching to within a solar diameter of the Sun’s surface, the fate of one of the most unusual … Continue reading

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“I’ve got to have 5 more minutes!” No… wait… different thing. COOL SPACE PHOTO!

Here is a super cool photo from Astronomy Pic of the Day: No, this isn’t the Enterprise escaping from the collapsing anomaly by reversing the polarity and ejecting the core and… you know…. What’s up with this? APOTD Explanation:  In a … Continue reading

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“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”

From the Beeb: An international team of astronomers has detected the most distant galaxy yet. The galaxy is about 30 billion light-years away and is helping scientists shed light on the period that immediately followed the Big Bang. It was … Continue reading

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Events of terrible beauty

One of these days, there will be another Carrington Event. There will be a huge coronal mass ejection from your planet’s yellow star that strikes your planet square on.  The result will be a vast electromagnetic pulse which fries almost … Continue reading

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18 Oct: Faint Lunar Eclipse

Just to remind us of who we are and who we are not, this is from SpaceWeather: Space Weather News for Oct. 18, 2013 http://spaceweather.com FAINT LUNAR ECLIPSE:  On the night of Oct. 18th, the full Hunter’s Moon will pass … Continue reading

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Serotinal autumnal nyctemphemeral parity

Today is the Autumnal Equinox. The Sun crosses the celestial equator on its southerly course at 20:44 GMT (at the very time I scheduled this to auto-post itself). You knew that because in the traditional Roman calendar, so much more … Continue reading

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Voyager I finally reaches interstellar space!

Voyager I was launched in 1977.  It has finally let your solar system and entered interstellar space. Click HERE for youtube videos of the songs on the “Golden Record”. Very cool.

Will little Voyager eventually achieve consciousness and return … Continue reading

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NASA and Latin

This is pretty cool. From the Beeb: Mars images to go on social media feeds in Latin By Zoe Kleinman Pictures of the surface of Mars, taken from Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), are to be captioned in Latin on … Continue reading

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Whole new horizons of theobabble.

On Coast to Coast AM (the radio show) the other night they were talking about Martians living on earth. As it turns out, Martians mixed it up with the Celts a long time ago. This is why there are Celts … Continue reading

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Aurora and noctilucent clouds

Too cool. Aurora and noctilucent clouds.

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Your yellow Sun is about to flip out!

Every 11 years your Earth’s yellow sun flips out. The Sun has an 11 cycle of building activity and then BAM its magnetic field flips places. From NASA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34gNgaME86Y&feature=player_embedded August 5, 2013: Something big is about to happen on the … Continue reading

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Catastrophically large solar flare narrowly missed the Earth two weeks ago

In 1859 the Earth was struck by a massive solar storm called the Carrington Event.  Life was not affected much at that time, because so little used electricity.  Were such a storm to strike the Earth now, however, most if … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Mass during space travel

From a reader: Could you hypothetically foresee Rome allowing Masses to be celebrated extra-terrestrially? While it might seem more possible on the Moon or a planet, what about zero-gravity where things can’t be poured and other difficulties would arise? We apply the … Continue reading

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Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.

I was struck today by the image of a galaxy posted at Astronomy Pic of the Day. On the full screen it is amazing. Click it. Note other galaxies in the background. Sometimes I consider why the visible cosmos is … Continue reading

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Beauty break

Wow… From Astronomy Pic of the Day: Explanation: Above this boreal landscape, the arc of the Milky Way and shimmering aurorae flow through the night. Like an echo, below them lies Iceland’s spectacular Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Shining … Continue reading

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