Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Spectre in the Eastern Veil
Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Observatory)

Explanation: Frightening forms and scary faces are a mark of the Halloween season. They also haunt this cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. While the Veil is roughly circular in shape and covers nearly 3 degrees on the sky in the constellation Cygnus, this portion of the eastern Veil spans only 1/2 degree, about the apparent size of the Moon. That translates to 12 light-years at the Veil’s estimated distance, a reassuring 1,400 light-years from planet Earth. In the composite of image data recorded through broad and narrow band filters, emission from hydrogen atoms in the remnant is shown in red with strong emission from oxygen atoms in blue-green hues. Of course, in the western part of the Veil lies another seasonal apparition, the Witch’s Broom.

Tomorrow’s picture: haunting devils tower

THE SPHINX—GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

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The Editor:  Is there any good news from the government, Lois ?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/22/new-report-blasts-secret-service-leadership-for-what-it-did-to-help-a-fellow-employee/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-agents-pulled-off-white-house-patrol-to-help-protect-a-top-officials-friend/2014/05/10/8bd962bc-d453-11e3-aae8-c2d44bd79778_story.html

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_12/Director-of-US-Secret-Service-used-agents-to-protect-his-girlfriend-media-9284/

Corrupt Cat:   Here is a little private corruption, that might have an effect on our loyal readers.   Don’t they test these things ?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drivers-get-few-answers-in-air-bag-recall/

The Editor:  Will we have another resignation/impeachment anytime soon, CC ?

Nobody Told Me Cat:   No, each party is afraid they would be next.   Here is a golden oldie from Tricky Dick, who was a piker compared to the current thugs/traitors.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK8Iowe83-A

10 Things To Know Today

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1. IRAQI KURDS HEAD TO FIGHT MILITANTS IN SYRIA

The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.

2. WHY AL-QAIDA IS OFFERING AN OLIVE BRANCH TO RENEGADE GROUP

The terrorist network is using Western-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group to try to bring the extremists back into its fold and capture some of the spotlight and jihadist support from IS military advances.

3. COMMERCIAL SUPPLY ROCKET EXPLODES AT LIFTOFF

No injuries are reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort.

4. FEDERAL EBOLA EFFORTS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CZAR’S ROLE

Ron Klain has barely been seen and the White House’s behind-the-scenes coordination of the response to the outbreak is severely tested a week before midterm elections.

5. LAVA TESTS HAWAII COMMUNITY’S RESOLVE

Residents of Pahoa on the Big Island have been preparing for weeks for the slow-motion disaster.

6. MIDTERMS COULD BRING TIEBREAKER ROLE FOR BIDEN

The vice president’s profile might be raised if the Senate splits evenly between GOP and Democrats, ahead of his possible 2016 run.

7. GLOBAL ECONOMY’S STUMBLE WON’T SHIFT FED’S POLICIES

The U.S. central bank is expected to reaffirm its low-rate policy at the conclusion of a two days meeting.

8. WHERE BIRTH RATES ARE SLUMPING

The government of Cuba is making a nationwide push to increase the number of babies as the country registers lowest number of newborns in Latin America.

9. WHO FAKED AP STORY

The FBI confirms it came up with a bogus Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.

10. WORLD SERIES GOES INTO GAME 7

Kansas City’s batters break open game with a seven-run second and batter the San Francisco Giants 10-0.

 

 

 

HISTORIES, HOROSCOPES, AND AJC VENTS–REVENTED

                         THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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TODAY IN GEORGIA HISTORY

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 TODAY IN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
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YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR TODAY

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 http://shine.yahoo.com/horoscope/aries/
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Your Chinese Horoscope

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AJC VENTS–REVENTED

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Iridescent Cloud Edge Over Colorado
Image Credit & Copyright: Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog, Slate)

Explanation: Sometimes your eclipse viewing goes bad in an interesting way. While watching and photographing last Thursday‘s partial solar eclipse, a popular astronomy blogger suffered through long periods of clouds blocking the Sun. Unexpectedly, however, a nearby cloud began to show a rare effect: iridescence. Frequently part of a more familiar solar corona effect, iridescence is the diffraction of sunlight around a thin screen of nearly uniformly-sized water droplets. Different colors of the sunlight become deflected by slightly different angles and so come to the observer from slightly different directions. This display, featured here, was quite bright and exhibited an unusually broad range of colors. On the right, the contrails of an airplane are also visible.

Tomorrow’s picture: spooky sky