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The  Editor:   What is bizarre, LL ?

Ripley’s Cat:   Here is the first one.  John Kerry hasn’t read all of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Who does the Obama Administration work for  ?

Quack Cat:   A landscaper finds a new way to pluck ducks.  Pat. Pending.

Air Traffic Controller Cat:   ATC almost lets plane crash, while the Blue Angels practice.

911 Cat:  Here is a secret video of where ATC employees get their training.

Misanthropist Cat:   Some people just aren’t helpful.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Stripping ESO 137-001

Explanation: Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 hurtles through massive galaxy cluster Abell 3627 some 220 million light years away. The distant galaxy is seen in this colorful Hubble/Chandra composite image through a foreground of the Milky Way’s stars toward the southern constellation Triangulum Australe. As the spiral speeds along at nearly 7 million kilometers per hour, its gas and dust are stripped away when ram pressure with the cluster’s own hot, tenuous intracluster medium overcomes the galaxy’s gravity. Evident in Hubble’s near visible light data, bright star clusters have formed in the stripped material along the short, trailing blue streaks. Chandra’s X-ray data shows off the enormous extent of the heated, stripped gas as diffuse, darker blue trails stretching over 400,000 light-years toward the bottom right. The significant loss of dust and gas will make new star formation difficult for this galaxy. A yellowish elliptical galaxy, lacking in star forming dust and gas, is just to the right of ESO 137-001 in the frame.

Tomorrow’s picture: where you parked

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The ISS and a Colorful Moon
Image Credit & Copyright: Dylan O’Donnell

Explanation: Tonight’s Full Moon, the second Full Moon in July, could be called a blue moon according to modern folklore. But this sharp and detailed mosaic, recorded with telescope and digital camera just before July’s first Full Moon, actually does show a colorful lunar surface. The colors have been enhanced in the processed image but are real nonetheless, corresponding to real differences in the chemical makeup of the lunar surface. Also easy to see especially when the Moon is near full phase, bright rays from 85 kilometer wide Tycho crater at the upper right extend far across the lunar surface. Against the southern lunar highlands above and right of Tycho is an amazingly detailed silhouette of the International Space Station. Seen from Byron Bay, NSW Australia on June 30, the ISS lunar transit lasted about 1/3 of a second, captured with a fast shutter speed in burst mode.

Tomorrow’s picture: ram pressure


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The Editor:   Who are some sports liars, LL ?

Lying Cat:   Here are my most obnoxious sports liars, who had/have the talent to be great, but turned out to be the Hill-Bill of their particular sports.  They turned out to be just liars with an athletic ability.

Ole Tom, what a disappointment.   Say it is so, Tom.

The Editor:  Have any presidential want-to-be’s expressed an opinion, LC ?

Conspiracy Cat:   Here is an opinion from HRC, before the black out spells began.

This one took over seven years to unravel.

This one is still a work in progress.  Poor Pete, he is such a tragic liar/gambler.  There is no Baseball Hall of Fame in his lifetime.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Milky Way over Uluru
Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)

Explanation: The central regions of our Milky Way Galaxy rise above Uluru/Ayers Rock in this striking night skyscape. Recorded on July 13, a faint airglow along the horizon shows off central Australia’s most recognizable landform in silhouette. Of course the Milky Way’s own cosmic dust clouds appear in silhouette too, dark rifts along the galaxy’s faint congeries of stars. Above the central bulge, rivers of cosmic dust converge on a bright yellowish supergiant star Antares. Left of Antares, wandering Saturn shines in the night.

Tomorrow’s picture: a colourful moon


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Nuclear Cat:  This is too stupid to not be true.   Your government traitors at work.

I like this one, foreign aid money going to Hill-a beast.

Nothing says lovin’ like something for the oven, and Barry says it best.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Deep Lagoon
Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona

Explanation: Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, The bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dominated by the telltale red emission of ionized hydrogen atoms recombining with stripped electrons, this stunning, deep view of the Lagoon’s central reaches is about 40 light-years across. Near the center of the frame, the bright hourglass shape is gas ionized and sculpted by energetic radiation and extreme stellar winds from a massive young star.

Tomorrow’s picture: the rocky milky way