Astronomy Picture of the Day

Spacecraft Rosetta Shows Comet has Two Components
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team; MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Explanation: Why does this comet’s nucleus have two components? The surprising discovery that Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has a double nucleus came late last week as ESA‘s robotic interplanetary spacecraft Rosetta continued its approach toward the ancient comet’s core. Speculative ideas on how the double core was created include, currently, that Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko is actually the result of the merger of two comets, that the comet is a loose pile of rubble pulled apart by tidal forces, that ice evaporation on the comet has been asymmetric, or that the comet has undergone some sort of explosive event. Pictured above, the comet’s unusual 5-km sized comet nucleus is seen rotating over the course of a few hours, with each frame taken 20-minutes apart. Better images — and hopefully more refined theories — are expected as Rosetta is on track to enter orbit around Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko‘s nucleus early next month, and by the end of the year, if possible, land a probe on it.

 Tomorrow’s picture: view from a cave

THE SPHINX—–WHY PEOPLE RIOT

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The Editor:   Why do people riot,  Lois ?

Set Me On Fire Cat:   They don’t fit in or aren’t accepted in the political system that they live in.  They don’t want to protest, so they riot instead.   THEY WANT MORE—-of other people’s property/money, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWa6vsXOKAU

The Editor:  Who is rioting in Europe ?

Burn-Baby-Burn  Cat:   The Muslim immigrants that the countries let in, they have no loyalty to the new countries, no common language, or common cultural beliefs.  They are religion-driven.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/what-world/2013/may/29/swedish-riots-could-represent-europes-future/

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tens-of-thousands-rally-in-london-against-israels-gaza-op/

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606036

The Editor:   Why do the countries accept them ?

PhD Cat:   They want to be good people, and not be called racist.

The Editor:  Why don’t the politicians and rich people let the immigrants move in with them and/or sponsor them ?

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_FRANCE_GAZA_PROTEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-07-20-13-36-16

Reality Cat:  They had rather destroy their country than admit what a miserable failure their economic beliefs are.   Then they would have to spend their own money.

The Editor:   The news doesn’t say they are Muslims ?

Surprise Cat:  Neither does the media name gang members in America.   What do you need, to be bitten by a wolf or snake ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpTs0d-Jzu4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FA85RO89HA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULx9k2QkL94

10 things to talk about today

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1.KERRY, BAN SHUTTLE TO MIDEAST AS PALESTINIAN DEATH TOLL PASSES 500

The bloodiest day in two weeks of violence leaves 85 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers dead.

2. WHERE SURGERY IS DONE BY THE LIGHT OF A MOBILE PHONE

Amid power cuts and the screams of the bereaved, doctors at the 600-bed Shifa Hospital in Gaza, many unpaid for months, have become masters of improvisation in nightmarish conditions.

3. INTERNATIONAL IDIGNATION GROWS OVER JET CRASH SITE CONDITIONS

Obama and leaders of major European powers call on Russian President Putin to rein in the insurgents who are holding the bodies of the dead and the charred remains of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

4. WHAT COULD HELP SLOW WESTERN WILDFIRES

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast for wildfire-stricken Washington state, where blazes have scorched hundreds of square miles.

5. WHEN TWO WORLDS DIVIDE: THE RESERVATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION

A growing number of universities are offering programs to recruit and prepare Native American students for a transition to college life.

6. SMALL FLORIDA TOWN STUNNED BY COPS’ TIES TO WHITE SUPREMACISTS

Fruitland Park residents react not only with shock, but disgust following revelations police officers there could be involved with the Ku Klux Klan.

7. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK IN THE GIFT SHOP

A NOAA study finds the number of great white sharks off the Eastern U.S. and Canada is surging after decades of decline. And that’s bringing in tourists –and their money–by the boatload.

8. JAMAICA FACES SEVERE DROUGHT

The water shortage is threatening the Caribbean nation’s small farms which have no irrigation systems and rely entirely on rain.

9. IRAN CONVERTS, DILUTES SENSITIVE ENRICHED URANIUM

Tehran has turned hundreds of pounds of enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the U.N. says.

10. WHO WON THE BRITISH OPEN

Rory McIlroy made two key birdies around the turn, and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete his victory.

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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Your Chinese Horoscope

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AJC VENTS–REVENTED

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Solar Filament Erupts
Image Credit: NASA‘s GSFC, SDO AIA Team

Explanation: What’s happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual — it just threw a filament. Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun’s ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth’s magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae. Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the ultraviolet image. Over the past week the number of sunspots visible on the Sun unexpectedly dropped to zero, causing speculation that the Sun has now passed a very unusual solar maximum, the time in the Sun’s 11-year cycle when it is most active.

Tomorrow’s picture: double comet