Astronomy Picture of the Day

Galaxies in Pegasus
Image Credit & Copyright: Alessandro Benedetti and Daniele Ceniti (AeW Observatory)

Explanation: This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier’s famous 18th century catalog. The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan’s Quintet. About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet dramatically illustrates a multiple galaxy collision, its powerful, ongoing interactions posed for a brief cosmic snapshot. On the sky, the quintet and NGC 7331 are separated by about half a degree.

Today: Partial Solar Eclipse
Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

THE SPHINX—-GREAT TIPS

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The Editor:   What are your tips today, Lois ?

Rat Cat:  Check out these great cities, before you visit.  Humans are certainly nasty creatures.  A little Ebola might cleanse things.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/10/14/Chicago-dubbed-rattiest-city-in-the-United-States/3481413308844/?spt=sec&or=on

87 Octane Cat:   Check those gas pumps, most small engines will be ruined with OVER 10 % ETHANOL.

http://www.stihlusa.com/information/articles/high-ethanol-gas-blend-damage-warning/

It does apply to most chain saws, mate.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/10/15/Video-Australian-men-use-chainsaw-to-open-beer/8991413391893/?spt=sec&or=on

Here is a tip on how to hang anything, even your credit score if it is good.

http://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-shows-you-how-to-hang-pictures-on-any-surf-1647426586?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29

http://twocents.lifehacker.com/the-many-ways-you-can-get-a-free-copy-of-your-credit-sc-1647249947/+andyoooo?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29

The Editor:  Do you get tired of reporting government stupidity, 87 Cat ?

Down Under Cat:  I sure do, sometimes I go to Australia to visit our local reporter and chill out—ask Alice about things.

http://www.myrtlebeachwebdesign.com/koala-lizard.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug2EcWkb26I

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/8697/

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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10 Things To Know Today

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1. US TIGHTENS EBOLA SCREENING AT AIRPORTS

The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a travel ban on the three countries at the heart of the outbreak.

2. WHERE LIBERIANS ARE STRANDED

The Ebola outbreak in the West African nation has forced many of its citizens to live as refugees in neighboring Ghana until the threat from the disease abates.

3. HOW OHIOAN WAS FREED BY NORTH KOREA

No immediate explanation was offered for the release of 56-year-old Jeffrey Fowle who had been detained in Pyongyang for nearly six months.

4. WHO IS LAUNCHING A CHARM OFFENSIVE

Threatened with a referral to the International Criminal Court for human rights violations, North Korea is courting the diplomatic corps at the UN with private briefings and cappuccino meetings.

5. THE CLINTONS ARE DEMOCRATS’ MOST BANKABLE ASSET THIS ELECTION SEASON

Bill and Hillary have been crisscrossing the country to help Democratic candidates, some of whom are distancing themselves from an unpopular President Obama.

6. COLORADO TEENS POSSIBLY TRIED TO JOIN ISLAMIC STATE GROUP

FBI agents helped bring the three girls back to Denver after stopping them in Germany.

7. BEN BRADLEE DIES AT 93

The hard-charging editor guided The Washington Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

8. JIHADI BEDOUIN’S DEATH IN SYRIA STUNS ISRAEL

Israeli society is struggling to understand how a young doctor from Israel’s nomadic Arab community became a member of the Islamic State terrorist group.

9. MCDONALD’S PROMISES CHANGES AT US RESTAURANTS

The pledge comes after a fourth straight quarter of sales declines and a 30 percent drop in profits.

10. ROYALS’ OCTOBER SIGNATURE IS DECIDEDLY GENTEEL

It’s become iconic during Kansas City’s run to the World Series. When Royals’ fielders make great plays, teammates salute them by tipping their caps.

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Sunspot Group AR 2192 Crackles
Image Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA

Explanation: One of the largest sunspot groups in recent years is now crossing the Sun. Labelled Active Region 2192, it has already thrown a powerful solar flare and has the potential to produce more. The featured video shows a time lapse sequence of the Sun in visible and ultraviolet light taken yesterday and incorporating the previous 48 hours. AR 2192, rotating in from the left, rivals Jupiter in size and is literally crackling with magnetic energy. The active Sun has caused some spectacular auroras in recent days, and energetic particles originating from AR 2192 may help continue them over the next week. Tomorrow, the Sun will appear unusual for even another reason: a partial solar eclipse will be visible before sunset from much of North America.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space