This entry was posted on July 27, 2016, in
M13: A Great Globular Cluster of Stars
Image Credit & Copyright: Dean Fournier; Inset: ESA/ Hubble & NASA
Explanation: M13 is one of the most prominent and best known globular clusters. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hercules, M13 is frequently one of the first objects found by curious sky gazers seeking celestials wonders beyond normal human vision. M13 is a colossal home to over 100,000 stars, spans over 150 light years across, lies over 20,000 light years distant, and is over 12 billion years old. At the 1974 dedication of Arecibo Observatory, a radio message about Earth was sent in the direction of M13. The featured image in HDR, taken through a small telescope, spans an angular size just larger than a full Moon, whereas the inset image, taken by Hubble Space Telescope, zooms in on the central 0.04 degrees.
Tomorrow’s picture: pillars of gas and dust
View this movie about ole Hill & Bill.
The Editor: What is wonderful, LL ?
Human Rights Cat: The NBA is removing the 2017 All-Star game from North Carolina, for violating human-rights.
That should be admired except for the NBA playing exhibition games in the land of perpetual freedom COMMUNIST CHINA.
They must be like the Obama Government and think we believe their lies. What a bunch of Dung Beetles.
Puzzling a Sky over Argentina
Image Credit & Copyright: Sergio Montúfar; Acknowledgement: Planetario Ciudad de La Plata / CASLEO observatory
Explanation: Can you find the comet? True, a careful eye can find thousands of stars, tens of constellations, four planets, three galaxies, and the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy — all visible in the sky of this spectacular 180-degree panorama. Also, if you know what to look for, you can identify pervasive green airglow, an earthly cloud, the south celestial pole, and even a distant cluster of stars. But these are all easier to find than Comet 252P/LINEAR. The featured image, taken in el Leoncito National Park, Argentina in early April, also features the dome of the Jorge Sahade telescope on the hill on the far right. Have you found the comet yet? If so, good for you (it was the green spot on the left), but really the harder thing to find is Small Cloud of Magellan.
Tomorrow’s picture: giant ball of stars
This entry was posted on July 26, 2016, in
The Editor: What does Obama want, LL ?
Groovy Cat: He wants the 1960’s back, he missed them. Here are some highlights. All Vietnam items are the result of the WAR CRIMINAL LBJ.
California was fun.
Hollywood was popping.
The next link has photos that are obscene. That is why Charles and the living participants are still in prison. ADULT SUPERVISION IS ADVISABLE.
I almost forgot, JFK, RFK, MLK, and Kent State.
This entry was posted on July 25, 2016, in
Deep Magellanic Clouds Image Indicates Collisions
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky ( Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN) & David Martinez-Delgado ( U. Heidelberg)
Explanation: Did the two most famous satellite galaxies of our Milky Way Galaxy once collide? No one knows for sure, but a detailed inspection of deep images like that featured here give an indication that they have. Pictured, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is on the top left and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is on the bottom right. The surrounding field is monochrome color-inverted to highlight faint star streams, shown in gray. Perhaps surprisingly, the featured research-grade image was compiled with small telescopes to cover the large angular field — nearly 40 degrees across. Much of the faint nebulosity is Galactic Cirrus clouds of thin dust in our own Galaxy, but a faint stream of stars does appear to be extending from the SMC toward the LMC. Also, stars surrounding the LMC appear asymmetrically distributed, indicating in simulations that they could well have been pulled off gravitationally in one or more collisions. Both the LMC and the SMC are visible to the unaided eye in southern skies. Future telescopic observations and computer simulations are sure to continue in a continuing effort to better understand the history of our Milky Way and its surroundings.
Tomorrow’s picture: puzzling sky beautiful
This entry was posted on July 25, 2016, in
The Editor: What are some great ideas/decisions, LL ?
Mid-East Cat: Here is how we got involved in the Mid-East. Papa Bush should have told Saddam that if he invaded Kuwait that we would bomb his tent, like Reagan did Gaddafi.
Here is another great idea, ocean-placed nuclear reactors. What could go wrong with that ?
Two other great ideas were changing the Coca-Cola recipe, and giving made up EPA results on Volkswagen cars. You can’t make it up. Great leaders inspire greatness in others.
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