Archive | May 2014

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Satellite Station and Southern Skies
Image Credit & Copyright: James Garlick

Explanation: This clear night skyscape captures the colorful glow of aurora australis, the southern lights, just outside the port city of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, planet Earth. As if staring into the dreamlike scene, the Tasmanian Earth Resources Satellite Station poses in the center, illuminated by nearby city lights. Used to receive data from spacebased Earth observing instruments, including NASA’s MODIS and SeaWiFS, the station was decommissioned in 2011 and dismantled only recently, shortly after the picture was taken on April 30. Still shining in southern skies though, the central bulge of our Milky Way galaxy and two bright satellite galaxies the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds appear in the frame. The Small Magellanic Cloud shines through the fainter red auroral band.

Tomorrow’s picture: halo cat

THE SPHINX—–SECURING STUFF

Sphinx Main
The Editor:    What stuff should our loyal readers secure, Lois ?

Patriot Cat:    They should secure the blessing of liberty,  again, from a tyrannical government, if they want to remain free.

http://const4kids.forums.commonground13.us/?p=19

Secure Cat:    They might also want to secure more tangible stuff, this is great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ7kmcHasRM

Please keep in mind that it can’t replace seat belts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V_kSd7Uimg

Here is one thing to learn if you are ever invited to Amigo’s Sail Boat.  This is mandatory to come aboard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nxu-jS9TSc&NR=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S9ecXWCBCc&list=RD6S9ecXWCBCc#t=0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPnBrK6D26g

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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 http://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/

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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

Planetary Nebula Abell 36

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

Explanation: The gorgeous, gaseous shroud of a dying sunlike star, planetary nebula Abell 36 lies a mere 800 light-years away in the constellation of Virgo. At that distance it spans over 1.5 light-years in this sharp telescopic view. Shrugging off its outer layers, the nebula’s central star is contracting and becoming hotter, evolving towards a final white dwarf phase. In fact, in Abell 36, the central star is estimated to have a surface temperature of over 73,000 K, compared to the Sun’s present 6,000 K temperature. As a result, the intensely hot star is much brighter in ultraviolet light, compared to its visual appearance here. The invisible ultraviolet light ionizes hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the nebula and ultimately powers the beautiful visible light glow.

Tomorrow’s picture: under southern skies

THE SPHINX—–NASA

Sphinx Main
The Editor:  Is this about the space program, Lois ?

Astro Cat:   You betcha.   Here is a quick review of its history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuW4oGKzVKc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMINSD7MmT4

The Editor:   That is a miracle, to go from nothing to the moon in 8 years.   What happened after that, are we on Mars Yet ?

Jetson Cat:  No, not even close.  We hoped for this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyinD6ZDqeg

We got 12 years of Bushes, 8 years of Clinton, 8 years of Obama, and congressional thieves.

The Editor:  Could that kill NASA ?

JC:  You bet.  We buy rocket engines from Russia.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/judge-lifts-ban-u-s-purchase-russian-rocket-engines-n101026

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/71m-russia-triples-price-fly-us-astronauts-space-station

The Editor:   Where does that leave our space program ?

Fireball Cat:  We don’t have one.  We have gone from this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuR1p7UdI2Y

To This-NASA speaking wise:   (   play spot one )

http://www.planitagency.com/portfolio/nasa-federal-credit-union

The Editor:    What will Amigo do, FC ?

Space Cat:  So far he likes  Steve Zodiac,  and  Venus to protect our space interests.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xx6bf1_fireball-xl5-opening-and-closing-theme-1962-1963_shortfilms