Archive | July 2015

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

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


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The Editor:  Is The Crimson Tide recruiting girls, LL ?

Crimson Cat:  I don’t know, this photo was sent by an Auburn cow college lover.

They might need to find their mojo before grabbing any bull horns, or go to Spain.

Here is a Fulmer Cup update.

I wouldn’t go in the Auburn Store either.

Oh, I almost forgot, here is a comment that Trump wrote for C. Cowherd.  So long Colin, you were always a jerk.

Oops, when will cops and athletes realize that they are on camera, along with the rest of us ?

You never know.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Rainbows and Rays over Bryce Canyon
Image Credit & Copyright: John Rummel

Explanation: What’s happening over Bryce Canyon? Two different optical effects that were captured in one image taken earlier this month. Both effects needed to have the Sun situated directly behind the photographer. The nearest apparition was the common rainbow, created by sunlight streaming from the setting sun over the head of the photographer, and scattering from raindrops in front of the canyon. If you look closely, even a second rainbow appears above the first. More rare, and perhaps more striking, are the rays of light that emanate out from the horizon above the canyon. These are known as anticrepuscular rays and result from sunlight streaming though breaks in the clouds, around the sky, and converging at the point 180 degrees around from the Sun. Geometrically, this antisolar point must coincide with the exact center of the rainbows. Located in Utah, USA, Bryce Canyon itself contains a picturesque array of ancient sedimentary rock spires known as hoodoos.

Tomorrow’s picture: pink lagoon


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The Editor:  What about the Pulitzer, LL ?

News Reporter Cat:   A loyal reader nominated me for the Pulitzer, for my lifelong devotion to truth, in spite of great danger.  Here are some of my exploits—-like Brian Williams.

Here I am reporting on Sadam.

Here I am reporting on the lack of education in the U S of A.

Here, I was reporting on winter deprivation ( cabin fever ) and what too many nursery rhymes/fables could do to a normal person.

This video improved the service for passengers thrown from airplanes that crashed on landing.  The FAA now requires all pilots that fly to America to have a certified-registered name.  You can no longer run over injured passengers with a 20 tonne firetruck.

Here is my report on what’s his name.

The Editor:   Those certainly are deserving of a prize, what will you do if you win ?

European Cat:   I might move to Fucking, Austria.  There are less Nazis  there.  My morality has outlived American culture.