Archive | January 2016


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The Editor:  Are colleges selling beer at games, LL ?

Grey Goose Cat:   They sure are, no money making venture should go unfulfilled.    Here are some facts.

Oh, I almost forgot Florida State University spent $ 2.6 million to settle an innocent law suit.

The Editor:  Is there a leader in the Fulmer Cup, GGC ?

GGC:  It’s early, but let’s check.  Here is the 2015 winner.

The 2016 season is off to a strong start.  LeShawn seems to be the full package, he can take it to the house, do a 4.3 forty, drink a MD20/20 in 5 minutes, and be home by sunrise.  The Eastern Washington University Eagles  will definitely be a force in this years Fulmer Cup.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Peter Tuthill (Sydney U.) & James Lloyd (Cornell)

Explanation: What could cause a nebula to appear square? No one is quite sure. The hot star system known as MWC 922, however, appears to be embedded in a nebula with just such a shape. The featured image combines infrared exposures from the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar in California, and the Keck-2 Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. A leading progenitor hypothesis for the square nebula is that the central star or stars somehow expelled cones of gas during a late developmental stage. For MWC 922, these cones happen to incorporate nearly right angles and be visible from the sides. Supporting evidence for the cone hypothesis includes radial spokes in the image that might run along the cone walls. Researchers speculate that the cones viewed from another angle would appear similar to the gigantic rings of supernova 1987A, possibly indicating that a star in MWC 922 might one day itself explode in a similar supernova.

Tomorrow’s picture: moon people

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Five Planet Dawn
Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Antonio Hervás

Explanation: As January closes and in the coming days of February, early morning risers can spot the five naked-eye planets before dawn. Though some might claim to see six planets, in this seaside panoramic view all five celestial wanderers were found above the horizon along with a bright waning gibbous Moon on January 27. Nearly aligned along the plane of the ecliptic, but not along a line with the Sun, the five planets are spread well over 100 degrees across the sky. Just arriving on the predawn scene, fleeting Mercury stands above the southeastern horizon in the golden light of the approaching sunrise.

Tomorrow’s picture: square nebula

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Hidden Galaxy IC 342
Image Credit & Copyright: Fabiomassimo Castelluzzo

Explanation: Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is a mere 10 million light-years distant in the long-necked, northern constellation Camelopardalis. A sprawling island universe, IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy. Even though IC 342’s light is dimmed by intervening cosmic clouds, this deep telescopic image traces the galaxy’s obscuring dust, blue star clusters, and glowing pink star forming regions along spiral arms that wind far from the galaxy’s core. IC 342 may have undergone a recent burst of star formation activity and is close enough to have gravitationally influenced the evolution of the local group of galaxies and the Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: beyond the dawn


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The Editor:  What is going on, LL ?

South Beach Cat:   They are tearing down Pablo Escobar’s old mansion in Florida.  He once had more money than The Bill-Hillary-Chelsea Non-Profit, except he made his honestly selling illegal drugs.

The Editor:  Why do you need Geraldo Rivera ?

Al Capone Cat:  The only two things he has ever done was find that Al Capone collected old Gin bottles, maybe he can be as successful in this treasure-hunt.

The Editor:   What was his second accomplishment, ACC ?

Desert Storm Cat:   He drew a map for the Iraqis,  about the invasion plan of American troops.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Elliptical M60, Spiral NGC 4647
Image Credit & Copyright: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Explanation: Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60’s simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647’s young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant than M60, some 63 million light-years away. Also known as Arp 116, the pair of galaxies may be on the verge of a significant gravitational encounter, though. M60 (aka NGC 4649) is about 120,000 light-years across. The smaller NGC 4647 spans around 90,000 light-years, about the size of our own Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: behind the stars


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The Editor:  Aren’t our readers tired of robot articles, LL ?

Android Cat:  No, they like them, especially in our Pay Sphinx Adult edition.  Here is some general news

The Editor:  The way things are going, only manual labor jobs will be available.