Archive | July 2016


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The Editor:   What in the wide world of sports is going on in the ex-sunshine state, LL ?

Georgia Cracker Cat:   They are stupid, I guess.

At least the parents don’t leave kids in the Mojave Desert for misbehaving.

It is like Proverbs 13:24—spare the 50,000 volts and spoil the child.

Those Floridians, what jokers !!!

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Huge Solar Filament Erupts
Video Credit: NASA‘s GSFC, SDO AIA Team

Explanation: Filaments sometimes explode off the Sun. Featured, a huge filament had been seen hovering over the Sun’s surface for over a week before it erupted late in 2010. The image sequence was taken by the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in one color of ultraviolet light. The explosion created a Coronal Mass Ejection that dispersed high energy plasma into the Solar System. This plasma cloud, though, missed the Earth and so did not cause auroras. The featured eruption depicted how widely separated areas of the Sun can sometimes act in unison. Explosions like this will likely become less common over the next few years as our Sun goes through a Solar Minimum in its surface magnetic activity.

Tomorrow’s picture: behind saturn

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Ripples Through a Dark Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN)

Explanation: Sunlight ripples through a dark sky on this Swedish summer midnight as noctilucent or night shining clouds seem to imitate the river below. In fact, the seasonal clouds often appear at high latitudes in corresponding summer months. Also known as polar mesospheric clouds, they form as water vapor is driven into the cold upper atmosphere. Fine dust supplied by disintegrating meteors or volcanic ash provides sites where water vapor can condense, turning to ice at the cold temperatures in the mesosphere. Poised at the edge of space some 80 kilometers above, these icy clouds really do reflect sunlight toward the ground. They are visible here even though the Sun itself was below the horizon, as seen on July 16 from Sweden’s Färnebofjärdens National Park.

Tomorrow’s picture: sun flap


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The Editor:   Is the world really strange, LL ?

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Cat:   No,  strange is just part of the passing cornucopia.   What will be the fate of this guy ?

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Blue Danube Analemma
Image Credit & Copyright: György Soponyai

Explanation: The Sun’s annual waltz through planet Earth’s sky forms a graceful curve known as an analemma. The analemma’s figure 8 shape is tipped vertically at far right in this well-composed fisheye view from Budapest, Hungary. Captured at a chosen spot on the western bank of the Danube river, the Sun’s position was recorded at 11:44 Central European Time on individual exposures over days spanning 2015 July 23 to 2016 July 4. Of course, on the northern summer solstice the Sun is at the top of the curve, but at the midpoints for the autumn and spring equinoxes. With snow on the ground, the photographer’s shadow and equipment bag also appear in the base picture used for the composite panorama, taken on 2016 January 7. On that date, just after the winter solstice, the Sun was leaving the bottom of the beautiful curve over the blue Danube.

Tomorrow’s picture: ripple in still water


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The Editor:   What is great, LL ?

Don’t Poke Me Cat:   A guy says he has all the Pokemon.

There is one that is ” Region Specific ”  that is still not captured.   This one can be reported at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, any sewer outlet, or any other slimy place.  This creature can’t be found at the IRS office.

He just needs a whole lot of money.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Herschel’s Eagle Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Hi-GAL Project
Acknowledgment: G. Li Causi, IAPS/INAF

Explanation: A now famous picture from the Hubble Space Telescope featured Pillars of Creation, star forming columns of cold gas and dust light-years long inside M16, the Eagle Nebula. This false-color composite image views the nearby stellar nursery using data from the Herschel Space Observatory’s panoramic exploration of interstellar clouds along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Herschel’s far infrared detectors record the emission from the region’s cold dust directly. The famous pillars are included near the center of the scene. While the central group of hot young stars is not apparent at these infrared wavelengths, the stars’ radiation and winds carve the shapes within the interstellar clouds. Scattered white spots are denser knots of gas and dust, clumps of material collapsing to form new stars. The Eagle Nebula is some 6,500 light-years distant, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).

Tomorrow’s picture: The Blue Danube