Archive | September 2016


Sphinx Main

Future Cat:   Here is the immediate future.

Here is a Transformer.

Once every thing is in place humans will be jobless, except for the political prisoners and masters.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lynds Dark Nebula 1251
Image Credit & Copyright: Lynn Hilborn

Explanation: Stars are forming in Lynds Dark Nebula (LDN) 1251. About 1,000 light-years away, the dusty molecular cloud is part of a complex of dark nebulae mapped toward the Cepheus flare region, drifting above the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Across the spectrum, astronomical explorations of the obscuring interstellar clouds reveal energetic shocks and outflows associated with newborn stars, including the telltale reddish glow from scattered Herbig-Haro objects seen in this sharp image. Distant background galaxies also lurk on the scene, visually buried behind the dusty expanse. The deep telescopic field of view spans about two full moons on the sky, or 17 light-years at the estimated distance of LDN 1251.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend


Sphinx Main

The Editor:  Is this the official END, LL ?

Calico Cats Matter:  It could be, a black moon is occurring on Friday.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope
Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai (TWAN)

Explanation: The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is nestled within a natural basin in China’s remote and mountainous southwestern Guizhou province. Nicknamed Tianyan, or the Eye of Heaven, the new radio telescope is seen in this photograph taken near the start of its testing phase of operations on September 25. Designed with an active surface for pointing and focusing, its enormous dish antenna is constructed with 4,450 individual triangular-shaped panels. The 500 meter physical diameter of the dish makes FAST the largest filled, single dish radio telescope on planet Earth. FAST will explore the Universe at radio frequencies, detecting emission from hydrogen gas in the Milky Way and distant galaxies, finding faint galactic and extragalactic pulsars, and searching for potential radio signals from extraterrestrials.

Tomorrow’s picture: darker nebulae