Archive | April 8, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Zeta Oph: Runaway Star
NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope

Explanation: Like a ship plowing through cosmic seas, runaway star Zeta Ophiuchi produces the arcing interstellar bow wave or bow shock seen in this stunning infrared portrait. In the false-color view, bluish Zeta Oph, a star about 20 times more massive than the Sun, lies near the center of the frame, moving toward the left at 24 kilometers per second. Its strong stellar wind precedes it, compressing and heating the dusty interstellar material and shaping the curved shock front. What set this star in motion? Zeta Oph was likely once a member of a binary star system, its companion star was more massive and hence shorter lived. When the companion exploded as a supernova catastrophically losing mass, Zeta Oph was flung out of the system. About 460 light-years away, Zeta Oph is 65,000 times more luminous than the Sun and would be one of the brighter stars in the sky if it weren’t surrounded by obscuring dust. The image spans about 1.5 degrees or 12 light-years at the estimated distance of Zeta Ophiuchi.

Tomorrow’s picture: back again in 4385


The Editor:  Are medical errors still the third most cause of deaths in the Ole US of A, LL ?

It Hurts When I Do This Cat:  They sure are, maybe one reason is that 20 per-cent of patients are misdiagnosed to begin with.  I hope humans don’t start going to vets to get their second opinions.

Cats are already discriminated against because the vets like the boot-licking, mangy, inbred, smelly dogs better.  If they would stop rolling in every pile of feces that they come across they would be in better health.  They remind me of Schumer, who is one mangy creature.  For people under 50 years of age there might be hope in the new advances in medical technology.

TE:   What about the people over 50, IHWIDTC ?

Forget Social Security Cat:  They can forget SS,  early termination is their future.  They will be replaced by our younger brown brothers/sisters from you know where.    Here is some secret Obama video.