Archive | May 2017


The Editor:   What is startling, LL ?

Doper Cat:  Ohio had over 4,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016.  Maybe Kasich, the governor, should stop worrying about Trump and solve this unbelievable problem.

Here is some more startling news.  The PLO uses American donated tax money to give to the families of terrorist killed.

Not surprising, The Windy City is losing population.

Here is some good news,  cheaper desalination may be on the way.

The whole world is crazy.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Approaching the Bubble Nebula
Visualization Credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, and L. Frattare (Viz 3D Team, STScI);
Acknowledgment: T. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF, NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Explanation: What would it look like to approach the Bubble Nebula? Blown by the wind and radiation from a massive star, this bubble now spans seven light-years in diameter. The hot star inside is thousands of times more luminous than our Sun, and is now offset from the nebula’s center. The visualization starts with a direct approach toward the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) and then moves around the nebula while continuing the approach. The featured time-lapse visualization is extrapolated from images with the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and the WIYN telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona, USA. The 3D-computer model on which this visualization is based includes artistic interpretations, and distances are significantly compressed.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space


The Editor:   Do our readers support Puerto Rico becoming a state, LL ?

No Hablo Espanol Gato:   They don’t want a state whose people have had a hundred and twenty years to learn English, but only 10 per-cent speak it.

They also don’t want a bankrupt territory to become a state.

TE:   What is the real reason that our readers don’t support statehood, Honest Reporter NHEG ?

The quality of government, including American oversight, is very poor.  Only two other governments in the Caribbean can’t successfully manage some of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Those two are Haiti and Cuba.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Kalahari Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek

Explanation: You wake up in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Africa. You go outside your tent, set up your camera, and take long exposures of the land and sky. What might you see? Besides a lot of blowing dust and the occasional acacia tree, you might catch many sky wonders. Pictured in 2015 September, sky highlights include the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Pleiades Star Cluster, Barnard’s Loop, and both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, to name just a few. Although most of these faded in the morning light, they were quickly replaced by a partial eclipse of the Sun.

Tomorrow’s picture: approach the bubble

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Beneath Jupiter
Image Credit: NASA, Juno, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstädt & Seán Doran

Explanation: Jupiter is stranger than we knew. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has now completed its sixth swoop past Jupiter as it moves around its highly elliptical orbit. Pictured, Jupiter is seen from below where, surprisingly, the horizontal bands that cover most of the planet disappear into swirls and complex patterns. A line of white oval clouds is visible nearer to the equator. Recent results from Juno show that Jupiter‘s weather phenomena can extend deep below its cloud tops, and that Jupiter’s magnetic field varies greatly with location. Juno is scheduled to orbit Jupiter 37 times with each orbit taking about six weeks.

Tomorrow’s picture: kalahari sky

Power Outage

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During a recent power outage my PC, Laptop, TV, DVD, IPAD, and a new surround sound system were all shut down. Also my cell phone battery was dead. To make matters worse it was raining so I couldn’t play golf.

So I go to the kitchen to make coffee, OOPS, the coffee maker requires power, so I sit down and talked to my wife for a couple of hours.

You know, she seems like a nice person.