Archive | August 2017





The Editor:   Is this about math, LL ?

Not Einstein Cat:   No.  What free, supposedly informed people would pay $ 30,000 for a male president’s make-up for 3 months ?

Seventy-five percent of Americans can’t afford to miss a paycheck.

Musk has a new space suit.

England has a giant crop-circle.

Oh, I almost forgot.  The ancient Babylonians may have invented trigonometry.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lunar View, Solar Eclipse
Image Credit: NASA / GSFC / Arizona State Univ. / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Explanation: Orbiting above the lunar nearside on August 21, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter turned to look back on a bright, Full Earth. As anticipated its Narrow Angle Camera scanned this sharp view of our fair planet, catching the shadow of the Moon racing along a path across the United States at about 1,500 miles per hour. In fact, the dark lunar shadow is centered over Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 1:25:30 Central Daylight Time. From there, the New Moon blocked the Sun high in clear skies for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds in a total solar eclipse.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees, TWAN)

Explanation: What was happening in the sky during last week’s total solar eclipse? This featured little-planet, all-sky, double time-lapse, digitally-fused composite captured celestial action during both night and day from a single location. In this 360×180 panorama, north and south are at the image bottom and top, while east and west are at the left and right edges, respectively. During four hours the night before the eclipse, star trails were captured circling the north celestial pole (bottom) as the Earth spun. During the day of the total eclipse, the Sun was captured every fifteen minutes from sunrise to sunset (top), sometimes in partial eclipse. All of these images were then digitally merged onto a single image taken exactly during the total solar eclipse. Then, the Sun’s bright corona could be seen flaring around the dark new Moon (upper left), while Venus simultaneously became easily visible (top). The tree in the middle, below the camera, is a Douglas fir. The images were taken with care and planning at Magone Lake in Oregon, USA.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space



What a piece of trash.


The Editor:   Who is a racist now, LL ?

My Uncle is a Tom Cat:  This is the same ole racist claim from a quarterback who was making millions each year.  I don’t care/think about him.

As usual money doesn’t solve everything.

America should stop trade with any country that hunts whales, allows bull fighting, or allows shark fin soup to be served.

The Republicrats don’t know how to govern.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturn in Blue and Gold
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Explanation: Why is Saturn partly blue? The featured picture of Saturn approximates what a human would see if hovering close to the giant ringed world. The image was taken in 2006 March by the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn. Here Saturn’s majestic rings appear directly only as a thin vertical line. The rings show their complex structure in the dark shadows they create on the image left. Saturn’s fountain moon Enceladus, only about 500 kilometers across, is seen as the bump in the plane of the rings. The northern hemisphere of Saturn can appear partly blue for the same reason that Earth’s skies can appear blue — molecules in the cloudless portions of both planet’s atmospheres are better at scattering blue light than red. When looking deep into Saturn’s clouds, however, the natural gold hue of Saturn’s clouds becomes dominant. It is not known why southern Saturn does not show the same blue hue — one hypothesis holds that clouds are higher there. It is also not known why Saturn’s clouds are colored gold. Next month, Cassini will end its mission with a final dramatic dive into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Tomorrow’s picture: princely eclipse


The Editor:   Do cats know about greed, LL ?

We Sure Do Cat:  It is one of the seven deadly sins.  It is one of the sins that will get you a ride to Hell quicker than shaking hands with a Progressive Democrat or a  Clinton.

Here are some people/companies that can’t get enough.

Many fishermen return the fish they catch, many game hunters take photos, many honest rich people open REAL CHARITIES/NON-PROFITS.

If you are one of these, you will have to pay the price.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Fleeting Double Eclipse of the Sun
Image Credit & Copyright: Simon Tang

Explanation: Last week, for a fraction of a second, the Sun was eclipsed twice. One week ago today, many people in North America were treated to a standard, single, partial solar eclipse. Fewer people, all congregated along a narrow path, experienced the eerie daytime darkness of a total solar eclipse. A dedicated few with fast enough camera equipment, however, were able to capture a double eclipse — a simultaneous partial eclipse of the Sun by both the Moon and the International Space Station (ISS). The Earth-orbiting ISS crossed the Sun in less than a second, but to keep the ISS from appearing blurry, exposure times must be less than 1/1000th of a second. The featured image composite captured the ISS multiple times in succession as it zipped across the face of the Sun. The picture was taken in a specific color emitted by hydrogen which highlights the Sun’s chromosphere, a layer hotter and higher up than the usually photographed photosphere.

Tomorrow’s picture: my blue saturn