Archive | October 12, 2017

THE SPHINX—-PORCELAIN AND OTHER STUFF

The Editor:   Do you have a porcelain bowl, LL ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porcelain

Chinese Cat:  I wish I had one like this.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/03/1000-year-old-china-song-dynasty-bowl-sells-for-record-377m

Speaking of our yellow brothers, they want to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange.  Let’s see how great Trump wants America to be.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/02/rival-investors-seek-to-stop-chinese-takeover-of-chicago-stock-exchange-243367

Parts of Montana get 30 inches of snow.

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/rockies-snow-montana-colorado-wyoming-early-october-2017

The NFL can’t lose enough ratings to suit me.

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/10/10/monday-night-football-ratings-take-a-double-digit-nosedive-hit-season-low/

http://deadline.com/2017/10/chiefs-monday-night-football-ratings-down-redskins-nfl-espn-las-vegas-1202181058/

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon/index.ssf/2017/10/flemington_business_owner_pulls_tv_ads_over_nfl_pr.html

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 1365: Majestic Island Universe
Image Credit & Copyright: Dietmar Hager, Eric Benson, Torsten Grossmann

Explanation: Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This impressively sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy’s bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365’s prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy’s evolution, drawing gas and dust into a star-forming maelstrom and ultimately feeding material into the central black hole.

Tomorrow’s picture: under the galaxy