Astronomy Picture of the Day

stronaut Exploring: An Apollo 15 Panorama
Image Credit & Copyright: NASA, USGS, Apollo 15 Crew

Explanation: What would it be like to explore the Moon? NASA’s Apollo missions gave humans just this chance in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In particular, the Apollo 15 mission was dedicated to better understanding the surface of the Moon by exploring mountains, valleys, maria, and highlands. Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin spent nearly three days on the Moon while Alfred Worden orbited above in the Command Module. The mission, which blasted off from Earth on 1971 July 26, was the first to deploy a Lunar Roving Vehicle. Pictured in this digitally stitched mosaic panorama, David Scott, exploring his surroundings, examines a boulder in front of the summit of Mt. Hadley Delta. The shadow of James Irwin is visible to the right, while scrolling to the right will reveal a well-lit and diverse lunar terrain. The Apollo 15 mission returned about 76 kilograms of moon rocks for detailed study. In the future, NASA and other space agencies plan to continue to lead humanity’s exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Tomorrow’s picture: red lagoon

On My Soapbox …….Wait……..I must have a right, right?

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Maybe I have lost my mind…or maybe our society has lost theirs? Perhaps, I have just lived too long. After all….I am sixty-seven years old.

I simply cannot understand some events that happen in my new and improved world. College students are going to extreme measures to find safe spaces in which to hide, yet they promote the entry of caravans of  illegal, un-vetted  immigrants into my country.

When I was a kid, it was not so long ago, I did not dress in animal skins. I did not like taking medicine. Did you? There was no possibility that I would choose to take medicine. Then a few decades go by….and some genius decides to make medicine in tasty and enticing flavors. Read the ads at any pharmacy window: Which flavor would you like for your child’s medicine? Banana, Bubble Gum, Strawberry….and the list goes on. Can anyone explain why medicine should taste good?

Butter. How and why would anyone mess with butter? They have a brand that is called “I Cannot Believe It Is Not Butter.” As I stood laughing at the dairy counter, a young employee was close by….I simply asked, “What is this?” I was holding a box of the mystery stuff at the time. Please trust me here….by the time our conversation was finished, neither of us could  contain our laughter. He asked his Team Leader, his Team Leader asked his supervisor, and so on….until the Manager was there laughing with us. We finally agreed it was a “Spread.” Please check this Magic Blend out when you visit the grocery store again. Ask management about it…they will love you!

A day doesn’t pass on the evening news that my privacy rights are not mentioned. It may be about the invasion of Google, it may be about Facebook…but someone or some company is trying to invade my privacy.

When I open my medicine cabinet in the morning, Mike Lindell, the My Pillow Guy, wants to carry on an extended conversation about how I slept the previous night. Why is he in my medicine cabinet? Close by, there is a a family of Charmin Bears doing evaluations on my choice of toilet tissue.

When I manage to escape from my bathroom, William Devane wants to know what is in my safe and Capital One wants to know what is in my wallet.

Now, like the silly college students, I am looking for a safe space in my own house.


You come on back now… hear?

-Sheila Tolley-


The Sack Lunch……A man overhears conversation on flight and his next move has everyone on board cheering

Denny saw the solders and started to talk to a few of them asking where they were going. He was told they were headed to Petawawa for two weeks of training and then to Afghanistan.

When the flight attendant announced that sack lunches were available to passengers for $5, Denny got his money ready to buy one. As he was doing so he overheard one of the soldiers ask his troop mate if he was going to get one.

Even though they were probably hungry, he said no adding: “That seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait till we get to base.”

Denny glanced around and realized that none of the soldiers were buying a sack lunch. So Denny decided to take matters into his own hands.

“These soldiers protect our freedom. They sacrifice their lives to fight overseas,” he said.

Denny gave the flight attendant $50 and asked her to give each soldier a sack lunch.


“She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. ‘My son was a soldier in Iraq; it’s almost like you are doing it for him.’”

She not only fetched the hungry soldiers some food but then returned with a first class dinner plate just for Denny as a thank you.

The chain of generosity continued when Denny was then handed $25 by a stranger who wanted to help telling him, as Denny walked to the restroom: “‘I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.’ He handed me $25.”

Then the flight captain approached him and shook Denny’s hand to thank him for his kindness adding: “I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.”

Later as he was walking down the aisle stretching his legs, another two strangers shook his hand and gave him $25 and he even got a round of applause from those on board!

Denny was able to buy these soldiers a lunch and give them $75 so they could get another meal before they reached their base.

The chain of events that one act of kindness created is so astonishing. Without realizing it Denny reminded those on board how important it is to help others, especially those risking their lives to keep our country safe.

Please share as a tribute to these generous souls and the soldiers who deserve our gratitude for the sacrifices they are making.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Old Moon in the Young Moon’s Arms
Image Credit & Copyright: Stan Honda

Explanation: Tonight the Moon is young again, but this stunning image of a young Moon near the western horizon was taken just after sunset on October 10. On the lunar disk Earthshine, earthlight reflected from the Moon’s night side, is embraced by the slim, sunlit crescent just over 2 days old. Along the horizon fading colors of twilight silhouette the radio telescope dish antennas of the Very Large Array, New Mexico, planet Earth. The view from the Moon would be stunning, too. When the Moon appears in Earth’s sky as a slender crescent, a dazzlingly bright, nearly full Earth would be seen from the lunar surface. A description of earthshine, in terms of sunlight reflected by Earth’s oceans in turn illuminating the Moon’s dark surface, was written 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci.

Tomorrow’s picture: a view from the Moon




The Editor:  Is the end here, LL ?

Temple Cat:  I don’t know anymore.  Here are some signs.

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King Tut would be proud.