Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Perseid Fireball and the Milky Way
Image Credit & Copyright: Dandan Huang

Explanation: It was bright and green and flashed as it moved quickly along the Milky Way. It left a trail that took 30 minutes to dissipate. Given the day, August 12, and the direction, away from Perseus, it was likely a small bit from the nucleus of Comet Swift-Tuttle plowing through the Earth’s atmosphere — and therefore part of the annual Perseids meteor shower. The astrophotographer captured the fireball as it shot across the sky in 2018 above a valley in Yichang, Hubei, China. The meteor’s streak, also caught on video, ended near the direction of Mars on the lower left. Next week, the 2021 Perseids meteor shower will peak again. This year the Moon will set shortly after the Sun, leaving a night sky ideal for seeing lots of Perseids from dark and clear locations across planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: Event Horizon Telescope strikes again

THE SPHINX—NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

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We have these items at our E-SPHINX MADE IN AMERICA STORE.

https://babylonbee.com/news/here-is-your-back-to-school-shopping-list-for-your-conservative-child

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Here is another lying POS.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/31/defund-police-advocate-aoc-paid-thousands-for-her-own-security-n419461

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The Olympics.

https://www.nbcnews.com/olympics

Try this when your sense of balance/up-down is taking a break.

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Inflation has the biggest jump in 30 years.  Bring Jimmy Caaaarter back, if he isn’t still shrunk.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/may/04/why-do-the-carters-look-so-tiny-alongside-joe-biden-and-his-wife-jill-in-this-picture

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/07/30/this-indicator-of-inflation-just-saw-its-biggest-jump-since-1991-n2593359

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We all know this.  When politicians want to ban guns–the police will have guns–private security people will have guns to protect politicians and the rich.  Criminals will have guns because they are criminals.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/26/report-democrat-mayors-hired-private-security-after-defunding-police/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/07/24/heres-how-much-defund-the-police-squad-members-have-spent-on-security-so-far-this-year-n2592820

The left won’t change.

https://redstate.com/wag/2020/01/02/happy-klansmen-happy-nazis-happy-islamofacists-n124270

This is nothing new, the msm and dems did the same thing during the Black insurrection riots over 15 months.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/29/exclusive-kobach-biden-aids-and-abets-the-spread-of-covid-while-demanding-americans-get-vaccinated/

https://townhall.com/

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I hope Texas Governor Abbott takes all his decisions to the Supremes.

https://www.newsmax.com/us/abbott-texas-covid-order/2021/07/30/id/1030559/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/07/30/doj-is-threatening-to-sue-greg-abbott-because-texas-is-arresting-illegal-aliens-n2593353

The DOJ won’t prosecute lying Chinese.

https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2021/07/25/bidens-doj-drops-charges-against-china-military-members-accused-lying-get-jobs-us-universities/

The Peacock failed.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/26/nbcs-streaming-service-peacock-slammed-over-its-olympics-coverage/

https://redstate.com/

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The Olympic Editor:  Are the games great, LL ?

Apathetic Cat:  I haven’t watched any, but I include the NBC daily report.  I do that just to see if they can tell the truth for 16 consecutive days.

https://www.nbcnews.com/olympics

Call them the Mistake on the Lake.  Who researches this crap–fire them ?

https://nypost.com/2021/07/27/cleveland-guardians-name-change-hits-roller-derby-snag/

Are the Black rioters Black Nationalist ?

https://nypost.com/2021/07/26/white-nationalists-mar-george-floyd-breonna-taylor-mural/

Write Facebook for spiritual guidance.

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2021/07/25/what-could-go-wrong-facebook-floats-a-new-prayer-posts-feature-to-capitalize-on-faith-communities-n416195

Does Joe get his 10 percent ?

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/07/24/yikes-biden-paying-ton-of-taxpayer-money-to-suspend-operations-on-border-wall-n415809

The Sphinx has been naming these same groups for years.

https://patriotpost.us/alexander/81576-the-big-tech-assault-on-the-patriot-post-2021-07-28

The SEALs can help.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/seals-have-a-new-target-congress

The only thing better than the Race Card is living in Nancy’s hometown.

https://tolleystopics.com/2021/07/27/the-new-credit-card-being-used-everywhere/

THE SPHINX—TWISTIES AND REAL ESTATE

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This is precious, Biden complaining about the Washington Post and New York Times after their lies put him in office.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/landonmion/2021/07/30/wh-rips-nyt-wapo-for-completely-irresponsible-tweets-on-spread-of-covid-among-vaccinated-n2593396

The Olympics.

https://www.nbcnews.com/olympics

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Some money matters at the Olympics.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/29/tokyo-olympics-how-much-athletes-earn.html

You would think with the Billions of dollars available to the Olympics that real Gold and Bronze medals would be awarded.

https://www.eurosport.com/olympics/tokyo-2020/2020/are-olympic-gold-medals-made-of-real-gold-why-do-athletes-bite-their-medals-tokyo-organisers-speak-o_sto8449120/story.shtml

https://www.oann.com/

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I wonder.

https://redstate.com/wag/2019/10/15/b-baller-believes-n117671

https://patriotpost.us/

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The Twisties Editor:  Do you know about Twisties, LL ?

https://usagym.org/pages/athletes/athleteListDetail.html?id=164887

Upside Down Cat:  I sure do, it’s when your body is not in sync with your brain.  Cats sometimes get stuck in trees. I saw a second baseman in baseball who lost the ability to throw to first base. People, sometimes when driving, don’t remember long stretches of road.  Pilots lose the horizon.  Simone was smart to take time to solve her Twistie problem, it beats being paralyzed by landing on your head.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/28/what-are-the-twisties-simone-biles-dangerous-gymnastics-phenomenon/

https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/simone-biles-reveals-depths-of-twisties-problem-at-olympics/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/olympics/what-are-twisties-simone-biles-explains-gymnastics-struggle-tokyo-olympics-n1275460

One other thing, it is like  stepping off a ladder or steps and you forgot the next step is twice as far.  You are prepared for a distance of 7-12 inches and the next rung isn’t there.

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Here are some great real estate links.  The rich people in The Hamptons, NY are bitching that richer new neighbors are moving in–pricing the old money group out of some luxuries.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/hamptons-real-estate-is-getting-too-expensive-report/

https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/hamptons-homeowners-buy-second-houses-for-weekend-getaways/

This is odd.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/01/marilyn-monroe-look-alike-lives-in-late-stars-actual-home/

Nothing surprises me.

https://nypost.com/video/tiny-house-in-new-york-city-is-a-million-dollar-dump/

What a deal.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/osama-bin-ladens-bel-air-estate-is-on-sale-for-28m/

This is the place to be.  The gang would be smoking some doobies today.

https://nypost.com/2021/06/28/flintstone-house-owner-settles-lawsuit-can-keep-statutes/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvt8skgm2l8

The Vatican owns a few things.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/24/vatican-reveals-it-owns-more-than-5000-properties

Oprah sells an island.

https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/oprah-winfrey-quietly-sells-orcas-island-estate-for-14m/

Pay attention.

https://babylonbee.com/news/cdc-still-baffled-people-are-paying-attention-to-them

This isn’t to make fun of Simone, but here are two more twists.  The windsocks can be used to keep track of your favorite politician’s position on important issues.

https://store.kittyhawk.com/collections/windsocks-twisters

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Pluto in Enhanced Color
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Explanation: Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and high-resolution images of our Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in 2015 July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced-color view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically pretty but scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio on the lower right is clearly shown here to be divisible into two regions that are geologically different, with the leftmost lobe Sputnik Planitia also appearing unusually smooth. After Pluto, New Horizons continued on, shooting past asteroid Arrokoth in 2019 and has enough speed to escape our Solar System completely.

Tomorrow’s picture: deep galaxy sounds