Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mont Blanc, Meteor, and Milky Way
Image Credit & Copyright: Adrien Mauduit

Explanation: Snowy Mont Blanc is near the center of this atmospheric night skyscape. But high, thin clouds fogged the skies at the photographer’s location, looking south toward Europe’s highest peak from the southern Swiss Alps. Still, the 13 second exposure finds the faint star fields and dark rifts of the Milky Way above the famous white mountain. Bloated by the mist, bright planet Saturn and Antares (right), alpha star of Scorpius, shine through the clouds to flank the galaxy’s central bulge. The high-altitude scene is from the rewarding night of August 12/13, so it also includes the green trail of a Perseid meteor shooting along the galactic plane.

Tomorrow’s picture: sun erupts




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Fly Me Cat:  No, some are big enough to carry nuclear weapons.

Here is a driver that wishes his truck was a drone.  The truck’s low trailer seems to be stuck on the tracks like Obama’s limo, in the second link.

It’s a good thing the positions weren’t reversed.  The limo passengers were probably too stupid to leave the car.

Here is a Pocahontas School to help you look diverse.




The Editor:  Is this the ” end times “, LL ?

Part Red Cat:  Is sure fulfills part of the prophesy.

The sun is going out.

Doctors are in short supply.

Cruz’s Democratic opponent in Texas wants the VFW to take down the American Flag.

This is a sad story.  Apparently kids are going to college without the experience to handle small difficulties.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet, Clusters and Nebulae
Image Credit & Copyright: Mohammad Nouroozi

Explanation: Bright enough for binocular viewing Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner stands out, even in this deep telephoto mosaic of the star cluster and nebula rich constellation Auriga the Charioteer. On the night of September 9 its greenish coma and diffuse tail contrast with the colorful stars and reddish emission nebulae in the almost 10 degree field of view along the Milky Way. The comet was near its perihelion and closest approach to Earth, about 200 light-seconds away. Riding across the distant background just above the comet’s tail are well-known Auriga star clusters M38 (left of center) and M36 (toward the right) about 4,000 light-years away. At the top left, emission region IC 405 is only 1,500 light-years distant, more dramatically known as the Flaming Star Nebula. To its right lies IC 410, 12,000 light-years away and famous for its star-forming cosmic tadpoles. A child of our Solar System Giacobini-Zinner is a periodic comet orbiting the Sun once every 6.5 years, and the parent body of October’s Draconids meteor shower.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space



Here is the latest on Florence.


The Editor:   That is a bunch of things for our loyal readers, LL.

Multiple Tasking Cat:  It sure is, we want them to be knowledgeable in all aspects of life.  The first items are technical.

Here are great examples of sportsmanship and building character.

Axe throwing pops up every few years.  The second link was the longest spontaneous laugh in TV history.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Video Credit: Data: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ; Animation: NASA‘s Scientific Visualization Studio;
Music: The Blue Danube (Johann Strauss II)

Explanation: Our Moon’s appearance changes nightly. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the half illuminated by the Sun first becomes increasingly visible, then decreasingly visible. The featured video animates images taken by NASA’s Moon-orbiting Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show all 12 lunations that appear this year, 2018. A single lunation describes one full cycle of our Moon, including all of its phases. A full lunation takes about 29.5 days, just under a month (moon-th). As each lunation progresses, sunlight reflects from the Moon at different angles, and so illuminates different features differently. During all of this, of course, the Moon always keeps the same face toward the Earth. What is less apparent night-to-night is that the Moon‘s apparent size changes slightly, and that a slight wobble called a libration occurs as the Moon progresses along its elliptical orbit.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space