What a difference.


The Editor:   Are you ready for some tough questions, LL ?

Answer Cat:   I sure am.

Joe Buck:   Who will survive a nuclear war ?

Thermonuclear Cat:  People on the space station, a few people in isolated locations, and a few people in bunkers.  Most people wouldn’t want to live in the aftermath.  These people stand the best chance for long term survival.

Money will be useless.

Sherlock Holmes:   Will the DC police investigate the murder of Seth Rich ?

Answer Cat:  They don’t investigate their own party.  MAYBE WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL.    

Pizza Customer:   Why is my pizza so spicy ?

Answer Cat:  It’s the pepper-spray.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula
Image Credit: Hubble, A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA), NASA

Explanation: The center of the Lagoon Nebula is a whirlwind of spectacular star formation. Visible on the lower left, at least two long funnel-shaped clouds, each roughly half a light-year long, have been formed by extreme stellar winds and intense energetic starlight. The tremendously bright nearby star, Hershel 36, lights the area. Vast walls of dust hide and redden other hot young stars. As energy from these stars pours into the cool dust and gas, large temperature differences in adjoining regions can be created generating shearing winds which may cause the funnels. This picture, spanning about 5 light years, was taken in 1995 by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The Lagoon Nebula, also known as M8, lies about 5000 light years distant toward the constellation of Sagittarius.

  Tomorrow’s picture: canyon sky triangle


The Editor:  What is a Fidget Spinner, LL ?

Idle Cat:   Here is a video of one.  Cats don’t use them, since we have no thumbs.

This is a link explaining their purpose.    I only write about them because after playing with them for a while our loyal readers can open liquor bottles quicker.

You can add this to my video about being careful with sharp objects,  don’t give anyone, under 21,  anything smaller than a baseball.

I wonder how this guy reached semi-maturity.

Here is a hamburger wonder.  The best ones are grilled at home.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A View Toward M101
Image Credit & Copyright: Laszlo Bagi

Explanation: Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last entries in Charles Messier’s famous catalog, but definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed by Lord Rosse’s large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown. M101 shares this modern telescopic field of view with spiky foreground stars within the Milky Way, and more distant background galaxies. The colors of the Milky Way stars can also be found in the starlight from the large island universe. Its core is dominated by light from cool yellowish stars. Along its grand spiral arms are the blue colors of hotter, young stars mixed with obscuring dust lanes and pinkish star forming regions. Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 25 million light-years away.

Tomorrow’s picture: lagoon twisters


The Editor:   Will Amigo let you write that headline, LL ?

Nature Cat:   He sure will, he is a fan of nature.

If you are in Florida be careful.  If the alligators don’t eat you the beach patrol will run over you.  It is almost as bad as United Airlines.

This would be a handy guy to have around.

I think Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton are the same person.  Has anyone seen the two together ?  In California the police will test your ” METH ” for gluten.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Image Credit: ESO, VST/Omegacam Local Group Survey

Explanation: Named for the three astronomers instrumental in its discovery and identification, WolfLundmarkMelotte (WLM) is a lonely dwarf galaxy. Seen toward the mostly southern constellation Cetus, about 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, it is one of the most remote members of our local galaxy group. In fact, it may never have interacted with any other local group galaxy. Still, telltale pinkish star forming regions and hot, young, bluish stars speckle the isolated island universe. Older, cool yellowish stars fade into the small galaxy’s halo, extending about 8,000 light-years across. This sharp portrait of WLM was captured by the 268-megapixel OmegaCAM widefield imager and survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend