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Astronomy (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Interstellar object Oumuamua tumbling chaotically

    02/13/2018 7:02:10 AM PST · by Voption · 49 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    A new analysis of the data obtained when the interstellar object Oumuamua flew through the solar system in October 2016 suggests that it is tumbling in a chaotic manner, and that the surface is spotty....Dr Fraser explains: “Our modelling of this body suggests the tumbling will last for many billions of years to hundreds of billions of years before internal stresses cause it to rotate normally again."
  • A Good Health Check for Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, but....HiRISE Camera a concern

    02/09/2018 10:52:22 AM PST · by Voption · 8 replies
    JPL via Behind the Black ^ | February 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "...some HiRISE images taken in 2017 and early 2018 show slight blurring not seen earlier in the mission. The cause is under investigation. The percentage of full-resolution images with blurring peaked at 70 percent last October, at about the time when Mars was at the point in its orbit farthest from the Sun. The percentage has since declined to less than 20 percent. Even before the first blurred images were seen, observations with HiRISE commonly used a technique that covers more ground area at half the resolution. This still provides higher resolution than any other camera orbiting Mars — about...
  • Mars Rover Update

    02/08/2018 1:55:43 PM PST · by Voption · 25 replies
    Behind The Black ^ | February 8, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Curiosity remains on Vera Rubin Ridge, though it has begun moving toward the point where it will move down off the ridge. Opportunity remains in Perseverance Valley, though it has finally taken the north fork down.
  • Texas college students call 911 after professor’s bizarre rant about Islam: report

    01/18/2018 2:54:59 PM PST · by Revel · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-18-18 | Teri Webster
    Students called 911 after a professor at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas, allegedly acted strangely and ranted about Islam, according to a KDFW-TV report. What happened? Daniel Mashburn, an adjunct professor at the TCC Northeast campus, arrived for his astronomy class 20 minutes late wearing a baseball cap, a toboggan hat, a scarf over his face, and black gloves, students told KDFW-TV. Mashburn turned off the classroom lights and began babbling about the Koran, the moon, and “the dark night,” according to students. At one point, Mashburn stood facing the classroom blackboard and was just talking to the board,...
  • The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

    12/30/2017 2:41:06 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    time.com ^ | December 29, 2017 | Aric Jenkins
    The new year will be off to a celestial start with the appearance of a bigger and brighter supermoon — this time nicknamed the “wolf moon.” The supermoon is a nickname of its own, referring to a full moon that appears larger and more luminous due to its increased proximity to the Earth. The wolf moon, however, refers to the first full moon of the new year, which so happens to fall on New Year’s Day this time around, according to NASA. The second of a “supermoon trilogy” that began with a supermoon at this beginning of this month, the...
  • Blessing or Curse? The Curious Case of Carbon Dioxide

    12/22/2017 5:52:40 AM PST · by x1stcav · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/22/17 | Vijay Jayaraj
    How did CO2 -- the elixir of life -- turn out to be the evil gas of 21st century? The special interest in CO2 began when a handful of scientists, backed by political elements, proposed their hypothesis -- one which suggested that CO2 emission from anthropogenic sources, such as coal-fired plants, is the primary reason for what they allege is a dangerous increase in earth’s temperature. Despite the lack of observational evidence, political institutions popularized this hypothesis through state-sponsored research programs. In order to sustain their claims, these climate alarmists designed climate computer models to manufacture friendly results that supported...
  • Love Potions, Shapeshifting, and Hexes: ‘Resistance Witches’ Are on the Rise

    12/21/2017 4:03:58 AM PST · by x1stcav · 33 replies
    Dangerous ^ | 12/20/17 | Connor Chue-Sang
    If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a Witch. You make your own rules. You are free and beautiful. You can be invisible or evident in how you choose to make your witch-self known. You can form your own Coven of sister Witches (thirteen is a cozy number for a group) and do your own actions . . . You are a Witch by saying aloud, “I am a Witch” three times, and thinking about that. You are a Witch by being female, untamed, angry, joyous, and immortal. In her article, Penny also cites...
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    space.com ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • The German town encrusted with diamonds

    11/28/2017 2:57:15 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 22 November 2017 | Matthew Vickery
    As I climbed the narrow staircase of the gothic church tower in Nördlingen, Germany, the worn stone steps appeared to glimmer in the sunlight, bringing unexpected flashes of light to what should have been a dark, grey climb to the top. “That’s because the entire tower is made out of suevite stone, and enclosed in it are small diamonds,” Horst Lenner, the tower watchman, told me enthusiastically.
  • They Just Began Casting the Giant Magellan Telescope’s 5th Mirror. What a Monster Job.

    11/08/2017 8:10:47 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 11/7/17 | Evan Gough
    The fifth mirror for the GMT's 7 segment primary mirror is being cast at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory at the University of Arizona. In this image, a worker at the lab places the last piece of glass for mirror 5. Image: Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Astronomy, News, Observatories They Just Began Casting the Giant Magellan Telescope’s 5th Mirror. What a Monster Job. Article written: 7 Nov , 2017 by Evan Gough The fifth mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is now being cast, according to an announcement from the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), the body...
  • Send your name to Mars on the next NASA mission with just a few clicks

    10/05/2017 2:43:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    abc30.com ^ | Tuesday, October 03, 2017 01:40PM | James W Jakobs
    Send your name to a planet, far, far away - for free!
  • In Case You Were Planning To Float Any Long Term Loans ...

    09/22/2017 9:10:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 52 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/22/17 | Dave Merrick
    This most recent false prophecy, David Meade Now it is David Meade, a professing Christian, who is predicting a world’s end and rightfully causing gaping mouths and eye rolls from people who are already skeptics of any sort of spirituality. Thank you, David. Regardless of the special meanings you may have applied to your false prophecy, you’ve given the world yet another opportunity to laugh at God, His Son and his precious word, the Bible. In a bizarre combination of numerology and astrology, stirred in with some of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, Mr Meade has calculated end of the...
  • Believe In Aliens? You’re Probably Racist

    09/19/2017 8:49:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 18, 2017 | Eric Scheiner
    People who believe in extraterrestrial life are sometimes referred to in a mocking manner. In the ‘X-Files’ TV-series Fox Mulder is often referred to as ‘Spooky,’ but according to a recent article, maybe he should be called ‘racist’– if Mulder believes that aliens built the pyramids in Africa. The Quartz Media article, “Outlandish theories that aliens built the pyramids are rooted in racism,” by Julien Benoit is critical of those who believe the pyramids or other ancient structures were built by aliens. Some may call this belief simply "odd," but Benoit just out and out labels it racist. From the article:...
  • VIDEO: Solar Killshot Aimed At Mars, Venus, Mercury | Level 3 Proton Storm

    09/11/2017 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 22 replies
    Headline of the Day ^ | Sep 10, 2017
  • When Was Jesus Christ Born? The Bible Says September 11th - The Feast of Trumpets

    09/11/2017 8:05:21 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 103 replies
    Goodness of God Ministries ^ | December 22, 2011 | Goodness of God Ministries
    The birth of Jesus Christ is the one of the most significant events in all of history and when we understand the truths regarding the true date of his birth it will thrill and inspire your heart. Tradition has made December 25th the birthday of Jesus. but the Bible clearly reveals he was not born on that day. It was not until the 4th century after Christ that December 25th began to be celebrated as the day of Christ’s birth. It was the old pagan holiday celebrating the winter solstice and the birth of the sun god and celebrated when...
  • Trump Supporters: Are We All “White Nationalists” Now? (Vanity)

    08/21/2017 7:55:09 PM PDT · by Political Animal · 37 replies
    8/21/2017 | AQC
    The allocation of culpability for the violence that resulted in the tragic death of Heather Heyer at a protest/counter-protest rally in Charlottesville, VA by the media last week really should not have come as a surprise. In the case of Republicans, the news-cycle will consisted of the following phases: If the violence is perpetrated by a hate group(s) whose members are racists, anti-Semites, and white supremacists, first, implicitly tie the Republican Party and its leaders (or if it is President Trump, explicitly) to the offending hate group; secondly, insist he or she publicly renounce the group; third, if the Republican...
  • Anyone Want To Hazard A Stab At Symbolic Meaning Of This Eclipse?

    08/21/2017 12:12:27 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 140 replies
    Self ^ | 8/21/17 | Jim Newell
    Whaddyathink? Any insights?
  • Watch The Live Broadcast Of The Full Solar Eclipse Here. Full Solar Eclipse Of August 21, 2017

    08/21/2017 5:31:29 AM PDT · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    Total solar eclipse is one of the most fascinating astronomical phenomena. Thousands and sometimes millions of people, as it was in case of the last total eclipse visible in central Europe, travel to the narrow band of totality to enjoy fleeting beauty lasting few minutes only. Even people without any knowledge in physics and astronomy realize during the total eclipse that our Sun is definitely not a boring light source of a round shape shining down from the heaven but an extremely interesting living star which occupies surprisingly large part of the sky. Astonishing series of scientific discoveries were made...
  • University To Offer Safe-Space For Students During Eclipse (Satirical)

    08/11/2017 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 68 replies
    NCFReep via AP ^ | 8/10/17 | Staff
    (Cullowhee, NC) Preparations for the the upcoming August 21st solar eclipse are in high gear at Western Carolina University. The school is located within the zone of totality in the mountainous part of the state. Afternoon classes will be cancelled and festivities on the Central Plaza will include Native American moon dancers, performance art and the Tasty Tofu Taco Truck, locally known as T4. But there are some students who will be refusing the eclipse and have demanded the University provide a safe space for them during the event. So far three groups have separately approached University officials with concerns...
  • Einstein's Relativity Tested by Giant Star and Monster Black Hole

    08/10/2017 6:03:21 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 9, 2017 | Jesse Emspak, Space.com Contributor
    A giant star near the center of our galaxy hints, once again, that Albert Einstein was correct about gravity. A group of astronomers in Germany and the Czech Republic observed three stars in a cluster near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Using data from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, among others, the researchers tracked how the stars moved as they went around the monster black hole. One of the stars, called S2, showed slight deviations in its orbit that might indicate relativistic effects, scientists said. If the observations are confirmed, then it...