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Astronomy (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Leonard Susskind - Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Mind?

    07/02/2020 9:37:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Leonard Susskind interview - If the deep laws of the universe had been ever so slightly different, human beings wouldn't, and couldn't, exist. All explanations of this exquisite fine-tuning, obvious and not-so-obvious, have problems or complexities.
  • Now that Spacex has launched, if I were Boeing....

    05/30/2020 2:57:38 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 1, 2000? | United Air LInes
    Time to reconnect with customers
  • The new race to contact E.T.

    05/21/2020 4:46:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies
    Hot ^ | May 21, 2020 | JAZZ SHAW
    In an article over at, Leonard David describes a new development in the efforts by humans to contact extraterrestrial life elsewhere in the galaxy. While the SETI program (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been in operation for decades, the results thus far have been mostly disappointing. There was a brief flurry of excitement in 1977 when “the WOW signal” was received, but in later years even that one has been called into question. Now, however, there’s a new player in the game. China has constructed the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world and they are reportedly gearing up...
  • SpaceX Starship Updates - Lunar Starship: One Giant Leap

    05/04/2020 11:18:01 AM PDT · by amorphous · 28 replies
    In this Episode, we will take a look at the ongiong work by SpaceX in Boca Chica. We will look at Starship SN4 & SN5. Progress is continuing at an incredible rate. We will also take a look at the newly contracted Lunar Landers by Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX. NASA has chosen to give the private sector an opportunity for their own Moon shots. SpaceX is contributing the Lunar Starship, which has quite a few differences compared to the Earth based variant!
  • Videos: Pentagon Declassifies Three UFO Videos Taken By Navy Pilots

    04/28/2020 6:28:23 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 56 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 04.28.2020 | Alex D.
    The Pentagon has declassified three previously leaked top-secret U.S. Navy videos that show “unexplained aerial phenomena” and that some believe could show Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in an effort “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos,” said a Pentagon spokesperson. “The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified'”, the spokesperson added. “The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in...
  • 50 Years ago Today Apollo 13 launched at 2:13 pm EST

    04/11/2020 7:06:47 AM PDT · by TFG · 47 replies
    I never have posted an original thread or vanity, but I thought some might be interested in following the mission of Apollo 13 in real time.
  • How to see tonight's pink supermoon, the largest full moon of 2020

    04/07/2020 2:31:53 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 33 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 7, 2020 | Laura Geggel
    Tonight's pink moon must have not gotten the memo about social distancing; the moon will be the closest to Earth today than any other day of the year, making it the largest full moon of 2020...You can see the moon rise in the sky this evening (in New York, that happens at 7:05 p.m. local time). But the moon won't appear full until 10:35 p.m. EDT (0235 GMT), according to NASA. If you miss it, fret not — the moon will appear full on Wednesday night, as well...Today's moon has one other claim to fame — it's known as the...
  • I am totally psyched about moving my clocks forward later on tonight for Daylight Savings Time!

    03/07/2020 9:00:07 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 119 replies
    Starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 8, the days will get one hour longer. No more driving home from work in the dark until October. One extra hour of daylight! This is one of my favorite times of the year and the first true sign that spring is upon us. Now I will have time to sit outside on my patio after work and watch for signs of the coming summer with a beer in my hand and a steak on the grill. I just want to give thanks to an otherwise horrible president, Lyndon Johnson, who did do one good thing...
  • The Sun Looks Like The Devil as Man Photographs Solar Eclipse In Qatar

    01/06/2020 10:20:52 AM PST · by steveben · 17 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | January 06, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    ‘Devil’s horns’ sunrise photos went viral and it’s 100% real!!! Photography enthusiast Elias Chasiotis had spent the last days of 2019 in Qatar and they were definitely worth the trip. You see, during one of these days, a solar eclipse was underway as the Sun began rising above the horizon, making it look like a devil rising from the waters. And Chasiotis captured it all.
  • Rare meteor storm may be triggered by comet Thursday night (Peak 11:50 p.m EDT)

    11/20/2019 12:37:55 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 33 replies
    WTHR ^ | Nov 19th, 2019 | staff
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Thursday night is setting up to be a rare event. There's a chance that the alpha Monocerotid meteor shower could become a meteor storm, according to Eseko Lyytinen and Peter Jenniskens, two meteor scientistss who have been studying this particular meteor shower. If the meteor storm does happen, it will be the first alpha Monocerotids meteor storm since 1995, when it produced rates of around 400 meteors per hour. According to the American Meteor Society, the storm may be here and gone quickly — usually over within an hour. AMS reports that the storm would reach its...
  • Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035

    11/08/2019 8:07:08 PM PST · by Duke C. · 92 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 10/4/2017 | Seth Shostak
    I’m optimistic by nature—as a scientist, you have to be. But my hopeful feeling is not wishful thinking; it is firmly grounded in the logic of SETI. Half a century sounds like a long time, but the search is truly in its early days. Given the current state of SETI efforts and abilities, I feel that we’re on the cusp of learning something truly revolutionary.
  • It's the Turning Back of the Clocks (days will now be shorter until March)

    11/02/2019 1:47:53 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 102 replies
    So one of my favorite times of the year is getting an extra hour of sleep due to giving back the extra hour of daylight that we got back in April. I'm a big proponent of Daylight Savings Time. Having that extra hour of daylight during warmer months is so important, especially for working people, who really benefit from the longer day. I don't think I can convey in words how much I love Daylight Savings time and changing the clocks twice a year. It would be a much sadder world if we did not have a way to bring...
  • What If Planet Nine Is a Bowling-Ball-Sized Black Hole?

    10/01/2019 6:44:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 28, 2019 | Ryan F. Mandelbaum
    Some of the most distant rocks in our solar system act in a way that suggests there’s some massive object out there we haven’t been able to see. A planet? Maybe. But why not a small black hole? That’s a scenario a pair of scientists describe in a new paper. Of course, they recognise that a planet is more likely than an ancient black hole unlike any we’ve directly observed. But they simply want astronomers to think creatively while hunting for whatever this hypothetical object, often called Planet Nine, might be. “By simply focussing on the concept of a planet,...
  • Trump's Either Telling Us We Have Superweapons More Powerful Than Nukes...

    09/16/2019 8:06:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 177 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | September 16, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    Twice in the last month, the President of the United States has claimed that the Pentagon has weapons even more powerful than nuclear weapons, with the ability to easily kill millions. He is either bluffing, confused, or is incapable of understanding the difference between conventional and nuclear weapons. President Donald Trump made the claim during remarks to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. According to The Washington Post, Trump told an audience, emphasis mine: “The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before,...
  • Discovery Channel - Large Asteroid Impact Simulation

    09/03/2019 3:45:07 PM PDT · by amorphous · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Mar 8, 2011 | Anselmo La Manna
    Earth was born as a result of repeated asteroid collisions, the moon was created by a single giant impact event. Then, Earth's size attracted huge meteorites, which slammed into it, causing super-high-temperature rock vapour to cover the entire surface and evaporate all ocean water. The earliest life-forms survived such infernal events by escaping deep into the ground, miraculously emerging again and again. The Earth has gone through innumerable catastrophic events, and life has survived by acquiring new abilities to live through each crisis. Humans are part of the grand history of life's evolution, which has been closely intertwined with repeated...

    08/31/2019 2:14:40 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 17 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | Aug 30, 2019 | Tom Harris, Jay Lehr
    Forcing America to install literally millions of wind turbines and tens of millions of solar panels, and plant tens of millions more acres in biofuel crops, would devastate wildlife habitats and countless species, while driving up electricity prices for families, factories, farms, businesses, schools and hospitals. The wind and sunlight may be free, clean and green. But the massive technologies required to harness those forces for human benefit certainly are not. If Trump Administration advisors thought they could appease their opponents by implementing a rule focused on the useless and ultimately dangerous goal of limiting CO2 emissions, they were sorely...
  • Water Vapor Can "Trap", Heat -- CO2 Cannot

    08/16/2019 12:09:53 AM PDT · by kathsua · 19 replies
    Global warming Religion ^ | 08/15/19 | Reasonmclucus
    Those who talk about carbon dioxide affecting temperature ignore the fact that water's potential to affect air temperature is well established in science. Water vapor is the only atmospheric gas that can hold or "trap" heat. Those who spend much time in greenhouses know that they are often very humid places because water evaporates from plants and from surfaces that get wet when the plants are watered. Meteorologists typically refer to the water vapor content of the air as relative humidity which is how close the air is to holding as much water vapor as it can hold at its...
  • Impimp master theory for human survival (vanity)

    07/22/2019 8:20:20 PM PDT · by impimp · 13 replies ^ | 19 July 2019 | Impimp
    Axiom: It is better to be alive than to be dead. Major threats to human existence and genetic death of the human race include: 1. Alien attack 2. Sun death 3. Major asteroid collision with Earth But Freepers do not worry as I have a plan to protect against the events listed above. This plan is based on two necessary human achievements: 1. We must live and reproduce on other planets/moons/spacecraft. 2. We must advance technologically so that we can defend ourselves against an alien attack. The necessary precondition to these achievements is massive technological growth. And technological growth is...
  • Washington Post & the New York Times Try to Ruin the Apollo Moon Landing Anniversary

    07/17/2019 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 58 replies
    Summit News ^ | 7/16/19 | Paul Joseph Watson
    With ‘Woke’ Identity Politics Is there anything they won’t spoil? s there literally anything left that they won’t try to ruin by injecting ‘woke’ identity politics into it? The 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the Moon is this weekend. Instead of using the celebration of the Apollo Moon landing to bring Americans together in a time of intense partisan bickering, the New York Times and the Washington Post are exploiting it to divide Americans even further. “The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender...
  • The Golden Asteroid That Could Make Everyone On Earth A Billionaire

    06/26/2019 8:02:12 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 86 replies ^ | 06-26-2019 | Joao
    Whether it was the Big Bang, Midas or God himself, we don’t really need to unlock the mystery of the origins of gold when we’ve already identified an asteroid worth $700 quintillion in precious heavy metals. If anything launches this metals mining space race, it will be this asteroid--Psyche 16, taking up residence between Mars and Jupiter and carrying around enough heavy metals to net every single person on the planet close to a trillion dollars. The massive quantities of gold, iron and nickel contained in this asteroid are mind-blowing. The discovery has been made. Now, it’s a question of...