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  • Spat Over Design of New Chinese Telescope Goes Public

    08/16/2017 11:13:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Science ^ | Aug. 11, 2017 | ongming Huang
    Spat over design of new Chinese telescope goes public By Yongming HuangAug. 11, 2017 , 12:13 PM A deep division among Chinese astronomers over the design of a proposed 12-meter telescope broke into public view this week as statements from competing camps went viral on social media. The dispute centers on whether to adopt a technically ambitious four-mirror design proposed by optical engineers or a conventional three-mirror option favored by astronomers. The stakes are high. It will be China’s largest optical telescope and serve as the workhorse observational facility for several generations. In a 4 August letter to the Chinese...
  • Total eclipse towns stock toilet paper, add cell towers ahead of unprecedented crowds

    08/14/2017 12:05:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    www.accuweather.com ^ | 08-14-2017 | By Olivia Miltner, AccuWeather staff writer
    As the Aug. 21 solar eclipse nears, communities within the path of totality are preparing for masses of people traveling in search of the optimal viewing experience. The expected influx has placed an unprecedented task in front of cities and towns that are unaccustomed to large tourist populations. Places like Hopkinsville, Kentucky, are working to transform their communities to prepare for the event. “This is unlike anything this community has ever seen or will probably ever see again,” Hopkinsville Solar Eclipse Marketing and Events Consultant Brooke Jung said. “We’ve got people coming from 42 different states and 18 different countries.”...
  • Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It

    08/12/2017 1:51:20 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 25 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 11, 2017 | Sarah Lewin
    The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend! According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's actual peak is around 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there'd...
  • Get Thee to the Path!

    08/10/2017 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 13 replies
    When the sun came up on May 28 in the year 585 BCE, the Medes and Lydians were still at war. They had been at each other’s throats for years, and it looked like there was no end in sight for their conflict. But something extraordinary happened on the battlefield that day, which changed everything. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Fred Espenak, an astrophysicist, and scientist emeritus at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • How Big is the Biggest Possible Planet?

    08/05/2017 4:01:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Discover ^ | 4 Aug, 2017 | Corey S. Powell
    Last week, a team of astronomers reported the first potential discovery of an exomoon–a satellite orbiting a planet around another star. Part of what is so striking about the report is the scale of this possible planet-moon system. In this case, the “moon” appears to be about the size of Neptune; the planet it orbits is some 10 times the mass of Jupiter, or about 3,000 times the mass of Earth! The system pushes at the limits of how we normally categorize objects in space and invites questions about where we stand in the scale of things. What is the...
  • Surprise! New Neptune Storm Appears in a Bizarre Location

    08/03/2017 9:13:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    space.com ^ | August 3, 2017 07:33am ET | Elizabeth Howell
    A nearly Earth-size storm system was spotted near Neptune's equator, surprising scientists because no bright clouds have ever been seen in that location. The storm is about 6,000 miles (9,000 kilometers) in length — about three-quarters Earth's diameter — and is even huge compared to the size of Neptune: it spans nearly 30 degrees in both longitude and latitude. When astronomers studied the storm between June 26 and July 2, it appeared to get brighter. "Seeing a storm this bright at such a low latitude is extremely surprising," Ned Molter, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, said...
  • A plane-size asteroid buzzes by Earth undetected

    07/27/2017 10:37:31 AM PDT · by John W · 22 replies
    cnet.com ^ | July 27, 2017 | Eric Mack
    Astronomers first spotted an asteroid about as long as a 737 passenger jet on Sunday and analyzed its path to determine it had made a close pass by our planet three days earlier. In other words, the big space rock slipped right by us without being detected and was only seen in our cosmic rear-view mirror. While the asteroid, now named 2017 001, flew right on by without incident, it was a relatively close pass. It came within about one-third the distance between Earth and the moon, roughly 76,448 miles (123,031 km). With an estimated size of between 82 and...
  • AMAZING NEW VIEWS OF BETELGEUSE COURTESY OF ALMA

    06/28/2017 7:08:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | June 27, 2017 | David Dickinson
    Just. Wow. An angry monster lurks in the shoulder of the Hunter. We’re talking about the red giant star Betelgeuse, also known as Alpha Orionis in the constellation Orion. Recently, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) gave us an amazing view of Betelgeuse, one of the very few stars that is large enough to be resolved as anything more than a point of light.
  • Artificial brain scans the galaxy for speeding stars

    06/27/2017 6:22:42 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 27 Jun, 2017 | Andrew Masterson
    Neural networks come to astronomy as a self-adapting algorithm digs through star maps to find rogue fast-moving stars, writes Andrew Masterson. An artificial neural network capable of learning from its own observations is helping astronomers identify a rare type of star that might offer clues to both the formation of the Milky Way and the role of dark matter in governing its motion. In research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team led by Elena Maria Rossi from Leiden University in the Netherlands detail how the self-adapting algorithm is spotting rogue stars among millions mapped...
  • Is There Still an Astronomy Ping List?

    06/22/2017 6:44:36 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 24 replies
    6/22/17 | Originalbuckeye
    Sorry for the Vanity, but I was on an Astronomy Ping List and haven't seen any pictures in a good, long while. Is it still active?
  • http://www.unsealed.org/2017/06/debunkers-inadvertently-prove.html

    06/16/2017 9:41:50 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 6/16/17 | Gary
    There have now been rebuttals of the Revelation 12 Sign by Joel Richardson, Danny Faulkner, Tim McHyde, Billy Crone, and now J.L. Robb from Omega Letter.  We've been studying and teaching the Revelation 12 Sign since 2012 and after nearly five years this great sign has weathered every attack that could be thrown at it. We addressed all of the rebuttals, point-by-point (see here, here, here, and here) and what we discovered in the process is that all of the arguments against the #REV12SIGN fall flat.  J.L. Robb's arguments have finally proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that...
  • Asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion ‘could transform global economy

    05/25/2017 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    www.rt.com ^ | 25 May, 2017
    NASA scientists are outdoing themselves yet again: by reworking the planned route for a robotic mission to a giant asteroid worth $10,000 quadrillion, they’ve managed to cut costs, launch sooner and arrive four years earlier than planned. Not bad. The Psyche planetoid, measuring 240km (149 miles) in diameter, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is made almost entirely of iron and nickel. At current market prices, such an asteroid, a truly unique object in our solar system, is estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion ($10,000,000,000,000,000,000). That is, if you could successfully tow it into orbit...
  • Saturn’s Hexagon Will be the Star of the Cassini Finale

    05/10/2017 6:42:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 10 May , 2017 | Matt Williams
    he Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its lifespan. This September, after spending the past twenty years in space – twelve and a half of which were dedicated to studying Saturn and its system of moons – the probe will be crash into Saturn’s atmosphere. But between now and then, the probe will be making its “Grand Finale” – the final phase of its mission where it will dive between the planet and its rings 22 times. In addition to exploring this region of Saturn (something no other mission has done), the probe will also be using this opportunity...
  • The Celestial C-Section: A Defense Of The Revelation 12 Sign

    05/08/2017 9:24:13 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 24 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | May 5, 2017 | Gary
    A reader recently asked a question that many of us have probably wondered: if the Revelation 12 Sign occurs on September 23rd, why does it appear that the male child (Jupiter) is born two weeks earlier on September 9th? It's a good question that appears to have a Scriptural answer.  Not only an answer to the objection, but further confirmation and evidence of the precision and significance of this September's sign. In Revelation 12:1-2 the sign is described with all of its simultaneous details: the sun, the moon, the crown of twelve stars, and the woman in labor.  The...
  • Will we build a VILLAGE on the moon? China in talks with Europe about launching a lunar settlement

    04/26/2017 6:38:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 07:27 EDT, 26 April 2017 | By Daisy Dunne
    Tian Yulong, secretary general for China's space agency, confirmed the plans ESA has described its 'Moon Village' as a launching pad for missions to Mars The lunar site could also support space mining missions and even tourism It could also act as a 'pit stop' for the further exploration of deep space China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human settlement on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks today in Chinese state media. The ESA has previously described its 'Moon Village' as a potential international launching pad...
  • Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of [tr]

    04/21/2017 6:08:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 21, 2017 | Sarah Knapton
    Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations. Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations. The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.
  • Enigmatic plumes from Saturn’s moon caused by cosmic collision

    03/27/2017 7:43:02 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 24 Mar, 2017 | Leah Crane
    Enceladus’ south pole is wounded, bleeding heat and water. Its injury may have come from a huge rock smashing into this frigid moon of Saturn less than 100 million years ago, leaving the area riddled with leaky cracks. The region near Enceladus’ south pole marks one of the solar system’s most intriguing mysteries. It spews plumes of liquid from an interior ocean, plus an enormous amount of heat. The south pole’s heat emission is about 10 gigawatts higher than expected – equivalent to the power of 4000 wind turbines running at full capacity. The rest of the moon, though, is...
  • Putting The Pieces Together

    03/23/2017 9:37:01 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/20/17 | Gary
    As we get nearer and nearer to the day of our redemption it seems that the big picture is coming into focus (Romans 13:11, 1 Cor. 13:12, Daniel 12:3-4, 10).  What was once blurry and far off on the horizon, is now right in front of our faces.  This post puts many of the puzzle pieces together using research from Craig Chester, Rick Larson, Scott Clarke, Michael Svigel, Scott Darby, Daniel Matson, Steven Sewell, and our own team, among others.  This is of course speculative, but I believe these are the most persuasive theories at present: The Biblical Timeline Creation:...
  • Astronomers grapple with new era of fast radio bursts

    03/02/2017 7:53:50 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Nature ^ | 28 Feb, 2017 | Elizabeth Gibney
    One of the most perplexing phenomena in astronomy has come of age. The fleeting blasts of energetic cosmic radiation of unknown cause, now known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), were first detected a decade ago. At the time, many astronomers dismissed the seemingly random blasts as little more than glitches. And although key facts, such as what causes them, are still largely a mystery, FRBs are now accepted as a genuine class of celestial signal and have spawned a field of their own. The passage was marked this month by the first major meeting on FRBs, held in Aspen, Colorado,...
  • Catholic View of the Zodiac

    03/01/2017 10:57:33 PM PST · by WillOTerry · 4 replies
    FishEaters ^ | FishEaters
    A new sub-section on the FishEaters website deals with the Zodiac, a Christian way of seeing it. This sub-section consists of a number of pages, including one for each Zodiac sign, so you'll have to visit to read it. But the introduction brings up something really fascinating that St. Paul, the Apostle brings up when referencing a Psalm! Very, VERY interesting!