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  • Mercury Transit 2019 LIVE Stream

    11/11/2019 4:53:48 AM PST · by one guy in new jersey · 18 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/11/2019 | one guy in new jersey
    Observe Mercury partially eclipsing the Sun.
  • Catch Mercury Brushing Past Venus in a Spectacular Dusk ‘Quasi-Conjunction’ This Week

    01/05/2015 9:05:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 5, 2015 | David Dickinson
    Missing Venus? The third brightest natural object in the heavens returns to prime time dusk skies in 2015 after being absent and lingering in the dawn for most of 2014. But there’s another reason to hunt down the Cytherean world this week, as elusive Mercury chases after it low in the dusk. If you’ve never seen Mercury for yourself, now is a great time to try, using brilliant Venus as a guide.
  • Mercury Pierces the Zodiacal Light at Dawn this Weekend

    10/30/2014 8:37:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | David Dickinson must not say on
    The most bashful of all the naked eye planets makes its best dawn appearance of 2014 this weekend for northern hemisphere observers. And not only will Mercury be worth getting up for, but you’ll also stand a chance at nabbing that most elusive of astronomical phenomena — the zodiacal light — from a good dark sky sight. DST note: This post was written whilst we we’re visiting Arizona, a land that, we’re happy to report, does not for the most part observe the archaic practice of Daylight Saving Time. Life goes on, zombies do not arise, and trains still run...
  • Mark your calendars: Celestial event of the year Nov. 11 [Mercury Transit Sun]

    11/03/2019 6:29:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | November 02, 2019 | Jonathan Kegges
    NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN. SPECIAL GLASSES OR FILTER WILL BE NEEDED TO VIEW. Just like the solar eclipse in 2017, special glasses or filters will be required to view the transit. Since Mercury is so small, however, you will also need binoculars or a telescope to view. Use extreme caution when using magnification to look at the sun. If using binoculars or a telescope, make sure the proper solar film is installed on the front lens, not the eyepiece for safe viewing. An even safer way to view the sun is to project the image on to something.
  • How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets

    06/22/2019 9:29:56 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 12 replies
    New Scientist ^ | June 19, 2019 | Leah Crane
    Earth's nearest neighbours have turned into uninhabitable hellholes. Understanding their transformation will teach us which rocky exoplanets might be fit for life CLOSE to the sun lie a pair of sizzling coals. You could be forgiven for thinking these strange worlds were two circles of hell: Mercury, a black and blasted plain, and Venus, a sweltering world beset by rain of pure acid. But for all the terror of their outward appearance, their insides are remarkably familiar. Along with Earth and Mars, they form the solar system’s only rocky planets, a stark contrast to the bloated gas giants that make...
  • VANITY - Opinion Rhapsody

    03/13/2019 2:35:59 PM PDT · by unlearner
    parody of Queen ^ | Vanity- see description
    Warning: some profanity Opinion Rhapsody (to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen) Lyrics We think it’s real nice To have freedom of speech Grateful for that right No complaints about liberty It’s just sometimes Exchanges online get mean I’m at my keyboard With anonymity So then I get fired up And I post Get some likes Gain some foes I love my opinions Others are inferior to me To me Drama On Instagram Someone posted a new meme That’s politically extreme Comments, fights have just begun As these quote unquote adults Start to engage Drama (I love my opinions)...
  • Man killed after trespassing at nuclear site in Nevada

    01/28/2019 10:52:58 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 45 replies
    <p>MERCURY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man who entered a secured federal site north of Las Vegas where the government used to test nuclear bombs.</p> <p>A spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration says the man failed to stop at the security gate on Monday at the Nevada National Security Site. Darwin Morgan says the man drove for about 8 miles before he parked, got out of his car and approached security officials.</p>
  • Watch Live Tonight! ESA and JAXA Launch BepiColombo to Mercury @ 9:45 pm ET

    10/19/2018 6:40:27 PM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 13 replies
    Space.com ^ | 10/19/2018 | Space.com staf
    "An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will launch a new mission to Mercury tonight, to send a set of spacecraft to the innermost planet! The joint mission by the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will lift off at 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT) from a pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. You can watch the launch live here, beginning at 9:15 p.m. EDT (0115 GMT), courtesy of ESA."
  • VIDEO: Solar Killshot Aimed At Mars, Venus, Mercury | Level 3 Proton Storm

    09/11/2017 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 23 replies
    Headline of the Day ^ | Sep 10, 2017
  • Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

    12/29/2018 4:59:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. Overall, environmental groups say, federal and state efforts have cut mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in roughly the last decade. Mercury causes brain...
  • Scientists model Mercury's glaciers

    12/28/2018 11:08:58 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 28, 2018 | Margaret Nagle, University of Maine
    The processes that led to glaciation at the cratered poles of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, have been modeled by a University of Maine-led research team. James Fastook, a UMaine professor of computer science and Climate Change Institute researcher, and James Head and Ariel Deutsch of Brown University, studied the accumulation and flow of ice on Mercury, and how the glacial deposits on the smallest planet in our solar system compare to those on Earth and Mars.Their findings, published in the journal Icarus, add to our understanding of how Mercury's ice accumulations—estimated to be less than 50 million...
  • A humorous description of life on various planets, by Henry Livingston, 1789

    12/09/2018 9:17:56 AM PST · by mairdie · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1789 and 1791 | Henry Livingston
    A Russian astronomer observed the planets thru a telescope made of ice. Henry describes his observations. Ever wondered what the opinion of equality of the sexes was in 1789? Henry's position is that "Love, and all its delectable concomitants was utterly unknown there [on Venus]; as that passion exists but where equality is found or understood." Interesting?
  • BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury

    10/20/2018 5:14:40 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 OCT 2018 | M. Sheahan & K. Takenaka
    TOKYO (Reuters) - A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet. The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on Friday (0145 GMT on Saturday), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). “Launching BepiColombo is a huge milestone for ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, and there will be many great successes to come,” ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement. “Beyond completing...
  • Sunken Nazi submarine described as an 'underwater Chernobyl' will be buried under rubble [tr]

    10/12/2018 9:31:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 12, 2018 | Chris Dyer
    A Nazi submarine described as an 'underwater Chernobyl' is being sunk into sand to stop deadly chemicals leaking into the sea and the surrounding bed. The wreckage of the German U-boat was left with 1,800 canisters of toxic mercury seeping into the sea off Bergen in Norway. U-864 was torpedoed by a British submarine in early 1945 as it headed for Japan carrying jet parts. The vessel left Kiel in Germany on December 5, 1944, but the hull was damaged in an attack and the captain headed for Norway to carry out repairs.
  • WEIRD: FBI closes National Solar Observatory over mysterious ‘security issue’

    09/12/2018 9:54:20 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 108 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 12, 2018 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE 9/12/18 4PM PST The issue may be related to Mercury (the metal, not the planet). On a tip from a science journalist friend who covers telescopes and who has been there, I verified the observatory uses a vat of liquid mercury as a float bearing for the giant solar telescope. According to an internal NSO/NMSU document, that bearing is “high-risk” during maintenance. If there was a major mercury spill, it might explain why the Feds are there, with FBI providing security. The amount of Mercury is said to be in the “tens of gallons” range, which is next to...
  • Former Minnesota congressman eyed in Mueller’s Manafort investigation

    11/03/2017 9:18:31 AM PDT · by toast · 13 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 3, 2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman from Minnesota for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from southwestern Minnesota and leader of his own high-powered lobbying firm, Mercury LLC. The two men were hired as part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort directed by Manafort and longtime associate Rick...
  • Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors

    07/31/2018 5:01:54 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 July 2018 | Erica Orden
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter. The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation of Mueller's referrals to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the period since he turned over a case involving President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former...
  • Austrian woman poisons local water treatment plant with mercury-laced remedy from India

    06/28/2018 12:48:22 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    DW ^ | 28.02.2018 | Alistair Walsh
    An Austrian woman contaminated a sewerage treatment plant with high levels of mercury after traveling to India and bringing back a cream billed as a healing ointment that was loaded with the toxic heavy metal, local authorities announced on Wednesday. Routine monitoring at a sewerage treatment plant in Upper Austria revealed alarmingly high levels of mercury earlier this year. Workers then started to trace the source of the mercury, which was almost double the allowed limit. The Department of Water Management first inspected sewer lines from industrial and commercial enterprises in the Vöcklabruck district as well as dental practices but...
  • "A Diamond as Big as the Planet Mercury"

    04/20/2018 10:18:32 AM PDT · by Voption · 14 replies
    John Batchelor Show/WABC Radio ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Batchelor Show/Robert Zimmerman
    Updates on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, diamonds inside a planet, the Environmental Defense Fund is up to no good (again), and cleaning up Caves...
  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun — So Can You

    03/25/2018 3:00:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 03/25/2018 | Bob King
    The Parker Solar Probe is the size of a small car and named for Prof. Eugene Parker, a 90-year-old American astrophysicist who in 1958 discovered the solar wind. It’s the first time that NASA has named a spacecraft after a living person. The Parker probe... will make a beeline for Venus for the first of seven flybys. Each gravity assist will slow the craft down and reshape its orbit (see below), so it later can pass extremely close to the Sun. The first flyby is slated for late September. ...NASA typically will fly by a planet to increase the spacecraft’s speed...