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  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 7–15 [Mercury, Venus, Mars, thin crescent Moon, LOW in West at sunset]

    05/08/2021 9:18:34 AM PDT · by ETL · 7 replies
    Sky & Telescope Magazine ^ | May 7, 2021 | Alan MacRobert
    FRIDAY, MAY 7Greet Mercury and Venus low in the west-northwest in the fading afterglow of sunset. You may first spot Venus, bright at magnitude –3.9, very low exactly west-northwest. As the sky darkens further, Mercury will come into view some 9° above Venus as shown below. Mercury fades from magnitude 0.0 to +0.5 this week.Much higher to their upper left, in the west as night falls, is little [currently very distant] Mars. [Mars is currently on the other side of the Sun, many millions of miles more distant than where it is on the same side as Earth] New Moon...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mercury-Redstone 3 Launch

    05/07/2021 3:40:36 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    APOD.NASA.gov ^ | 7 May, 2021 | Image Credit: NASA
    Explanation: Sixty years ago, near the dawn of the space age, NASA controllers "lit the candle" and sent Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard arcing into space atop a Redstone rocket. His cramped space capsule was dubbed Freedom 7. Broadcast live to a global television audience, the historic Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Florida at 9:34 a.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 1961. The flight of Freedom 7, the first space flight by an American, followed less than a month after the first human venture into space by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The 15 minute sub-orbital flight achieved...
  • May astronomy events: Expect super total lunar eclipse, meteor shower this month

    05/02/2021 11:48:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Sunday, May 2, 2021
    What better way to celebrate the start of May than by catching a glimpse of a meteor shower? The 2021 Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on the evening of Tuesday, May 4, through the early morning of Wednesday, May 5, according to AccuWeather. The month of May starts off with the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Mercury will be visible in the middle of the month, and some parts of the U.S. will see a super total lunar eclipse on the 26th. What better way to celebrate the start of May than by catching a glimpse of a meteor shower?...
  • Rare Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn ‘triple conjunction’ to light up sky this weekend

    01/07/2021 9:10:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/07/2021
    From Jan. 9-12, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible in the southwestern sky. The celestial event is known as a “triple conjunction,” which means two planets and a third planet meet each other in the sky for a short period of time. Shortly after sunset on Jan. 9, look above the west-southwestern horizon and you will see Mercury to the left of Saturn and Jupiter positioned just above Saturn. “From Friday evening to Monday evening, the planet Mercury will appear to pass first by Saturn and then by Jupiter as it shifts away from the horizon, visible each evening...
  • Snake and Eggs? Floridians Could Soon Eat Invasive Pythons

    12/12/2020 5:03:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CLICKORLANDO ^ | December 12, 2020 | Chris Perkins
    Snake and eggs? Floridians could soon eat invasive pythons Python Bowl kicks off Friday in Florida Everglades Python Bowl kicks off Friday in Florida Everglades FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Donna Kalil estimates she’s eaten a dozen pythons in the last three years or so. That’s not including the python jerky, says Kalil, a python hunter for the South Florida Water Management District. “I eat that several times a week because I take it out with me on python hunts and I eat it out there.” State officials would like to see more people like Kalil putting pythons on the menu...
  • 1949-1951 Mercury "Lead Sleds" (old school custom cars)

    12/09/2020 12:46:21 PM PST · by ETL · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 14, 2020 | MyHotRodTV
    1949 -1951 Mercury Lead SledsMyHotRodTVWithin its era and beyond, the Mercury was popular with customizers. In 1949, Sam Barris built the first lead sled from a 1949 Mercury, became the definitive “lead sled”, much as the Ford V-8 (as the “deuce”) was becoming the definitive hot rod. The Mercurys were among the first models to receive an aftermarket OHV engine swap, since Oldsmobile and Cadillac developed the first high-compression OHV V8 engines in 1949, whereas Ford was still using a sidevalve engine.Sam and George Barris also used the 1949 body style to build “the most famous custom car ever” the...
  • Watching the Skies: 5 bright planets in sight this month

    11/03/2020 7:41:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    woodtv ^ | Nov 2, 2020 / 01:59 PM EST | by: Emily Schuitema
    Mercury will likely be the hardest planet to spot, and binoculars would help. First, look for Venus. Venus is still the brightest of the planets and the third brightest celestial object, only behind the sun and the moon. Venus will be easy to find in the east before and during dawn. Once you’ve located Venus, look beneath it toward the horizon. Mercury will be low in the east-southeast about an hour before sunrise. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the evening. Mars is getting less bright by the day, but it will still be easy to find in...
  • How To See 5 Planets In California Sky This Weekend

    07/17/2020 8:01:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 07/17/2020 | Ashley Ludwig
    Set your alarm for two hours before sunrise to catch the best view of Jupiter sinking in the southwestern sky with Saturn just above and to the right, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. Trace a curved line through both planets into the southern sky and you'll hit Mars high above the southeastern horizon. To see Venus and Mercury, trace Mars' curve down to the horizon in the northeast. Before you get there, you'll easily spot Venus, one of the brightest objects in the night sky. Also, be sure to pencil in a special date between these five planets. Just...
  • Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution

    07/01/2020 11:13:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 26, 2020 | University of Cincinnati
    Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in Tikal, an ancient Maya city that dates back to the third century B.C. in what is now northern Guatemala. UC's findings suggest droughts in the ninth century likely contributed to the depopulation and eventual abandonment of the city. "The conversion of Tikal's central reservoirs from life-sustaining to sickness-inducing places would have both practically and symbolically helped to bring about the abandonment of...
  • Watching the Skies: Parade of planets

    03/17/2020 5:58:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    WoodTV ^ | Mar 16, 2020 / 07:04 PM EDT | Emily Schuitema
    Early Tuesday morning, the waning crescent moon will be visible with the four planets down and to the left. As the sky begins to brighten, Mercury will rise and both Saturn and Mars will begin to fade from view. Both the Moon and Jupiter will remain visible as it gets lighter. By Wednesday morning, the moon will be closest to Jupiter and Mars. Jupiter is currently the brightest morning planet and it will be easy to pick out. Mars will be much dimmer in comparison. The moon will continue to get thinner as the week goes on. On Thursday morning,...
  • 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...