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  • 5 planets to form rare alignment in the sky this weekend

    06/03/2022 2:00:22 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 3, 2022 | Denise Chow
    Five planets will be visible in the predawn sky this weekend, offering an opportunity for sky watchers to see a rare alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with the naked eye. Beginning Friday and lasting through this month, the five planets will appear strung across the eastern horizon before sunrise. The parade of planets will be aligned in order of their distance from the sun, with Mercury, closest to the star, appearing lowest on the horizon and Saturn highest in the night sky. For the best views, sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere should head outside roughly 30...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Mercury's Sodium Tail

    05/03/2022 4:09:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies ^ | 3 May, 2022 | Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
    Explanation: That's no comet. Below the Pleiades star cluster is actually a planet: Mercury. Long exposures of our Solar System's innermost planet may reveal something unexpected: a tail. Mercury's thin atmosphere contains small amounts of sodium that glow when excited by light from the Sun. Sunlight also liberates these atoms from Mercury's surface and pushes them away. The yellow glow from sodium, in particular, is relatively bright. Pictured, Mercury and its sodium tail are visible in a deep image taken last week from La Palma, Spain through a filter that primarily transmits yellow light emitted by sodium. First predicted in...
  • What really happened at Simpsonwood and why it matters today

    12/28/2021 2:29:05 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies ^ | 12/27/2021 | Steve Kirsch
    While talking to RFK Jr. about Jake Tapper, I learned what happened Simpsonwood. It's a fascinating story of corruption 20 years ago. Not much has changed it seems. The CDC is still corrupt.Steve Kirsch17 hr ago 343358 If you read my story about RFK Jr. and how he became an anti-vaxxer, it mentions the Simpsonwood transcripts.There is a book, “Evidence of harm” that talks about what happened there in detail. Some people think the author wasn’t sure who was telling the truth. That’s not true. The book author takes an objective viewpoint, leaving it to the reader to determine who...
  • The biggest temperature change is from 452 to –170

    10/17/2021 1:04:33 AM PDT · by Varun · 15 replies
    Facts hungry ^ | Devansh
    We all know why mercury is extremely hot and have a valid reason. But It is also proved that its surface is extremely cold also like temperature fell up to -170degrees.On the day its temperature is around 840-degree Fahrenheit (451-degree Celsius) but at night it goes minus 275 Fahrenheit (-170 degrees Celsius.) You can see a change of temperature of nearly 1100 degrees Fahrenheit (600-degree Celcius). It’s all because of Mercury’s thin atmosphere that can not maintain the heat that it gets in the day and because of its huge day and night.
  • Large amounts of mercury discovered in Greenland's glaciers

    06/21/2021 10:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.18.2021 | Isabela Martel
    When British environmental geochemist Jon Hawkings arrived in Greenland for the first time in 2012, he was impressed. “It’s mind-blowing: You look onto the horizon and it’s just ice and it goes on for 150, 200 kilometers at least.” He went to the Arctic with a group of international scientists. Their goal was to investigate the relationship between nutrients entering coastal ecosystems from glacial meltwater. But the group’s research took an unexpected turn. The scientists analyzed samples from meltwater rivers and fjords and found concentrations of dissolved mercury among the highest ever recorded. Despite it being a pristine and remote...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...