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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wow!!! (Garbled) man! Look at that!

Well, we don't have to walk far to pick up rocks, Houston. We're among them!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Of That Day And Hour Knoweth No Man

No, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only:

Pastor John Hagee is warning members of his megachurch to prepare for the end of the world because a “blood moon” eclipse on Tuesday is signaling that the End Times could be beginning.

On Tuesday, most of the United States will be treated to the first of four complete lunar eclipses — which scientists call a tetrad — occurring in six month intervals. The eclipses are often referred to as “blood moons” because as sunlight shines on the moon through the Earth’s atmosphere, it gives the moon a red color.

Hagee, pastor of Texas’ Cornerstone Church, has written a book on the phenomenon titled Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. And he is airing a live television event on Tuesday to reveal “direct connections between four upcoming blood-moon eclipses and what they portend for Israel and all of humankind.”

Dude, that ancient nomadic desert shepherd tribe called and want their myths back.  And, for the record, it was Comet ISON that portended doom.  Derp.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

I See The Bad Moon Arisin'

Don't go around tonight, well, it's bound to take your life, there's a bad moon on the rise.


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Naturally, The Rothschilds Must Be Involved

The Copernican Model is a Jewish conspiracy!

The new geocentrists believe scientists have conspired for centuries to undermine religious faith by promoting the heliocentric model of the universe proposed by Copernicus and famously championed by Galileo.

“Just as there are those on one extreme who incorrectly hold that science is antithetical to faith because they have a false or incomplete understanding of philosophy and/or religion, we have the geocentrists on the other extreme who reach the same incorrect conclusion, but because they have a false and/or incomplete understanding of science — and even their own faith,” Palm said. “For these geocentrists, their personal understanding of faith trumps all appeal to reason and physical evidence.”
The view has attracted a rogue’s gallery of crackpots who promote a stupefying variety of conspiracy theories – usually anti-Semitic – that casts doubt on the lunar landing, the Holocaust, and the official investigations into 9/11, the JFK assassination, and even the sinking of the Titanic.

One adherent blames the waning popularity of the King James Bible translation for rising sea levels, while others believe Jews control NASA — which Sungenis himself believes creates crop circles using lasers or plasma projectors.

“All NASA would have to do is put a digital pattern in a laser/plasma projector aboard a satellite and then shoot it down to earth, and presto, you have a crop circle,” Sungenis wrote. “It gets everybody talking about UFOs. But really, all they are doing is getting our minds off the Bible and Christ by making it look like neither are true.”

Well.  That's quite the anti-semitic, anti-science onion to peel.


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Unlucky 13

Well, that can't be good...


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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

"They had done nothing more than show up for a press conference."

Compare with The Right Stuff (22:14 in).  And John Glenn really does rock.


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That Martian Light's Under NASA's Bushel

More on the Martian Navigation Beacon that NASA's covering up:

The rover took the image just after arriving at a waypoint called "the Kimberley." The bright spot appears on a horizon, in the same west-northwest direction from the rover as the afternoon sun.

"In the thousands of images we've received from Curiosity, we see ones with bright spots nearly every week," said Justin Maki of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., leader of the team that built and operates the Navigation Camera. "These can be caused by cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces, as the most likely explanations."

If the bright spots in the April 2 and April 3 images are from a glinting rock, the directions of the spots from the rover suggest the rock could be on a ridge about 175 yards (160 meters) from the rover's April 3 location.

The bright spots appear in images from the right-eye camera of the stereo Navcam, but not in images taken within one second of those by the left-eye camera. Maki said, "Normally we can quickly identify the likely source of a bright spot in an image based on whether or not it occurs in both images of a stereo pair. In this case, it's not as straightforward because of a blocked view from the second camera on the first day."

Ah, so JPL admits they're hiding such evidence of alien intelligence EVERY WEEK!


PS--Perhaps this is a good time to revisit Clavius' page on conspiratorial photo analysis.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"I dare say there's lots on every planet that'll show you God's infinite ways."

This is so awesome:

An artificial light source was seen this week in this NASA photo which shows light shining upward from...the ground. This could indicate there there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do. This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process. Look closely at the bottom of the light. It has a very flat surface giving us 100% indiction it is from the surface. Sure NASA could go and investigate it, but hey, they are not on Mars to discovery life, but there to stall its discovery. 

Indeed, we cannot trust NASA.  They faked Apollo landings.  They've lied about the Mars face and covered up the Mars donut.  

What bullshit will they feed us now to obscure the fact--FACT--that there is intelligent Martian life up there?  But a bigger question is, WHY does NASA want to hide the TRUTH from us?

Anyway, my speculation about the light: it's a beacon of some sort for the Martian sand ships to navigate safely during wind storms.  I mean, think about it!  There is no other possible explanation.

Because such theories are way more awe-inspiring than any scientific narrative NASA is peddling...


PS--JPL says they are studying the raw image.  Wonder what they can glean from something just a few pixels tall.

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Graceful Eruption



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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Never Absolutely Decide Anything

So North Korea's space program is NADA, which is suspiciously like ours since we've had to hitch rides with other countries to get astronauts upstairs.  Speaking of those "partners", clearly the only thing we can do in response to their annexation of Sudetenland is to stop talking to them about space and science.


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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Speaking Of Poop In Space

How to do it in microgravity:

Tucked away in a storage locker was a supply of special plastic bags, each of which resembled a top hat with an adhesive coating on the brim. Each bag had a kind of finger-shaped pocket built into the side of it. When the call came you had to flypaper this thing to your rear end, and then you were supposed to reach in there with your finger—after all, nothing falls—and suddenly you were wishing you’d never left home. And after you had it in the bag, so to speak, you had one last delightful task: Break open a capsule of blue germicide, seal it up in the bag, and knead the contents to make sure they were fully mixed.

At best, the whole operation was an ordeal. In the confined space of the command module, your crewmates suffered too. One of the Apollo 7 astronauts said the smell was so bad it woke him up from a deep sleep. When Schirra’s crew came back they wrote a memo about it: “Get naked, allow an hour, have plenty of tissues handy…”

It's nice when three of my biggest interests can come together...


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Heh, He Said Uranus


Veteran actor and former Starship Enterprise captain Sir Patrick Stewart will warp into Fox's "Cosmos " Sunday night (March 30) as the voice of a famed astronomer who discovered Uranus.

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is the voice of astronomer William Herschel appears in the all-new "A Sky Full of Ghosts" episode of COSMOS...

Stewart, who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is one of two guest actors on the fourth episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In the episode, dubbed "A Sky Full of Ghosts," Stewart will voice an animated version of astronomer William Herschel as part of a historical reenactment on the science-themed show.

I'm surprisd his BFF Sir Ian isn't also featured in the episode.  I don't think those guys even go to the bathroom by themselves these days.  It's very sweet.


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It's Science!

This is why we study how the cosmos works:

Starting with the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star in “Star Wars IV — A New Hope,” deGrasse Tyson explains that, “If the Death Star can pump enough energy into a planet, it will blow up a planet just the way it is shown. With all debris flying, scattered, into space.”

Turning to the destruction of Vulcan by  “red matter” in the J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek“, deGrasse Tyson says that “Holding aside [the unlikeliness] of red matter” the depiction of the creation of a black hole is accurate.

As for the destruction of the planet Krypton in “Superman”, he explains that planet “implodes” due to over-mining.

I guess he left off Praxis because that was just a Klingon moon, and it exploded (rather than imploded) from over-mining.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Okay, So I'm On A Comet Kick


The image on the left, captured  March 11 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance of 353 million miles from Earth. Hubble can't see Siding Spring's icy nucleus because of its diminutive size. The nucleus is surrounded by a glowing dust cloud, or COMA, that measures roughly 12,000 miles across.

The right image shows the comet after image processing techniques were applied to remove the hazy glow of the coma revealing what appear to be two jets of dust coming off the location of the nucleus in opposite directions. This observation should allow astronomers to measure the direction of the nucleus’s pole, and axis of rotation.

Hubble also observed Siding Spring on Jan. 21 as Earth was crossing its orbital plane, which is the path the comet takes as it orbits the sun. This positioning of the two bodies allowed astronomers to determine the speed of the dust coming off the nucleus.

"This is critical information that we need to determine whether, and to what degree, dust grains in the coma of the comet will impact Mars and spacecraft in the vicinity of Mars," said Jian-Yang Li of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona.



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Oort Clouds And Ring Worlds

Bad Astronomy:

Astronomers have announced the discovery of an amazing object in our solar system: 2012 VP113, an icy body with an orbit so big it never gets closer than 12 billion kilometers (7.4 billion miles) from the Sun! That’s 80 times the distance of the Earth from the Sun. No other solar system object known stays so far from the Sun. And at its most distant, it reaches an incredible 70 billion kilometers (44 billion miles) from the Sun—and it takes well over 4,000 years to circle the Sun once.

It’s not exactly clear yet, but it’s likely that VP113 is a member of the Oort cloud, a huge collection of gigantic frozen ice balls that orbit the Sun way, way past Neptune. Sedna is the only other object known in that part of the remote solar system, and it gets closer to the Sun by a smidge than VP113 ever does. 


Scientists have made a stunning discovery in the outer realm of the solar system — an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits the sun between Saturn and Uranus. The space rock is the first non-planetary object ever found to have its own ring system, researchers say.

The pair of space rock rings encircle the asteroid Chariklo. They were most likely formed after a collision scattered debris around the asteroid, according to a new study unveiled today (March 27). The asteroid rings also suggests the presence of a still-undiscovered moon around Chariklo that's keeping them stable, researchers said.

The Cosmos continues to surprise, entertain and awe...


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Speaking Of Comets

War or Pestilence you know has been shaken time immemorial from the horrid hair of Comets, and one of them will not be sufficient for this one which all the learned Astronomers tell us has got two tails.

 - John Quincy Adams to Alexander Hill Everett (October 28, 1811)

This is a neat one:

H. Flaugergues (Viviers, France) discovered this comet in the evening sky on March 25, 1811, in the now defunct constellation Argo Navis. The orbit indicates the comet was discovered when situated 2.72 AU from the sun or at the distance of the asteroid belt. The comet was then low in the south and was moving northward and brightening. An observation by Flaugergues the next night confirmed the cometary nature and his estimated apparent position indicated the comet was in Puppis. Flaugergues further observed the comet on the evenings of March 28 to 31, as well as on April 1.

Observations temporarily ceased after April 1, as the moon began interfering on its way to its full phase on April 8, but resumed on April 11...

Johann Karl Burckhardt computed the first orbit for this comet. Using three positions obtained between March 26 and April 19, he determined a rather uncertain orbit which indicated the comet would pass closest to the sun on 1811 September 22 at a distance of 1.77 AU...

During March 1812, [Don Jose Joaquin de Ferrer (Havana, Cuba)] took positions he had determined during the period of May 21 to January 8, and computed an elliptical orbit with an orbital period of 3,757 years.

Clearly it was an omen:

Before the initial years of the nineteenth century, the diminutive Bonaparte had cast his shadow over European civilization. Never a man to doubt his powers, and a master at self-promotion, he cannily adopted various comets as his protecting genii. He was assuredly aware of the tradition wherein comets were associated with kings and great rulers. By adopting comet symbolism, Napoleon lent his reign a traditional resonance and legitimacy.

The first historical comet linked with Napoleon was the Great Comet of 1769 (frequently termed “Napoleon's Comet”), which had an unusual red luster...Since portents can be read in various ways, it was later interpreted by his enemies as foreshadowing the bloodshed and devastating war brought by Napoleon. Nevertheless, his supporters viewed it as a triumphant sign of his glorious reign.

When the Great Comet of 1811...appeared, it was also referred to as “Napoleon's Comet.” Bonaparte greeted it enthusiastically as his guiding star and the controller of his destiny. What fun the English caricaturists had with this situation! However, the comet, which was visible for seventeen months, proved to be ominous for Napoleon. As his grand armée marched into Russian territory, the comet burned with an intensely brilliant light and its tail performed frightening acrobatics by splitting into two parts.

So I guess ISON's shuffling off its cosmic coil last year foretold the G8's breakup with Putin over Crimea...


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God Hates Comets

Ookay, I guess this makes sense:

Comets that are vastly older than creationists believe all of creation to be present a bit of a problem. Hence, if you visit the website of creationist Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis and search for "Oort Cloud," you will find multiple articles providing a creationist take on the origins and nature of comets. In one of them you will find the assertion that there is "zero observational evidence that the Oort cloud exists," followed later by this observation: "but if the solar system is only thousands of years old, as God's Word clearly teaches, there is no problem." In another article, you get this:

Actually the Oort cloud, like Peter Pan's Neverland, has never been observed. The Oort cloud was imagined to provide a birthplace for new comets, since comets like ISON could not exist in a billions-of-years-old universe without some renewable source. The Oort cloud is thus a convenient fiction, but a fiction nonetheless.

In other words, the problem for creationists is the idea that comets are ancient and are sometimes traveling vast distances, from the Oort Cloud, into the inner solar system, a journey that would take a huge amount of time. Now you see why the Oort Cloud is such a threat to their worldview.

Speaking of convenient fictions, the first time I ever heard of an Oort Cloud was when reading the Pern series as a kid.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wave To Titan!


New observations from NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft show what appear to be glints of sunlight bouncing off a wind-rippled lake on the moon Titan.

"If correct, this discovery represents the first sea-surface waves known outside of Earth," University of Idaho planetary scientist Jason Barnes wrote in an abstract of a paper presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

Comparisons with computer models indicate four measurements of Titan’s northern polar region made by Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer on July 26 and Sept. 12, 2013, were wavy seas reflecting the sun.

Cassini's been finding lots of cool stuff about the Jewel of the Solar System and its many worlds.  I was so awed by Voyager as a kid, and this is orders of magnitudes more enthralling.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Straight Out Of 2010

Easy as cake, huh?

Experts say mounting political and economic tensions between the old Cold War foes are unlikely to upset cooperation in space at the moment -- something which would be damaging to both sides.

Not that talking politics is taboo aboard the International Space Station (ISS), where Americans and Russians share close quarters, orbiting at an altitude of 248 miles (400 kilometers) over the Earth.

"We could talk about anything. We'd talk about politics," said retired US astronaut Leroy Chiao, who commanded the ISS for six months in 2004 and 2005.

"With something like this going on, I am sure the crew is talking about it, you know, in a friendly way."
The Russian and US sections at the ISS have their own toilets and they have separate air-conditioning systems.

But many complex operations at the football-field-sized orbiting outpost require Russian and US cooperation, both in space and from control centers on the ground.

NASA mission control in Houston leads the effort, and the United States pays for the bulk of the yearly operating costs.

Howard McCurdy, an expert on space policy at American University, said it was not all marital bliss at the ISS.

"It is like a divorced couple trying to live in the same house," he said.

"You can do it, it is just not very easy. They both own the house. They both operate the house."

LEO is a lot less exciting than a joint mission to Jupiter.  And we still haven't made contact!  But at least the geopolitical tensions are similar...


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Monday, March 17, 2014

You'll Never Read 'Goodnight Moon' The Same Way Again

This is the Greatest Thing Ever:

What begins as a simple observation that it takes the bunny in Goodnight Moon an hour and ten minutes to go to bed (did you ever notice the clock in the bedroom?) turns into a highly entertaining, full-blown astronomical analysis, in this post by Burrito Justice.

The analysis begins with an inspection the Moon's path across the sky...

Helpfully, Burrito Justice created a GIF of the Moon on the rise from the six pages on which the satellite is visible. In doing so, two things become clear. One: the moon in the story travels only about half a moon-width per 10 minute interval, as opposed to the expected five moon widths. Two: the moon actually gets bigger. "Maybe the bunny and the old lady are actually in a space elevator, getting closer to the moon as he gets into bed?" muses Burrito Justice. "Or as suggested by @transitmaps, the bunny can bend space and time? I do not have a good answer to this conundrum, but that is what the comments are for."

These scientific failures mean I can no longer suspend my disbelief...


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