Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Christmas star

Jupiter/Saturn Great Conjunction: On December 21, the 2 planets will appear to merge into a single Christmas star, the first time in 400 years. The planets will be visible to the naked eye—binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s 4 biggest moons. (southwestern horizon ) NASA image. (December photo shows Saturn above Jupiter)

Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Luray, Virginia. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Pretty in Pink

This gas giant (GJ 504b) is bigger and has more mass than Jupiter. It orbits star GJ 504, 57 light years away. It is still hot–Newly formed–160 million years old. NASA: Aug. 11, 2020.

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Watch the skies

The Perseid meteor showers are at their peak now through August 13. Earth is passing through the rubble of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Best viewing: pre-dawn hours, look straight up, slightly north. (you will need a dark sky)Northern hemisphere is best. I live in the city and avoid dawn–I will watch via NASA’s live streaming.


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Too close

Today’s solar .photos–July 20–taken by NASA’s SDO–Solar Dynamics Observatory. Different filters are used to obtain different colors.

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Parallel Universe!

Working in Antarctica, NASA scientists working with the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna or ANITA detected neutrinos coming from Earth’s interior instead of outer space—once thought impossible. One theory is they came from a Parallel Universe where time operates in reverse. The theory is that after the Big Bang, 2 universes were created—ours and a mirror image of ours, a parallel universe where left and right and so on are the opposite. Don’t make travel plans yet—other theories may arise.


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Cold Moon!

Tonight (12.12.2019) is a full moon, the Cold Moon. Sorry but the 12:12 posts are wrong, according to NASA—it is at 12:16. Cold either way you go.

The Cherokee call it Snow Moon Usgiyi ᎤᏍᎩᏱ The spirit being, “Snow Man”, brings the cold and snow for the earth to cover the high places while the earth rests until the rebirth of the seasons in the Windy Moon Anuyi.


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Don’t Look!

Black Holes devouring stars. These 2 computer-generated images are from NASA.

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News from Mars. (Mars News Bureau?)

Today’s weather: -18 F—the high! -110 F—the low!

Mars mystery: Protonilus Mensae: Photo of Brain Drain, thought to be ice sublimating—turning to a vapor.

Amazonis Planitia: the photo with craters. Ancient lava flows.


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NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has discovered 3 planets orbiting TOI 270, a brown dwarf star 73 light years away. It is relatively close to us. The 3 planets: TOI 270b, TOI 270c, and TOI 270d. They are all a little bigger than Earth but orbiting closely to their star. TOI 270d, the farthest of the 3 from their star, may be cool enough to harbor life.

Write about it? You bet.


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