Cometary Sunday

COMET ATLAS AND THE OWL NEBULA: Astronomers are keeping a close eye on Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4). Currently beyond the orbit of Mars, the dirty snowball from deep space is falling toward the sun–and it has recently tripled in brightness, possibly signalling an explosion of dust and gas in the comet’s core. In late May, it will swoop inside the orbit of Mercury and could become very bright, indeed.

First, though, Comet ATLAS has a date with the Owl Nebula. Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen, Austria, photographed the comet approaching the Owl on Feb. 21st:

“On Feb. 24-25, the nebula and the comet will be about 1 degree apart,” notes Jäger. Can you say, “photo-op?”

The Owl Nebula is an expanding shell of gas ejected from an old red giant star about 2,030 light years from Earth. Astronomers call such shells “planetary nebulae” because their spherical forms look like planets. In fact, they are signposts of dying stars.

Comet ATLAS may be the signpost of … a dying comet. Its orbit is strikingly similar to that of the Great Comet of 1844, which was visible in broad daylight when it passed very close to the sun in the 19th century. Comet ATLAS may be a fragment of that Great Comet–or perhaps a sibling comet, spawned by an even greater parent disintegrating 1000+ years ago.


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9 Responses to Cometary Sunday

  1. Micki says:

    Bernie may yet prove the pundits wrong, that he is “unelectable.” LBJ’s speech at the University of Michigan in 1964 launched The Great Society…which got derailed overtime by the elite ruling class, including Democrats who suck up to corporate power/influence.

    THE SPEECH THAT LAUNCHED THE GREAT SOCIETY — note the mention of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in this aarticle


  2. Micki says:

    Sure glad I don’t watch what passes for “journalism” in this whacky world.

    MSNBC’s rich centrist blabbermouths are in high dungeon over Bernie’s win in Nevada! I wish MSNBC’s ratings would tank, and they’d go off the air! We should worry about the Russian “dis- and misinformation” when we have our homegrown variety that is much more pernicious?! Get real!

    “A squeaky, angry minority.” MSNBC talking head describing Bernie’s supporters.

    James Carville followed that up by calling Putin the real winner [because Bernie is a loser, in his estimation].



    • ò,óarol says:

      I just don’t understand them. They should know more about politics and history than I do. Why they don’t cheer on whoever is leading is beyond me. “If Bernie gets the nomination, Trump will win.” Say what? If the majority is picking HIM to run, why would he lose?

      What I tell those on the TV constantly, no one is psychic. We won’t know who will win until election night.


  3. Micki says:

    From Common Dreams:

    “…The most unhinged lines of Saturday night came from “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, who compared Sanders’ Nevada win to the Nazi invasion of France.

    “I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” said Matthews. “And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.'”

    “So I had that suppressed feeling,” Matthews continued. “I can’t be as wild as Carville but he is damn smart, and I think he’s damn right on this one.”

    ….Matthews suggested that four more years of President Donald Trump might be better for the Democratic Party than a Sanders presidency.

    Matthews’ remarks comparing the Sanders campaign to Nazis—not the first time an MSNBC host has made such a comparison—sparked immediate backlash and demands for his resignation.

    Mike Casca, communications director for the Sanders campaign, tweeted that he “never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a Jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the Nazis to the Third Reich.”

    “But here we are,” Casca wrote.


    • Carol says:

      I yell at Chris Matthews on Hardball every night, more than I do anyone else. He’s always making me mad.

      I turned the TV on last night and Bernie was giving a speech. He caught my interest so I stayed and listened to him. There was not one thing he listed as something we needed to do in this country that wasn’t a good thing. It was all the usual ideas most civilized countries have going for them. Tears came to my eyes because I watched him spell out what we need and I thought of the clips of Trump rallies I see all the time. Trump NEVER has anything good to say, never a plan to help anyone in this country. He spends all his time complaining and putting people down. There are always people behind Trump with signs they hold up here and there. They’ll nod at something he says, or respond when he seeks a response, but compared to Bernie’s crown last night?

      People behind Bernie with signs, they cheered their brains out through the whole speech. Everyone had smiles on their faces, they weren’t poker-faced like Trump’s people.

      Bernie said something like, “I help you and you help me. We’re all in this together.” I’ve said that forever now.

      This country has a government, which is supposed to be us. We’re all in this together therefore the government, which is us, takes care of the basics for ALL of us so we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have the roads, the military, SS, Medicare, we also need to beef up other safely nets and we need national health care and higher education and a national minimum wage of $15. Those things will raise our quality of life. “I help you, you help me.”

      Can he win? Why not?


  4. Den says:

    None of the candidates have mentioned the time and money it will take to put the Government back together after cheeto-face gutted it, all those grandiose campaign promises will have to be set aside until a real government is functioning again.


  5. Den says:

    Tow Trucksters, low prices:


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Waited until the rain stopped but the wind almost blew my hat into the river! Fortunately it stopped half way down the bank. Despite the hat trick, only 46 minutes to the Tokyo Seoul.


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