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Pretty cool sun video

NASA time lapse video showing 3 years of the sun. If you’re interested, there’s lots of information at the YouTube site

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Today is AR 2012 DA14 chance to garner attention, coming within 17,200 miles of earth at 2:24pm in my neck of the Kentucky woods:     http://www.heavensabove.com/2012da14.aspxlat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=UCT

Anthony Watts points out that we are worrying about the wrong things http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/02/15/a-problem-that-is-bigger-than-global-warming/ , noting that liberals want to tie up our economy on wasted priorities:

       Meanwhile, Barbara Boxer and friends want to create a tax to put billions into climate research while the asteroid program gets by on a shoestring. It only takes one asteroid to ruin your whole day, global warming, not so much.

Sigh. It’s nice to have a little science back at NASA, instead of them raising the self-esteem of Muslims and trying to lecture on us nonexistent AGW, all so the nonscientists of the Obama adminstration will give them some pennies to feed the birds.

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Meanwhile in the Russia Urals today, reality raised its head and it wasn’t any stupid AGW:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/02/14/large-meteor-in-russia-caught-on-tape/  Last count showed 950 people injured. It wasn’t shot down by the Russian Air Defense, as claimed in the video title.

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When [NASA] nerds party…

Did you stay up to watch the NASA Curiosity Rover land on Mars? I did and it was well worth the time. When it was deemed a success, the NASA team partied. A well-deserved ‘Congratulations and Thank You’ to a group of American achievers.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/08/06/amazing-nasa-photographs-split-second-when-curiosity-enters-mars/

 

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http://www.space.com/16917-mars-rover-curiosity-lands-today.html

It’s been traveling 8 1/2 months to Mars and is due to land about 1:30 AM EDT. Below, a NASA artist’s drawing of their Curiosity Rover sky crane. Keep your fingers crossed for a safe landing without a crash.

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Unexpectedly to some, that is. Here we hear once again from AR1476 http://www.spaceweather.com/.

Anthony Watts has some pics to go with his story and a link to his Solar Reference Page that provides updates. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/08/firecracker-sunspot-turning-towards-earth-possible-large-solar-flares/#more-63121

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Tonight at sunset we can see Venus in conjunction with the Pleiades star cluster [Seven Sisters], an event that occurs only once every 8 years. Here’s a link to the NASA page reporting it and a pic taken by Colorado astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake a couple of nights ago. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/02apr_venuspleiades/

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http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/14/homeland-security-takes-on-the-carrington-event/

In 1859 astronomer Richard Carrington noted a solar eruption that the next day devastated current  technologies, e.g., the telegraph, including setting telegraph paper afire and causing electrical shocks to telegraph operators. Astonishing auroras were seen over the earth.

What would happen today if we lost electricity, phones, utilities, all communication, due to a giant solar flare?

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