Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has passed away from a stroke. She was 89.
Robin Williams was found dead. He was 63.
Gun control advocate and former Reagan press secretary died Monday at the age of 73.
ZURICH - Blues musician Johnny Winter is dead at age 70, according to Zurich police. Although no foul…
Mope gets points for being the first to send news.
And we get the present!
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular new image of an iconic nebula to celebrate its 23 years of peering deep into the heavens.
The Hubble observatory, which launched on April 24, 1990, captured the Horsehead Nebula in infrared light, peering through obscuring veils of dust to reveal the object’s hidden features.
I don’t know….doesn’t look like a horse’s head to me. Looks like a man with his back turned towards me, his arms out, and head looking down. Like a Calvin Klein astronomy ad.
Hope y’all have a great Sunday!!
Actually, this “tweet” is from July 12th, but it’s so funny, I had to go mine it and take a screenshot for posterity.
In other news, Curiosity landed on Mars!! I had no doubts it would. I do find it galling that the Prez is praising the work of an agency whose budget he cut and whose mission he changed:
Tonight’s success, delivered by NASA, parallels our major steps forward towards a vision for a new partnership with American companies to send American astronauts into space on American spacecraft. That partnership will save taxpayer dollars while allowing NASA to do what it has always done best – push the very boundaries of human knowledge. And tonight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.
I laughed at the “our preeminence”, but totally lost it when I read “our economy” is the envy of the world. It may be the envy of Greece and Spain, but not India or China. I would not be surprised if he attributed the success of the landing to Muslim Outreach Solutions™.
It’s crap like this that makes me wish I had strychnine in my coffee.
It has been quite a while since I did an astronomy picture at H&B. There are so many to choose from, but I always turn to the classics.
This is a close up of the light echo from V838 Monocerotis taken in September, 2006. A gorgeous pic of Monocerotis can be found here.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget, tonight is a full moon. Enjoy the heavens
As is my Jones, I go check HubbleSite every morning. Yes, they have an app for that. I imagine they track you from space, too. Anyway, I was over there checking out their newer additions, when one stirred the romantic in me.
That is Arp 273, a pair of interacting galaxies. The smaller one, the “stem” is thought to have passed through the larger one, the “flower”.
When I was young”er”, I never fully appreciated roses. It just seemed to me that they were so over-commercialized. I mean, every single holiday pushes one to buy roses, even Christmas. Consequently, I was never a fan until in later years, when I grew my own, and learned to appreciate the lushness and beauty of the unfolding petals, the fragrance of romance, and the thorns telling me to back the hell off. Still, though not my favorite flower, they still stir the romantic in me.
And it’s nice to see romance out among the stars
Some of you may know, I am a big fan of the Last Frontier. No, not Alaska, though I’m sure Alaska is nice and all. I mean outer space. Stars, planets, asteroids, all that. I’ve been lucky to have met several astronauts and Mission Control specialists. And I have suffered with the rest of us as NASA became a political football, an AGW advocate, and finally, a muslim outreach center. When the decision to ground the Shuttle program came, I was a bit heartbroken, but with that came the reality that the Shuttles were getting past their prime.
To us mere mortals, that means it’s time to substitute that program with another. One that’s Better, Faster, Stronger™. But no…. that isn’t in the cards at this time. The Constellation Project has been severely scaled back, and the future of the Orion spacecraft is in serious doubt. Then when you read stuff like this, it makes you wonder if NASA is making a bully move to take someone else’s work.
But the bitter pill I can’t swallow has to be the snubbing of Johnson Space Center. Four STS spacecraft needing homes for display: Atlantis will go to Cape Canaveral (I refuse to use KSC), Discovery will go to the Smithsonian, Endeavour will retire to the California Science Center in L.A.
And the Enterprise will go to… New York City, to be displayed on board the U.S.S. Intrepid, because New York City has such a long history of space exploration….
Yes, I was upset. I was actually seething when I heard the announcements. And I also saw the confusion among some of the Canaveral employees when NYC was rewarded. And I called my dad, asking him if this was protocol, or a snub, or a joke. His answer was, this was not the NASA from my childhood. And he is right. It isn’t. Back then we wanted to explore the heavens and reach the stars. Now, NASA is more concerned with climate change and making people feel good. Maybe I’m harsh, or just jaded, because every kid I ever babysat always wanted to be an astronaut, and I seldom hear that from kids nowadays. And it makes me sad.
But Karma has a way of having the last laugh. And as my friend Dick pointed out, our state has more pressing issues as well as better places to allocate the huge financial burden that would have come with displaying a Shuttle. And knowing that California and New York are in dire financial straits….well, let’s just say there’s plenty of popcorn to pass around
Ok, it has been a very frustrating day for me. WordPress has decided I am to be banned at every turn, foiling my evil plans morning blogging habits. Frustrating as hell, but then again, I still have my sanity, unlike people of Spain. I read about this earlier, and thought maybe C Monster at Soylent Green had covered it, and maybe he did. I don’t recall. But still, this just goes to show the absolute stupidity of some people:
After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.
Yes, you read that right. A woman with a serious lack of nookie hobbies got the idea of claiming the Sun after she read about the American moron who claimed the Moon and some of the planets. And what does she plan to do now that she “owns” the Sun? Glad you asked!!
[Angeles] Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government and 20 percent to the nation’s pension fund.
She would dedicate another 10 percent to research, another 10 percent to ending world hunger — and would keep the remaining 10 percent herself.
WTF is she going to do? Ask the guy who owns the Moon to eclipse the Sun until payment is rendered??
You know the sad part about this stunning froth of stupidity?? Some of the socialist morons in Spain will actually pay!!!!
The Glowing Eye of NGC 6751. This image is being released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. The nebula is found in the Aquila Constellation, and shows a star that has ejected a cloud of gas. Beautiful….wondrous….mysterious…and totally hot.
As events unfold around the World Wide Web, I can’t help but notice some happenings that --dare I type it-- bring a grin to my visage, by virtue of the implosion of hitherto unknown secrets being divulged through this capricious instrument.
The Daily Caller has been slowly, deliciously breaking the news about Journolist, a listserv of liberal-leaning so-called journalists, bloggers, political pundits, and academicians. The leaking of the e-mails about killing off the Jeremiah Wright story and trying to shut down a news network puts a freaking spike in the coffin of what was the MSM. The hatred for Rush Limbaugh was just icing. Searching back in the internet, her capriciousness delivers a scrumptious coup: turns out several members are policy makers, like Paul Krugman and Peter Orszag.
UPDATE: Journolist is not dead….it has risen from it’s putrescence as Cabalist.
Al Gore’s troubles, like his methane, just keep rising. Aside the Portland, Oregon investigation, not one, but TWO massage therapists have come forward. One accuser is from Beverly Hills, the other from Tokyo. The only thing that would have made this better was if one had been from Kyoto.
The Obamacare bill had a surprise: a sooper-sekrit gold coin tax. Why is this good news, you may ask? Because people are seeing this for what it is: a massive tax designed to crush small business and entrepreneurship, and enslave the middle class:
This provision [Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act], intended to mine what the IRS deems a vast reservoir of uncollected income tax, was included in the health care legislation ostensibly as a way to pay for it.
Scary, no? Interestingly, the government is going after GoldLine, a company who sponsors Glenn Beck. Investors are not happy.
The GOP may be having a tough time trying to search for a solid conservative candidate for 2012, but this should bring a spark to their collective eye: Americans would vote for ANY Republican over Prez Obama. I can’t WAIT to see Gibby spin this.
This star doesn’t need a teleprompter, just adoration from afar.
And finally, for when frustrations start getting to you, hit the button.
Have a good one!!!
Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars looks like an aerial burst. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust—the raw material for new star formation. The nebula, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina, contains a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603.
See? Even the Universe celebrated our Day of Independence