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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Spaced Out Facts.

I love astronomy and think that it is oh so interesting.  There is a humongous area of stuff in our universe and there is no reason why there can't be more universes.  I am not going to hurt my mind with trying to think about all the possibilities because there are enough facts to try to wrap my mind around.  Let me list a few of them:

What do you think would be the size of the largest star that has been discovered so far?  It is a red supergiant that is 1708 times larger than our sun.  Wow, that must be really hot and bright.

Not only is there stars much bigger than ours there are also galaxies much bigger, too.  The largest that we know of is IC 1101 which is 30 times the size of our Milky Way.

What are neutron stars?  They are the final stages after high mass stars explode and collapses.  They can rotate from 60 to 600 times a second.  Multiply those numbers by 60 to get RPM's.

According to information from the Hubble Space Telescope, it is estimated that there are 100 billion (100,000,000,000) galaxies in our universe and that number may be 500 billion galaxies.  Now tell me with all those galaxies and with all the star (solar) systems in those galaxies that there isn't some intelligent life out there somewhere.  If so, they would be just way too far away for any contact with us.  Even traveling at the speed of light it would take millions of years for a signal to reach us.  We may be alone in the universe or maybe not.  I doubt that I will ever know.  Space is just so very fast that we have a hard time comprehending those distances.  As for now, we better take good care of our Earth, we need it.  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Missions to Mars.

Believe it or not, there have been almost sixty missions to Mars, some were fly-bys, some were landers, and some were rovers.  Yep, we have been in that area quite a few times and here is a list of all of them and who sent them and if they were successful or not.  Just go to:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missions_to_Mars

After you look at that link, pan down and on the same page it lists proposed missions.  I wonder what the inhabitants of Mars think about all of us snooping around their planet.

By the way, quite a few years ago I knew four men who were "The Men from Mars".  No, they were not little green men.  When someone thinks of creatures from the red planet why do they think they are green?  The guys I knew were from a small town in Western Pennsylvania named Mars, who had a gospel quartet.  The bass singer also delivered heating oil and that is how I met him.  We got along well together and we had a lot in common, like we had both sang in quartets and I used the oil he delivered to keep warm on those cold Pennsylvania winter days and nights.  By the way, I just loved snow and would use any excuse I could think of to get out in it.  I was that way from the time I learned to walk until I moved south.

Go outside tonight and look up, you may be surprised at what you see.  Use binoculars if you don't have a telescope.  Any point of light that doesn't get bigger when you look though binoculars or telescopes is a star.  Anything that gets bigger is a planet or comet or something a lot closer than stars.  Have a great day and if you look up tonight, don't get a stiff neck, you hear?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Attempted a Moon Shot

No, I wasn't trying to send a rocket to the moon, just shoot a picture or two of it.  It was a thin sliver and looked so neat that I ran in the house and got my camera.  Now, just so you don't get disappointed when you see the pictures, my camera is a small pocket type that actually fits into my shirt pocket.  It takes fair pictures but is not really good for celestial shots.

But I felt that this thin sliver of a moon should be photographed, so I gave it a shot (or two).  I zoomed in to the limits of my little camera and snapped two pictures.  When I looked at them, all I could see was a little spot of light in the middle of a dark screen.  On the computer I zoomed and I zoomed and I zoomed in on that little spot and finally got something that looked like a sliver of the moon.  Here are the two pictures that I took:

As you can see, I must have moved some on the second shot.  Oh well, someday I may get myself a really good camera, that is when my ship comes in.  Or, next time, I could take a picture through my big telescope, but then all you would see would be a crater or two with a pile of rocks in the middle of them.  Now, don't ask me where those piles of rocks came from, but have yourselves a great day, you hear?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Some Golf Balls for Barney.

Hay Barney, I don't play golf but I grow natural golf balls.  OK, I bet you don't believe me do you?  OK, I will prove it to you.  I took some pictures less than an hour ago, so I will post them here.

This first one looks like a lone golf ball in the high grass.  I bet that looks familiar to you Barney, right?

Oh!!  There is another one.  Did you hit more than one ball?

Oh my gosh!!!  That one had babies.  So, that is how golf balls come to be.  The little ones grow up to be big ones that you hit all over the place until they find a hole in the ground to hide in.  But I think they were cute, don't you agree???

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Shape of the Solar System

Have you ever wondered why our solar system is very near a perfect disk instead of a blob of planets in willy-nilly positions?  Well, I have.  So I will try to give you a logical answer.  Our star, the Sun, formed out of dense cloud of gas and dust.  The stuff in that cloud kept bouncing off each other and sometimes a couple of those particles stuck together.  The more particles that it bumped into the more that stuck to it so it grew bigger and in doing so, its gravity started to increase and thus it attracted more and more particles until it got to be a very, very huge glob.  This glob then had developed that awesome force of gravity which then attracted more and more stuff.

It got so big that it imploded into a disk and became dense enough at the center to start a thermal nuclear explosion.  This, I believe, is what ignited that blob into a star, and this particular star became our sun.  The disk of dust around it had denser areas that coalesced which in time formed the planets.  Because the planets were formed from this disk, they are in the same plane or very near the same plane.

OK, you say that sounds logical, but why did it implode into disk instead of a smaller ball.  That is because way back when it all started, the big ball of gas and dust had so much gravitational pull that the ball squashed down to a disk.  Of course, I believe that it had divine guidance.   OK, that is the way I understand what happened.  If any of you have a different theory, please let us all know.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Straps.

I just saw on the morning news a whole lot of back-packs for kids to carry their books, etc. in going to and from school.  I suppose that they carry lots of things in them too.  Back when I started to school, I used a book strap.  Remember them?
Mine was a little different, but you get the idea.  We didn't have or want back-packs.  That belt did the job and when not in use it could be rolled up and put in your pocket.  If something happened to the belt that held up your pants, you could always substitute your book strap for your pant's belt.  I am really thankful that I grew up in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  Now tell me, how many of you remember book straps?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Night Time Visitor.

Last night I woke up to an unexpected night time visitor.  It seemed that there flashes of light on the ceiling of the bed room.  All kinds of explanations raced through my head, but then after I got completely awake, I realized what it was.  No, it wasn't aliens, nor was it ghosts, it was just a lost lightning bug that somehow had entered our home.

The light that lightning bugs produce is a cold light.  It contains no infrared nor does it contain any ultraviolet.  There are a lot of insects and their larva that have bio-luminescence.  And yes, they even glow when they are in the larva stage.  Have you ever heard of glow worms?

Of course seeing that lightning bug reminded of my childhood days when my cousins and I would run around our grandparents' yard collecting them in a jar with holes punched in the lid.  After watching them for awhile light up the space around the jar, we would release them and let them continue to do what ever they were doing before we disturbed them.  Oh, the good old days!!!  Now, you all have a great day, you hear.