Mostly because we're mostly sick to death of the news, unmoved by the Olympics and eager to get to The Hill for an endomorphin buzz, we revert to some time lapse from NASA.
This full Moon will appear to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than most other full moons during the year.
The reason for this phenomenon being that this month the Moon becomes full on its closest approach to Earth on May 5, 2012.
It should still be pretty good again tonight if you have clear skies.
Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere
A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.
“This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. “It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet.”
I should have gone through my email yesterday as I would have known to go check out the sky for a fairly rare conjunction of the three brightest lights in the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.
No matter, the show is back on tonight although configured somewhat differently.
Thanks to Judy M. for the heads up.
Look to the west tonight at dusk.
And again we remind you that not once has anyone around here ever claimed to be a real nice person.
As always the photo links you up to the entire article which as always at Space.com links you up to a raft of other interesting stuff.
A dead climate satellite that has been gradually falling toward Earth is expected to plummet down within days, making it the most massive NASA satellite to make an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere in over three decades, agency officals say.
NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, is expected to plunge toward Earth sometime around Friday (Sept. 23), based on the latest estimates by the agency's orbital debris experts.
The bus-size UARS satellite is one of the largest NASA satellites to plunge back to Earth uncontrolled in more than 30 years.
Ok then, first of all be warned that the guy doing this video is going to try to sell you some silver at the end of this thing.
He doesn't try very hard.
He doesn't even give you his telephone number just in case straight out of left field you happen to be a buyer.
So as far as I'm concerned the guy is harmless.
This is some seriously scary stuff being promoted here.
I'm not kidding.
When I use the word manipulate in this conversation it's not a bad thing as he is simply setting the model for the following series of dates:
September 4, 2010, date of the Christchurch, New Zealand 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
February 27, 2010, date of the Santiago, Chile 8.8 magnitude earthquake
February 11, 2011, date of the Christchurch, New Zealand, 6.3 magnitude earthquake
March, 11, 2011 date of the Fukushima Japan, 9.1 magnitude earthquake.
And then the following dates:
September 27, 2011 ?????
October 17, 2011 ?????
November 5, 2011 ?????
You ain't gonna like it.
Now being me, I had to check it out for myself.
It all works exactly like the video.
If you click the photo of the model below it will take you to the exact NASA model used in the video.
Try it for yourself.
Go ahead I dare ya, scare the crap right out of your own self.
For NASA to be more right about this particular issue than they have been on let's say ... ummmmmm ... that global warming thing, would in my mind be a very good thing.
Only time will tell.
Get up early tomorrow morning and look to the east.
You'll see something you won't see every day.
This story has been flying around all day.
I've read three different versions of it.
As you might well expect the best, which is to say clearest and easiest to understand comes from NASA.
As always click the drawing to read the entire piece.
Be smarter than your friends.
Click the photo below to link up to the facebook page of the NASA Solar Dynamics Laboratory for a video of "a huge filament of megnetism and hot plasma blasting off in the Sun's southwestern limb around 1200 UT" yesterday.
We have not clue one with regards to what that means, but it's a pretty cool vid.
And best of all, it only takes two seconds.
You have time to watch it twice.