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“My God, it’s full of stars.” – A Space Odyssey (1968)

December 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Triangles on the Sun, and the portals they serve.

“My God, it’s full of stars.”

There it is. …look at all that #CME #Portal activity interacting with the comet-like “escort” that was #ISON

The Maya possessed the Ancient #Gnosis

ISON stands still and waits for 132 days.
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“Comet #ISON has been on a standstill for more than 132 days … a rather puzzling feat,” Ferrin wrote in a paper submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and posted online at the archival site arXiv.org.” –http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/us-space-comet-idUSBRE96S16U20130730

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Mars in the Loop

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

“This composite of images spaced some 5 to 7 days apart from late October 2011 (top right) through early July 2012 (bottom left), traces the retrograde motion of ruddy-colored Mars through planet Earth’s night sky. To connect the dots in Mars’ retrograde loop, just slide your cursor over the picture (and check out this animation).

But Mars didn’t actually reverse the direction of its orbit. Instead, the apparent backwards motion with respect to the background stars is a reflection of the motion of the Earth itself. Retrograde motion can be seen each time Earth overtakes and laps planets orbiting farther from the Sun, the Earth moving more rapidly through its own relatively close-in orbit. On March 4th, 2012 Mars was opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky, near its closest and brightest at the center of this picture. Just arrived on the surface of the Red Planet, the Curiosity rover was launched on November 26, when Mars was near the crossover point of its retrograde loop.

Of course, Mars can now be spotted close to Saturn and bright star Spica, near the western horizon after sunset.”


Image Credit & CopyrightCenk E. Tezel, Tunç Tezel (TWAN)

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The Milky Way Over Monument Valley

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

The Milky Way Over Monument Valley

You don’t have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arch across the sky like this — but it helps.

Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock.

In the above image taken about two months ago, the closest butte on the left and the butte to its right are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte can be seen just further to the right. High overhead stretches a band of diffuse light that is the central disk of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. The band of the Milky Waycan be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights.”

Image Credit & CopyrightWally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)

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