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February 21, 2008

Turn Around, Bright Eyes…

Allen @ 8:48 am   |  Comments (7)
Filed under: Astronomy,Music,The Great Outdoors

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Total eclipse, February 20, 2008.  And by happy 80’s cheese ballad coincidence, it’s a total eclipse of the heart — the star in the top part of the image is Regulus, the “heart” of the constellation Leo, the lion.  (The point of light in the lower left is Saturn.)

Given that I’m a Leo, it must be an astrological ill omen to have Bonnie Tyler involved in all this.  Perhaps I will sacrifice several mix tapes on the altar to ward off any evil junior high flashbacks.

February 14, 2008

Globalization Gone Wild!

Allen @ 10:57 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Astronomy,The End Is Near

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Pentagon is considering whether to shoot down a failed spy satellite that could come crashing back to Earth by March, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

“There aren’t a whole lot of other options,” an official said. But these officials would not elaborate on how they would hit the satellite or what the other options would be.

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How are we going to hit the satellite?  Silly Pentagon, do it the same way we do everything else in the US: outsource the job to China.  I hear they have a pretty good record on satellite destruction.

March 14, 2007

Comet McNaught in broad daylight

Allen @ 9:40 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Astronomy

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This was the comet that appeared about 2 months ago — it was so bright, you could see it during the day. I took this shot through my 100mm binoculars around noon (102x magnification). It was my first comet sighting… I’ve been devirginized!

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