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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

sun at 6:56 pm cdt today


Rush acknowledges he "may be de facto" "leader of the Republican Party"

After showing McCain break out the acronym B.I.O.B. (Blame it on Bush), Stewart made perhaps the joke of the night, firing back with an acronym of his own: "H.R.W.A.T.P.T.R.T.C.I.T.G -- He really was a terrible president that ran the country into the ground."

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This is one of the best years in Pluto's 249-year orbit around the Sun to view the dwarf planet. In May and June, it crosses Messier 24, the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, one of the pieces of sky most densely packed with stars. A high-power telescopic field of view will include hundreds of stars comparable to Pluto in brightness. Then, in July, Pluto crosses Barnard 92, one of the most prominent of all dark clouds, where typical backyard telescopes show no stars whatsoever.

mexico shaken by 6.2 earthquake Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 02:22:28 AM at epicenter      

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Hurricane Alex churned westward through the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday, far from oil spill cleanup efforts but on a collision course with Mexico and the southern Texas coastline. The National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded the storm to a Category 1 hurricane — the least powerful type — shortly before 10 p.m. CDT Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, it sustained winds of 80 mph. Alex became the first June hurricane in the Atlantic since 1995, the center said. Bands of intense rain began lashing deep south Texas and northeast Mexico Wednesday morning as Alex slowed its movement to 7 mph. The National Weather Service pushed Alex's landfall back to late Wednesday night or early Thursday and raised the possibility that it would make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. Texas residents had been preparing for the storm for days, readying their homes and businesses and stocking up on household essentials. But the storm was expected to deal only a glancing blow to the state and to make landfall south of Matamoros, Mexico, and some 100 miles south of Brownsville.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blatter said in a meeting today: I apologised to England and Mexico. The English said, ‘thank you’ and accepted that you can win [some] and you lose [some], and the Mexicans bowed their head and accepted it.” “It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be nonsense not to re-open the file on goal line technology,” said Blatter. “We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have first opportunity in July at the business meeting. “Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it’s not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen. “The only principle we are going to bring back for discussion is goal line technology. “Football is a game that never stops and the moment there was a discussion if the ball was in or out, or there was a goal-scoring opportunity, do we give a possibility to a team to call for replays once or twice like in tennis?

dust storm over red sea from earlier today

sun today at 1:19 central.... thankfully it was obscured by rain clouds in southern arkansas

A magnetic filament is snaking over the sun's northeastern limb, and it is filled with cool dark "puffs" of solar plasma. Pete Lawrence sends this picture from his backyard observatory in Selsey, UK:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

todays sun shot

NEW SUNSPOT 1084: A new sunspot is rotating into view around the sun's southeastern limb. The sunspot's dark core is about the size of Earth, and it sits at the vertex of a massive swirl of hot gas. Extreme UV images from NASA's Solar Dynamiics Observatory reveal the million-degree whirlpool:   and

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On Saturday, June 26th, the Moon passed through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial lunar eclipse. In Australia, Geoff Sims combined a series of images to reveal the outline of Earth's shadow:

gulf coast oil slick 7:05 cdt this morning

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa — Germany's latest World Cup victory over England will be remembered not for any of the brilliant goals, but for the one that didn't count. Thomas Mueller scored twice in the second half Sunday and England had a goal not awarded by the referee in a 4-1 victory Sunday that put Germany into the World Cup quarterfinals. The 20-year-old forward finished two quick German counterattacks within 3 minutes to sink England's hopes of beating Germany at the World Cup for the first time since the 1966 final. England was not helped by referee Jorge Larrionda waving play on even though Frank Lampard's first-half shot landed well past the goal line after hitting the crossbar. Germany led 2-1 at the time. "It was one of the most important things in the game," England coach Fabio Capello said. "The goal was very important. We could have played a different style. "We made some mistakes when they played the counterattack. The referee made bigger mistakes."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Satellite Timelapse April 20 - May 24 2010

It's all over - Ghana are through to the World Cup quarter-finals and the USA are out. The victors will play Uruguay in the quarter-finals. While Landon Donovan looks completely sickened and Mike Bradley heads to the American dug-out for a sit-down       Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson, right, punches the ball away from United States' Jay DeMerit, left, during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 26, 2010.    

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Steaphany Waelder, Loving Texas Jun. 26, 2010......................... Here is the Moon during the June 26, 2010 Lunar Eclipse at 10:59:52 UT from my North Texas ranch, Location 98º 28' 35"W 33º 13' 32" N 386m with my Sigma SD14 through my Orion 1250mm ( 90mm Ø ) Maksutov Cassegrain, f/13.9, Shutter 1 Second, ISO 100. The Moon was just 4° 16' 23" above the horizon, only 28 minutes before setting, and 39 before the eclipse achieved the greatest coverage.

Friday, June 25, 2010

spider on my wall

endless bummers with jon stewart.......Brian Kilmeade wants a word with the BP robot, David Petraeus replaces Stanley McChrystal, and a federal judge sides with Google. (07:24)

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This Saturday morning, June 26th, there's going to be a lunar eclipse—and for many residents of the USA, it's going to be a big one. The eclipse begins at 3:17 am PDT (10:17 UT) when the Moon enters the sunset-colored shadow of Earth. By 4:38 am PDT (11:38 UT), the moment of greatest eclipse, 54% of the Moon's diameter will be covered. From beginning to end, the event lasts almost three hours.        Although the eclipse is only partial, it will be magnified in size and charm by the "Moon Illusion"--a result of the eclipse occurring close to the horizon from viewing sites in the USA.
For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. In fact, a low Moon is no wider than any other Moon—cameras prove it—but the human brain insists otherwise.

is it raining oil in louisiana?

north korea out of world cup

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

colbert on beck

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Colbert dedicated a substantial chunk of his show last night to mocking Glenn Beck, who recently justified planning his rally on the exact date and location of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech." Joked Colbert: "Finally, someone is bringing "Martin Luther King's movement back to its conservative white roots."

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"America's finest reporters" have been beside themselves with wonder at how a Rolling Stone reporter pulled off "reporting." Quipped Stewart: "At approximately 11:04 Eastern Standard Time, the American news media finally realized they kind of sucked."

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The International Space Station (ISS) is about to put on a remarkable show. For the next few days, the behemoth spacecraft will be in almost-constant sunlight. This means it will shine brightly in the night sky every single time it passes overhead. Some observers can see it 3, 4, even 5 times a night!    more info here

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Landon Donovan's dramatic stoppage-time goal secured a narrow victory over Algeria and fired the United States into the last 16 of the World Cup as group winners. The US were on the brink of going out of the competition when Donovan followed up a sharp save from goalkeeper Raid Ouheb M'bolhi in the 92nd minute to smash the ball home. Until that moment it had been a story of inspired saves from M'bolhi, poor American finishing and a lineman's error, which denied Clint Dempsey a goal in the first half. But Donovan's late intervention delivered a deserved victory, which pushed England into second place in Group C on goals scored following their 1-0 victory over Slovenia.    

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In this view of the center of the magnificent barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512, the Hubble telescope reveals a stunning 2,400 light-year-wide circle of infant star clusters. Astronomers generally believe that the giant bar, which is too faint to be seen in this image, funnels the gas to the inner ring, where massive stars are formed within numerous star clusters. Located 30 million light-years away, NGC 1512 is a neighbor of our Milky Way galaxy. Source: NASA  from here you can see the entire slideshow of hubble telescope's greatest hits

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Journalists have reported on the spread of the spill in print and video. As the anecdotal evidence of a mounting environmental disaster accumulates, the challenge of quantifying the enormity of the problem is made that much harder by the piecemeal nature of this developing story. But now, several hundred miles above the earth, NASA satellites have been tracking the spread oil slick as it approaches the Louisiana coast                                                     gallery here;contentBody

Beck accuses "joke" Media Matters of "smear campaign" but doesn't address debunking of his Petrobras conspiracy theory

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eclipsemap.jpg (1196�562) -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids: "This Saturday, June 26th, the Moon will pass through Earth's shadow for a partial lunar eclipse. The event lasts for almost three hours centered on 11:38 UT (4:38 am PDT). At maximum, about 53% of the Moon's surface will be covered by the dark-red core of Earth's shadow. Sky watchers in the Americas, Australia, east Asia and India are favored:"

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Stewart got some great material from a always reilable source, Michele Bachmann. who reneged on her statements from just a few days prior. A flabbergasted Stewart asked: "Am I the only one of the two of us who listens to what you say?"

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Jun Lao Image taken: Jun. 22, 2010 Location: North Atlantic Ocean Details: Was travelling to Europe and saw a blue glow above the horizon and saw noctilucent clouds to the northeast (they were below Capella and Perseus) in the early morning sky before sunrise (well, at least as seen from the plane) at 33,000 feet in the north Atlantic Ocean. Taken with a Nikon D80 at ASA 1600 and 5 seconds on an 18-200 mm lens fully open      and more here