October Skylights
Image Credit & Copyright: Malcolm Park Explanation: As northern hemisphere nights grow longer, October is a good month for spotting auroras, or even other eerie apparitions after dark. And this week the night sky did not disappoint. On October 24th a solar coronal mass ejection impacted planet Earth’s magnetosphere triggering far ranging auroral displays. On that night, this dramatic silhouette against deep red and beautiful green curtains of shimmering light was captured near Whitby, Ontario, Canada. But auroras were reported even farther south, in US states like Alabama, Kansas, and Oklahoma at latitudes rarely haunted by the northern lights. Well above 100 kilometers, at the highest altitudes infused by the auroral glow, the red color comes from the excitation of oxygen atoms.

A Must Read

The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey Sachs

(ISBN: 978-1-4000-6841-8) is a book by economist Jeffrey Sachs. It was published by Random House on October 4, 2011 in the US and by Bodley Head (UK 6 Oct 2011). The book is 336 pages. As described by Random House: the book is “incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.”[1] The title comes from the quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr – “Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” In the review in the Wall Street Journal they state: “Yet at its core “The Price of Civilization” is not about taxes or economics. It is about the “pursuit of happiness” as one academic understands it.” [2]

The book focuses on the changes going on in the world, the effects of these changes on the economic conditions and the necessary actions that will be required to deal with these changes in this new world if America is going to succeed.

YouTube video on the book:

Wiki biography on Jeffry Sachs:



Tails of Comet Garradd
Image Credit & Copyright: Gregg Ruppel Explanation: A good target for binoculars and small telescopes, Comet Garradd (C/2009 P1) now shines in planet Earth’s evening skies, a steady performer but just below naked-eye visibility. Telescopic images like this composite from October 15 can find the comet with a lovely green coma, sporting multiple tails, and lingering against a background of faint stars. The field of view spans over 1 degree or about 2 full moons within the southern boundaries of the constellation Hercules. Now around 16 light minutes (2 astronomical units) away, P1 Garradd is an intrinsically large comet, but will never make a very close approach to Earth or the Sun while sweeping through the inner solar system. As a result, the comet will likely stay a sight for telescopic eyes only, moving slowly through the sky and remaining in Hercules during the coming months.


NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Larry Van Vleet Explanation: It’s the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble‘s central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in scientifically mapped colors to bring up contrast, is about 10 light-years across and part of a much larger complex of stars and shells. The Bubble Nebula can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Queen of Aethiopia (Cassiopeia).

Dark Space

Nobels for a Strange Universe
Image Credit: High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA Explanation: Thirteen years ago results were first presented indicating that most of the energy in our universe is not in stars or galaxies but is tied to space itself. In the language of cosmologists, a large cosmological constant is directly implied by new distant supernova observations. Suggestions of a cosmological constant (lambda) were not new — they have existed since the advent of modern relativistic cosmology. Such claims were not usually popular with astronomers, though, because lambda is so unlike known universe components, because lambda’s value appeared limited by other observations, and because less-strange cosmologies without lambda had previously done well in explaining the data. What is noteworthy here is the seemingly direct and reliable method of the observations and the good reputations of the scientists conducting the investigations. Over the past thirteen years, independent teams of astronomers have continued to accumulate data that appears to confirm the existence of dark energy and the unsettling result of a presently accelerating universe. This year, the team leaders were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work. The above picture of a supernova that occurred in 1994 on the outskirts of a spiral galaxy was taken by one of these collaborations.

Rick Perry Is Right

Children of illegal immigrants should be educated and become productive, tax paying members of America.

The Hate Gets Worse

I’m still getting hate mail from my so called fellow liberals.

Those of you who read the last post on the hate tactics being used against me saw the threat I received from Beach Bum (Sue’s buddy) and the other comments from those who are getting the same treatment from Sue and her minions.

Now Sue is making fun of my serious illness on her blog.

She wishes me death, nice.

Shows what a real despicable, hate filled person she is.

And those like John M. , Beach Bum and the rest of her minions obviously agree with that kind of hate filled behavior.

I love the MADE UP comments she posted that I supposedly wrote.

A very hate filled sick mind.

And those who approve of her tactics, are no better.

All because I told Obama to get off his fat ass.

She is worse than any Republican.

I guess people enjoy her swear word, name calling comments she leaves at any blog she visits. That’s her hate filled style.

And these open minded(?) liberals defend her words and actions.

If you can’t see the wrong in her behavior you should talk to your mother’s about it, because you need direction on what’s right and wrong.