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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Space Stuff, Q thru Z.

This is the last of my alphabetical listing of space stuff.  Q through Z will be the last of this series.

"Q" is for Quasar.  A quasar is short for quasi-stellar object.  Now, I suppose you will want to know what that is.  OK, in most young galaxies there is a highly energetic core that may be powered by a huge black hole.  These objects emit exceptionally large amounts of energy.

"R" is for Regolith.  Regolith refers to that powdery stuff that covers the surface of celestial bodies like here on earth, and the moon, asteroids, and lots of others.  Here on earth we call it soil or dirt.

"S" is for Singularity.  Singularity is an area wherein space and time  are infinitely distorted.  That would be a very, very strange place to be, if you could survive being there.

"T" is for Type II Supernova.  It is the explosion of a massive star that occurs when its core runs out of fuel.  These explosions leave behind a neutron star or a black star.

"U" just has to be for Universe, which is all that exists. . . maybe.

"V" is for the Van Allen radiation belt.  The magnetic field of the earth traps protons, Ions, and electrons.  These particles form a protective layer and that layer is called the Van Allen radiation belt.

"W" is for White Dwarf.  A white dwarf is the dense remains of an intermediate mass star like the sun that has collapsed and is the same size as earth.  As sun like stars burn off most of their fuel supply, they don't have enough eternal pressure to offset its gravity and they collapse and explode.

"X" is for X-ray.  We all know what X-rays are but do you know what an X ray star is?  It is a bright object emitting x-rays as a primary component of its radiation.

"Y" is for yellow dwarf.  A yellow dwarf is a star at its stable point in its transformation.  Ordinary stars, including our sun are yellow dwarfs.

"Z" is for zodiac.  The zodiac is an imaginary belt across the sky. Some people believe that which ever zodiac sign you were born under affects their lives.

OK folks, that finishes up my space alphabet.  Wasn't sure that this old man was able to finish that long list, but I did.  Now, some of you may think I am slowing up, but that is not all true.  Yes, I am at the age where I walk slow but drive fast.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"I" through "P" Space Objects.

Linda M said she couldn't wait to see what I did with the rest of the alphabet.  Well Linda, you need not wait any longer.  Since I left off at the letter "H" so today I will continue yesterdays posting by starting with the letter "I".

"I" is for interplanetary, interstellar, or intergalactic.  The inter part of the word means "the space between" and the last part of the word is for either planets, stars, and galaxies.

"J" is for jet and Jovian planet.  A jet is narrow stream of ejected stuff from an accretion disk.  Usually found coming from stars or black holes.  A Jovian planet is one that is Jupiter like.

"K" is for Kuiper Belt, which is a region of the outer solar system where there are millions of small icy bodies which Pluto is the largest known.

"L" can be for a lot of things like latitude, light pollution, and libration, which are the small oscillations in the moon's motion that allows us to see more than just half of the moon.

"M" is for the magnetosphere, an area around a planet where the magnetic field traps charged particles.

"N" is for neutron star, a collapsed, extraordinarily dense city sized remnant of a collapsed star.

"O" is for obliquity which is the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of earth's equator, which is 23 degrees 27 minutes.

"P" is for perigee, the location of a satellite's orbit when it is closest to earth.

Credit for the above must go to planetfacts.org/space-terms

That is enough for today isn't Linda M.?  Maybe I can finish the alphabet in tomorrow's post if nothing more important doesn't pop up.  Now don't get too spaced out but have a great day, you hear?

Monday, February 20, 2017

B is for. . .

Back on the seventeenth, I did a blog entitled "A is for Asteroid".  Today, I am going to move on to the next letter in alphabet, "B".  Since I started with an object from space, I think I will try to keep the astronomy thing as the subject, since that is one of my favorite subjects.

"B" can be for a lot of things, like Blueshift.  Blueshift is the opposite of redshift.  OK, I suppose you want more of an explanation?  Blueshift is a shift in the lines of an object's spectrum toward the blue end when it is coming towards you.  Redshift is the shift that occurs when the object is moving away from you.  The larger the shift, the faster the object is moving.  It is like hearing a train's whistle as it approaches and passes you.  In this respect, sound waves act the same as light.  Of course Black Hole, Big Bang, and Bolide comes to mind, also.

"C" is for Comet, which can brighten up the night sky with their beauty, or for Constellation which are groupings of stars that can form a picture, or for Cosmic Rays which hit the Earth's atmosphere with very high energy, or craters which form when smaller bodies smash into larger ones.

"D" is for Dark Matter.  Stuff out there in space that can only be detected by its gravitational effects on other stuff that can be seen.

"E" is for Extraterrestrial.  That is what we call anything that does not originate on Earth.

"F" is for Fireball.  That would be an extremely bright meteor or bolide (see "B" above)."

"G" is for Galaxy.  A galaxy is a huge group of stars.  Some have formed a spiral like our own Milky Way galaxy.

"H" is for Hubble's Law which says that the farther a galaxy is from us, the faster it is moving away from us.

I am going to quit now.  That was probably a lot more than you wanted to hear or know, but I am not going to give up.  Yep, I will finish the alphabet at another time.  Just a warning.  But for now, have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Little of This, a Little of That.

There is no general theme to this blog, there is just a little of this and a little of that.  At least I hope you enjoy what I dug up on the internet.

I found this first picture of a bowling alley.  They put pictures of open mouths in front of the pins so that the pins looked like teeth in the mouth.  As you can see, the three mouths in the middle have a few missing teeth.  You know, I bet this was a tournament for dentists that like to bowl:

 This next one is a picture of my grandson teaching his son (my great grandson) how to steer his truck (grin).  Well, maybe it is a tad too early to do that, but ain't he cute?

 I found this picture of a. . . what should I call it?  Maybe a mono-glass for a person with one eye and a skinny head?

 Oh, now I see what could wear it, this Minion:

 Now this is sad.  I guess it will have to be my job to break the bad news to all the little children of this world that there just may not be a Christmas this year because there was a terrible accident.  Santa collided with and airliner.  Oh the sadness of it all!!!

I sure hate to leave you on such a sad note but I am having trouble seeing through the tears in my eyes. . . but don't let that bother you but rather, I want you to have a great day, you hear?

Friday, February 17, 2017

A is for Asteroid

Let's talk about asteroids today.  I am sure you have heard about some of the larger ones, like the ones shown in the picture below.

In the next picture below, the smallest asteroid shown is Vesta, which is the largest asteroid shown in the above picture.  This will give you a sense of scale.  Of course the largest object (on the right) is the moon.

 Asteroids can be killers.  One hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs and blew out a huge hole that became the Gulf of Mexico.  So, you say that one large enough to wipe out life on Earth is quite slim and that there aren't that many asteroids out there.  Well, think again.  Just look how many are out there and most of them are between Mars and Jupiter.  Mars is the next planet past the Earth, so they aren't that far away.

Just in cast that you think all asteroids are small rocks, here is an illustration of the four largest asteroids in our solar system compared to the United States.

As you can see, Ceres is the largest followed by Vesta and Pallus and the smallest of the big four is Hygiea.  I believe that you can enlarge the above picture by clicking on it so that you can read the descriptions of those four asteroids.  Now, let us hope that all those asteroids stay up there where they belong and that they don't go bumping together.  That may dislodge some from their orbits and send them hurtling this way.  Not that I am astronomical genius or anything, but it makes sense to me that some of them will eventually head for the sun, but until that time, have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Few More Jokes.

Today I am going to try to make you laugh, so here are some jokes that I hope does the job:

Aging gracefully is about enjoying life. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt. Agatha Christie knew about aging gracefully when she said: "An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have:  the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." - See more at: http://www.atimetolaugh.org/directory-aging-gracefully.html#sthash.5hEPHjpQ.dpuf

OK, I also found a list of what women want in a man at different ages.  It starts out with men at age 22 and goes up by a jump of ten years.  Up until the man reaches the age of 72, each is about the same.  The big change is at the age of 72 and higher.

At age72, there are still 10 things but they are a little different.  Here are the 10 things:

Doesn't scare small children.
Remembers where the bathroom is.
Doesn't require much money for upkeep.
Only snores lightly when asleep.
Remembers why he's laughing.
Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself. 
Usually wears some clothes.
Likes soft foods.
Remembers where he left his teeth.
Remembers that it's the weekend.

OK, the list gets a lot shorter for 82 and over.  In fact there are only two things on the list for that age:


Doesn't miss the toilet.


I got the above from:


Think I will leave you with Bugs Bunny joke:

Bugs Bunny was shopping at the supermarket and a sales assistant said to him: “If you can tell me what 19,866 times 10,543 is, we’ll give you free carrots for life.”
Immediately, Bugs responded: “209,447,238”. 

The sales assistant was astonished and asked: “How on earth did you do that?”
Bugs replied: “If there’s one thing rabbits are good at, it’s multiplying."

Found this last one at:

I hope you got a chuckle out of the jokes and make sure to go to the web sites if you want more laughs.  Laughing is good for you.  Now have a great day, you hear?  And just a closing thought - Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Vegetables and Telephones

My wife eats mostly vegetables.  She says that they are good for you. Me, I eat anything and everything.  The only two things I don't like are anise/licorice and coconut.  Everything else is fair game to me.

I would imagine that they had vegetarians in the past, too:

I guess back in the 16th century, eating no meat was not so much a choice but rather, that was all they could afford.  Yes, I am old but NO, I wasn't around back then.

Speaking of being old, I can remember old rotary dial phones and party lines.   For you young people out there, party lines were when some of your neighbors shared a line.  Each person had their own ring.  Those rings rang every phone on the party line and but your ring was unique.  This led to a lot of your "good" neighbors listening in on your conversation.  Everyone on the party line seemed to know each other's business.  Yep, that was back when the hand receivers had tails:

What was the first type of phone that you can remember.  Through my life, I have had all kinds of phones.  Some had cords, some were cordless but you couldn't get very far from the base or you would the signal would be lost, and now, cell phones.  My wife and I both have cell phones, we also have landlines and some have cords and some don't.  We also had a Verizon Hot Spot that we used when traveling in our RV.  That can be used to access the internet.  My son and his wife has those fancy new cell phones that also can get on the internet.  I guess we are behind times, but that is OK with me.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?