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Creation: Our Solar System

The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant molecular cloud.
The vast majority of the system’s mass is in the Sun, with most of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, also called the terrestrial planets, are primarily composed of rock and metal.
The four outer planets, called the gas giants, are substantially more massive than the terrestrials. The two largest, Jupiter and Saturn, are composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are composed largely of substances with relatively high melting points (compared with hydrogen and helium), called ices, such as water, ammonia and methane, and are often referred to separately as “ice giants”.
Below are some stunning images of our Solar System, taken by photographer Michael Benson for his new book, Planetfall and his exhibition of the same title now at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
By “planetfall,” Benson means “the act or an instance of sighting a planet after a space voyage.”
To make his photographs, Benson peruses through thousands of raw image data, rarely seen by the public, which were collected on missions led by NASA—Cassini, Galileo, MESSENGER, Viking and Voyager, among others—and the European Space Agency. Benson then pieces together the image data into one seamless photograph. It can take anywhere from tens to hundreds of raw frames to arrange, like a mosaic, one legible composite image. Then rendering the photograph in realistic colors adds another layer of complexity.

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Benson1 Io

Jupiter’s innermost volcanic moon, Io.

Io passes across face of Jupiter

Io passes across face of Jupiter

Benson5 Jupiter's moon Europa

Surface of Jupiter’s moon, Europa

Uranus and its rings

Uranus and its rings

Eclipse of Sun by Earth

Eclipse of Sun by Earth

Neptune (crescent) and its satellite, Triton

Neptune (crescent) and its satellite, Triton

Sun on the Pacific Ocean, as seen from the International Space Station

Sun on the Pacific Ocean, as seen from the International Space Station

Source: Smithsonian.com
H/t FOTM’s igor

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And In The 'That's Reassuring Department' We Have This….

Kinda gives you the warm and fuzzies …Doesn’t it?


Nasa‘s advice on asteroid hitting Earth: pray

By Reuters in Cape Canaveral, Florida, edited by Sarah Titterton2:01PM GMT 20 Mar 2013

Charles Bolden, the chief of the Nasa, has warned that the US space agency’s best advice on how to handle a large asteroid heading towards New York City is “pray”.
Nasa has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those that are .62 miles (1 km) or larger in diameter Photo: Alamy
By Reuters in Cape Canaveral, Florida, edited by Sarah Titterton2:01PM GMT 20 Mar 2013
Mr Bolden told US lawmakers that prayer was all that the US or anyone could currently do about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth.
An asteroid estimated to be have been about 55 feet (17 metres) in diameter exploded on Feb 15 over Chelyabinsk, Russia, generating shock waves that shattered windows and damaged buildings. More than 1,500 people were injured.
Later that day, a larger, unrelated asteroid discovered last year passed about 17,200 miles (27,681 km) from Earth, closer than the network of television and weather satellites that ring the planet.
The events “serve as evidence that we live in an active solar system with potentially hazardous objects passing through our neighborhood with surprising frequency,” said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Democrat.
“We were fortunate that the events of last month were simply an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe,” said US House of Representatives Science Committee chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican.
Mr Smith called a hearing on Tuesday to learn what is being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet.
Nasa has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those that are .62 miles (1 km) or larger in diameter.
“An asteroid of that size, a kilometer or bigger, could plausibly end civilization,” White House science advisor John Holdren told legislators at the same hearing.
But only about 10 percent of an estimated 10,000 potential “city-killer” asteroids, those with a diameterof about 165 feet (50 meters) have been found, Mr Holdren added.
On average, objects of that size are estimated to hit Earth about once every 1,000 years.
“From the information we have, we don’t know of an asteroid that will threaten the population of the United States,” Mr Bolden said. “But if it’s coming in three weeks, pray.”
In addition to stepping up its monitoring efforts and building international partnerships, Nasa is looking at developing technologies to divert an object that may be on a collision course with Earth.
“The odds of a near-Earth object strike causing massive casualties and destruction of infrastructure are very small, but the potential consequences of such an event are so large it makes sense to takes the risk seriously,” Mr Holdren said.

About 66 million years ago, an object 6 miles (10 km) in diameter is believed to have smashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, leading to the demise of the dinosaurs, as well as most plant and animal life on Earth.
The asteroid that exploded over Russia last month was the largest object to hit Earth’s atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event when an asteroid or comet exploded over Siberia, leveling 80 million trees over more than 830 square miles (2,150 sq km).

heaven2-angelI guess it would be “Assume the Position” Head between leg’s and kiss your Arse goodbye.          th_clapping

Source: Reuters                                   ~Steve~

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Pre-Election Sunday Devotional

Psalm 28: Petition and Thanksgiving

To you, Lord, I call;
my Rock, do not be deaf to me.
If you fail to answer me,
I will join those who go down to the pit.
Hear the sound of my pleading when I cry to you,
lifting my hands toward your holy place.
Do not drag me off with the wicked,
with those who do wrong,
Who speak peace to their neighbors
though evil is in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds,
for the evil that they do.
For the work of their hands repay them;
give them what they deserve.
They pay no heed to the Lord’s works,
to the deeds of God’s hands.
God will tear them down,
never to be rebuilt.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has heard the sound of my pleading.
The Lord is my strength and my shield,
in whom my heart trusted and found help.
So my heart rejoices;
with my song I praise my God.

Lord, you are the strength of your people,
the saving refuge of your anointed king.
Save your people, bless your inheritance;
feed and sustain them forever!

In two days, Americans will vote in the most important election of our lifetime. At stake is not just our present and future, but the future of our children and grandchildren and, given the power of the U.S.A., of the world as well.

No one is perfect, as only God is perfect. Like each and every one of us, Governor Mitt Romney is imperfect. That being said, the differences between Gov. Romney and the present occupant of the Oval Office are significant, many, and profoundly important. I was not a supporter of Gov. Romney during the GOP primaries, mainly because I didn’t bother to actually know him. Since then, I’d corrected my sin of omission and, the more I see, hear, and read about Gov. Romney, the more I appreciate him. I have grown to love this man.

I believe Gov. Romney not only has the proven intelligence, knowledge, and strength to restore our economy, more importantly he is a good man with kind eyes who wants to be President for the right reason.

In contrast from the present White House occupant who goads his supporters by appealing to the worst in them, asking them to “vote for revenge,” Gov. Romney has spent millions of his own money, and his time, energy, sweat and tears every hour, every week, and every day for countless months for one simple reason:

Because he LOVES America

and is as worried and heartsick as we are about her future under the present occupant and his Godless party.

This is not just a political battle, this is at root a spiritual war, “for our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”

Please pray, pray, pray with all your strength — that Mitt Romney wins the presidency next Tuesday, that the GOP (an imperfect but God-fearing party) wins a majority in the Senate and retains a majority in the House.

Please pray for God’s mercy. Please pray that God still bless America.


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Blood Moon

Early risers last Saturday morning were treated to a view of the blood moon.

Blood moon over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Dec. 10, 2011 (photo: AP)

The rusty-red moon was the effect of a total lunar eclipse, the last one in 2011.
The eclipse began at 4.45am PST when a red shadow started to cover the moon.
Then as the sun and moon aligned with the Earth slipped in between them, our planet cast a temporary shadow on the moon darkening it and making it appear a deep coppery red, as it blocked the suns rays.

The sunlight was still able to pass through Earth’s atmosphere casting a mystical red glow on the moon.

Unlike total solar eclipses, total lunar eclipses are relatively common and happen on average every two years. This is because the moon is one-third smaller than Earth and so fits more easily into Earth’s umbral shadow.
The next full eclipse of the moon will not happen until April 14, 2014.
Here’s another view of the blood moon – over Kurunegala, Sri Lanka:
[Source: Daily Mail]

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And on the seventh day God rested

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found Him resting on the seventh day.
He inquired, “Where have you been?”
God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look, Michael. Look what I’ve made.”
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?”
“It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a place to test Balance.”
“Balance?” inquired Michael, “I’m still confused.”
God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth.
“For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things.”
God continued pointing to different countries. “This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”
The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land area and said, “What’s that one?”
“That’s Utah, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, the ocean, lakes, forests, hills and plains. The people from Utah are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace and producers of good things.”
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, “But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance.”
God smiled, “Right across from Utah is Washington, D.C. Wait till you see the idiots I put there.”
~Steve~                 H/T Richard

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All This Came From Nothing!

Watch this.
Now tell me that you believe all this came from nothing….
Praise Him!

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If Planets Were the Moon

The distance between our Earth and the Moon is about 238,857 miles, which is 30 times Earth’s diameter.
If you could fly to the Moon at a constant speed of 621 miles hour, which is the speed of a fast passenger jet, it would take 16 days to get there.
How would the planets in our Solar System appear in our sky if they were to orbit the Earth at the same distance from us as the Moon?
H/t BeforeIt’sNews

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Earth to satellite: When will you hit — and where?

By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago
I don’t know about you but 1 in 3200 is not that bad. You have a better chance of getting hit with space junk than the lottery or getting struck by lightning.

~ Steve~                                    H/T  igor

By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It’s just that if they’re off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or India.
Pinpointing where and when hurtling space debris will strike is an imprecise science. For now, scientists predict the earliest it will hit is Thursday U.S. time, the latest Saturday. The strike zone covers most of Earth.
Not that citizens need to take cover. The satellite will break into pieces, and NASA put the chances that somebody somewhere will get hurt at just 1-in-3,200.
As far as anyone knows, falling space debris has never injured anyone. Nor has significant property damage been reported. That’s because most of the planet is covered in water and there are vast regions of empty land.
If you do come across what you suspect is a satellite piece, NASA doesn’t want you to pick it up. The space agency says there are no toxic chemicals present, but there could be sharp edges. Also, it’s government property. It’s against the law to keep it as a souvenir or sell it on eBay. NASA’s advice is to report it to the police.
For rest of story Pls Go HERE!!!!

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The Little Ice Queen

Helene (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute photo)

On June 18, 2011, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its second-closest encounter with Saturn’s small moon, the icy Helene.

Saturn and its principal moons, the largest one being Titan.

With an average radius about 9 times larger than the Earth’s, Saturn is the 6th planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Cronus (the Titan father of Zeus), the Babylonian Ninurta and the Hindu Shani.

Saturn has 9 rings, consisting mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. 62 known moons orbit the planet, not counting hundreds of “moonlets” within the rings.

Helene is a small moon of Saturn, discovered in 1980 from ground-based observations at Pic du Midi Observatory. In 1988 it was officially named after Helen of Troy, who was the granddaughter of Cronus (Saturn) in Greek mythology.

Helene is tiny, with a mean radius of only 10.94 miles (17.6 km)!

H/t beloved fellow Igor.


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Blood Moon Rising

The Moon’s distance from our Earth varies each month between approximately 222,000 mi and 252,000 mi, due to its elliptical orbit.
Last Saturday night was Super Perigee Moon night, a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth.  In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March 1993.
Here’s a dramatic pic of a blood-red Super Moon over the Lincoln Memorial, captured by NASA:

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Click pic to enlarge to full screen!

Some are of the opinion that within ±3 days of a supermoon, the Earth is more subject to natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic activity due to the Moon’s increased gravitational force. However, according to Wikipedia, no evidence has been found of any correlation with major earthquakes. Last week’s terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan is the only earthquake of 8.0 magnitude or greater to have occurred within 2 weeks of the 14 extreme supermoons from 1900 to the present date, suggesting that the claim of a supermoon effect on the incidence of large-scale earthquakes is unjustified.

H/t fellow Igor!

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