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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



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~

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.


Obama and the Democrats Turn Their Back to God


Democrats have removed God from the Democratic National Committee platform.

David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network noticed the omission and compared the language in the 2012 DNC platform to the language in the 2008 platform.

In 2008, the DNC platform read:

We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

In 2012, the words “God-given” were removed, and the paragraph has been restructured to read:

We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.

In addition, there is no mention of “God” in the “Faith” section of the platform as well:

Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith- based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country.

A search for the word “God” in the platform, which also supports gay marriage and late-term abortions, results in no matches.
With the Democrats, two Messiahs in the same party is one too many.
Tom in NC


“Dick” Durbin  gets testy about God’s omission from Democratic Platform with Bret Baier:


Fearing an electoral backlash, the Democrat Party leadership moved on the floor of the convention hours ago to put God (and Jerusalem) back into their platform.  But the DNC delegates DID NOT support God and Jerusalem being reinstated. The approval of platform change requires two-thirds of the delegates to affirm. Watch and listen to what happened with this video:


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]


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

All This Came From Nothing!

Watch this.

Now tell me that you believe all this came from nothing….

Praise Him!