Monday, February 23, 2009

Comet Lulin showing today

From Comet Lulin site here

From Fox News here:
Get ready for the night of the comet.

Comet Lulin, a strange, backward-traveling, greenish-hued ball of ice and gas, will make its closest approach to Earth on the evening of Monday, Feb. 23.

It'll still be 38 million miles away, but should be visible with the naked eye in dark locations, and with binoculars or a telescope in more lit-up locations.

Skygazers in North America should look to the west-southwest, where Lulin will be just a bit to the right of Saturn, between the constellations of Virgo and Leo.

This week will probably be humanity's only chance to see Lulin, which was discovered in 2007 by Chinese and Taiwanese astronomers. The comet appears to be on its way out of the solar system for good.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Iran launches Satellite

From Reuters here:
Iran said it had launched into orbit for the first time a domestically made Omid (Hope) research and telecommunications satellite. The launch was timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ousted the U.S.-backed Shah.

Iran's satellite technology may also be used in the development of ballistic missiles, the U.S. Defense Department said. Such missiles could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon over large distances.

The United States suspects Iran of developing nuclear weapons, although Iran has long said its nuclear program is purely for civilian energy purposes.

"This development today is cause for concern not just here in the United States but in Europe, throughout the Middle East and I believe throughout the greater world," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. "They (Iran) pose a real threat and it is a growing threat."

Video HT from Wired & LGF here:

Monday, February 02, 2009

Challenger too

I missed posting something on the Challenger disaster that happened on January 28, 1986.

Columbia disaster six years ago

I remember the Columbia coming in and breaking up six years ago. My sister called me when she heard about it. I was in disbelief. But I turned on the cable news and saw the photos of it breaking up over Texas. Here is an article written last year for the 5th anniversary here.