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Hillary Creech
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Wife, mama, BFF, RN, fearless, feminist liberal Christian with a thing for photography & good music.
Wife, mama, BFF, RN, fearless, feminist liberal Christian with a thing for photography & good music.

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It is going to be soggy & wet, and I will have a MASSIVE AMAZING time anyway. ^_^
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Bryan brought me home this HUGE Marvin the Martian Mug that no one claimed at school.
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I use Path; have for more than a year now. No one I know has ever gotten a text from me via Path except the people I specifically invited to join. I wonder why it went so wrong for these folks but not for me? Or Q? Or any of my other Path friends?
Path. What a joke. 

"Try explaining to your grandparents down the line that they couldn’t download Path to their landline even if they wanted to (they don’t want to)."
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If Saturn looks this close...be alarmed.
The best time of 2013 to see Saturn is now, as our planet Earth flies between the sun and Saturn today – Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Our fast movement in orbit brings us between Saturn and the sun every year. The event is called opposition by astronomers. In other words, Saturn is now opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. At opposition, Saturn rises in the east at sunset and sets in the west at sunrise. So Saturn is up all night, well placed for viewing. Opposition also brings Saturn closest to Earth for all of 2013. As a result, Saturn is now shining most brilliantly in our sky for the year. It’ll be in a good place to observe, shining brightly, throughout April and May 2013. If you recognize it now, you’ll also enjoy it throughout the Northern Hemisphere summer, or Southern Hemisphere winter.

Saturn also has 62 moons with confirmed orbits. Only 53 of Saturn’s moons have names, and only 13 have diameters larger than 50 kilometers (about 30 miles). Saturn is truly a wondrous world of rings and moons. It’s everyone’s favorite thing to see through a small telescope, so if there’s a public astronomy night near you this month – go!

How can you find Saturn in 2013? 

It’s not hard to find the ringed planet this year. The planet appears to the east of the blue-white star Spica on the sky’s dome. Saturn itself is golden in color, so you should be able to tell the planet from the star. How can you find Spica? Use a phrase familiar to stargazers: follow the arc to Arcturus and drive a spike to Spica. In other words, first locate the Big Dipper in the northeast now in the evening. Follow the curve in its handle until you come to the orange star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. Extend that line until you the star Spica. The planet Saturn will be lower in the sky, about 15o below Spica. For reference, a fist at an arm length approximates 10o of sky.

Bottom line: Look for Saturn at opposition tonight, April 28, 2013. It will be shining in the east at nightfall, below the bright star Spica. To the eye, the ringed planet looks like a respectably bright steady star. Saturn follows Spica across the sky tonight and reaches its highest point around midnight. When Saturn climbs high in the sky, where Earth’s turbulent atmosphere thins out and settles down, Saturn is a treat for telescope users, who can view the planet’s glorious rings.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/saturn-closest-and-brightest-april-28

"Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time feed of Saturn at opposition, with the giant planet's rings impressively angled -- its best in six years." As a result, armchair astronomers can see the out-of-this-world show on either their personal computers or their Apple iPads.

During the event online, Slooh's panel of experts will include Bob Berman, an author of astronomy books and a columnist for Astronomy magazine, and Paul Cox, an engineer who will be controlling the Slooh telescopes robotically from the U.K.

Slooh’s coverage will begin Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. You can get the start time in your zone via timeanddate.com.

Slooh: www.Slooh.com

Image credit before text: http://qauz.deviantart.com/art/Dream-of-Saturn-259783496
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+James Surowiecki on +reddit's failure to find the Tsarnaevs through its users and the wise way to crowdsource a manhunt: "The truth is that if Reddit is actually interested in using the power of its crowd to help the authorities, it needs to dramatically rethink its approach..."
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The aforementioned comfort dogs. Why is this just now a thing?!
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