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One of history's most famous photos now has a time-stamp, thanks to a determined trio of physicists.
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Just got 'Sky & Telescope' issue with that in it. It's a fascinating story of how they figured all that out.
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For the first time in the History of Humankind, at The Doorsteps of Pluto!

Next exit: Pluto!

New Horizons nearing the 1 Light Minute distance from Pluto, that's just about 18,000,000 Kilometers away! It will be crossing that distance early this Monday morning, June 29, 2015 at ~09:00AM UTC!

New Horizons will be at 1 Light Minute this Monday morning.

Its closest approach and FlyBy Pluto will be on July 14, 2015.

Traveling at nearly ~53,000 kilometers per hour or ~33,000 miles per hour, after more than nine years in space, on a voyage taking it farther to its primary destination than any mission before it, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is almost within one Light Minute of Pluto.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/
https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=New_Horizons

Follow New Horizons: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/#

#NewHorizons #PlutoBound #Pluto #PlutoFlyby #NASA #JPL
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The light show in the Pacific Northwest continues! ~ Monday night lights ~
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Lies all lies!  NASA takes the money and shows pictures of fantasy and the public believes it!
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Big crescent and little crescent. Just like my tool box.
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Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea; 
And love is a thing that can never go wrong; 
And I am Marie of Romania.
~ Dorothy Parker
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Rachel Dolezal, the white-black woman, is rather interesting. When I was young, people had to be gay to be that interesting. Now when someone comes out as gay everyone is "Meh, what else you got?" I mean, I don't even know her but to be fair, some of the crap she's pulled makes me raise my eyebrows that's for sure. Although I've pulled some crap in my day too. She has significant identity issues, but she hasn't Duggared any children or set up any bogus charities or lied us into a war.

Apparently part of her job was to be black. She could have been better at that. Now she's been fired. I wonder if she was good at the rest of her job.

I knew a guy who spoke with a fakey British accent all the time. He was from Arkansas. We ignored it. It was just his way. He was definitely off in the head, but that's okay too. We are all off in the head more or less. He was more. He didn't apply for work at the British consulate.

I knew a black guy who was adopted young and raised by a Jewish woman in a white neighborhood. She made the best cheese blintzes I ever had. He tended to hide the truth from other blacks when we were out shooting pool and such. What he knew about urban black culture he mostly learned on TV, just like me.

Maybe this Dolezal woman has some emotional issues. If so I hope she can cope with it. Society sure can't, especially while we are struggling through this era of super-sensitive navel contemplation. Meanwhile life is all too short and we each have to find our own path through it. We're all kind of stunned that we are really here and this is really happening. Yes she lied on her resume, and that caught up with her. Lots of people lie on their resume, not always as bad as her of course, but some are worse. Sometimes they wind up paying for it. Sometimes not. Yes her misrepresentations are shameful, but not "cut off her hair and chase her down the street naked while ringing a bell" shameful. We should just say "No no no Rachel, you can't pretend you are something you are not. Now get fake boobs and dye your hair red or some other proper white girl color and walk around hiding the fact that you are terrified of who you are half the day."

Maybe it's because when I was a teen, my friends and I were all very focused on peace and freedom. Let your freak flag fly and hope for a book deal.
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Like a Sir, +Brad Snowder​. Very classy, as usual.

+LL Pete​ right on.

Sex is fluid and has a basis in DNA.
Gender is social construct with some basis in DNA.
Race is a social construct with absolutely no basis in DNA.

Which one are we all feisty about this week? Race, the least "actual" of the bunch. Great.
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Sole survivor on Earth after gay marriage allowed. 
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Video of aurora over San Juan Island, WA. USA.
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Venetia Burney. The girl who named Pluto. 
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Brad - that was a good idea to make this posting.  In Wikipedia, there is an interesting quote she made.
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Only a few months before the reclassification of Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet, with the debate going on about the issue, she said in an interview that "At my age, I've been largely indifferent [to the debate]; though I suppose I would prefer it to remain a planet.
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Hi. My name is Brad and I'm an astroholic. Carpe Noctem.
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Brad Snowder is an astronomer and a graduate of WWU with a bachelor of science degree in Physics with minors in astronomy and math, and with a master's degree in Science Education. He holds the Astronomical League's certificates for the Herschel 400 (cert. #89) and the Messier (cert. #737) deep sky observing programs.

Brad is an astronomy instructor at WWU and Whatcom Community College. In the past he has also taught astronomy courses for Skagit Valley College and for Northwest Indian College.

Being part Choctaw Indian, Brad has long had a special interest in preserving American Indian and other cultural starlore.
 
Brad has managed the WWU Planetarium since 1995.

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I can moonwalk backwards.
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