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View 99217's Instagram This mornings Waning Crescent, taken at 6:29am 02-21-17. 100% visibility this morning. Last night when I was looking at the stars, I noticed what appeared to be a low flying orb right overhead. And flashes of light next to the Pleiades. A lot of activity last night which was very fun to observe. 1455215604545153459_2523622912

This mornings Waning Crescent, taken at 6:29am 02-21-17. 100% visibility this morning. Last night when I was looking at the stars, I noticed what appeared to be a low flying orb right overhead. And flashes of light next to the Pleiades. A lot of activity last night which was very fun to observe.

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View 99217's Instagram If there’s such a thing as a divining rod for meteorites, the guy who obviously has one secretly stashed in his toolkit is Russian scientist Viktor Grokhovsky. If that name sounds familiar, he’s the meteorite expert from Urals University who tracked down fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, the 13,000-ton rock that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013, injuring over 1,000 people. Not one to rest on his celestial laurels, Grokhovsky just announced he found another massive mound of meteorite matter in Mesopotamia. Grokhovsky led an expedition of three other researchers from the Extra Terra Consortium laboratory at Ural University and a group of Iranian scientists from the University of Kerman to a spot in the Lut desert (Dasht-e-Lut) where he found … you guessed it … meteorite fragments. The team collected about 30 kg (66 pounds) in 70 individual chunks. Grokhovsky left about half with the Iranians while taking the other half back to his lab in Russia. 1454591304993674381_2523622912

If there’s such a thing as a divining rod for meteorites, the guy who obviously has one secretly stashed in his toolkit is Russian scientist Viktor Grokhovsky. If that name sounds familiar, he’s the meteorite expert from Urals University who tracked down fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, the 13,000-ton rock that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013, injuring over 1,000 people. Not one to rest on his celestial laurels, Grokhovsky just announced he found another massive mound of meteorite matter in Mesopotamia. Grokhovsky led an expedition of three other researchers from the Extra Terra Consortium laboratory at Ural University and a group of Iranian scientists from the University of Kerman to a spot in the Lut desert (Dasht-e-Lut) where he found … you guessed it … meteorite fragments. The team collected about 30 kg (66 pounds) in 70 individual chunks. Grokhovsky left about half with the Iranians while taking the other half back to his lab in Russia.

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View 99217's Instagram In what could be the biggest development yet in the search for life outside our planet, NASA has announced their Dawn mission has discovered organic material on the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn spacecraft was launched in YEAR to study several objects in the asteroid belt that stretches between Mars and Jupiter which includes Ceres and the minor planet Vesta. While organic matter has been previously detected on smaller meteorites and asteroids, this marks the first time that organic compounds have been found on a body which might generate its own heat. Ceres has a diameter of roughly 600 miles (1000 km) and belongs to the diverse group of objects known as cis-Neptunian objects which include dwarf planets and other bodies too small to be planets but too large to be asteroids or meteors. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took infrared spectrography data of a massive crater called Ernutet in Ceres’ northern hemisphere and detected several different carbon-based compounds which are thought to be possible indicators of life-sustaining conditions. 1452421464875883394_2523622912

In what could be the biggest development yet in the search for life outside our planet, NASA has announced their Dawn mission has discovered organic material on the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn spacecraft was launched in YEAR to study several objects in the asteroid belt that stretches between Mars and Jupiter which includes Ceres and the minor planet Vesta. While organic matter has been previously detected on smaller meteorites and asteroids, this marks the first time that organic compounds have been found on a body which might generate its own heat. Ceres has a diameter of roughly 600 miles (1000 km) and belongs to the diverse group of objects known as cis-Neptunian objects which include dwarf planets and other bodies too small to be planets but too large to be asteroids or meteors. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took infrared spectrography data of a massive crater called Ernutet in Ceres’ northern hemisphere and detected several different carbon-based compounds which are thought to be possible indicators of life-sustaining conditions.

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View 99217's Instagram This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:52am. haven't really had a clear morning in a couple of days, hopefully this nice weather keeps up ✌🏻 1452360748448988534_2523622912

This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:52am. haven't really had a clear morning in a couple of days, hopefully this nice weather keeps up ✌🏻

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View 99217's Instagram For some reason, central England has become one of the world’s busiest UFO hotspots lately. Dozens of strange craft have been seen in the skies above many English cities, particularly Devon, England – which just so happens to be situated near a joint U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force base. While definitive evidence of otherworldly visitors remains elusive, another odd sighting in English skies complicates many of the military testing theories surrounding the recent UFO sightings. According to the Derbyshire Times, a World War Two-era “ghost plane” has been recently sighted by multiple Derbyshire residents. Derbyshire resident Pam Orridge described the surprising appearance of a low-flying, older prop plane just above her car as she drove with her son:
Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us. So low we thought it would crash into us but then it banked sideways and disappeared. We could not identify the aircraft other than it was old because it happened so quickly and left us quite shocked. 1451940834437433869_2523622912

For some reason, central England has become one of the world’s busiest UFO hotspots lately. Dozens of strange craft have been seen in the skies above many English cities, particularly Devon, England – which just so happens to be situated near a joint U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force base. While definitive evidence of otherworldly visitors remains elusive, another odd sighting in English skies complicates many of the military testing theories surrounding the recent UFO sightings. According to the Derbyshire Times, a World War Two-era “ghost plane” has been recently sighted by multiple Derbyshire residents. Derbyshire resident Pam Orridge described the surprising appearance of a low-flying, older prop plane just above her car as she drove with her son: Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us. So low we thought it would crash into us but then it banked sideways and disappeared. We could not identify the aircraft other than it was old because it happened so quickly and left us quite shocked.

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View 99217's Instagram While Mars was the favorite candidate for alien life for decades, the rover-led search for life on Mars has turned up a disappointing lack of evidence. If there was ever life on Mars, it has likely been gone for millions of years. As a result, NASA has turned its attention instead to some of the moons of distant planets in our solar system. Tantalizing geological evidence of subsurface oceans on Saturn’s moon Titan has some NASA scientists convinced that the conditions necessary to create and sustain alien life could be present on the frozen moon. More exciting is the news coming out of the study of Europa, a tiny ocean-covered moon of Jupiter. NASA has discovered a wealth of data about conditions on Europa that has some astronomers speculating that Europa’s cold, deep oceans might harbor life near the moon’s warm core. 1451273698862751336_2523622912

While Mars was the favorite candidate for alien life for decades, the rover-led search for life on Mars has turned up a disappointing lack of evidence. If there was ever life on Mars, it has likely been gone for millions of years. As a result, NASA has turned its attention instead to some of the moons of distant planets in our solar system. Tantalizing geological evidence of subsurface oceans on Saturn’s moon Titan has some NASA scientists convinced that the conditions necessary to create and sustain alien life could be present on the frozen moon. More exciting is the news coming out of the study of Europa, a tiny ocean-covered moon of Jupiter. NASA has discovered a wealth of data about conditions on Europa that has some astronomers speculating that Europa’s cold, deep oceans might harbor life near the moon’s warm core.

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View 99217's Instagram The Hubble telescope isn’t just for taking incredible photos of psychedelic space clouds – although it is pretty good at it. The Hubble space telescope has a variety of imaging technologies which allow it to ‘see’ various types of radiation, not just the wavelengths of light usually visible to our naked eyes. Astronomers at the University of Texas have now devised a technique known as “wavelet decomposition” which masks certain wavelengths of light in order to filter out the light generated by galaxy clusters closest to the Hubble telescope. By filtering out this foreground light, astronomers are able to see much, much farther into the universe and detect objects which were previously invisible. So far, the UT astronomers have discovered 167 new galaxies which are up to ten times fainter than all previously discovered galaxies. 1450238071652321700_2523622912

The Hubble telescope isn’t just for taking incredible photos of psychedelic space clouds – although it is pretty good at it. The Hubble space telescope has a variety of imaging technologies which allow it to ‘see’ various types of radiation, not just the wavelengths of light usually visible to our naked eyes. Astronomers at the University of Texas have now devised a technique known as “wavelet decomposition” which masks certain wavelengths of light in order to filter out the light generated by galaxy clusters closest to the Hubble telescope. By filtering out this foreground light, astronomers are able to see much, much farther into the universe and detect objects which were previously invisible. So far, the UT astronomers have discovered 167 new galaxies which are up to ten times fainter than all previously discovered galaxies.

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View 99217's Instagram Managed to catch a shot this morning on my way to work, taken at 6:55am 01-13-17. 1449736509507044874_2523622912

Managed to catch a shot this morning on my way to work, taken at 6:55am 01-13-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Last nights waning gibbous, taken at 11:04pm 01-12-17. 1449435347407005622_2523622912

Last nights waning gibbous, taken at 11:04pm 01-12-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's sunset taken at 6:21pm 01-12-17. 1449110803009892474_2523622912

Tonight's sunset taken at 6:21pm 01-12-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's lovely moon, taken at 10:29pm 01-11-17. Visibility was very good tonight, not a cloud in the sky👌🏼 1448462628490254675_2523622912

Tonight's lovely moon, taken at 10:29pm 01-11-17. Visibility was very good tonight, not a cloud in the sky👌🏼

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View 99217's Instagram As our stargazing technology and techniques improve, it’s natural that we will begin to discover yet-unknown objects and celestial bodies in the vast reaches of space. Aside from the usual mysteries of the theoretical Planet 9 or ever-elusive dark matter, there might be entire forms of matter or energy we cannot yet perceive due to lacking the instruments or know-how to detect them. Earlier this month, researchers discovered a massive, superfast cloud of matter tearing through the Milky Way and don’t know how to explain its nature or origin. As if that wasn’t weird enough, a team of UK-based University of Warwick astronomers has reported the discovery of yet another strange cosmic object, the likes of which have never been seen. According to their data published in Nature Research, this is the first known example of a white dwarf version of a pulsar. Pulsars are dense, fast-rotating neutron stars with a strong magnetic polarity causing them to emit beams of radiation as they rotate, similar to the light coming from rotating lighthouses. 1448035515912111971_2523622912

As our stargazing technology and techniques improve, it’s natural that we will begin to discover yet-unknown objects and celestial bodies in the vast reaches of space. Aside from the usual mysteries of the theoretical Planet 9 or ever-elusive dark matter, there might be entire forms of matter or energy we cannot yet perceive due to lacking the instruments or know-how to detect them. Earlier this month, researchers discovered a massive, superfast cloud of matter tearing through the Milky Way and don’t know how to explain its nature or origin. As if that wasn’t weird enough, a team of UK-based University of Warwick astronomers has reported the discovery of yet another strange cosmic object, the likes of which have never been seen. According to their data published in Nature Research, this is the first known example of a white dwarf version of a pulsar. Pulsars are dense, fast-rotating neutron stars with a strong magnetic polarity causing them to emit beams of radiation as they rotate, similar to the light coming from rotating lighthouses.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's full moon, taken at 7:03pm 01-10-17. Now as you can see.. I was not so lucky to have clear skies like many people, but I managed to catch this at moonrise, visibility was very poor.. Some people may think of this as a failure 😂 but as long as you go out and are dedicated to something and you try, it is never failure. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't ✌🏻 1447649918596866019_2523622912

Tonight's full moon, taken at 7:03pm 01-10-17. Now as you can see.. I was not so lucky to have clear skies like many people, but I managed to catch this at moonrise, visibility was very poor.. Some people may think of this as a failure 😂 but as long as you go out and are dedicated to something and you try, it is never failure. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't ✌🏻

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View 99217's Instagram Nothing seems to get archeologists into an Indiana Jones state of excitement more than the discovery of a Dead Sea Scrolls cave. In fact, they get all hot and bothered even if the scrolls have already been looted. That’s the case this week with the announcement of the discovery of what may be the 12th cave known to have once stored Dead Sea scrolls.
This exciting excavation is the closest we’ve come to discovering new Dead Sea scrolls in 60 years.
Hebrew University archaeologist Oren Gutfeld directed the international team of archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia which found the cave near Qumran in Israel. 1447328263630731502_2523622912

Nothing seems to get archeologists into an Indiana Jones state of excitement more than the discovery of a Dead Sea Scrolls cave. In fact, they get all hot and bothered even if the scrolls have already been looted. That’s the case this week with the announcement of the discovery of what may be the 12th cave known to have once stored Dead Sea scrolls. This exciting excavation is the closest we’ve come to discovering new Dead Sea scrolls in 60 years. Hebrew University archaeologist Oren Gutfeld directed the international team of archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia which found the cave near Qumran in Israel.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's continued Waxing Gibbous, taken at 7:18pm 01-9-17. Be sure not to miss tomorrow nights full moon and also the eclipse that will be happening! Also don't forget to check out the comet that should be visible after sunset✌🏻 1446933517305227990_2523622912

Tonight's continued Waxing Gibbous, taken at 7:18pm 01-9-17. Be sure not to miss tomorrow nights full moon and also the eclipse that will be happening! Also don't forget to check out the comet that should be visible after sunset✌🏻

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View 99217's Instagram Feeling very blessed to have @abc7la feature my work ✌🏻 if your not already following them, head over and check em out 1446884374088189587_2523622912

Feeling very blessed to have @abc7la feature my work ✌🏻 if your not already following them, head over and check em out

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View 99217's Instagram We’ve never seen anything like that on Earth
That astronomical understatement came from Marc Caffee, professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University, who was describing the result of a new study which determined Mars once had a massive volcano that erupted continuously for 2 billion of the planet’s 4.5 billion-year history. Ironically, the key to this discovery was found not on Mars but on Earth. There are some 100 meteorites on Earth that have been identified as originating on Mars. According to his study published in the journal Science Advances, Chaffee analyzed 30 of them and was able to sort them by age after determining how long they had been exposed to cosmic rays. Eleven of the meteorites appeared to have been formed by cooling magma from the same volcano and were ejected from the Martian surface by the same event, but one of them was surprisingly much older than the rest … nearly 2 billion years older.
What this means is that for 2 billion years there’s been sort of a steady plume of magma in one location on the surface of Mars. We don’t have anything like that on Earth, where something is that stable for 2 billion years at a specific location.
The largest and best known volcano on Mars is Olympus Mons, which is nearly 17 miles high and would cover all of Arizona or most of France. Until a rover or humans get to Olympus Mons, there’s no way to determine if some of its rocks successfully traveled to Earth, but it’s a possibility. 1446535516049000567_2523622912

We’ve never seen anything like that on Earth That astronomical understatement came from Marc Caffee, professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University, who was describing the result of a new study which determined Mars once had a massive volcano that erupted continuously for 2 billion of the planet’s 4.5 billion-year history. Ironically, the key to this discovery was found not on Mars but on Earth. There are some 100 meteorites on Earth that have been identified as originating on Mars. According to his study published in the journal Science Advances, Chaffee analyzed 30 of them and was able to sort them by age after determining how long they had been exposed to cosmic rays. Eleven of the meteorites appeared to have been formed by cooling magma from the same volcano and were ejected from the Martian surface by the same event, but one of them was surprisingly much older than the rest … nearly 2 billion years older. What this means is that for 2 billion years there’s been sort of a steady plume of magma in one location on the surface of Mars. We don’t have anything like that on Earth, where something is that stable for 2 billion years at a specific location. The largest and best known volcano on Mars is Olympus Mons, which is nearly 17 miles high and would cover all of Arizona or most of France. Until a rover or humans get to Olympus Mons, there’s no way to determine if some of its rocks successfully traveled to Earth, but it’s a possibility.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's continued Waxing Gibbous, a little cloudy but still managed to get a decent shot. Taken at 8:16pm 01-8-17. 1446212581878792794_2523622912

Tonight's continued Waxing Gibbous, a little cloudy but still managed to get a decent shot. Taken at 8:16pm 01-8-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Sunrise this morning, taken at 7:17am 01-8-17. 1445882598022021938_2523622912

Sunrise this morning, taken at 7:17am 01-8-17.

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View 99217's Instagram While most of the world is watching Washington DC for the next major earth-rattling eruption, someone needs to keep an eye on Iceland, where all four of its major volcanoes are exhibiting signs of potential real eruptions of the global winter kind.
Seismic activity tells us we need to be more vigilant than usual but not much more than that now. She is trying to tell us something more than we may understand not completely.
Geophysicist Páll Einarsson tells Iceland’s Fréttablaðið newspaper (Google translated) that he’s most concerned about Katla, a large volcano in southern Iceland that has had multiple earthquakes in its caldera recently, with one measuring 4.3 magnitude. Katla has a long history of regular eruptions every 60 to 80 years. With its last major eruption in 1918, Katla is overdue. 1445823794761805017_2523622912

While most of the world is watching Washington DC for the next major earth-rattling eruption, someone needs to keep an eye on Iceland, where all four of its major volcanoes are exhibiting signs of potential real eruptions of the global winter kind. Seismic activity tells us we need to be more vigilant than usual but not much more than that now. She is trying to tell us something more than we may understand not completely. Geophysicist Páll Einarsson tells Iceland’s Fréttablaðið newspaper (Google translated) that he’s most concerned about Katla, a large volcano in southern Iceland that has had multiple earthquakes in its caldera recently, with one measuring 4.3 magnitude. Katla has a long history of regular eruptions every 60 to 80 years. With its last major eruption in 1918, Katla is overdue.

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