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The Earth at Night

One of my favorite pictures out there.


Earth at Night

Earth at Night

Explanation: This is what the Earth looks like at night. Can you find your favorite country or city? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth’s surface, including the seaboards of Europe, the eastern United States, and Japan. Many large cities are located near rivers or oceans so that they can exchange goods cheaply by boat. Particularly dark areas include the central parts of South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The above image is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the orbiting DMSP satellites.

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New Pics added

I have searched through some of the recent vacation pics and added them to the individual picture pages at the top. As well, I came across a couple older pics I liked and added those as well.

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Moon closer to Earth tonight than it will be for the next 15 years

From The Times Online, UK

If the full moon tonight looks unusually large, it is not your imagination – it is the biggest and brightest full moon to be seen for 15 years.

Each month the Moon makes a full orbit around the Earth in a slightly oval-shaped path, and tonight it will swing by the Earth at its closest distance, or perigee. It will pass by 356,613km (221,595 miles) away, which is about 28,000km closer than average.

The unusual feature of tonight is that the perigee also coincides with a full moon, which will make it appear 14 per cent bigger and some 30 per cent brighter than most full moons this year – so long as the clouds hold off from blocking the view.

The next closest encounter with a full moon this large will not be until November 14, 2016.

With the Moon approaching so close to the Earth, its gravity will pull a slightly higher tide than normal for a full moon. This so-called perigeal tide adds about 0.5m (1.6ft) to the high-water mark, and with freshening southwesterly winds forecast, this may cause some flooding, especially along parts of the South West coast.

Tonight’s full moon is also notable for rising to its greatest height in the night sky for the entire year, lying almost overhead at midnight. This is because we are approaching the winter solstice, on December 21, and thanks to the tilt of the Earth the Moon appears at its highest, as the Sun is at its lowest.

Another astronomical treat that could be seen tonight and for the next two nights is the annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the year’s best displays of shooting stars. Up to 100 meteors an hour can fly across the sky. The meteors, which are easy to spot with the naked eye, appear to shoot out from the constellation Gemini, hence their name, but they can be seen all over the sky. However, with a full moon so bright, the best place to look is away from the Moon.

Meteor showers happen when the Earth passes through clouds of debris shed from comets. As the tiny fragments smash into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at about 100,000mph, they burn up in streaks of light.

For reasons that are not understood, the Geminid meteor showers are tending to grow stronger each year.

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Election 2008

While I am not pleased with the election of a liberal President, who has made it apparent that “socialistic” economics are a solution for America, I do believe it is time to stand up and go forward now. Our current President has been disgraced and left humiliated, not by his own actions and policies, but by the shallow and vain left of this country who have permeated every inch of the media. They have persecuted and crucified a man, who isn’t perfect, but had definitely been a better and stronger President than Jimmy Carter. And Carter even got the Nobel Peace Prize. Though I expect failures and mistakes by President-elect Obama, we should not throw him to the wayside as our current President has been. We can only judge after the fact, and though they may be right or wrong, we must defend our President.

My President is my President, and I will continue to defend his Office I am pleased to see America finally move past racial barriers visibly to the rest of the world. Not that I believe they were there in the first place, but because now there can be no more excuses. Now there can be no more legitimate apathy.

Now it is time to move on.

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Summer in the Park

My company has sponsored a trip for all of it’s employees to a Mississippi Braves ball game. They will be facing the Chattanooga Lookouts.

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How to make a smoker out of a garbage can

And, no, you just don’t give it a cigarette…..

Now this guy has a great idea. Ok, well he first got a great idea from Alton Brown, then he did it and blogged it.

Full instructions on how to build a smoker from a garbage can

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