Monday, February 23, 2009

Seeds Will Scatter

Anyway The Wind Blows

Different layers of clouds moving differently

Looking up is like looking at the ocean from an airplane.

The winds have been blowing today.

Different weather systems have met and are mixing it up gloriously, here in Redding.

Higher Up In The Sky

Map of the moon

ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2009)

Using the laser altimeter (LALT) instrument on board the Japanese Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) satellite, the researchers mapped the Moon at an unprecedented 15-kilometer (9-mile) resolution.

The map is the first to cover the Moon from pole to pole, with detailed measures of surface topography, on the dark side of the moon as well as the near side. The highest point -- on the rim of the Dririchlet-Jackson basin near the equator -- rises 11 kilometers (more than 6.5 miles) high, while the lowest point -- the bottom of Antoniadi crater near the south pole -- rests 9 kilometers (more than 5.5 miles) deep.

In part, the new map will serve as a guide for future lunar rovers, which will scour the surface for geological resources.

The Old Rand McNally Map

If the drivers of the Lunar Rover needed a road map.

Name That Room

Artists conception of cupola in new room with a view.

Node 3 module
NASA has a contest to name the new room on the space station.

Click here To cast your vote.

Serenity seems to have a substantial lead.

Saturn's Moons
To Put On Show Tonight

Hubble photo of Saturn "edge on". 1995

Big show tonight/tomorrow
, (3AM). Saturn's largest moon, Titan, leads Mimas, Dione, and Enceladus across the planet, and we get to watch. If you have clear skies and a good telescope, you are in for a rare treat. If you aren't awake, with clear skies and a large telescope, others will be, and we can view the pictures on various websites, at our convenience.

If you are awake tonight, you might check out Comet Lulin at this site, Coca Cola Space Center
Lulin and Saturn will be close in the night sky and it's possible the two will be seen at this site.

The Hubble will be taking many images. We can see them one day, too.

Back On Earth;

Monsanto's "FrankenCorn"
Invades Mexico

Is this natural, or Genetically Modified?

The latest study of Mexico's maze crops have substantiated earlier studies that showed Monsanto's GM corn crossed the border and has contaminated traditional crop strains. Studies published in 2001 and 2005, were discredited by Monsanto's lawyers, but new research shows the original studies were correct. Monsanto claims there are no adverse effects from eating Genetically Modified food products, but international studies show an alarming increase in diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity, in populations that have been eating GM foods.

Less Disturbing

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio's first TV appearance was on Romper Room.

I'm Glad Things Change

There is a windy, rainy, cold night out there.
It's good to have a home tonight.

Claim Jumpers Beef Pot Pie.

I wasn't too long ago that I didn't have a place inside, warm and dry, to spend a stormy night. I am so glad I let go of the things that kept me out in the cold and the rain.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;

Rainy Night In Georgia
Brook Benton

Books Not Bombs

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