Cassini

mteleDear Furiends,

I was making notes to write a post about Cassini’s final plunge, then realized that my down-under friends, the Dash Kitten Crew, had already written an excellent one.  Cassini’s journey began 13 years ago and NASA received its final signal this past Friday with a meteor-like plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.th.jpg

It is wonderful to know other cats are keeping an eye on the sky, too!

Mr. M =^.^=

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Reusability

Dear Furiends,mtele

Today, I’m meowing about reusability as it relates to space travel – specifically to reusability in the SpaceX program. I agree with Mr. Musk that things should be made to last, not just have a short life before becoming rubbish and/or adding to the debris which orbits our world. This past March, at the first test, the first stage touched down on the deck of SpaceX ‘s”drone ship”. They also recovered the payload fairing that protected SES-10 during liftoff and Mr. Musk said SpaceX might try to make the Falcon 9’s upper stage reusable as well. THAT would make SpaceX my purrsonal favorite…. I don’t like waste and approve of reusability.

Mr. M =^.^=

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Tomorrow

mtele

Dear Furiends,

I am joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop & I’m thankful that tomorrow, Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth- asteroid, will pass Earth at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Close enough to see, but far enough for safety… that’s a good thing to be thankful about, right? Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it’s about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) in size.

Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiend, it is fascinating up there!

Mr. M =^.^=

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Hurricanes…

IMG_20170718_213632Dear Furiendshurricane-92968__340

Have you been monitoring Hurricane Harvey for the past few days?  If not, might I suggest that  in the future, you can follow hurricanes and tropical storms HERE. While their information is very informative, I think they could do a better job of explaining why one storm is a CAT 1 and the next could be a CAT 4 … Matthew, who stole Purrseidon’s ‘nip plant, last year was a CAT 3. (And yes, she is STILL meowing about that theft!)

Thus, today, I would like to share this information on the difference between CAT 1 through CAT 5 hurricanes:DIE7HE7UAAEfK01.jpg

BTW, before I sign off, am I the only one that thinks that the similarity between the shapes of hurricanes, a spiral galaxy and a nautilus shell is fascinating?

Mr. M =^.^=

The 2017 Solar Eclipse – 2

received_10212712130987403Dear Furiends,

Over the past couple day, I’ve discovered that Ms. Kiara (a.k.a. the ‘Nip Blend Queen, who lives about 5 miles North of me) remembered to take her camera out to watch our amazing solar eclipse. Her purrspecitive is basically the same one I had:P1250613

In addition, I discovered a great animation, which was made by  GOES-16’s Advanced Baseline Imager Their equipment is capable of capturing an image of the continental United States every 5 minutes!

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For the kittens, who have asked me why the eclipse went from West to East, when the Sun and Moon both travel East to West, the short and simple answer is that, as you see in the gif above, the SHADOW travels West to East, and is a fair approximation of what each of us see from our purrspective, here on Earth.

Mr. M =^.^=

The 2017 Solar Eclipse

mtele

 

Dear Furiends,

Yesterday, I watched the sky with awe….. and forgot to take photos.

But, I found some excellent jpgs on the internet.

These photos were taken from all across the United States, yet most look very similar. I couldn’t help thinking how this incredible event puts so much into purrspective…. By this I mean that despite the disturbing news I hear about human conduct, yesterday humans from the West Coast to the East Coast all experienced this amazing event.

Dare I hope that everyone will realize that we all share this Earth, thus the smart move to to learn to get along and compurrmise?  ccebbeaf-0b3a-421d-a2e2-64eefd55a7cc

My furiends and I dare to hope this solar experience put things into purrspective and we continue to purray for humans.

Mr. M =^.^=

Myths, etc.

m3Dear Furiends,

Today is FINALLY ‘the day’!!! However Myths have surrounded solar eclipses since the dawn of time, or at least since the sun’s daily pattern has been one thing that people relied on — until they couldn’t. So it’s not surprising that myths sprang up all over the Earth, when it was impossible to explain the bizarre thing that had just happened… Curiosity has some excellent information on these fascinating legends, so if you like to see what humans once believed, click here.

Mr. M =^.^=ccebbeaf-0b3a-421d-a2e2-64eefd55a7cc