Sky Watch

mteleDear Furiends,

This post is written with the thought that we can all make our upcoming Sky Watch plans. 2018 looks like it will be an awesome year for meteor-watching! Each item on the list below links to Earthsky.org’s page for the event.

Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiends – it’s a fascinating display.

Mr. M =^.^=

April 22, 2018 Lyrids

May 5, 2018 Eta Aquariids

July 27-28, 2018 Delta Aquariids

August 12, 2018 Perseids

October 8, 2018 Draconids

October 21, 2018 Orionids

November 4-5, 2018 South Taurids

November 11-12, 2018 North Taurids

November 17 or 18, 2018 Leonids

December 13-14, 2018 Geminids

Thankful Thursday

DSC_0708Dear Furiends,

I believe it is important to look inside ourselves, so each of us knows our ‘true self’… I am thankful that I’ve had the courage to do this, because it allowed me to see ways that a mere purr-therapist could help those beyond the vibes of his work. This is why this post is purrticipating in Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.51uy4IZLnxL._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_

I just finished reading The Fifth Agreement by don Miguel Ruiz and his son don Jose Ruiz…. I recommend this fine book to anyone interested in understanding/improving themselves. They claim, “The greatest gift we can give ourselves: the freedom to be who we really are.” and this tom agrees with them.

Don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz‘s dream is that, “people of all religions and all philosophies” be respected. That doesn’t mean you and I don’t have a right to our individual beliefs, just that you respect others rights to have their own beliefs, too.

The Fifth Agreement has five basic points for purrsonal improvement:th-1

1) Be impeccable with you word, which I believe means having integrity and that means others will realize they can trust you.

2) Don’t take anything personally (I know they misspelled personally, but they are human, so I give them slack).

3) Don’t make assumptions.listen

4) Always do your best.

5) Be skeptical, but learn to listen…. I’m purrticularly accomplished at this one.

I think I’m doing well, purrticularly with 1, 4 and 5. Still, it can be quite a challenge to live up to an ideal and let’s be honest, not taking things purrsonally and/or making assumptions are difficult skills to learn.

Mr. M =^.^=

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy Launch

DSC_0747Dear Furiends,

Today’s SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy Launch was a success – at least that’s what they claim. Please notice that this has THREE rockets, all of which are supposed to be recyclable. However, as per SpaceX twitter, at this point, only the two side rockets have been confirmed as landing … not the core one.

The video below provides about a half hour of information about the rocket and it’s maiden launch and this SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy  link gives you all sorts of details…. and the views were a lot better than mine, as you can see in the jpg above.

Mr. M =^.^=

16 Psyche

mteleDear Furiends,

Have you ever heard of 16 Psyche? I’m not surprised, if you haven’t … I hadn’t heard of it, either, after all, this 16 Psyche doesn’t have the magnificence of our very own moon. In point of fact, 16 Psyche is one of the biggest asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and is classified as metallic M-class asteroid. That metallic designation might be why there is such a high price on it.

Researchers claim 16 Psyche contains iron, nickel, gold, platinum, copper and other precious metals,  though there is no explanation about how that does us any good.

NASA has teamed up Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) for “Psyche Mission – a journey to a metal asteroid” and is expecting to launch the mission’s spacecraft as early as 2023. and supposedly it will reach 16 Psyche in 2030, but its project isn’t to mine the asteroid. It is going there to map it and analyze its make up. NASA hopes the mission will help researchers examine the inside of a planet and hopefully learn how ones such as ours are formed, but with that sort of commercial value, this old tom suspects they actually hope to figure out how to mine it…. I also admit that I probably think that because that was why Colonel Larwin was in that alien asteroid belt when Star Bridge began.

Mr. M =^.^=

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 =^.^=

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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Eclipses

Dear Furiends,mtele

As I patiently wait for August 21, 2017, which is only one week away , I get more and more excited about the upcoming solar eclipse.

I also pray that there will not be cloud cover…. while I normally adore clouds, because they provide a bit of relief from the summer heat, I will be very upset if they interfere with my eclipse viewing.

Thus, for this week’s science video, I chose this one about fun facts of eclipses.

Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiends,

Mr. M =^.^=

New Horizons

Dear Furiends,mtele

Did you know that the New Horizons space probe has maneuvered to get ready to do a flyby of 2014 MU69?   If not, I’m not surprised, because this will be in the Kuiper Belt and it will not occur until 31 December 2018 or 1 January 2019.

Did you even remember that New Horizons was launched from Cape Canaveral on January 19, 2006? (I admit that I was unaware of this, which is probably because it was ‘before my time’… I might be a senior cat, but I’m certainly not over 11 years old!)

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Artist’s impression, found on Wikipedia.

Since it’s launch, New Horizons has been busy. Thus far, it has done a flybys of Jupiter and Pluto. (That video clip I shared of Pluto was taken by it.) And now, New Horizons is heading for the Kuiper belt!

I discovered the flight path clip, below on Google+.

Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiends!

Mr. M =^.^=

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