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Dixie came Home

Missing Pet | Dixie

Updated 2:00 10/31/09
Well, there’s a Happy Halloween ending to Dixie’s saga, she found her way home!  But we are leaving her picture up anyway because she’s so dang cute.
 
Image: Tom Halstead | Shadow People on Zombie Road in Missouri

Image: Tom Halstead | Shadow People on Zombie Road in Missouri

See anything wrong with this image? Notice there is no reflection cast in the water by the people on the hill. Well there is a good reason for that, they are shadow people and they were not present to the naked eye when the picture was taken.

This picture was taken in March 2005 by Tom Halstead during an investigation of the Zombie Road area by Ghosts & Haunts in Missouri.  

This picture was taken when the river was above its banks and the hill area pictures was completely surrounded by water.  No other humans were present when this was taken.

An investigation of Zombie Road was featured in Children of the Grave, a horror Documentary from the Booth Brothers. If you get a chance, catch it but be prepared it ain’t your average horror flick. These guys catch some pretty scary stuff and they know it.

Next up… Orbs, I photographed soon after a best friend died.

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Hey I know that goat!

Hey I know that goat!

The other day I got an email from a friend, that contained some photos of what appears to be some really strange folks, wearing some really, really strange apparel with some random TMI (too much information) thrown in here and there.  Turns out the photos are from random Wal-Mart’s around the country and the “Wal- creature” photos are submitted by… you guessed it, other Wal-mart shoppers. Now here’s the best part or worst part depending on your perspective…. You too can get sucked into the Wallyworld madness, all of these crazy a** photos can be viewed at “People of Walmart“.  Who’d a thunk it? and how many people you know, will be hastily going through the site to see if any photos are of them? Just a thought and FYI, I already checked and Suzanne nice outfit!

H/T  MB (I think)

Image Credit: Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations

Image Credit: Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations

Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe

Source: NASA | News Release Number: STScI-2009-25

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, ready to uncover new worlds, peer ever deeper into space, and even map the invisible backbone of the universe. The first snapshots from the refurbished Hubble showcase the 19-year-old telescope’s new vision. Topping the list of exciting new views are colorful multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie “pillar of creation,” and a “butterfly” nebula. With its new imaging camera, Hubble can view galaxies, star clusters, and other objects across a wide swath of the electromagnetic spectrum, from ultraviolet to near-infrared light. A new spectrograph slices across billions of light-years to map the filamentary structure of the universe and trace the distribution of elements that are fundamental to life. The telescope’s new instruments also are more sensitive to light and can observe in ways that are significantly more efficient and require less observing time than previous generations of Hubble instruments. NASA astronauts installed the new instruments during the space shuttle servicing mission in May 2009. Besides adding the instruments, the astronauts also completed a dizzying list of other chores that included performing unprecedented repairs on two other science instruments.

Now that Hubble has reopened for business, it will tackle a whole range of observations. Looking closer to Earth, such observations will include taking a census of the population of Kuiper Belt objects residing at the fringe of our solar system, witnessing the birth of planets around other stars, and probing the composition and structure of the atmospheres of other worlds. Peering much farther away, astronomers have ambitious plans to use Hubble to make the deepest-ever portrait of the universe in near-infrared light. The resulting picture may reveal never-before-seen infant galaxies that existed when the universe was less than 500 million years old. Hubble also is now significantly more well-equipped to probe and further characterize the behavior of dark energy, a mysterious and little-understood repulsive force that is pushing the universe apart at an ever-faster rate.

New expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), and the Jupiter Comet Impact Team.

New expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), and the Jupiter Comet Impact Team.

Hubble Captures Rare Jupiter Collision

Source: ScienceDaily (July 24, 2009)

 The checkout and calibration of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been interrupted to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. The spot, caused by the impact of a comet or an asteroid, is changing from day to day in the planet’s cloud tops.

For the past several days the world’s largest telescopes have been trained on Jupiter. Not to miss the potentially new science in the unfolding drama 580 million kilometres away, Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, allocated discretionary time to a team of astronomers led by Heidi Hammel of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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Image Credit: AP

Image Credit: AP

Millions from India to China, got a rare treat yesterday, (July 22, 2009) they witnessed “the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century”. The totality (peak) lasted for 6 minutes and its path began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China.

For photos of the event go to,  SpaceWeather.com and ABC News they have slideshows of the eclipse . Looks like we will have to wait until 2017 for our turn, talk about being in the wrong place at wrong time.

North Americans must wait a bit longer for their chance at a total solar eclipse. On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon’s shadow will sweep coast to coast across the contiguous United States, from Oregon, southeastward to South Carolina. It will be the first total solar eclipse for the mainland U.S. since Feb. 26, 1979. 

 

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility

 

Object Hits Jupiter, New NASA Images Indicate

Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Shoemaker-Levy debris trail approaching Jupiter; May 17, 1994

Shoemaker-Levy debris trail approaching Jupiter; May 17, 1994

Source: ScienceDaily

Following up on a tip by an amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley of Australia, that a new dark “scar” had suddenly appeared on Jupiter, this morning between 3 and 9 a.m. PDT (6 a.m. and noon EDT) scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, gathered evidence indicating an impact.

New infrared images show the likely impact point was near the south polar region, with a visibly dark “scar” and bright upwelling particles in the upper atmosphere detected in near-infrared wavelengths, and a warming of the upper troposphere with possible extra emission from ammonia gas detected at mid-infrared wavelengths.

“We were extremely lucky to be seeing Jupiter at exactly the right time, the right hour, the right side of Jupiter to witness the event. We couldn’t have planned it better,” said Glenn Orton, a scientist at JPL.

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Mrs. Madoff's new scenic condo

Mrs. Madoff's new scenic condo

 

This photo just leaked to BBS shows the fixer-upper Ruth Madoff purchased with the change she had hidden from the Feds. She purchased the new digs in Butner over looking the landfill, to be near her husband Bernie Madoff . Sources tell us she said things were looking up for her now that she has chosen the wallpaper pattern for her cabinets. Also several locals donated items as trailer warming gifts. Reportedly the items included a complete set of salad bowls that say “Cool Whip” on the side, Dale Earndhart bed sheets and a velvet Elvis painting. The neighbors plan to help her decorate her stairs for Christmas.

We will update you with more as it becomes available

WikiSky Image: Andromeda Galaxy

WikiSky Image: Andromeda Galaxy

You are going to love this!

If you want to get a little closer to your own backyard, using your areas longitude and latitude give Stellarium a try, you can download for free. Here is the skinny on Stellarium, according to their website.

Stellarium is  a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Enjoy!

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