Thursday, May 17, 2007

NASA released stunning new images of Jupiter and its moons taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. Views include a movie of a volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io; a nighttime shot of auroras and lava on Io; a color photo of the "Little Red Spot" churning in Jupiter's cloudtops; images of small moons herding dust and boulders through Jupiter's faint rings--and much more: gallery.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Here is the colorful demise of a Sun. A new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun. The picture was taken on Feb. 6, 2007, by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, which was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Ultraviolet light from the dying star makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center. The planetary nebula in this image is called NGC 2440.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Your personality has everything to do with your income, your career, your personal relationships, and your life. A personality test of this kind would normally cost you $500.00 and up. It is offered to you here free of charge as a public service.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Video: Atmospheres of Faraway Worlds. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered clues about the atmospheres of two planets beyond our solar system.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Anyone who wants to succeed in a technical career should know this datum: "In all scientific systems you have a number of code words which operate as communication carriers, and when a person does not know these words well, he is having difficulty with the science itself." There is a chapter on this in Scientology, a New Slant on Life, by L. Ron Hubbard. He expands on this in another chapter on how to study a science. A person who learns these materials can do creative things that actually work. A person who does not have these materials will find it difficult to do creative things that actually work. I enjoy working with a team that is very good at creating new things.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Comets are colliding and kicking up dust around a dead star at the center of the Helix nebula, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The dead star appears as a dot in the middle of the nebula, like a red pupil in a green monster's eye. The Helix nebula is located about 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. It was formed when a star much like our sun died. This nebula won't last long. In about 10,000 years, its shiny clouds will fade, leaving the white dwarf and its circling comets to cool down alone in empty space.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

A Scientology friend of mine told be this story: "I was in Berlin when the wall came down. I met an old man who had been a young boy in East Germany in 1930. He remembered that he had lived in a free country at that time. People had rights. They voted in elections that were meaningful. But then the Nazis took power, and suddenly people did not have rights. They lived in fear of their government. And this government was replaced by a Communist regime. And he knew he was not free, he could only remember having lived in a free country, many years ago. Now he was a very old man, and he was so very grateful that he might live his last few remaining years in a truly free country." The moral of this story is that personal rights can be lost. This is especially true if they are not really known and understood in the first place.

There is something called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an international agreement, signed by nearly every nation, including the United States. It describes your rights, under international law. A website is available that describes the 30 Articles of Human Rights.

Mars Rover Video: Mars Rover Spirit has completed its campaign at the "Montalva" target and in the upcoming week, Opportunity will image Victoria Crater.