As I write, mission control at ESA (European Space Agency) dutifully prepare Rosetta for her assisted suicide. In less than 6 hours (twenty minutes either side of 7:20 am ET to be precise), Rosetta enters controlled descent into the pits of Deir el-Medina on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
“The target area is home to several active pits measuring over 100 meters across and 60 meters deep [about 100 yards wide and 60 yards deep], from which a number of the comet’s dust jets originate. Some of the pit walls also exhibit intriguing meter-sized lumpy structures called ‘goosebumps’, which could be the signatures of early cometesimals [i.e, the building blocks of comets] that agglomerated to create the comet in the early phases of solar system formation. Rosetta’s final descent may afford detailed close-up views of these features.” – ESA
NASA television (first link below) is airing Rosetta’s descent live.
Another NASA link below, offers additional live viewing options and links to dedicated mission details –
Rosetta will crash into the Ma’at region of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The yellow ellipse marks an approximate outline of the 700- × 500-meter (700- x 500-yard) target area. Image via ESA.
Artist’s concept of Rosetta shortly before hitting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sept. 30, 2016. Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab
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Vancouver murals, photographed this evening by my husband.
Daunting as ponders of theoretical physics might be, no harm comes from attempting to grasp their place in our reality. All it requires is willingness to imagine possibilities, nothing more than a moment of fleeting resolve dedicated to suspension of text book rational. Dipping a toe in space time’s pond isn’t intimidating, all it requires is an open mind.
Renowned physicist Richard Muller has a hypothesis – time expands because space expands, creating more space creates more time. As such, time is directional, capable only of forward movement, incapable of backward interference.
Take three minutes to hear Muller, he’ll explain better than I ever could.
The Moon – steeped in mythology, banded by superstition, monitor of passing time. Comforting phases wax and wane, from crescent sliver to rotund glory, moon shadows rule the night. On September 30, 2016 a shadowless Black Moon will pass unnoticed in the Western Hemisphere.
When a second new moon falls in a month it answers to Black. All new moons are indistinguishable from the night sky – unseen because lunar orbit briefly bounces sunlight off the far side of the moon. They may be dark, but only become black every 32 months or so when a second lunar cycle begins in the same month.
There are more names for our Moon, than all identified/named moons orbiting planets in the solar system. (Great link below to 182 identified/named moons of those planets, followed by moonconnection.com for all things lunar, and another link to ponder Black Moon ) Add black moon to the list, then listen to my favorite moon song –
America – take a three minute break from tedious blithering you call freedom and democracy to watch this video. Understand – congratulating yourselves because Negroes no longer sit at the back of the bus makes my skin crawl. America is a nation divided by race, in many ways an uglier nation than existed at the dawn of your civil rights movement. Calling yourselves a great nation, professing to be a world leader, last bastion of promise in a world of misguided subordinates – makes me cringe.
It’s business as usual until the Negroes get uppity. Nobody likes uppity Negroes. Least of all trigger happy police officers. Watch this clip, then ask yourselves why African Americans cry “black lives matter”.
A gallery of my husband’s photographs – road trip Vancouver to Battleford, Saskatchewan – August 2016.
Some people watch cat videos others post images of every meal they eat – I watch timelapse photography.