Archive | June 16, 2020

First Comet ATLAS, Then Comet SWAN & Now C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) — A Possible Naked-Eye Comet.

by Anura Guruge


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Don’t get your hopes up. We have already had two duds, i.e., ATLAS & SWAN.

This one could be even more elusive. It was discovered a few days BEFORE SWAN.

It went by us once already. Though quite close to the Sun right now, it is VERY FAINT. Nowhere close to naked-eye right now.

But … a month from now. It could be a different story.

I will keep an eye on it, for you. Rest assured.


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Munch’s Infamous ‘Scream’ Done By A Tree.

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I was IMMEDIATELY struck by the resemblance. I actually think the tree version is more SCARY.

Come on. SMILE. Enjoy. I have keep myself amused on my 100-minute walks.


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The Picture Of The Day (Panasonic ZS80) + 6 Also-Rans — June 16, 2020.

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The also rans:







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We Had Lobsters For Dinner Tonight.

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We have at least one big lobster dinner a year. This was the first for 2020.

We got them from ‘Market Basket‘ in Rochester, N.H. They were $5.99 per pound. Steaming on the house.

I am against cooking them in the house. Plus, I got 8. We would have needed some BIG pots for that. Much better to get them to zap them.

They were good. I just ate 2. I must be getting old. I have been known to eat 3 or 4 without much trouble.


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With Today’s Flowers I Give You Quality Over Quantity (Taken With My Google Pixel 4) — June 15, 2020.

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I took most of these at ‘Hannaford‘, Alton. I didn’t bother taking any pictures during my walk today because I knew I was going to be out & about later in the day & was bound to come across pastures new. I did. Enjoy. I am always trying to bring you not just quantity, but beauty.


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The Great ‘Dwarf Planet’ Scam Perpetrated By The Supposedly August International Astronomical Union (IAU).

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That table above, from my 2011 book ‘Dwarf Planets‘, contains all the background you need to understand this scam.

So, this was from a book published 9-years ago. Also in the table we have 5 (& only 5) Dwarf Planets — the last of which, Humea, was designated as such in September 2008.

September 2008 is coming up to 12-years.

In those 12-years the IAU has not designated any other Dwarf Planets.

We had 5 Dwarf Planets in Sept. 2008, we still have 5 Dwarf Planets in June 2020.

NO. NO. NO.

Dwarf Planets, of course, are very different from Planets. That is why Pluto was reclassified a Dwarf.

Yes, we don’t have many planets & yes, the last was discovered a very, very long time ago.

Not so with Dwarfs. We have THOUSANDS that appear to meet the criteria. They have LONG LISTS of possible Dwarf Candidates.

But, the IAU has not done anything in terms of expanding the pool of Dwarfs since 2008.

And therein lies the scam.


It would appear that the IAU has had second — if not third, fourth or fifth — thoughts about Dwarf Planets.

It would appear that they think that they screwed up. But, they are too august & proud to say that. So, instead they are hoping to atrophy the issue & category.

Well, I, for one, will not let that happen.

So, now YOU know.



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