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The Closest Stars to Earth – Infographic

Celestial Neighbors

Since the dawn of mankind, we have looked up and been fascinated by the stars.  What were once mysterious orbs — the homes of gods and legends — are now a little more understood scientifically, not no less fascinating.  Today’s infographic takes a look at our 44 closest celestial neighbors in order of distance from our solar system and compares their characteristics to the star we are most familiar with, our own sun.. [VIA]

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Daily Photo (6/5/20) – NYC from the ISS

Photo — “NYC from the ISS”

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Photograph of New York City illuminated at night from the International Space Station.  Taken March 23, 2013.

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History of Planet Earth – Infographic

History of Planet Earth from the Big Bang to Modern Humans

Spanning about 4.5 billion years, planet Earth has had quite the interesting, and often tumultuous, past.  From the first specks of dust in the solar nebula after the formation of the sun, through it’s lava and liquid rock stage and through a few ice ages, today’s infographic gives you the story of our planet’s geological and meteorological history all in one place.  [VIA]

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The Temperature Extremes of the Universe – Infographic

A UNiverse of Extremes

From the coldest temperature possible (absolute zero) to the hottest temperature where conventional physics cease to exist (Planck temperature) and everything in-between, today’s inforgraphic has it all.  Follow the temperatures at which the universe works in a variety of categories and trace the extremes, such as the coldest temperature and hottest temperature at which life is known to exist, or the surface temperatures of the different planets as you get warmer and warmer. [VIA]

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (5/15/20) – Launch Through the Clouds

Photo — “Launch Through the Clouds”

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Almost 9 years ago to the day!

May 16, 2011. “The Space Shuttle Endeavour during launch.” Photo credit: NASA

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Infographic — Sunstorms

Sunstorms

Every so often we hear about solar flares and sunstorms and their ability to wreak havoc on the world’s electronics and computer networks.  I have always been amazed about the power of nature, both here on Earth and in space.  Today’s infographic helps to break down the different types of activity we can observe on the sun and what it might mean to us in the future. [VIA]

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Sunstorms
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 14, 2020!

APRIL 14, 2020

Today is:


International Be Nice to Lawyers Day — They’re often the butt of jokes, but for one day hold off on the name-calling and be nice to one today!

International Moment of Laughter Day — Today is that day to chuckle, laugh, giggle, guffaw… no matter what the reason, spread a little joy and happiness where you can by sharing an amusing moment with someone.

National Dolphin Day — With a curved jaw that gives them a permanent smile, what’s not to love about dolphins?  These amazing creatures deserve recognition today.

National Pecan Day — Did you know that the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?  Celebrate them today by cracking a few open, or even better — having some pecan pie!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

ANNE SULLIVAN (1866-1936 — American educator.  Best known as the lifelong instructor and companion of Helen Keller.
LORETTA LYNN (1932) — American country music singer-songwriter with over 60  albums in her career.
PETE ROSE (1941) — American baseball player and manager.  All-time hits leader (4,256)
PETER CAPALDI  (1958) — Scottish actor, writer, and director (Doctor Who – 12th Doctor; The Thick of It).
ROB McELHENNEY  (1977) — American actor, director, producer, & screenwriter (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
This is the first abolitionist society in North America.
1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
1865– President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theater in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth.  He will die the next day.
1902 – James Cash Penney (J.C. Penney) opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming — The Golden Rule Store.
1912 – The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm and will sink at approximately 2:20am the next morning.
1939 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is first published by Viking Press.
1958 – The Soviet Satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after 162 days.  It carried the first living thing into space, a female dog names Laika
1981 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first test flight in mission STS-1.
2003 – The Human Genome Project is considered complete with 99% of the human genome mapped to 99.999% accuracy.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 10, 2020!

APRIL 10, 2020

Today is:


Encourage a Young Writer Day — If you have a student always with an idea in their head, or a story in mind, today is the day to have them put pen to paper and write it down!

Global Work From Home Day — Seems like that’s everyday now!

National Hug Your Dog Day — For many of us, not having our furry companions right now would make things a lot harder.  Show them your appreciation today.  Even if you can’t, give a pup a virtual hug!

Siblings Day — Today’s the day to reach out and get in touch with your siblings.  Just make sure you don’t need mom or day to separate you or turn the car around!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

COMMODORE MATTHEW PERRY (1794-1858) — American naval officer.  Most famous for opening trade relations between the West and Japan.
LEW WALLACE (1827-1905) — American lawyer, politician, Union General and author (Ben-Hur)
JOSEPH PULITZER  (1847-1911) — Hungarian-American publisher, journalist, and politician.  Founder of Pulitzer, Inc. and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize.
JOHN MADDEN  (1936) — American football player, Hall of fame coach, and sportscaster.
JUAN WILLIAMS (1954) — Panamanian-American author, journalist, and political analyst (Fox News & NPR)
MANDY MOORE (1984) — American singer-songwriter and actress (Tangled, Midway, This is Us)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

837Halley’s Comet makes its closest ever approach to Earth at a distance of 3.2 million miles.
1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of  Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City.
1912 – The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden (and only) voyage.
1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishers.
1970 – Paul McCartney announces that for personal and professional reasons, he is leaving The Beatles,  beginning  the “break up” of the band.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 6, 2020!

APRIL 6, 2020

Today is:


Army Day — Honoring all those who have served or are currently serving in the US Army!

National Caramel Popcorn Day — A fairground favorite — why not try a new twist  today?.

National Fun Day — While options may be limited, make sure you carve out some time to enjoy yourself today!

National Student Athlete Day — We can’t forget to celebrate all our students who excel both in the classroom and on the field today!

National Twinkie Day — Who doesn’t love this highly preserved snack food, said to be able to survive the apocalypse…..oh, wait….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

RAPHAEL  (1483-1520) — Italian Renaissance artist and architect.  Known for his many Madonnas and frescoes in the Vatican.
MICKEY COCHRANE  (1903-1962) — American professional baseball player and member of the Hall of Fame.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS  (1937) — American actor, best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars saga.
JOHN RATZENBERGER (1947) — American actor.  Starred in Cheers (as Cliff Clavin), and featured in all of the Pixar films to date..
JULIE ERTZ (1992) — American professional soccer player; World Cup champion & Olympian.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1808 – John Jacob Astor establishes the American Fur Company, which will help him become the Unites States’ first millionaire.
1841 – John Tyler is sworn into office two days after assuming the Presidency after the death of William Henry Harrison, the first Vice President to do so.
1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic is founded.  This organization for veterans of the Civil War remains active until 1956.
1909– Explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first to reach the North Pole.  This has come under dispute in later years.
1973 – The Pioneer 11 spacecraft is launched.  It will be the first to fly past Jupiter & Saturn.  Contact was lost in 1995 and is not on a course to leave the solar system.
1973 – Major League Baseball’s American League begins using the designated hitter.