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  • Hubble captures birthday bubble

    04/21/2016 10:07:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | April 21, 2016 | Provided by: ESA/Hubble Information Centre
    The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7653, is an emission nebula located 11,000 light-years away. This stunning new image was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its 26th year in space. Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team =============================================================================================================== This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to celebrate Hubble's 26th year in orbit, captures in stunning clarity what looks like a gigantic cosmic soap bubble. The object, known as the Bubble Nebula, is in fact a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the brilliant star within it. The vivid new portrait of this dramatic scene...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Close-up of the Bubble Nebula

    04/03/2016 2:30:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | Sunday, April 03, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It's the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble's central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, featured here in scientifically mapped colors...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Bubble Nebula

    10/04/2014 3:36:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | October 02, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 10 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Below and left of the Bubble's center is a hot, O star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet Lemmon and the Deep Sky

    07/20/2013 3:12:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | July 20, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Now sweeping high above the ecliptic plane, Comet Lemmon has faded dramatically in planet Earth's night sky as it heads for the outer solar system. Some 16 light-minutes (2 AU) from the Sun, it still sports a greenish coma though, posing on the right in this 4 degree wide telescopic view from last Saturday with deep sky star clusters and nebulae in Cassiopeia. In fact, the rich background skyscape is typical within the boundaries of the boastful northern constellation that lie along the crowded starfields of the Milky Way. Included near center is open star cluster M52 about 5,000...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Bubble Nebula

    08/05/2012 10:01:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | August 04, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 10 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and right of the Bubble's center is a hot, O star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula

    10/11/2011 3:16:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | October 11, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It's the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble's central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in scientifically mapped colors...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula

    04/22/2016 6:42:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Friday, April 22, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble's center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The...
  • Dying star offers glimpse of our sun's future

    03/08/2016 8:27:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | March 8, 2016 | Provided by: European Space Agency
    Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: R. Sahai and J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is a final act of celestial beauty before the long fade into cosmic history. Invisibly buried in the centre of this colourful swirl of gas is a dying star, roughly the same mass as the sun. As a star ages, the nuclear reactions that keep it shining begin to falter. This uncertain energy generation causes the stars to pulsate in an irregular way, casting off its outer layers into space. As the star sheds these outer gases, the super-hot core...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M100: A Grand Design Spiral Galaxy

    02/11/2015 4:25:57 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | February 11, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Majestic on a truly cosmic scale, M100 is appropriately known as a grand design spiral galaxy. It is a large galaxy of over 100 billion stars with well-defined spiral arms that is similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy. One of the brightest members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, M100 (alias NGC 4321) is 56 million light-years distant toward the constellation of Berenice's Hair (Coma Berenices). This Hubble Space Telescope image of M100 was made in 2006 and reveals bright blue star clusters and intricate winding dust lanes which are hallmarks of this class of galaxies. Studies of...
  • Hubble Finds Source of Magellanic Stream

    09/21/2013 10:32:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Thursday, September 19, 2013 | unattributed
    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream's discovery by radio telescopes in the early 1970s, astronomers have wondered whether the gas comes from one or both of the satellite galaxies. New Hubble observations reveal most of the gas was stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud about two billion years ago, and a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M57: The Ring Nebula

    06/05/2013 6:15:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | June 05, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. Its classic appearance is understood to be due to our own perspective, though. The recent mapping of the expanding nebula's 3-D structure, based in part on this clear Hubble image, indicates that the nebula is a relatively dense, donut-like ring wrapped around the middle of a football-shaped cloud of glowing gas. The view from planet Earth looks down the long axis of the football, face-on to the ring. Of course, in this well-studied example of a planetary nebula, the glowing material does...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Red Rectangle Nebula from Hubble

    05/21/2013 3:39:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | May 21, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How was the unusual Red Rectangle nebula created? At the nebula's center is an aging binary star system that surely powers the nebula but does not, as yet, explain its colors. The unusual shape of the Red Rectangle is likely due to a thick dust torus which pinches the otherwise spherical outflow into tip-touching cone shapes. Because we view the torus edge-on, the boundary edges of the cone shapes seem to form an X. The distinct rungs suggest the outflow occurs in fits and starts. The unusual colors of the nebula are less well understood, however, and speculation holds...
  • Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Comet ISON

    04/23/2013 6:37:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | April 23, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Here’s our first good look at Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this shot on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 634 million kilometers (394 million miles) from Earth. Later this year, this comet could become a brilliant object in the sky, perhaps 10 times brighter than Venus. Astronomers say preliminary measurements from the Hubble images suggest that the nucleus of ISON is no larger than 4-6 km (3-4 miles) across. The astronomers said this is remarkably small considering the high level of activity observed in the comet...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble

    04/22/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | April 22, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: While drifting through the cosmos, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud became sculpted by stellar winds and radiation to assume a recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is embedded in the vast and complex Orion Nebula (M42). A potentially rewarding but difficult object to view personally with a small telescope, the above gorgeously detailed image was recently taken in infrared light by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope in honor of the 23rd anniversary of Hubble's launch. The dark molecular cloud, roughly 1,500 light years distant, is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is seen above primarily because it is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Dust Pillar of the Carina Nebula

    03/23/2013 10:21:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | March 24, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Inside the head of this interstellar monster is a star that is slowly destroying it. The monster, actually an inanimate pillar of gas and dust, measures over a light year in length. The star, not itself visible through the opaque dust, is bursting out partly by ejecting energetic beams of particles. Similar epic battles are being waged all over the star-forming Carina Nebula (NGC 3372). The stars will win in the end, destroying their pillars of creation over the next 100,000 years, and resulting in a new open cluster of stars. The pink dots are newly formed stars that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- NGC 6751: The Glowing Eye Nebula

    03/13/2013 4:35:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | March 13, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Planetary nebulae can look simple, round, and planet-like in small telescopes. But images from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope have become well known for showing these fluorescent gas shrouds of dying Sun-like stars to possess a staggering variety of detailed symmetries and shapes. This composite color Hubble image of NGC 6751, the Glowing Eye Nebula, is a beautiful example of a classic planetary nebula with complex features. It was selected in April of 2000 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hubble in orbit, but was reprocessed recently by an amateur as part of the Hubble Legacy program. Winds and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy in Dust and Stars

    02/24/2013 3:59:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | February 24, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. The above image is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope highlighting sharp features normally too red to be seen. Anyone with a good pair of binoculars, however, can see this Whirlpool toward the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Hubble Extreme Deep Field

    10/14/2012 3:04:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    NASA ^ | October 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What did the first galaxies look like? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured above, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age. The Hubble Space Telescope's ACS camera and the infrared channel of the WFPC3 camera took the image. Combining efforts spread over 10 years, the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Elliptical M60, Spiral NGC 4647

    09/15/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | September 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60's simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647's young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant than M60, some 63...
  • Hubble spots spiral galaxy that shouldn't exist

    07/18/2012 5:08:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 18, 2012, 1:05 p.m. | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the oldest known spiral galaxy, a 10.7-billion-year-old anomaly that by all rights shouldn't exist. The galaxy was present in the early universe, about 3 billion years after the Big Bang, at a time when galaxies were still forming and normally looked clumpy and irregular. … In fact, it is a so-called grand design spiral galaxy, which has prominent, well-formed spiral arms. "The fact that this galaxy exists is astounding," Law said. "Current wisdom holds that such grand design spiral galaxies didn't exist at such an early time in the history of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 21st Century M101

    07/13/2012 4:12:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | July 13, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: One of the last entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog, big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed with Lord Rosse's large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown. In contrast, this mulitwavelength view of the large island universe is a composite of images recorded by space-based telescopes in the 21st century. Color coded From X-rays to infrared wavelengths (high to low energies), the image data was...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Blue Straggler Stars in Globular Cluster M53

    04/09/2012 7:34:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | April 09, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If our Sun were part of M53, the night sky would glow like a jewel box of bright stars. M53, also known as NGC 5024, is one of about 250 globular clusters that survive in our Galaxy. Most of the stars in M53 are older and redder than our Sun, but some enigmatic stars appear to be bluer and younger. These young stars might contradict the hypothesis that all the stars in M53 formed at nearly the same time. These unusual stars are known as blue stragglers and are unusually common in M53. After much debate, blue stragglers are...
  • Breathtaking Hubble pic: Eagle Nebula (slip the surly bonds of earth & touch the face of God)

    04/26/2005 10:52:37 AM PDT · by Wolfstar · 175 replies · 7,378+ views
    A new view of the Eagle Nebula, one of the two largest and sharpest images Hubble Space Telescope has ever taken, is released by NASA for Hubble's 15th anniversary April 25, 2005. The new Eagle Nebula image reveals a tall, dense tower of gas being sculpted by ultraviolet light from a group of massive, hot stars. During the 15 years Hubble has orbited the Earth, it has taken more than 700,000 photos of the cosmos.
  • Hyperfast Star Was Booted from Milky Way

    01/19/2011 5:30:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 55 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | 7/22/2010 | ScienceDaily
    A hundred million years ago, a triple-star system was traveling through the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy when it made a life-changing misstep. The trio wandered too close to the galaxy's giant black hole, which captured one of the stars and hurled the other two out of the Milky Way. Adding to the stellar game of musical chairs, the two outbound stars merged to form a super-hot, blue star. This story may seem like science fiction, but astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope say it is the most likely scenario for a so-called hypervelocity star, known as HE...
  • Space science: The telescope that ate astronomy

    10/29/2010 9:10:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Nature ^ | 10/27/10 | Lee Billings
    NASA's next-generation space observatory promises to open new windows on the Universe — but its cost could close many more.It has to work — for astronomers, there is no plan B. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2014, is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the key to almost every big question that astronomers hope to answer in the coming decades. Its promised ability to peer back through space and time to the formation of the first galaxies made it the top priority in the 2001 astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, one of a...
  • Parliament approves HST for B.C., Ontario

    12/10/2009 12:10:01 AM PST · by UAConservative · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | December 9, 2009 | Andrew Mayeda
    OTTAWA — The House of Commons on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation enabling the provinces to harmonize their sales taxes with the federal GST, clearing the way for Ontario and British Columbia to implement the HST this summer. The federal HST bill passed by a vote of 253-37. Only the NDP opposed the legislation. Both Ontario and B.C. plan to combine their provincial sales taxes with the federal goods and services tax on July 1. Economists estimate that combining the tax will save businesses in Ontario billions, because firms will no longer have to pay tax on inputs such as materials...
  • HST equals Hated Sales Tax

    12/04/2009 11:26:14 PM PST · by UAConservative · 5 replies · 453+ views
    The Star (Toronto) ^ | December 4, 2009
    Three-quarters of Ontarians oppose the looming 13 per cent harmonized sales tax, suggests a new Toronto Star-Angus Reid Public Opinion survey. In troubling news for Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberals, 70 per cent of the 1,162 people polled said their opinion of the government has worsened due to the HST. The numbers were released on the first day of public hearings into the tax at Queen's Park, where various interest groups converged, and about 300 First Nations peoples held an anti-tax rally on the front lawn and later blocked evening rush-hour traffic on University Ave. and College St.
  • Harry Truman announces his candidacy for president--again.

    05/12/2007 6:49:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 50 replies · 924+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/21/2007
  • NASA to rescue ageing Hubble

    10/31/2006 12:32:28 PM PST · by saganite · 6 replies · 450+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 31 Oct 06 | DANIEL GIRARD
    Canadian astronomers are applauding NASA plans to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The American space agency said today a shuttle crew will be sent in early 2008 to fix and upgrade the 16-year-old telescope, overturning a previous decision made after the 2003 Columbia disaster that killed seven. “This is really fabulous news,” said Raymond Carlberg in the department of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Toronto. The Hubble has a long list of scientific accomplishments including offering direct observation of the universe as it was 12 billion years ago, discovering black holes at the centre of galaxies and collecting...
  • Russia to orbit world's most powerful telescope by 2008

    10/03/2006 11:06:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 647+ views ^ | October 3, 2006
    MOSCOW. Oct 3 (Interfax-AVN) - Russia will orbit its Radioastron telescope by the end of 2008, said Nikolai Kardashev, head of the Russian Physics Institute's Astro-Space Center. "It is expected that the astrophysical observatory Radioastron will be orbited in late 2007. A slight delay is possible. I think that in any case this will not happen later than 2008," Kardashev told a news conference on Tuesday. The total cost in creating the telescope is about 3 billion rubles, he said.
  • Bush Knows His History

    06/05/2006 7:57:14 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 138 replies · 3,365+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 05, 2006 | Michael Barone
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out that we live in something close to the best of times, with record worldwide economic growth and at a low point in armed conflict in the world. Yet Americans are in a sour mood, a mood that may be explained by the lack of a sense of history. The military struggle in Iraq (nearly 2,500 military deaths) is spoken of in as dire terms as Vietnam (58,219), Korea (54,246) or World War II (405,399). We bemoan the cruel injustice of $3 a gallon for gas in a country where three-quarters of people classified as...
  • Hubble Servicing Mission moves up

    05/10/2006 8:03:24 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 191+ views ^ | 05/09/06 | Chris Bergin
    The latest available Shuttle mission manifest continues to evolve ahead of an exciting finale for the three NASA orbiters, with the highlight mission of servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) moving up to flight 10 of a 17 mission schedule. HST-SM04 - STS-125 - has now moved from Endeavour to Discovery, with a new NET (No Earlier Than) launch date of April 11, 2008, moving ahead of STS-119 – ISS Assembly flight 15A - from the previous manifest.
  • VIDEO: What Happened To The Old Democratic Party? What's The Deal With Today's Crazies?

    02/10/2006 11:48:59 AM PST · by rabair · 8 replies · 465+ views ^ | February 10, 2006 |
    I created this video a few days ago and finally got around to posting it on my blog. It was only my second attempt at using Windows Movie maker, but I find it hilarious. Check it out and leave me comments if you'd like...
  • Nearby Star Smaller than Earth, Massive as Sun

    12/13/2005 6:49:40 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 54 replies · 1,289+ views ^ | 12/13/05 | Robert Roy Britt
    The brightest star in our sky has a companion that’s smaller than Earth yet 98 percent as massive as the Sun, a new study reveals. Astronomers already knew the brilliant blue-white Sirius had a stellar companion. But they didn’t know the object’s mass. The new measurement, announced today, was done by an international team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Sirius is one of the closest known stars at 8.6 light-years away. It is twice as massive as the Sun and has a surface temperature of 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit (10,000 degrees C). The companion, called Sirius B, was known...
  • Johnny Depp Arranges Shooting of HUnter S. Thompson's Ashes

    05/27/2005 10:31:52 AM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 65 replies · 1,856+ views
    SF Chronicle/AP ^ | 5/27/05 | AP
    Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure — courtesy of actor Johnny Depp — to shoot the gonzo journalist's ashes onto his ranch near here. Friends and acquaintances gathered Thursday to discuss the Aug. 20 invitation-only service, which will be six months after Thompson shot himself in his Woody Creek home. Jon Equis, the event producer working with Thompson's family, said the tower will be 12 feet wide at the base and 8 feet wide at the top, where a cannon will be placed. Depp, who portrayed the author in the movie version...
  • The 'suicide solution' suddenly seems trendy

    03/09/2005 5:24:46 AM PST · by beaversmom · 21 replies · 2,182+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 8, 2005 | Michael Medved
    Has suicide become the pop culture flavor of the month? Recent weeks produced an odd flurry of news stories suggesting that the notion of taking your own life suddenly seems courageous, respectable, even chic. Consider the pathetic death of acclaimed "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson. It provoked wildly inflated estimations of his artistry — Tom Wolfe anointed him the past century's "greatest comic writer in English" — as well as mostly admiring remarks from his family about his decision to shoot a bullet into his head at age 67. "This is a triumph of his, not a desperate, tragic failure,"...
  • HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Hypocritical reverence for drug-fueled scribe

    02/27/2005 12:55:01 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 41 replies · 1,651+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/27/05 | A.S. Ross
    Not since the death of Princess Diana has so much worshipful ink been spilled on the occasion of a mere mortal's passing. He was a giant among men. Who cared that for years he had been a largely burned-out case, more of a circus act than a serious writer, reveling in adolescent stunts with firearms, alcohol, narcotics -- the predictable paraphernalia of the self-styled outlaw who wowed the chattering classes and other assorted rubes and poseurs long after his appeal had worn off for almost everybody else? Indeed, by coming not to bury Hunter S. Thompson, but to praise him...
  • (Hunter) Thompson Shot Himself While on Phone

    02/25/2005 12:25:26 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 100 replies · 2,394+ views
    AP (via Yahoo News) ^ | Feb 25, 2005
    ASPEN, Colo. - The widow of journalist Hunter S. Thompson said her husband killed himself while the two were talking on the phone. "I was on the phone with him, he set the receiver down and he did it. I heard the clicking of the gun," Anita Thompson told the Aspen Daily News in Friday's editions. She said her husband had asked her to come home from a health club so they could work on his weekly ESPN column — but instead of saying goodbye, he set the telephone down and shot himself. Thompson said she heard a loud, muffled...
  • Writer's ashes may be shot from cannon [Hunter S. Thompson "gonzo" funeral]

    02/24/2005 7:54:47 PM PST · by XR7 · 40 replies · 1,786+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/24/05 | Dan Elliott
    DENVER - Hunter S. Thompson, the "gonzo journalist" with a penchant for drugs, guns and flamethrower prose, might have one more salvo in store for everyone: Friends and relatives want to blast his ashes out of a cannon, just as he wished. "If that's what he wanted, we'll see if we can pull it off," said historian Douglas Brinkley, a friend of Thompson's and now the family's spokesman. Thompson, who shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home Sunday at 67, said several times he wanted an artillery send-off for his remains. "There's no question, I'm sure that's what he...
  • Hunter S. Thompson's Lawyer-Suicide Was Not About President Bush

    02/23/2005 8:06:09 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 66 replies · 2,673+ views Politics 'War Room' ^ | 2.22.05 | Tim Grieve
    Hunter S. Thompson's attorney tells the Boston Globe the reporter's suicide had nothing to do with the results of the 2004 election. Thompson wasn't happy about President Bush's re-election of course.He compared him unfavourably to Richard Nixon and seemed terrified that the American people might want George W. Bush to be their president.Thompson predicted that Kerry would beat Bush in November, and feared what the alternative would say about America. The cynical among us might say it's the first time something bad hasn't been blamed on President Bush.
  • Hunter S. Thompson has posted his last news.

    02/22/2005 2:32:47 AM PST · by ScorpiusInvincitatus · 255+ views
  • The son of Hunter S. Thompson says the author shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home.

    02/20/2005 8:14:19 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 808 replies · 26,932+ views
    AP News Alert ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- The son of Hunter S. Thompson says the author shot himself to death at his Aspen-area home.
  • Robot lets down fans of telescope [Bye-bye Hubble...]

    12/12/2004 7:52:14 AM PST · by snopercod · 142 replies · 2,180+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | December 12, 2004 | AP
    Rescue missions expensive, ineffective. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Trying to save the famed Hubble Space Telescope with a robot would cost $2 billion with just a 50-50 chance of success, an aerospace research group is advising NASA in the coming days. And that thumbs-down is likely to be preceded by another potentially negative finding from the National Academy of Sciences, due to report on Wednesday. Both reports could spell doom for the popular, aging Hubble, whose fans have heavily lobbied to get it repaired to prolong its life and continue its stream of stunning and revealing pictures from space....
  • Lileks on Hunter Thompson [The guns fall silent, because we're reloading]

    06/15/2004 10:52:06 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 26 replies · 296+ views
    Lileks: "The Bleat" ^ | 05/17/2004 | James Lileks
    Saturday night BBQ at a neighbor’s house. Gnat plays with their kid all the time. Small backyard, fenced, so we let the kids out of our sight. (Parents everywhere just got a tight spot in the guts, because you know what’s coming.) My radar was still pinging away, though, because I am convinced that the moment I slacken, a pterodactyl will swoop from the sky and carry my child off. And then I’ll have to deal with the cops, and I’ll be standing there screaming at the poor officer: PTERODACTYL! IT SOUNDS LIKE IT STARTS WITH A T BUT IT...
  • Spirit of Mourning {For Reagan} Reflected in Flag Day Guidelines

    06/14/2004 5:23:18 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 06-14-04 | Glass, Ray
    Spirit of mourning reflected in Flag Day guidelines By RAY GLASS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL U.S. flags will continue to fly at half-staff today in tribute to former President Ronald Reagan, but Americans celebrating Flag Day are not required to follow those guidelines with flags flown at homes and businesses. "It's not required, but most people do anyway," said Jerry Dickson, chaplain of American Legion Post No. 575 in Lubbock. He acknowledged that many U.S. flags mounted on homes and porches are not adjustable on their staffs. It has become accepted practice in that situation to attach a black mourning ribbon or streamer...
  • Was Reagan the First Neocon?

    06/14/2004 4:57:30 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 41 replies · 518+ views ^ | 06-14-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Was Reagan the 1st neoconservative? Posted: June 14, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Would Ronald Reagan have invaded Iraq? Would he have declared a doctrine of preventive war to keep any rival nation from rising to where it might challenge us? Would he have crusaded for "world democratic revolution"? Was Reagan the first neoconservative? This claim has been entered in the wake of his death. Yet, it seems bogus, a patent forgery, a fabricated claim to the Reagan legacy, worked up in the same shop where they made the documents proving Saddam was buying up all...
  • Was Franklin D. Roosevelt a Good President?

    06/08/2004 6:19:25 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 211 replies · 4,409+ views ^ | 06-08-04 | Farah, Joseph
    Was Roosevelt a good president? Posted: June 8, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Condoleeza Rice said in a newspaper interview last week that President Bush will some day rank in leadership history alongside Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Which begs the question: Was Roosevelt a good president? If Roosevelt is George W. Bush's model for leadership, his first term begins to make sense. Roosevelt led the nation through World War II and certainly contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany and imperial Japan – for which we should all be thankful. However, Roosevelt also arguably presided over...
  • Charley Reese: "Conspiracy"

    02/23/2004 6:26:52 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 189+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 02-23-04 | Reese, Charley
    Conspiracy Conspiracy fans can have a field day if Sen. John Kerry wins the Democratic nomination for president, as it appears at this time he will. Conspiracy buffs can say that, once more, the Establishment has won. Both the Democrat and the Republican nominees will be Establishment types — both are rich guys, both are Yale graduates, and both are members of the secretive and elitist Skull and Bones club at Yale. And the outsiders (Howard Dean, John Edwards and Wesley Clark) remain outside. By now, I'm used to this state of affairs and don't put a lot of stock...
  • NASA Chief: Hubble Decision Under Review

    01/29/2004 1:45:17 PM PST · by demlosers · 15 replies · 249+ views ^ | 26 January 2004 | Brian Berger
    WASHINGTON -- Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Harold Gehman, the chairman of the now disbanded Columbia Accident Investigation Board, will be taking a second look at NASA's decision to curtail the use of the space shuttle for any further servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said Thursday. O'Keefe said he has asked Gehman to review the decision to cancel what would have been the fifth and final Hubble servicing mission to satisfy a request by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) that NASA not scrap the mission without getting a second opinion. Mikulski wrote O'Keefe last week to say...
  • Rewriting Cold War History

    12/03/2003 5:52:00 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 248+ views ^ | 12-03-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Rewriting Cold War history Posted: December 3, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Were neoconservatives the heroes of the Cold War? Or were many of them latecomers to the cause of anti-communism, too long enamored of its ugly little sister, socialism? Consider. Last week, the Washington Times reported on a party at the Slovak Embassy given to honor America's Cold War heroes. In the photos were such stalwarts as Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, the Reagan speech-writer, Gen. "Jack" Singlaub, a legendary warrior, Al Regnery, whose father was the bravest anti-communist publisher of the Cold War, and Jon Utley,...