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  • Suburbanizing History: Northern Virginia’s Identity Crisis

    03/21/2018 7:28:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 21, 2018 | Casey Chalk
    Strangers I meet are always surprised when they discover they’ve met a third-generation Northern Virginian. “Wow, a native!” they exclaim, “you don’t meet many of those!” This surprise is often accompanied by a strong opinion about NoVA, as it’s often called—they suggest that the area just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. has little regional identity or unique culture, or little worthy of praise. It’s quite a bracing commentary to hear about one’s home. Yet I contend that whatever deficit in cultural identity NoVA may have has been accrued by the technocratic elite that has come to dominate the...
  • City of Richmond School Safety Resolution: Ban ‘Large-Capacity Ammunition Cartridges’

    03/20/2018 6:35:06 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/19/18 | Awr Hawkins
    A proposed City of Richmond School Safety resolution asks Congress to ban “large-capacity ammunition cartridges.” The proposed resolution also calls on Congress to “ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons.” It also asks to implement “universal background checks.” Such checks would require a background check for a private sale just like the background check currently required for a retail purchase. Ironically, almost every high-profile firearm-based attacker acquires his or her gun via background checks at retail sales, so such an expansion would do nothing to prevent future attacks. To date, attackers that do not acquire firearms...
  • Here’s Something Strange, the Afterglow From Last Year’s Kilonova is Continuing to Brighten

    01/23/2018 9:22:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 01/2202018 | Matt Williams
    X-ray observations are consistent with radiowave data reported last month by another team of scientists, who also indicated that it was continuing to brighten during the three months since the collision. During this same period, X-ray and optical observatories were unable to monitor GW170817/GRB because it was too close to the Sun at the time. However, once this period ended, Chandra was able to gather data again, which was consistent with these other observations. As John Ruan explained: “When the source emerged from that blind spot in the sky in early December, our Chandra team jumped at the chance to...
  • Have Astronomers Found the Star of Bethlehem?

    12/07/2011 1:31:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Epistle ^ | Bruce Gerig
    The modern search for the Star of Bethlehem began with Johannes Kepler (imperial astronomer for Rudolph II of Germany), who shortly before Christmas in 1603 observed a conjunction (pairing) of Jupiter with Saturn from his observatory in Prague. That this occurred in the constellation of Pisces he thought was important as well – perhaps recalling Rabbi Isaac Abarvanel's belief, noted in his 15th-century commentary on Daniel, that not only does a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn foretell important events, but in Pisces this holds a special significance for Israel; and such an event might even foretell the coming of the...
  • First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold

    10/16/2017 7:55:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | October 16, 2017 | Ashley Strickland
    For the first time, two neutron stars in a nearby galaxy have been observed engaging in a spiral death dance around one another until they collided. What resulted from that collision is being called an "unprecedented" discovery that is ushering in a new era of astronomy, scientists announced Monday.
  • Star Should Have Gone Supernova, But it Imploded Into a Black Hole Instead

    05/28/2017 8:03:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | 05/27/2017 | Matt Williams
    A major implication of this study is the way it could shed new light on the formation of very massive black holes. For some time now, astronomers have believed that in order to form a black hole at the end of its life cycle, a star would have to be massive enough to cause a supernova. But as the team observed, it doesn’t make sense that a star would blow off its outer layers and still have enough mass left over to form a massive black hole. As Christopher Kochanek – a professor of astronomy at The Ohio State University,...
  • A bright new star will burst into the sky in five years, astronomers predict

    01/06/2017 9:14:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | January 6 at 11:15 AM | Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.
    A team of astronomers is making a bold forecast: A binary star found in the summer constellation Cygnus the swan will burst into a red nova sometime in 2022. When the two stars in the binary system crash into one another, they will create a brick-red beacon so bright that sky gazers will see it with the naked eye, Larry Molnar of Calvin College said Friday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, Tex. As the constellation Cygnus glides gracefully along the Milky Way every late spring and summer, the cosmic bird’s left wing houses a faint binary star...
  • Just voted in Fairfax County Virginia. Where are all the dems?

    11/08/2016 5:32:10 AM PST · by Toadman · 119 replies
    Me ^ | Today | Me
    Fairfax County VA is hard-core liberal. At our voting location we have always been outnumbered by democrats (easy to tell by the sample ballots they get when going in). Our family has a tradition of voting together. So this morning, we got up, had breakfast (me, the better half, and three college kids), then jumped in the cars to go vote. There was a line of folks waiting for the republican sample ballot and I did not see one person going over to the democrat table. I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm not saying this means anything, but that it...
  • Solved: The Riddle of the Nova of 1670

    06/03/2015 3:14:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | David Dickinson
    On June 20, 1670, a new star appeared in the evening sky that gave 17th century astronomers pause. Eventually peaking out at +3rd magnitude, the ruddy new star in the modern day constellation of Vulpecula the Fox was visible for almost two years before vanishing from sight. The exact nature of Nova Vulpeculae 1670 has always remained a mystery. The event has often been described as a classic nova… but if it was indeed a garden variety recurrent nova in our own Milky Way galaxy, then why haven’t we seen further outbursts? And why did it stay so bright, for...
  • Nova in Sagittarius Brightens! (To Naked Eye Magnitude)

    03/20/2015 12:20:02 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 19 replies
    Sky & Telescope ^ | March 20, 2015 | Alan MacRobert
    The nova that erupted in the Sagittarius Teapot on March 15th has continued to brighten. It's now about magnitude 4.9, in easy binocular view before dawn. Anyone see it naked-eye yet? Update Friday March 20: It's still brightening — to about magnitude 4.9 as of last night! That's a magnitude brighter than at the nova's discovery five days earlier. No telling when it will stop. And, Sagittarius is getting a little higher before dawn every day.
  • Astroquizzical: What happens when Betelgeuse explodes?

    02/25/2015 6:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Starts with a Bang! ^ | February 24, 2015 | Jillian Scudder
    Question: If Betelgeuse explodes right now, could we see it with naked eye? It is over 400 light years away, so you might think that people would see it long after it actually happens? Betelgeuse is already one of the brightest stars in the night sky, sitting somewhere around the 8th or 9th brightest star in the night sky. (These lists don’t include the Sun, which is somewhat obviously always the brightest object in the sky.) It sits in the constellation Orion, along with a number of other bright stars, and makes up the left hand shoulder of the warrior....
  • Lawyer Wearing Only Diaper When Arrested in Home Invasion, Stabbing

    11/14/2014 12:15:29 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 11-14-14 | unattributed
    A knife-wielding attacker posed as a law enforcement officer to get inside a Virginia home, stabbed the residents multiple times then told them he'd be back to finish the job as his wife waited outside, prosecutors said. The suspect, 31-year-old Andrew Schmuhl, was wearing nothing but a diaper when he was apprehended after a car chase, authorities said Friday. These and other disturbing details emerged during a bond hearing for Schmuhl's wife, 30-year-old Alecia Schmuhl, Friday morning. The Schmuhls, both lawyers, are accused in the attack of a couple in their 60s. Police have said the attack apparently stemmed from...
  • New Supernova in Night Sky Captivates Amateur Astronomers

    01/31/2014 10:34:16 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 17 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Megan Gannon
    At 12 million light-years away, a new supernova that suddenly appeared in a nearby galaxy this week is the closest star explosion to be spotted from Earth in at least 20 years, so it's no surprise that it has captured the attention of stargazers. Professional astronomers and amateurs skywatchers alike have rushed to their telescopes to capture images of the brilliant star explosion, which was discovered by students at the University College London. So far, astrophotographers from Puerto Rico to Arizona have sent stunning photos of the new supernova in the galaxy M82. Adam Block sent in a photo...
  • A Naked Eye Nova Erupts in Centaurus

    12/04/2013 7:25:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | December 4, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    If you live in the southern hemisphere, the southern sky constellation of Centaurus may look a little different to you tonight, as a bright nova has been identified in the region early this week. The initial discovery of Nova Centauri 2013 (Nova Cen 2013) was made by observer John Seach based out of Chatsworth Island in New South Wales Australia. The preliminary discovery magnitude for Nova Cen 2013 was magnitude +5.5, just above naked eye visibility from a good dark sky site. Estimates by observers over the past 24 hours place Nova Cen 2013 between magnitudes +4 and +5 “with...
  • Update on the Bright Nova Delphini 2013; Plus a Gallery of Images from our Readers

    08/17/2013 10:08:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | August 16, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Since showing itself on August 14, 2013, a bright nova in the constellation Delphinus — now officially named Nova Delphini 2013 — has brightened even more. As of this writing, the nova is at magnitude 4.4 to 4.5, meaning that for the first time in years, there is a nova visible to the naked eye — if you have a dark enough sky. Even better, use binoculars or a telescope to see this “new star” in the sky.
  • VIDEO: Naked man surprises motorists on Prince William Parkway

    04/19/2013 8:04:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies ^ | April 19, 2013 | InsideNoVa
    Commuters got quite a distraction from rush hour traffic Friday on Prince William Parkway near Interstate 95 – a naked man jumping on the hood of a car. Yes, you read that right. Police said the man was on the I-95 overpass near the commuter lot, and was quickly arrested. One witness on InsideNoVa’s Facebook page said others drivers couldn’t miss it. “He was bouncing up and down and I swear … smacking the middle of his chest,” the witness wrote. Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the man was under the influence of narcotics and “acting irrational.” The...
  • Bill to allow NoVa counties to impose one percent income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate

    02/12/2013 8:01:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies
    By Tom Jackman Hey Northern Virginians! How would you like to pay another one percent of your income directly to your county or city, in addition to the federal and state income tax you already pay? This new income tax would be used strictly to remedy our wide and varied transportation problems. Sound good? Virginia state Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico) wants to give Northern Va. counties and cities the ability to impose a one percent income tax to fund transportation. The counties say they don’t want it. (Robert A. Reeder - For The Washington Post) Before you answer, know...
  • The next generation of surveillance. (Video)

    01/29/2013 12:14:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies ^ | 1-23-2013 | PBS
    A clip from the episode of NOVA entitled "Rise of the Drones." The full episode can be viewed here:
  • Joanne Nova-The Earth is Round & Polar Bears Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You--19.Apr.2012

    04/19/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 2 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/19/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents Joanne "Jo" Nova has made a career of fighting a never ending war against propaganda, media manipulation, and ignorance. Jo is the ultimate climate change skeptic, and she's even written a book about it. From Australia, where she resides, her message resonates around the world; stand up, think for yourself, and stop letting the government think for you. This message, along with many others, is in her book Septic's Handbook, which has hit 200,000 copies. Jo is trying to get people to understand there's a lot more to widely held popular beliefs; thus, we all need to question...
  • Northern Virginia Edge Could Be Pivotal for Obama

    06/13/2012 6:35:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 13, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    For President Obama's organizational machine in Virginia, Tuesday's jam-packed statewide schedule was typical. There was a voter registration drive outside a Bonnie Raitt concert in Charlottesville, an afternoon phone bank at the Hopewell library just south of Richmond, and a volunteer recruitment meeting at a private home in this distant suburb of Washington, D.C.