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  • The Death Spiral Begins

    10/08/2013 1:14:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-8-13 | Nick Chase
    As a retired computer systems manager, I am always fascinated by large, complex software systems that fail -- such as the Federal ObamaCare "insurance exchange" currently being rolled out at HealthCare.gov. This software monstrosity is now in its second week, and most people trying to use it still can't get into the system, or else they can't create an account on it, or their account information is lost. I, and you, can follow this unfolding disaster at any time in the comments section on HealthCare.gov's own Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/Healthcare.gov. (You do not need a Facebook account to view this...
  • Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect

    06/04/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NRAO ^ | 6/3/13
    Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect Old picture: Local Arm a small "spur" of Milky Way. New picture: Local Arm probable major branch of Perseus Arm. CREDIT: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF. Our Solar System's Milky Way neighborhood just went upscale. We reside between two major spiral arms of our home galaxy, in a structure called the Local Arm. New research using the ultra-sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) indicates that the Local Arm, previously thought to be only a small spur, instead is much more like the adjacent major arms,...
  • The Black Friday Death Spiral for Retailers

    11/21/2012 5:40:34 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    Minyanville ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Carol Kopp
    Retailers -- Web-based and real-world -- have trained consumers to demand a bargain, and now they're living with the results. MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL A couple of guys are camped out in the parking lot of a mall outside Pittsburgh, having arrived last Friday in order to be first in line when Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) opens its doors for Black Friday sales. They had hoped to set a nationwide record, but have since learned that some people showed up even earlier at one of the stores in California. They feel that this is cheating, since winter camping is a lot easier on...
  • Donkey Doozy - The Democratic Party spirals unidirectionally

    12/02/2010 6:49:11 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies
    Time.com ^ | 12/02/2010 | Mark Halperin
    Is it hyperbolic to say the Democratic Party is in the midst of a nervous breakdown? I have been covering national politics since 1988, and I don't remember a situation quite like this. The signs of a crack-up are everywhere. Democrats still think they can somehow win a news cycle by demonizing John Boehner. Chuck Schumer goes on the Senate floor and suggests Democrats are getting the same political mileage out of "millionaires tax" that Republicans have gotten over the years from using "death tax." Politico has a story with blind quotes from Hill Democrats who are furious that the...
  • Spectacular spiral galaxies more than 60million light years away

    10/30/2010 9:03:41 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 42 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | Oct. 29, 2010 | Staff
    Displayed in all their exquisite detail, six spectacular galaxies are pictured more clearly that they ever have before. All of them are beautiful examples of spiral galaxies and were captured in images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The pictures were taken in infrared light, using the impressive power of the HAWK-I camera, and will help astronomers understand how the remarkable spiral patterns in galaxies form and evolve.-incredible-new-detail.html#ixzz13uAfNijg
  • Hubble Spots Space Spiral ( for this can't be a failed missile launch. )

    09/12/2010 10:32:29 PM PDT · by American Constitutionalist · 27 replies
    Discovery News. ^ | September 7 , 2010 | Ian O'Neill
    http://news.discovery.com/space/hubble-spots-ghostly-space-spiral.html
  • Ratcheting to Ruin (The U.S. government moves closer to a debt death spiral)

    07/11/2010 9:23:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2010 | Monty Pelerin
    The U.S. government moves closer to a debt death spiral. Arguably, we are already in the beginning phase of this spiral as this rather scary observation points out: The nation's debt leapt $166 billion in a single day last week, the third-largest increase in U.S. history, and it comes at a time when Congress is balking over higher spending and debt has become a key policy battleground. The one-day increase for June 30 totaled $165,931,038,264.30 - bigger than the entire annual deficit for fiscal year 2007 .... The figure works out to nearly $1,500 for every U.S. household, or...
  • UN Set to Reveal New Age "Messiah"? VIDEO - repost w/ link fixed

    07/01/2010 9:37:01 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 47 replies
    Various Sources ^ | 01 Jul 10 | EC
    If you check in regularly with the Drudge Report, you probably remember the mysterious light spiral over Norway last year, and the multitude of explanations offered for it (I think we were finally told that it was a Russian missile experiment gone awry). Now there's a new light spiral in Australia, that isn't getting so much attention - and there aren't any Russian missile tests anywhere near there. So what gives? A quick visit to the website of Share International, a creepy, occultist, messianic New Age group headed by Benjamin Creme, says these light spirals in the sky are a...
  • The Illinois spiral (Isn't the rookie Hussein from there, sort of?)

    04/13/2010 4:48:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 481+ views
    The Illinois spiralApril 11, 2010 History often occurs with such bombast that we couldn't miss it if we tried: a climactic battle, a pivotal court decree, the inauguration of an African-American president. Other times, history evolves quietly via the Law of Accumulation: Little things add up. Illinois is suffering one of those subtler but game-changing passages today. Our state is in a downward spiral that, yes, still can be reversed. First, though, we have to admit that we are not the Illinois that was — the muscular producer and processor and manufacturer that could stare a stranger in the eye...
  • Russia Admits Failed Missile Launch Caused 'UFO' Lights In Norway

    12/10/2009 11:30:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 2,241+ views
    tpmlivewire ^ | December 10, 2009, | Jillian Rayfield
    Turns out they're not "out there" after all. Those UFO sighting in Norway this morning weren't actually UFOs -- just a Russian missile test gone wrong. The Russian Defense Ministry admitted today that its Bulava intercontinental missile failed a test launch, following reports of unusual lights in Norway that caused an influx of UFO sightings. Russia's submarine-based Bulava (Mace), which is designed to carry multiple warheads up to 5,000 miles, failed its 13th test launch, something Alexander Khramchikhin, chief analyst at the Institute of Military and Political Analysis in Moscow, called "a catastrophe." "Billions of dollars have been flushed down...
  • Giant Mysterious Spiral Takes Over the Skies of Norway

    12/09/2009 10:49:42 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 116 replies · 5,985+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 12/09/09 | Jesus Diaz
    People are freaking out all over Norway because of what you are seeing here. According to Norwegian news outlets, the spooky giant spiral was seen, photographed, and recorded on video from all over the country. Updated with video. Could it all be a hoax? Maybe it's a massive joke, but all kinds of Norwegian news sites are reporting on it. According to NKR—Norway's national TV channel—it could be related to a rocket fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea. The Russians are denying any part on it at this at the moment. Nick Banbury, a witness located...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    10/17/2009 5:09:22 AM PDT · by sig226 · 3 replies · 769+ views
    NASA ^ | 10/17/09 | Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Observatory)
    Bright Nebulae of M33 Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Observatory) Explanation: Gorgeous spiral galaxy M33 seems to have more than its fair share of bright emission nebulae. In fact, narrow-band and broad-band image data are combined in this beautifully detailed composite to trace the reddish emission nebulae, star forming HII regions, sprawling along loose spiral arms that wind toward the galaxy's core. Historically of great interest to astronomers, M33's giant HII regions are some of the largest known stellar nurseries - sites of the formation of short-lived but very massive stars. Intense ultraviolet radiation from the...
  • Black Holes Key to Spiral Arm Hugs

    06/02/2008 4:27:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies · 121+ views
    Space.com ^ | 6/2/08 | Jeanna Bryner
    ST. LOUIS — As if in a cosmic hug, the spiral arms of some galaxies wrap around themselves more tightly than others. The key to the bear hug: Galaxies holding heftier black holes at their centers also have more tightly wound spiral arms, an astronomer announced today. The finding gives astronomers a way to weigh so-called supermassive black holes, which can have masses of millions to billions that of the sun, and are thought to reside at the centers of galaxies. "This is a really easy way to determine the masses of these super-massive black holes at the centers of...
  • Spiral Wall Motifs Reveal Çatalhöyük Migration

    07/26/2007 12:21:04 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 597+ views
    Todays Zaman ^ | 7-26-2007
    Spiral wall motifs reveal Çatalhöyük migration In the course of an excavation project currently under way at Çatalhöyük, researchers have recently discovered a burial chamber and wall paintings that echo spiral motifs first seen on ancient seals and kitchen utensils. Motifs discovered in the wall paintings may shed light on the migration routes of the people who lived in Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year old Neolithic site. Çatalhöyük is a 9,000-year-old Neolithic site in central Turkey that displays evidence of animal domestication and agricultural activities and is considered to be one of the first permanent community settlements. The excavation is sponsored by...
  • Spiral Arm Of Milky Way Looms Closer Than Thought

    12/08/2005 3:16:16 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies · 1,421+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-8-2005 | Maggie McGee
    Spiral arm of Milky Way looms closer than thought 19:00 08 December 2005 NewScientist.com news service Maggie McKee The Milky Way is made of four main arms curving around its centre – astronomers measured the distance from Earth to a star-forming region called W3OH inside the Perseus arm (Image: Y. Xu et al/Science) One of the Milky Way's star-studded spiral arms lies twice as close to Earth as some previous estimates suggested. New research has produced the most accurate distance measurement ever made of the arm, which could help astronomers understand how our galaxy's spiral structure formed. The Milky Way...
  • China in the Carribbean

    09/16/2005 3:57:39 PM PDT · by Slingshot · 2 replies · 444+ views
    9-16-05 | slingshot
    The Dominican Republic and most of Central America just agreed to CAFTA with the USA. Their debts are massive and they are unable to pay them. Their electricity is off for 8 to 10 hours a day. Conditions are even terrible for the well to do. The President of the Dominican requests help from a rich country. President Chavez of Venesuela, is offering discounts on oil to any Carribean country as long as they use socialist measures in their country and teach the children socialism. Even with the discounts their nations will continue in a downward spiral to abject poverty...
  • CA: State's health care system in 'death spiral,' commissioner says

    08/03/2005 6:08:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/3/05 | Robert Jablon - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - With 6.6 million Californians uninsured and costs soaring, state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi called Wednesday for a series of reforms to save the health care system from what he called a "death spiral." Garamendi released a 73-page report entitled "Priced Out: Health Care in California" that, among other things, showed the average health insurance premium in the state increased 61 percent between 2000 and 2004. He said Californians are paying more for health insurance but getting less as employers offer fewer benefits or pass on a greater share of costs to workers. The increasing cost "is...
  • Bush's spiral awes Browns

    08/01/2004 5:08:06 AM PDT · by CanisMajor2002 · 66 replies · 3,763+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | Aug 1, 2004 | Marla Ridenour
    Found this on Yahoo! News but I couldn't find it on the ohio.com site. Article follows: Bush's spiral awes Browns By Marla Ridenour, Beacon Journal staff writer BEREA - No matter what the Cleveland Browns think of President Bush's politics, at least they'll remember he throws a tight spiral. The president surprised the team with a 45-minute visit before practice Saturday morning en route to appearances in Canton and Pittsburgh. He shook hands and chatted with players and employees, posed for pictures and threw a few passes to receivers Dennis Northcutt and Andre Davis. "It was definitely the honor of...
  • Spiral Ring Reveals Ancient Complex Machines (China)

    06/10/2004 3:03:36 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 298+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-10-2004 | Jeff Hecht
    Spiral ring reveals ancient complex machines 19:00 10 June 04 NewScientist.com news service Distinctive spiral patterns carved into a small jade ring show that China was using complex machines more than 2500 years ago, says a Harvard graduate student in physics. The spiral-patterned ring is 27 millimetres in diameter and was probably a body ornament (Image: Science) The ring was among the goods found in high-status graves from China's "Spring and Autumn Period" from 771 to 475 BC. Most archaeological attention has focused on larger and more spectacular jade and bronze artifacts. But Peter Lu identified the patterns on the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 02-21-04

    02/21/2004 4:53:22 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 221+ views
    NASA ^ | 02-21-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 February 21 The Spiral Arms of NGC 4622 Credit: G. Byrd, R. Buta, (Univ.Alabama, Tuscaloosa), T. Freeman (Bevill State College), NASA Explanation: While stirring a morning cup of coffee and thinking cosmic thoughts many astronomers would glance at this Hubble Space Telescope image of spiral galaxy NGC 4622 and assume that the galaxy was rotating counterclockwise in the picture. One hundred million light-years away in the constellation...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-25-03

    09/25/2003 6:03:46 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 188+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-25-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 September 25 Logarithmic Spirals Isabel and M51 Credit: Comparison and M51 image copyright Brian Lula; Hurricane Isabel, courtesy GHCC, NASA Explanation: Uncomfortably close hurricane Isabel (left) and 30 million light-year distant galaxy M51 actually don't have much in common. For starters, Isabel was hundreds of miles across, while M51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy) spans about 50,000 light-years making them vastly dissimilar in scale, not to mention the extremely...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-26-03

    07/26/2003 5:22:51 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 214+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-26-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 July 26 Spiral Galaxy NGC 7742 Credit : Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/ STScI/ NASA) Explanation: This might resemble a fried egg you've had for breakfast, but it's actually much larger. In fact, ringed by blue-tinted star forming regions and faintly visible spiral arms, the yolk-yellow center of this face-on spiral galaxy, NGC 7742, is about 3,000 light-years across. About 72 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-19-03

    07/18/2003 9:24:53 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 157+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-19-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 July 19 NGC 3621: Far Beyond the Local GroupCredit: F. Bresolin, R.-P. Kudritzki, R. Mendez (Institute for Astronomy, Univ. Hawaii) Explanation: Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the serpentine southern constellation Hydra, the loose spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. Still, for earthbound astronomers...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 5-25-03

    05/25/2003 12:51:41 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 226+ views
    NASA ^ | 5-25-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 May 25 Spiral Galaxy NGC 253 Almost Sideways Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT Explanation: NGC 253 is a normal spiral galaxy seen here almost sideways. It is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest group to our own Local Group of Galaxies. NGC 253, pictured above, appears visually as one of the brightest spirals on the sky, and is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 5-24-03

    05/24/2003 5:26:27 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 250+ views
    NASA ^ | 5-24-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 May 24 M74: The Perfect Spiral Credit: Gemini Observatory, GMOS Team Explanation: If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 30 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, NGC 628 or M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view to earthbound astronomers. Classified as an Sc galaxy, the grand design of M74's graceful spiral...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-10-03

    03/09/2003 9:34:42 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 243+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-10-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 10 M101: The Pinwheel Galaxy Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT Explanation: Why do many galaxies appear as spirals? A striking example is M101, shown above, whose relatively close distance of about 27 million light years allow it to be studied in some detail. Recent evidence indicates that a close gravitational interaction with a neighboring galaxy created waves of high mass and condensed...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-24-03

    01/23/2003 10:44:15 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 333+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-24-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 24 Seyfert's Sextet Credit: J. English (U. Manitoba), C. Palma (PSU), et al., NASA Explanation: Known as Seyfert's Sextet, this intriguing group of galaxies lies in the head portion of the split constellation Serpens. The sextet actually contains only four interacting galaxies, though. Near the center of this Hubble Space Telescope picture, the small face-on spiral galaxy lies in the distant background and appears only by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-14-03

    01/14/2003 5:08:41 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 197+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-14-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 14 0313-192: The Wrong Galaxy Credit: W. Keel (Univ. Alabama), M. Ledlow (Gemini Obs.), F. Owen (NRAO), AUI,NSF, NASA Explanation: Centered above is distant galaxy 0313-192, some one billion light-years away. Radio emission from the galaxy has been mapped by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array and is shown in red, composited with a visible light image from the Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-02-02

    12/01/2002 11:31:22 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 232+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-02-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 December 2 Nearby Spiral M33 Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector & M. Hanna, NOAO, AURA, NSF Explanation: Spiral galaxy M33 is a mid-sized member of our Local Group of Galaxies. M33 is also called the Triangulum Galaxy for the constellation in which it resides. About four times smaller (in radius) than our Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), it is much larger than the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-21-02

    11/21/2002 1:05:50 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 267+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-21-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 21 Starburst Galaxy M94 Credit & Copyright: Hillary Mathis & N.A.Sharp (NOAO), AURA, NSF Explanation: What could cause the center of M94 to be so bright? Spiral galaxy M94 has a ring of newly formed stars surrounding its nucleus, giving it not only an unusual appearance but also a strong interior glow. A leading progenitor hypothesis holds that an elongated knot of stars known as a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-21-02

    10/20/2002 10:52:14 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 4 replies · 548+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-21-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 21 M31: The Andromeda Galaxy Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-04-02

    10/03/2002 10:26:40 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 243+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-04-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 4 Facing NGC 6946 Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler Explanation: From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 6946 face on. The big beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 10 million light-years away, behind a veil of foreground stars in the high and far-off constellation of Cepheus. Looking from the bright core outward along the loose, fragmented spiral arms, the galaxy's colors...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 8-21-02

    08/20/2002 9:44:54 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 388+ views
    NASA ^ | 8-21-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 August 21 Spiral Galaxy NGC 300 Credit: M. Schirmer (IAEF, Bonn), W. Gieren (Univ. de Concepción, Chile), et al., ESO Explanation: NGC 300 is so interesting because it is so normal. An Sc-type spiral galaxy in the nearby Sculptor group of galaxies, NGC 300 shows typical flowing blue spiral arms, an expected compact nucleus, and the requisite amount of stars, star clusters, and nebulae. Therefore, studying NGC...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 8-4-02

    08/03/2002 10:54:41 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 354+ views
    NASA ^ | 8-04-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 August 4 Spiral Galaxy NGC 2997 from VLT Credit: FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT, ESO Explanation: NGC 2997 is a grand design spiral galaxy. Its small nucleus and sprawling spiral arms give it a type Sc designation. NGC 2997, pictured above, is speeding away from us at about 1100 kilometers per second, which would place it at about 55 million light years distant, given current estimates of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-10-02

    07/10/2002 1:45:33 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 301+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-10-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 July 10 M51: Cosmic Whirlpool Credit & Copyright: Tony and Daphne Hallas Explanation: Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you'll likely find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-29-02

    03/29/2002 3:17:07 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 16 replies · 276+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-29-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 March 29 NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy Credit: Diane Zeiders, Adam Block (KPNO Visitor Program), NOAO, AURA, NSF Explanation: NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy seen edge-on only 25 million light-years away towards the small northern constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic herring and to others the popular moniker of The Whale Galaxy. Either way, it is...