Water in the Moon

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Scientists believe they have found water under the moon´s surface. From the Telegraph:

It was generally assumed that the Moon was a fairly dry lump of rock, although ice still exists at the poles.

Both Nasa and the European Space Agency are keen to establish a lunar base to act as a stepping stone for the rest of the Solar System, and have been looking into whether water could be mined.

“Other studies have suggested the presence of water ice in shadowed regions at the lunar poles, but the pyroclastic deposits are at locations that may be easier to access,” said Dr Shuai Li, formerly of Brown University, and now at the University of Hawaii.

“Anything that helps save future lunar explorers from having to bring lots of water from home is a big step forward, and our results suggest a new alternative.”

Science Fiction movies are becoming more and more of a reality.

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Remember 2001: Space Odyssey , we may encounter a large slab as well on the moon!!!!

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Star Trek and The Borg

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The Borg in Star Trek are terrific beings that function as a collective assimilating any humanoid life by adding nanites and creepy mechanical appendages. The Borg add a scary element to The Next Generation, Voyager, and First Contact. It is interesting that Capt. Picard can hear the Borg due to being implanted with their nanites.

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Thank goodness the crew rescued Picard and 7 of 9 for that matter. I think her character is great in Star Trek Voyager, she brought a lot of interesting stories to the show.

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Andromeda

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Andromeda is our closest major galaxy also known as M31. From Earthsky:

Although a couple of dozen minor galaxies lie closer to our Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy is the closest major galaxy to ours. Excluding the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which can’t be seen from northerly latitudes, the Andromeda galaxy – also known as M31 – is the brightest galaxy in all the heavens. It’s the most distant thing you can see with your unaided eye, at 2.3 million light-years. To the eye, it appears as a smudge of light larger than a full moon. Follow the links below to learn more about the Andromeda galaxy.

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Summer Solstice 2017

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This year the summer  begins at 21:24 pacific time in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Several years ago, I had the great privilege to climb Chichen Itza and observe the beautiful jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula from atop the amazing pyramid. Climbing up was the easy part, the hard part was descending because the stairs are so steep, but do not get me wrong, it was worth it.

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Happy Summer Solstice!!!

 

Pleiades, The Seven Sisters

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My favorite star cluster is the Pleiades or also known as the Seven Sisters; a name given by the ancient Greeks.

From Wiki: The Pleiades are a prominent sight in winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and have been known since antiquity to cultures all around the world, including the Celts, Māori, Aboriginal Australians, the Persians, the Arabs (who called them Thurayya), the Chinese (who called them mǎo), the Japanese, the Maya, the Aztec, the Sioux and the Cherokee. In Hinduism, the Pleiades are known as Krittika and are associated with the war-god Kartikeya. They are also mentioned three times in the Bible.

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I see the cluster the best during the winter months, November through January; and even though the air is brisk, I love to use my binoculars to view them almost every evening. I like to muse that ancient people viewed the same stars I view, and I wonder what other things they thought about them as I have more science on my side.

 

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Either way, I miss the Sisters in the summer and enjoy them in the winter.

Strawberry Moon

 

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A full moon or better known this month as a Strawberry Moon, was present in the sky last night or this morning depending on where you live. The moon is pinkish and beautiful and I am collecting beautiful strawberries from my garden at this time!

I enjoy getting on my rooftop and viewing the moon or planets when possible, and in the day collecting berries for desserts or shakes.