Daily Archives: 21 May 2007

Orion’s Head On Chemicals

A nice colorful image from the Spitzer telescope. For those unfamiliar with interstellar chemistry, here’s a primer from NASA: Wisps of green in the cloud are organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These molecules are formed anytime carbon-based materials are … Continue reading

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Prometheus Skims

… above the Saturn cloud tops and in the midst of the ring system. Another Easter Friday image from Cassini shows a few subtle details: the oblong moon, the very faint F-ring and very faint banding on the planet.

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Mysterium Fidei 47-51: Transubstantiation 2

Let’s delve a little deeper into transubstantiation, courtesy of the theological giants of the early Church: 47. This is why the Fathers felt they had a solemn duty to warn the faithful that, in reflecting upon this most sacred Sacrament, … Continue reading

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Planning for Solar Retirement

Science skeptics* will probably poo-poo these calculations by T.J. Cox and Avi Loeb. But the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researchers have determined some possible fates for the sun when the Milky Way collides with the Andromeda Galaxy in the next … Continue reading

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Most Detailed Earth Map

Envisat peeked in between the clouds over four months in 2004 to produce this map. I wonder if that’s why they’ve started up those cool Google map locations. Probably not, though; that’s spy satellite technology. Notice the brown and orange … Continue reading

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Mysterium Fidei 46: Transubstantiation 1

CHRIST PRESENT IN THE EUCHARIST THROUGH TRANSUBSTANTIATION With that title, Paul VI wades into some deeper theological waters in his encyclical: 46. To avoid any misunderstanding of this type of presence, which goes beyond the laws of nature and constitutes … Continue reading

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