about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Astronomy
If all the earth’s water were gathered into one sphere, it would be slightly larger than Saturn’s number two moon, Rhea. According to this illustration, I can see it from my backyard. The USGS gives some helpful info here.
Universe Today notes a neat video on the JPL website showing the actual image of a 12-mile-high tornado followed by an animation of what it would look like from a balloon observer on the red planet. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA
An illustration of human willful ignorance of the vastness of space. This Universe Today piece titled “Can ‘Warp Speed’ Planets Zoom Through Interstellar Space?” Astronomer Avi Loeb: These warp-speed planets would be some of the fastest objects in our Galaxy. … Continue reading
Two short and enjoyable reads this past week. Last night I finished Alone in the Universe. John Gribbin takes the reader through a careful tour–in turn: the galaxy, the sun, the solar system, the Earth, the Cambrian Explosion, and human … Continue reading
From the skies of Earth, Jupiter and Venus will have their closest association tomorrow, appearing just a few degrees apart. Actual separation is more than 400 million miles. But it made me think about even closer encounters in the sky. … Continue reading
From dust devil alley, on another planet: Half a mile high; almost a hundred feet across. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
What a source of cheer and inspiration the heavens are! Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is amazing. Venus captured through filters by a backyard telescope and a video camera. A modest 12-inch scope, plus modern equipment allows home capture … Continue reading
This might be the only chance I’ll ever get to post one piece in the two categories of astronomy and coins. Universe Today picked up the story of a 1909 Lincoln Cent being mounted on a calibration target on the … Continue reading
Do you know the definition of a conjunction? Two or more planets appearing close to a planetbound observer. Twelve conjunctions will occur this calendar year, though half involve a planet you will need binoculars to observe. A good home project … Continue reading
News pieces like this are amazing to me. Twenty-five years ago we were acquainted only with planets in our own solar system. Today we know of hundreds, and they are no longer all just data points. We are beginning to … Continue reading
One great thing about science is how its discoveries continue to confound the experts. Venus has slowed down six minutes and thirty seconds in the past twenty years. How on earth does that happen? I mean: how in the hell … Continue reading
That’s the newest tally of natural moons (if you’re keeping score) between the two most important planets in the solar system. Universe Today has the info on Scott Sheppard’s discoveries of the 66th and 67th moons of Jupiter. Temporarily designated … Continue reading
I guess I’ve been too busy with family and Church things to pay much attention to the skies lately. Universe Today startled me this morning with a post on the (relatively) close approach of the asteroid Eros. Tomorrow: sixteen million … Continue reading
Universe Today covered Mr Gingrich’s comments from Florida: By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the Moon and it will be American. Love the moon base idea. I don’t think it would … Continue reading