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The Astronomy Picture of the Day site is a daily visit for me. It’s one of the few non-blogs on the sidebar down there to the right. I love today’s image of the moon passing between Earth and the Deep Space … Continue reading

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Jesuit Philately

After nearly a month with mostly daily posts on Ignatian spirituality, here’s something different: Jesuits on stamps. Right, Belgium honors one of their own, Georges Lemaitre, “Father of the Big Bang Theory.” Not the tv show, but the actual theory. … Continue reading

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Many Things Pluto

There’s a good summary of what we know about Pluto here at Universe Today. Among the interesting bits from history: The Lowell Observatory had captured images of Pluto in 1915, but it went unnoticed for another fifteen years until Clyde Tombaugh’s … Continue reading

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The Star and Compassion

Do any of you readers know Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Star”? A Jesuit priest is troubled by the discovery that the Star of Bethlehem was a supernova that destroyed a civilization. He asks his God: … there were so … Continue reading

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By Pluto

The New Horizons probe has signaled it has “survived” its flyby of Pluto. One concern was that the probe might have hit a yet-to-be-discovered ring some thousands of miles above the surface. During the hours of close proximity to Pluto … Continue reading

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Double Worlds

Pluto may be demoted from planethood, but I still call it a world. Its major moon Charon is large enough to tug significantly on the pinkish body. Technically, both Pluto and Charon orbit an empty space some miles above the … Continue reading

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Nearing Pluto

The New Horizons probe is nearing the most distant world directly explored by a human-made spacecraft. The NASA site headlines a heart, but on BBC, they picked up a whale. People imagine familiar things when they view strange, new things. … Continue reading

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