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John Jennings commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Planets'
"Brad, this is an outstanding post.  Much more awe inspiring than a burning bush or changing water into wine.  It was a history of astronomy book that convinced me that the worlds religions are ALLl an over simplification of the facts…"
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Brad Snowder commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Planets'
"Ed, I think the sphere thing is to put a minimum size on it. The object has to be big enough to sphere-ize itself. The official definition seems a bit clumsy at this point but it was made by a big committee, you know how that goes. Besides, naming…"
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"Brad, Are there instances of planetary discoveries where the object is nowhere near what could be considered a sphere? I always thought the effect of gravity on evolving celestial bodies resulted in the common shape of most planets."
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_Robert_ commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Planets'
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"@Brad, that was a really wonderful read, excellent, thank you. @Robert, amazing response, I loved that poem :)"
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_Robert_ commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'Planets'
"Yea, Jupiter is Huge..... Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 striking Jupiter. It would have destroyed the earth. 'The cure' related it to a one night stand...... The night turns as I try to explain Irresistible attraction and orbital plane…"
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Planets

The old school definition of the planets was "Any of these seven celestial bodies, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, that shineth and wandereth about the starry heavens" or something like that. The specific language has been updated a few times over the years.In February of 2006 the International Astronomical Union (the governing body when it comes to screwing around with the names) said this:"The…See More
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"Chemistry is not exclusive to our earth. Our feeble present day attempts to scan the vast reaches of the universe leave a lot to be desired. The statistical probability that our life-form rich rock is one in a trillion seems rather low. The fact…"
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_Robert_ commented on Brad Snowder's blog post 'The Meaning of Death'
"It is possible that other forms of life could exist that bear no similar physical properties nor use any of the mechanisms, building blocks, or processes associated with Earth life. Fusion powered beings perhaps ;)"
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Astronomy Instructor and Planetarium Manager at Western Washington University.
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Planets

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 2:58pm 7 Comments

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The old school definition of the planets was "Any of these seven celestial bodies, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, that shineth and wandereth about the starry heavens" or something like that. The specific language has been…

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The Meaning of Death

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 3:40pm 10 Comments

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And who shall separate the dust

Which later we shall be?

Whose keen discerning eye will scan

And solve the mystery?

The high, the low, the rich, the poor,

The black, the white, the…

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Stardust

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 7:32pm 2 Comments

DustBuster2a What is the nature of interstellar dust? How does it affect the starlight that passes through it? What can be done to locate and catalog the numerous, small, tenuous dust clouds that populate our galaxy at the higher latitudes? Is it possible to somehow vacuum under my refrigerator without moving the damn…
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My Dad and the Communist Spies

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:39pm 2 Comments



Yep Today I learned something. It's about something that happened to me about 40 years ago. I was 18 and went to see my dad. He was in his barn, tending to his favorite cow. I said I was planning to go to college. He said if I went to Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville,…
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At 12:28pm on January 27, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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