Sundragons and Other Serious Stuff

Good morning readers.  I’m gratified you came by for a read.  There’s a lot going on in the Universe this morning, but most of it is too big, or too little to get a gander at, so I’m going to give you an opportunity to shrug it all off as I’m doing.

If you’re the sort of person who sees herds of cattle, naked women, elephants, alligators and stagecoaches in clouds, mountains and whatnot you’ll see immediately what was on Old Sol’s mind yesterday:

Which doesn’t require any further discussion except to say:

Which also speaks for itself.  Enough said about that.

 

Unless you want to hear it in song.

But if you’re feeling more in the serious and unsmiling turn-of-mind this morning you probably won’t grasp the implications and ramifications of that.

Instead you’d probably prefer something you can’t shrug off.  For you, I suggest you have a look at the comet Lovejoy as it passed away from the sun:

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=19&month=12&year=2011

http://spaceweather.com/images2011/18dec11/spiraltail_strip.jpg

All that wiggling and wagging it’s doing with the tail might be the most interesting thing human beings have had an opportunity to view since the invention of the camera, the rocketship, the atom and other genius gadgetry of modern life including toasters.

Lovejoy is telling you something it might take human beings a longish time to hear, if they ever get around to hearing it at all.  Which seems about equally likely.

With the possible exception of the cats, chickens, and the occasional folks out there who see it but ain’t about to say anything.

But I’m not going to say any of that.  Instead, I’ll just say I’m figuring I might post something later along more interesting lines.

Thanks for coming by.

Old Jules

15 responses to “Sundragons and Other Serious Stuff

  1. Thanks for the update on Lovejoy. You’d think playing around the sun would be a dangerous thing for a comet but like a moth to the flame, old Lovejoy may enjoy the dangerous side of life as a comet. 😉
    Have a great day, I’m off to make gingerbread houses for the grandkids.
    Later,
    Sunni

  2. Sorry Jules, I guess my login wasn’t logged in, lol – now I’m “anonymous”.
    Sunni

    • Morning Sunni. Glad you came by. Those gingerbread houses are a tough job of work. I can see how you’d have to given them your full attention. Hope they emerge the way you’re hoping them to. Gracias, Jules

  3. Yeah, why can’t you blog about more interesting stuff….
    I mean, comets that pass through the sun and remain intact, universes within universes within universes inside a geode, with some crazy little crystal being riding waves in the sky, the history of our planet told on the face of rocks, telling geologic time…

    Sheesh.

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with later…

    It better be good….

    🙂

    • Teresa Evangeline: Deeeelighted to see you this morning. Yeah, it’s a challenge. More so because Lovejoy’s tail is forcing me to consider juggling some priorities around here, first between the practical and the experimental, but also shifting direction a bit on the experimental that’s part of my daily life. I’m obliged you came for a visit. Gracias, Jules

  4. Do you take pictures of the sun? If so what type solar filter do you use and on what size telescope. I have a few telescopes, but I have never seen a filter that would fit my 16″ dob. The sun is close and bright enough that a small scope is all you need.

    • Hi DizzyDick. Sounds as though you’ve got a plethora of good instruments. I don’t have the kind of money it would take to get into that, though I’d be sorely tempted if I did have it.

      You’ve probably already searched here, but if you haven’t you might check out:

      http://tinyurl.com/7ru937l

      Glad you came by. Gracias, Jules

  5. Great pix though I see an big fiery angel with Christ like face in the first sun image- but then I would! That wobbly comet tail is fascinating.

    Have a good Christmas.

  6. Oh, wow. Thanks Jules. Great pic of the comet.

  7. Oh, geez. I’ve been so busy watching what’s going on here, I forgot to look up. Didn’t even know of that comet. The view up there is superior to the one on the US horizon. Glad I came by.

  8. Hmm seesm to me you are having an astronomical morning! We are having a wet soggy morning. Thank god for comets! c

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