The 9th Soul

2009 Leonid Meteor Shower!

Posted in science, technology by Fated Blue on November 17, 2009

Sources include CNN and NASA.

This year’s Leonid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a mild but pretty sprinkling of meteors over North America followed by a more intense outburst over Asia. The phase of the Moon will be new, setting the stage for what could be one of the best Leonid showers in years.

see caption“We’re predicting 20 to 30 meteors per hour over the Americas, and as many as 200 to 300 per hour over Asia,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “Our forecast is in good accord with independent theoretical work by other astronomers.”1

Right: A Leonid meteor at dawn, photographed in 2002 by Simon Filiatrault of Quebec, Canada. [larger image]

Leonids are bits of debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years the comet visits the inner solar system and leaves a stream of dusty debris in its wake. Many of these streams have drifted across the November portion of Earth’s orbit. Whenever we hit one, meteors come flying out of the constellation Leo.

“We can predict when Earth will cross a debris stream with pretty good accuracy,” says Cooke. “The intensity of the display is less certain, though, because we don’t know how much debris is in each stream.” Caveat observer!

The first stream crossing on Nov. 17th comes around 0900 UT (4 a.m. EST, 1 a.m. PST). The debris is a diffuse mix of particles from several old streams that should produce a gentle display of two to three dozen meteors per hour over North America. Dark skies are recommended for full effect.

“A remarkable feature of this year’s shower is that Leonids will appear to be shooting almost directly out of the planet Mars,” notes Cooke.

It’s just a coincidence. This year, Mars happens to be passing by the Leonid radiant at the time of the shower. The Red Planet is almost twice as bright as a first magnitude star, so it makes an eye-catching companion for the Leonids: sky map.

The next stream crossing straddles the hour 2100-2200 UT, shortly before dawn in Indonesia and China. At that time, Earth will pass through a pair of streams laid down by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1466 and 1533 AD. The double crossing could yield as many as 300 Leonids per hour.

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Above: This side of Earth will be facing the Leonid debris stream at the time of the Nov. 17th outburst. Observers in India, China and Indonesia are favored with dark, pre-dawn skies. Image credit: Danielle Moser of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office.

“Even if rates are only half that number, it would still be one of the best showers of the year,” says Cooke.

The Leonids are famous for storming, most recently in 1999-2002 when deep crossings of Tempel-Tuttle’s debris streams produced outbursts of more than 1000 meteors per hour. The Leonids of 2009 won’t be like that, but it only takes one bright Leonid streaking past Mars to make the night worthwhile.

Enjoy the show.

NASA finds lots of water on moon

Posted in internet news, science, technology by Fated Blue on November 14, 2009

Found this when I saw my google homepage had a very weird design.

Google's moon-water design

From The AP.

Experts have long suspected there was water on the moon. Confirmation came from data churned up by two NASA spacecraft that intentionally slammed into a lunar crater last month.

“Indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit. We found a significant amount,” said Anthony Colaprete, lead scientist for the mission, holding up a white water bucket for emphasis.

The lunar crash kicked up at least 25 gallons and that’s only what scientists could see from the plumes of the impact, Colaprete said.

Leona Lewis got punched, New DaVinci Painting costs $151 123 000, PGMA ranks 9 Hottest head of state

Posted in entertainment, internet news, politics, Random, science by Fated Blue on October 15, 2009

I always listen to the radio program “Good times with Mo” at Magic 89.9 every morning at 6 am to 9 am. I always get some of the most awesome news and facts from this show. Not only does this show give you something entertaining to listen to in the morning, it also educates you about the wonders of the world that you may otherwise be unaware about.

Like for this day’s blog for example.

1. Leona Lewis got punched in the face by some random dude

It’s basically about how Ms. Lewis got punched in the face while she had her book signing day. This one really shocked me. I mean, how would it feel like to be punched by some guy you didn’t know existed for no apparent or clear reason what so ever? What more if you were a woman?

2. Fingerprints of Leonardo DaVinci makes $19,000.00 painting rise to $151,123,000.00

Imagine buying an antique of some sort worth about $100.00. Research finds out that the antique was made by some very famous dead artist and makes it worth a million times more. Yeah, that would be very sweet indeed.

3. PGMA ranks 9th hottest head of state in the world, Obama ranks 15

FINALLY! Something to be proud of. I never thought how hot Mrs. Arroyo is until this website launched its ranking. Keep in mind, it was totally based on the LOOKS department. Nothing about corruption, wealth, development, or anything else political was taken into consideration, just the physicals.

Now wasn’t that fun to read? 🙂 My first blog since the storms hit the country.

New Species Discovered on a Volcano in Papua New Guinea

Posted in internet news, science by Fated Blue on September 9, 2009

Original link HERE

Quote from said article

A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.

Here’s the “Giant Rat”

We will soon need a bigger mouse trap

We will soon need a bigger mouse trap

A giant rat…it actually rivals our current largest rodent, the Capybara

And FANGED FROGS?! OMG! Vampire frogs FTW!

Appendix is not useless after all – research says

Posted in health, internet news, science by Fated Blue on August 25, 2009

I was happily checking my email when I saw this very interesting article on Yahoo’s frontpage.

It tells about how important the appendix COULD get. Now I am thanking myself for wanting to die as a “whole” that I was able to keep my own appendix for the last 19 years of my life. I just feel sorry for those who JUST got them removed prior to this article. haha.

I quote some delicious copy pasta:

Parker and his colleagues recently suggested that the appendix still served as a vital safehouse where good bacteria could lie in wait until they were needed to repopulate the gut after a nasty case of diarrhea. Past studies had also found the appendix can help make, direct and train white blood cells.

It can be the barracks for our soldiers in white! haha

The World’s Only Immortal Animal

Posted in science by Fated Blue on June 21, 2009

Full article here

Meet the Worlds only immortal animal!

Meet the World's only immortal animal!

This dude can just do some weird process and reverse the aging thing. Some say this may be the oldest  living thing on Earth.

So I tested Wolfram Alpha for fun

Posted in entertainment, internet news, science by Fated Blue on June 6, 2009

Its not google, but its fun to use. Its like one of those AI ask-a-question-and-it-will-answer-you kind of thing. Only it is actually scientific. Try asking the following questions:

Are you skynet?

what is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Verdict: I still like google. WA will just be number 2 🙂

PS: the second question was already answered by google years ago 😛