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commented on Peanuts
5 months ago
After that last wipeout, he had to send his matching board to the shop for repairs!
This one’s his main board. Anyone else notice that its colors and stripe match Charlie Brown’s shirt?! He’s clearly paying homage to his supper-bringer, manager, and occasional golf buddy!
commented on Brewster Rockit
6 months ago
Ragtime, with billions and billions of planets, and billions and billions of galaxies, of course, life is going to arise somewhere, even by chance alone! And the tortured, convoluted process by which it arose on Earth, is further proof it was not planned.
If it were by design, then why does UV radiation penetrate our atmosphere causing cancer? Why are there tsunamis and earthquakes that kill thousands? Why do asteroids smash into planets and threaten all life on Earth? Pretty poor design, if you ask me!
Keep in mind that other planets have magnetic fields (Jupiter’s is immense), that the Earth does lose atmosphere to the solar wind, and there is even some controversy over the role the magnetic field plays! See http://www.space.com/11187-earth-magnetic-field-solar-wind.html
Sorry, but intelligent design has no place in science— though it does apply to the wonderful Brewster Rockitt! :-)
commented on For Better or For Worse
6 months ago
Don’t mean to nit-pick, but in the interest of scientific literacy, need to point out that the earlier post about which way the evening crescent Moon points is not quite right!
Even from the same location in the Northern hemisphere, (i.e., same latitude), the evening crescent Moon can point mostly left, at an angle left upwards to the sky, or even straight up! And that does depend upon the time of year!
In the Southern Hemisphere, the pointing is indeed reversed, to the right.
When we’re talking about the morning crescent Moon, however, the directions are reversed. So, where the crescent points also depends upon the time of day!
For an explanation see: http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question43.html
commented on FoxTrot Classics
over 1 year ago
Plus, Ursa Major is only circumpolar and fully visible all night, any night from places 40 degrees north latitude or higher.
From spots farther South, it could tell you what season it is—or from way south, deep in the Southern Hemisphere, not be visible at all!
To Bill Amend’s credit, it is September when the Big Dipper could be filled with glop—other times of year, it would spill it out!
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