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Astronomy Online Back

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Uncategorized

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Astronomyonline.org is temporarily down

by on Apr.09, 2011, under Website Related

I recently learned just a few moments ago that my Astronomy Online site is down for the moment. The site is hosted by Network Solutions and this is the first time this has happened.

I called them and they assured me they will look into it and get it back online.

I keep a complete copy of the website in it’s entirety on my computer with a backup on my test server as well as an external hard drive stored in a water-proof, fire-proof safe.

Thank you for your patience and hopefully astronomyonline.org will be up and running soon!

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It’s Play-Doh

by on Apr.01, 2011, under Astronomy

By taking more than 70 million observations during its first 2 years in orbit, a limousine-length satellite has given scientists their most detailed map yet of Earth’s gravitational field. The lumpiness of that geoid—the theoretical surface that a planet-wide ocean would take if there were no tides or currents—betrays the irregularity of the planet’s mass distribution, including concentrations of mass such as mountain ranges and ice sheets. Yellows and reds mark areas of higher-than-normal gravitational strength; blue shades are lower than normal. The unprecedented precision of the new geoid, released today by the European Space Agency at a workshop for scientists in Munich, will lead to better understanding of the speeds and paths of ocean currents, as well as improved estimates of how they disperse pollutants, the researchers say. The geoid will also provide new insights about geological processes occurring deep within Earth, such as the movement of one tectonic plate being shoved beneath another, and when combined with other data will help improve estimates of the thickness and mass of polar ice sheets.

Source: ESA

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Why Some Men Have Dogs and Not Wives.

by on Apr.01, 2011, under Humor, Personal

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

8. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get
another dog?”

9. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a
pervert.

10. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad.
They just think it’s interesting.

11. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

12. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

To test this theory:

Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.
Then open it and see who’s happy to see you.

If you have taken this post seriously, you are too uptight. Sarcastic, unrealistic anecdotes is also called “humor.”

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