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Solar eruptions

Most people know how much smaller earth is than the sun, and that the sun has solar eruptions. But did you know the eruptions were this big?

P.S. One of these happened the other day. Most of the time they just minimally disrupt satellites and such.

Problem with news today

I know, I post a whole bunch of silly stuff on my blog. And yet I’m criticizing other media sources for their focus on Justin Bieber? Why am I not a hypocrite? Because I never claimed to be a news provider. And even so I’m posting about the Higgs Boson. Why? Because I care about the future of mankind and if all we focus on is silly, then we are doomed :P

Higgs bosons are what makes up the Higgs field which as we understand it, defines mass. Specifically, how things interact with the field. Read more of the discovery here, at Washington Post. Watch the video below to better understand Higgs bosons and the field.

INCOMING! NASA satellite rains down tonight

Wow… so its hitting a couple news agencies on the internet like on CNET, but other than that I haven’t heard too much about this huge satellite that will be re-entering earth’s atmosphere late tonight or early tomorrow.

“Experts expect more than two dozen chunks of debris to survive re-entry and hit the ground in a 500-mile-long footprint somewhere along the satellite’s orbital track. But given the bus-size 6.3-ton’s satellite’s trajectory and the vast areas of ocean and sparsely populated areas UARS passes over, experts say it is unlikely any falling debris will result in injuries or significant property damage.”

A chart showing the latest predicted entry point for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, based on data from U.S. Strategic Command. Because of uncertainty about the satellite’s behavior as it approaches the discernible atmosphere, the timing of the re-entry could change by several hours either way.
(Credit: William Harwood/MacDoppler Pro)

And looking at this pretty graph above that shows its position it should not be entering any super populated areas.

BUT what if it veers of and lands in NY or something crazy!

I know I know… putting a screen shot from the 1998 film Armageddon might be taking it a bit too far, but does anyone else find that this is just a little bit bigger of a deal than is being made about it?

No snakes on this plane!

One airport passenger learned all about Miami’s increased security measures the hard way when he was trying to sneak seven exotic snakes onto a plane… in his pants, haha!

The incident happened on August 25th when security were screening passengers. It was there when the TSA officials noticed a little big extra in the passenger’s pants.

When taken for further screening, TSA officials discovered seven exotic snakes and three tortoises held in nylon bags that were concealed inside the man’s pants. The man was arrested and charged with violating the Lacey Act, which deals with imports of exotic animals. He faces a maximum of five years in jail.

It’s probably safe to say that Samuel L. Jackson was the happiest about TSA keeping the snakes off the plane.

Via: CBS Miami

Black hole noms a sun

A stunning cosmic jet from a super-massive black hole which shredded then swallowed a star has been observed by astronomers for the first time.

The extremely rare phenomenon caused by stellar debris being consumed by the hole has never been observed before.

Known as ‘relativistic jets’, they can reach hundreds of thousands of light years in length.

While the science behind it is pretty cool… the scientific image is somewhat boring, haha. Here is a more exciting illustration of what it might look like:

(oh, and p.s. the star they saw destroyed was one million times the mass of our sun!)