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Comet ISON – How to Talk about it like a Boss.

Comet ISON is one of the best comets to observe in recent memory.  I’ve been excited about for a while now. Not since my original article on P/17 Comet Holmes have I written or cared to explore other comets. In the coming weeks, lots of non-space geeks will talk about it, and even have the chance to see it with the naked eye.  In fact, some speculation exists that once the comet makes it’s way around the “back” of the Sun and shoots into the reaches of space, the tail…

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A Great Horsepower to Torque Conversion Chart

I was just working on a project tonight – and ran across this great chart.    It’s an old-fashioned draw-a-line 2D calculator. So it’s possible to have 100HP at with 10000lbs of Foot-Pounds torque at 60 RPM.  Then you break your engine.  Enjoy! Thanks to the electric toolbox http://www.elec-toolbox.com/ for the graphic.

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Does anyone know what kind of butterfly this is?

Hi Everyone; Just wondering if anyone knows what kind of butterfly this is? I’m really quite sure it’s not a monarch. Location: Markham (Toronto), Ontario, Canada Date : September 17, 2008 @ 3pm EDT Click the image for better resolution. Update: I sent an email last night to a butterfly professional.  Here’s the response: It is a Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly. I photographed a few of these a week or two ago. They are very similar to Coma and Question Mark butterflies. Gord Thanks Gord!  Look at his great site about…

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So Long, Jupiter

As Saturn had passed beyond our visible slice of the heavens earlier this summer, so too will Jupiter. It’s schedule to rise earlier and earlier, eventually escaping the night to ironically be in the horizontal domain of North America’s daylight. They’ve been hanging around, low in the sky, every night as the summer marches towards shorter days and longer nights. It’s been a treat to look through a real telescope and actually see the eternal storm as brilliant horizontal rings with my real eyes. It’s much smaller to focus in…

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Voyager 2 – Still Out There, Still Doing It’s Job

Probably the most awesome peice of hardware out there is still out there, and still doing it’s job. The Voyager 2 space probe is powered, and happily sailing along deeper and deeper into outer space. To this day, NASA employs staff to send command instructions and to receive scientific and telemetry data that Voyager is still sending. Voyager II was launched on August 20, 1977 to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, then to continue in interstellar space. After having visited Pluto in 1989, every planet in the Solar…

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