These time lapse videos keep getting better. From Bad Astronomy Blog.
An amazing picture of Saturn, it’s barely visible edge on rings, (less than one degree above ring plane) and its moon Dione. Dione was discovered in 1684 by Cassini, and later named after the Greek goddess of the same name, the mother of Aphrodite.
This barred spiral, NGC 1073, is a beautiful example of a barred spiral, like our own Milky Way. Off to the upper left you can see red shifted galaxies much more distant and older. According to the article, some scientists think that barred spirals are a sign that the galaxy has entered adulthood, as these bars tend to contain older, red stars rather than younger blue stars. Barred spirals are thought to form
“as gravitational density waves funnel gas toward the galactic centre, supplying the material to create new stars. The transport of gas can also feed the supermassive black holes that lurk in the centres of almost every galaxy.”
An Indiana Senate panel has OK’d a bill to teach creationism. For those that try to stay aware of these battles, add NCSE.com to your readers to keep up to date. They are always on the front lines on the fight against stupid ideas.
‘We want to do more than just step on it’
Russian, American and European space agencies are in talks to create a human colony on the moon, according to Russian news source Rianovosti.
Russia wants to build either a space base on the surface of the Moon itself or a space station that…
I H8 Religion recently made a post titled 13 Stories You Must Teach Every Child, it was tongue in cheek, but I figured it tweak it a bit. What are the 3 best Bible stories to help you keep your kids away from religion? Here goes.
1. God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, first to stab him, then to burn in body in a burnt offering. (God later notes how he enjoys the ‘aroma’ of burnt offerings). He waits until he has the knife in the air to stop him. As if a god would not know the heart of a person. This is basically torture for no reason.
Gen 22 1-19:
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
2. Civil war against his own people: As the Isrealites were getting ready to go to war, with God leading the way against one of their own tribes, the Benjamites-(from Judges 20)
The LORD answered, “Go up against them.”
24 Then the Israelites drew near to Benjamin the second day. 25 This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords.
They asked, “Shall we go up again to fight against the Benjamites, our fellow Israelites, or not?”
The LORD responded, “Go, for tomorrow I will give them into your hands.
So they killed a boatload of their own people, then after they were done, they tried to figure out how to repopulate after the killing and burning. This was their plan (Judges 21:10-24)
10 So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children. 11 “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” 12 They found among the people living in Jabesh Gilead four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them to the camp at Shiloh in Canaan.
23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the young women were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.
24 At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.
25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
And Everyone was HAPPY!!!
3. Last one, and the best of the worst one.
The story of Jephthah. (Judges Chapter 11.) Jephthah led a hard life. Born of a man and a hooker, his brothers all hated him so they banished him to another land. Long story short Jephthah is now put in charge of the army of his people, and in order to ensure success, Jephthah makes a ‘deal with the devil’ so to speak. Read on and be freaked the hell out.
29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31 whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”
32 Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands. 33 He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
34 When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.”
36 “My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. 37 But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”
38 “You may go,” he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. 39 After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.
From this comes the Israelite tradition 40 that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.
Our visit to the moon.