Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
As cooler days and even cooler nights squeeze out all the warmth of left over summer, seasonal changes always bring surprises. Have you ever put on a jacket or any other garment containing pockets, and found much to your surprise, MONEY in the pocket? I love when that happens. Just the other day, an old pair of sweat pants I just wear around the house, and had not worn those pants for six months or so.
Four dollars, all folded nice and neat. Really clean, you could tell it had been thru the wash, at least once, maybe twice. Now the amount of money is secondary to the fact, ya get some free money. It just makes you feel happy. That unexpected money in your pocket is like winning the lottery without buying a ticket.
As the last quarter of the year kicks in, so is the demand to put up or shut up about the big sky event I talked about back when the springtime was only a hope for the future. The plan was to talk about this thing in the sky come November. But one of the great things about stargazing, ya never know what the next dark night sky will bring.
On September 9th in the Australian night sky, Terry Lovejoy saw a brand new comet. Saw it again the next night, and the next night. By now he knows he’s got something, so he tells other people where to look. And sure enough, a new comet is identified.
Now this new comet was not what I was talking about when I said we’d have a night light show from the Gods. I was thinking about Comet Ison. Actually Comet Ison is in the night sky right now, just too weak to see without a telescope. From here on out the Comet Ison will only get brighter.
Now that is assuming Comet Ison does survive its swing around the sun. Remember Apollo 13, when the bone chilling message came from space “Houston, we have a problem”, Remember that? It still gives me chills every time I hear it spoken, even though I know the happy ending of the story. In order to return to Earth Apollo 13 had to go around the moon to gain speed for the return trip home.
Comet Ison is now on a trip around the sun much like Apollo 13 went around the moon. But Comet Ison will not come toward Earth. It’s a trip into deep space for the comet. And it’s after the trip around the other side of the sun that Comet Ison will then light up the night sky. That is assuming the comet survives the trip.
The magnetic pull of the sun is millions times more powerful than the magnetic pull of the moon. And keep in mind the magnetic pull of the moon is what makes the oceans rise and fall. It’s the tide thing, twice a day, that magnetic pull of the moon.
Comets, unlike asteroids are not solid chunks of iron and rock. They are made up of ice and dust and star stuff. Comet Ison is about 4 miles wide of ice and space dirt. Some think the magnetic pull of the sun will cause Comet Ison to explode much the same way heat causes the popcorn to pop. Should Comet Ison pop, the night sky stays dark. If not, a light show from the star stuff crated at the beginning of Genesis . I’m hoping for not popping.
Assuming that sun trip goes ok, then come November nights both the Comet Ison and Lovejoy will be in the same night sky. Comet Lovejoy is not expected to ever by bright enough to see without the telescope. Not the case with Comet Ison, it will either be there for the whole world to see or not. We’ll see. Or maybe we won’t see. We’ll see.
Did you ever hear of Irena Sendler? Most people have not heard of her. She died with hardly a notice on May 12, 2008 in Warsaw, Poland at age 98. It was during WWII that Irena, applied for and received permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing Sewer Specialist. She had a secret inspiration for the job. Irena smuggled Jewish babies out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.
Irena kept a dog in the back of the truck that she’d trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, for sure, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the noise made by the babies. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 babies. Ultimately, she was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely. Even with that, she was lucky to be left alive.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, Buried those names in a glass jar under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the families. Most parents did not survive. Those kids, whose lives she saved got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. In 2007 Al Gore got the Nobel Peace Prize, for a slide show on Global Warming. I’m sure you’ve heard of Al Gore. A few years after that, another American Politician also received the Noble Peace Prize. Barack Obama, I’m sure you’ve heard of him also.
Al Gore’s contribution to society, that got him awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2007, can be summed up pretty much by the September 20, 2013 report on Global Warming. That published report stated the vast majority of the research and reporting on Global Warming has been falsified and misreported to the benefit of those who spread fear of the unknown in our society. Those such as Al Gore, who has benefited greatly from such fear mongering. Also including in the fear mongering are those who ensure their future employment in the study of Global Warming by making certain the future of Global Warming is indeed dreary and must be continually monitored.
Barack Obama’s contribution to society for which he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize was recently demonstrated when he requested the United States Congress authorize a war on Syria in order to save face for stupid remarks he made in public. Then we, the people, made our voices heard. WE SAID NO!
The next time you hear of the Noble Peace Prize, just remember how unimportant it really is when the likes of Al Gore and Barack Obama are awarded the prize for their contributions to humanity. All the while Irena Sendler is passed over for the prize….. Then ask yourself who has really contributed to humanity.
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From the EastWing, Cooler Nights & Finding Money In Pockets, Comets Coming Our Way, Irena Sendler, The Noble Peace Prize & Jokers Wild.
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