Monday, January 1, 2007

First post

This is the beginning of what I hope to be an informative and fun to read blog. Here I will post many things, some of which may even be controversial. Please feel free to drop me a line at if you have any comments. You may have wondered why I use my real name. This simply because as I will discuss later I have reason to let people know where I stand on certain issues. Any way I have to go to work now so I will be back soon. In the meantime enjoy this beautiful image I found yesterday on the Web at

Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light must suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was an exploding star and record the colorful expanding cloud as the Veil Nebula. Pictured here is the west end of the Veil Nebula known technically as NGC 6960 but less formally as the Witch's Broom Nebula. The rampaging gas gains its colors by impacting and exciting existing nearby gas. The supernova remnant lies about 1400 light-years away towards the constellation of Cygnus. This Witch's Broom actually spans over three times the angular size of the full Moon. The bright star 52 Cygnus is visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova.

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