Wednesday, July 06, 2011

070611.17.8--Message for Today: Sun's rotation, star

The message I have picked-up this morning is about the sun's rotation, or it might be the solar/sun's cycle.  It seems that there's something that we need to keep an eye to this effect.  In the meantime, we may need to understand our sun's cycle or rotation.  This may help us finding clues of its mysterious activities or even its life's span...

Also, included in the message is the death of a "star."  This could be heavenly body, or a prominent celebrity, or anything that would caught people's attention.


Anonymous said...

Comet's Death by Sun Photographed for First Time

By Tariq Malik , Managing Editor | – 10 hrs ago

July 13, 2011, 12:18 AM PT

The comet met its fiery demise on July 6 when it zoomed in from behind the sun and melted into oblivion as it crashed into the star. It was NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a satellite orbiting Earth that studies the sun, which witnessed the comet's death-blow.

One of the SDO spacecraft's high-definition imagers "actually spotted a sun-grazing comet as it disintegrated over about a 15 minute period (July 6, 2011), something never observed before," SDO officials said. [See the observatory's image of the comet death]

Comets have been spotted near the sun before, but last week's object was the first to be observed in real-time as it disappeared.

"Given the intense heat and radiation, the comet simply evaporated away completely," SDO officials said.

The comet was a type known to astronomers as a sun-grazing comet because its path brought it extremely close to the sun.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint NASA-European Space Agency spacecraft, also spotted the comet's demise and recorded a video of the event.

"This is one of the brightest sun-grazers SOHO has recorded, similar to the Christmas comet of 1996," SOHO project scientist Bernhard Fleck said in a statement.

SOHO officials said that, because of the angle of the comet's orbit, it passed across the front half of the sun and appeared to brighten as it struck hotter particles above the solar surface.

Sun-grazing comets are relatively common and are also known as Kreutz comets, after the 19th century astronomer Heinrich Kreutz who first showed they were related.

Astronomers suspect that Kreutz comets all began as a single, giant comet that broke apart several centuries ago.

Anonymous said...

Former first lady Betty Ford dead at 93

Posted 7/8/2011 9:19:06 PM | Updated 6d 17h ago

By Andrea Stone, USA TODAY

Betty Ford, the outspoken former first lady whose candor about breast cancer and addiction broke societal taboos and made it safer for public figures to talk about their personal problems, died Friday night. She was 93.

Anonymous said...

Googie Withers dies in Australia aged 94

16 July 2011 Last updated at 10:24 ET

Actress Googie Withers, best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and TV series Within These Walls, has died in Australia aged 94.

Anonymous said...

Soul Singer Amy Winehouse Dies at 27

By Mark Beech - Jul 23, 2011 4:07 PM PT

Amy Winehouse, the singer and songwriter who shot to fame with “Rehab,” won five Grammy Awards and sold more than 5 million albums, has died aged 27.

Winehouse was found dead at her home in north London just after 4 p.m. yesterday, London Police Superintendent Raj Kohli said in a statement. The cause of death remains “unexplained,” he said, speaking on Sky News, noting that a post-mortem has yet to take place.

The U.K. singer became one of the brightest young stars in music with hits such as “Valerie” and “Love Is a Losing Game,” mixing R&B, jazz and soul. Since 2007, she was in the news as much for her personal problems as for her music.