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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. I have been a space buff all my life. It was a bond my Dad and I shared. We both loved trips to the Planetarium in San Francisco. We followed Apollo and the Moon landings religiously. I have followed all the Mars landings and check for each update from Curiosity on Mars. The July issue of National Geographic has an article of the violent making of our solar system.

I discovered science fiction at the age of eight years old and because of that space and what is out there became a lifetime passion. I'm 65 and may not ever get a chance to physically go into space but my mind is free to travel far and wide.

In the beginning our sun was drawing the gasses to itself and the rocks and dust were coming together to form planets and moons.

In the Beginning
In the Beginning

Our Moon was pummeled by debris causing huge craters.
The Moon
Our Moon

Our world could not escape all those meteors and rocks hurling through space.
Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower

Jupiter is so large and has such a strong gravitational field that it is a sitting target. On September 10, 2012 amateur astronomers caught a meteor hitting Jupiter. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in 1994.
When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide

While Venus may be beautiful to look at inside is an absolute hell.

The atmosphere of Venus is poisonous. It is so hot there that everything melts. The sky is exploding with lightning.
Venus Sky
Venus Sky

Our sun is a thermonuclear furnace. While now “stable” in our future our sun will go nova on us and the inner planets, including Earth, will be destroyed.
The SUn
Our Sun

As the sun expands all life as we know it here on Earth will be extinguished.

It is the stars that go supernova that will throw out the gasses and debris that will form the materials for a new galaxy.

From the death of a star comes new life and rebirth as the universe goes on. As the late Carl Sagan often said, we are made of star stuff.
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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 01:02:13 PM PDT

  •  fellow space fan (4+ / 0-)
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    michelewln, Ojibwa, BlueJessamine, DJ Rix

    Great pictures.    I remember being in grade school and the whole class listened on the radio as we launched our very first astronaut into space.  Also the incredible moments when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and yet perhaps the most exhilerating moment of my life was being on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center when Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope up.  First we saw it, then the earth shook underfoot and then we could hear it and were surrounded by the sound.  The contrail was so much brighter than tv or movies could even hope to approximate.  Helping to 'push' with all of my might and realizing that I had tears streaming down my face.  As close as I'll ever get, but it was the experience of a lifetime.

    sometimes the dragon wins

    by kathy in ga on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:12:20 PM PDT

  •  Beautiful pix as usual (3+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, michelewln, DJ Rix

    really like the supernova.

  •  In the middle of a thunder storm (2+ / 0-)
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    michelewln, DJ Rix

    Power will be out soon. Got to log off! Dry by love & mojo.

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:40:32 PM PDT

    •  Good Luck (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueJessamine, DJ Rix

      We did that thunderstorm routine a couple of days ago. Toss up who hates them more me or Pixie.

      "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

      by michelewln on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:59:07 PM PDT

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