Monday, March 4, 2013

Space Mystery For Monday...!

Sometimes we get so carried away with all the mysteries here on our home planet, we forget the many more that are hidden in the night sky!

Seems like space holds more than enough mysteries to keep all of us studying for a very long time! That's a pretty cool thought, don't you think?

The Vanishing Stardust



TYC 8241 2652 is located 450 light years away in the constellation Centaurs. It is believed to be around the same size as our sun – but a mere child, at 10 million years old, compared to our 4.5 billion-year-old star. From 1983 to 2008, astronomers searched a bright ring of dust around the star for possible planet formation, believing they were getting some insight into how our own solar system formed. But when the star was due for a check up in early 2009, astronomers were astonished: when they looked through their telescopes, they saw nothing but the star itself. The once-visible, glowing disk of dust was gone. It did not leave behind any planets, or any signs as to where it had gone; it had quite simply vanished. Scientists were baffled. When asked about it, astronomer Carl Melis simply stated, “We don’t have a really satisfactory explanation to address what happened around this star.”

We may have to drop by Dizzy Dick's house and borrow his big telescope to check out some of the other mysteries that hang around the endless heavens above us. Think he would mind?

We'll try having our coffee out on the patio this morning. I only hope the wind doesn't pick up again!

14 comments:

Ken said...

...PARTY AT DIZZYS(telescopes simply an excuse...lol)

...seriously tho, primitive human minds think they know it all,, the pic they saw probably a shockwave, moving at (~X~)times the speed of light, will be arriving shortly...

Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Kind of hard to imagine that kind of distance. Winter is the best time to view the night sky, but it's just too darn cold to be outside! 24 here and the wind is howling..again. I'll bring some Dunkin Donuts, but Jo & I get the chocolate honey dips!

Sixbears said...

Space aliens needed it as reaction mass for their hyperdrive. :)

Momlady said...

You wouldn't want coffee outside here this morning, it's only in the 20's! Space is such a mystery, isn't it?

linda m said...

I think a trip to Dizzy Dick's would be fun. I love astronomy and will look through a telescope any chance I get. Coffee outside sounds good to me. Very cold here this AM- 6 degrees- with a new Winter storm on the way. Another 3-5+ inches predicted. Spring can't come soon enough for me.

Dizzy-Dick said...

No, he wouldn't mind, as long as you help carry the parts (Mirror, Tube, Base) out and help put it together.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Not at all, as long as you help carry the parts (mirror, tube, and base)out and help set it up.

Anonymous said...

run the vacuum cleaner here and there and you all get upset

humans....

Wildflower

HermitJim said...

Hey Ken...
Any excuse is better than none, right? Besides, Dizzy has all kinds of room!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!


Hey Phyllis...
I'll settle for a filled one!

Spring better hurry soon, as I'm gaining way too many pounds this Winter!

Already up to 72 on the patio this morning. Supposed to reach 75, but the wind is blowing hard out of the south!

Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Sixbears...
I figured that maybe they were just doing some house cleaning!

Thanks for dropping by this morning!


Hey Momlady...
I keep telling you that you need to come south rfor a visit!

Stay warm, my friend!

Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Linda...
Wow! You need to catch a ride with Momlady and both come South!

No snow to worry about!

Thanks for the visit today!


Hey Dizzy...
I can just see a bunch of us showing up at your place, ready to do some sky viewing!

Bet the wife would NOT be happy! Or the pups, come to think of it!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!


Hey Wildflower...
You know how us humans are...always nosy about somebody else's business!

Thanks so much for coming over today!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Yes a mystery indeed! There should have been at least something left. But I think it's a good thing we don't understand everything :-)

Sorry that I don't comment here that often any longer, because I do read Your blog almost every day but via my mobile phone. I read it when I have a few minutes over between different things I paint.


It's a pain in the ... to make a comment on my mobile because it changes every english word I write to something Swedish instead :-) Sometimes not even I know what I originally wrote :-) :-)

Have a great day my friend!
Christer.

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
Thanks for looking in, my friend. Your visits are always appreciated, even if you don't comment!

Thanks again for coming by this morning!

Rob said...

Asteroid mining?
Since I read about the Hubbard Ultra Deep project and saw the photo of the 10,000 galaxies nothing out there would surprise me.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
Hard for us to comprehend all that space, isn't it?

I have a feeling that many more surprises await us!

Thanks for taking the time to drop by today!

Jill said...

So many unanswered questions and speculations generated by our skies.