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Gliese 710

Don't make any long range plans. In only one and a half million years, Gliese 710, a red dwarf star, will pass within one light-year of our Sun. When this happens, astronomers belive two and a half million comets in the Oort Cloud, a belt of countless millions of comets extending from the orbit of Pluto to about two light-years out, will be disturbed in their orbits. A few of these comets may find their way to an impact on Earth, If one of these comets lands in your back yard, it will mess up your day.

One Hundred Planets and Counting

About 100 planets have been discovered beyond our Solar System.

One planet is 13 billion years old, over three times the age of the Earth.

One of them orbits Epsilon Eridani, making it the closest extrasolar planet yet at 10.5 light-years. Epsilon Eridani is the closest single sunlike star (besides our own sun) and is less than a billion years old (our sun is about 4.5 billion years old). The planet is about the size of Jupiter and a little closer, 3.4 AU. (Astronomy Magazine, 11-00)

When Worlds Collide

In about 3 billion years, our Milky Way galaxy might collide with the Andromeda galaxy. Because galaxies are mostly empty space, there will likely be little damage. No effect is anticipated on the stock market.

Even the largest dinosaur hatched from an egg about five to six inches in diameter. Large birds lay larger eggs.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon. We've all heard the expression "Blue Moon." You may wonder if there is such a thing. Yes. A lunar month, the time it take the moon to orbit the earth is about 28 days. A calendar month is 28 to 31 days, depending on the month. So it takes a little less than a month for a full lunar cycle of New Moon to Full Moon and back to New Moon. So about once, sometimes twice, a year, there are two full moons in a month. The second full moon in a month is a "Blue Moon." Sometimes the moon actually looks blue. This doesn't happen often and is the result of atmospheric conditions, such as volcanic eruptions.

Whales

Japanese whaling ship catches 88 whales for scientific reasons. The science is that by recording the number of whales killed, they can estimate the previous population. Now, if the US Census Bureau can adopt this philosophy, we can start to get the over population problem under control.

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