The Funny Thing about Solar Eclipses

I took time off and traveled to Missouri with my wife and dog Brandi to witness the Great Eclipse of 2017, which we also watched with my stepson Chris. I’ve posted pictures of this event. Here are some more.

What you might not know is the difference between a solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and apocalypse.

That being said, during the partial eclipse phase I mentioned to Chris what I had read on the Internet. According to sources, light filtered through gaps in a tree’s leaves project the actual eclipse.

We tested this theory and came up with this, confirming it’s true. Take a look.

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Are there objects in the solar system revolving around the sun that do not lie on the planetary plane? How would we know, except in the rare coincident that our paths intersect?

Yes, of course. One example rarely considered is the Oort Cloud, pictured below. The Oort cloud is thought to contain objects that occasionally become dislodged to become long-period comets. It surrounds us like a giant sphere, well beyond Neptune and any known planets.

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How do I explain how we can see the moon during the day to my teacher?

How can you explain how we see the moon during the day to your teacher? The moon is visible in daytime because the apparent brightness (m) of reflected sunlight off the surface of the moon essentially exceeds the brightness of the blue sky, unlike the stars. That’s your simple answer.

Apparent brightness is the brightness we perceive after light passes through our atmosphere to our eyes.

Our sun and objects that reflect our sun’s rays are very bright in comparison with their surroundings. Any magnitude below -4 cannot be seen in daytime (the lower the number the brighter the object). Our sun is -26 and the full moon is -12.5, well above the magnitude necessary to see in daytime, -4. The brightest star has a magnitude of -1, dimmer than the required -4 magnitude required to be seen in daylight. All other stars are dimmer still.

Make sense?

Why does everybody assume that if aliens do exist, they would wish to harm us?

Your operative word is “assume.” There are almost certainly aliens in our big universe. It’s just that they can’t visit us and we can’t visit them because of the pokey nature of the speed of light. We assume they’d do us harm because it makes for great Hollywood movies!

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Why can’t we fly to the moon? NASA is telling lies that they lost technology, does it mean we actually can’t get to the moon?

No technology was lost.

Going to the moon is very expensive, very far away and has no value now that the cold war with the Soviet Union is over. We can’t even balance the budget and Trump wants to cut taxes. During the Kennedy era going to the moon was a competition as to which country had the best space exploration. That’s over sorta except for Mars. Probably the first country to set foot on Mars will be China.

Going to the moon wasn’t a hoax. You can see trails left by the lunar rovers and reflect lasers off the reflector left behind just for that purpose. We can’t hide anything, even from Wikileaks, what to speak of a faked lunar mission 9 times over. The biggest hoax is the hoax theory itself.

Since President Obama the focus has been to go to Mars, but the moon is not out of the picture. NASA intends to harvest rocks from a nearby asteroid with a robotic spaceship, and then orbit that spaceship around the moon. They then plan to have a manned mission to orbit the moon, rendezvous with that robotic satellite and bring some of those asteroid rocks back to Earth for examination.

In the meantime, we have satellites orbiting and mapping the moon in detail.

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Are star systems in a single, spiral galaxy positioned in a strictly flat, 2D plane to each other, like you can reach them by traveling sideways only, or are there roughly parallel star systems “vertical” to each other?

No, but a great question. NASA once pointed the Hubble Space telescope at a very tiny area of space previously thought to contain nothing – a gap in the stars if you will. What they photographed is below. It’s called NASA’s deep space photo. The galaxies in the image are billions of light years away. As you can see, as with all other galaxy pictures, galaxies are scattered everywhere wherever you look, up down and in between, and tilted this way or that way.

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What will happen after 10,000,000,000,000,000 years, i.e. what will the fate of humans, the earth, technology, and everything else, be?

Well, Lee Ballentine answered this very nicely. We don’t even know if the universe will still exist in 10 quadrillion years. As far as we know, the universe is between 12 and 14 billion years old. You can fit ten million billions in 10 quadrillion. So 10,000,000,000,000,000 years from now is thousands of billions of years more than the age of the earth is now. There will be no Sun or Earth. If the present rate of expansion of the universe continues, you will no longer see stars. If mankind somehow survived that, they would likely have evolved or devolved on some distant planet into something not resembling humans of today, and would have had to jump from solar system to solar system as millions of suns came and died. However, as billions of years goes by the stars get further and further away, making hoping from one solar system to the next more difficult.

Therefore it isn’t likely humans will exist by then, what to speak of the earth, the sun or even what remains of Andromeda and Milky Way merged and then dissipated.