Saturday, November 16, 2013

Comet ISON


The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye, according to reports from many observers.

Astrophotographer Mike Hankey sent in a photo of Comet ISON, taken through his telescope on Sunday from Auberry, Calif., near Fresno. He has been imaging ISON regularly since Sept 21 and noticed a more prominent jet in recent days.

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Note: A close solar approach will bring the icy wanderer within 724,000 miles of the sun's surface on Nov. 28 -- if the comet does not explode into millions of pieces... or simply fizzle out.


Did You Know . . .?

The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.



On this day,  November 16 in 1901, a spare, low-slung car called the "Torpedo Racer" -- basically a square platform on bicycle wheels -- broke the world speed record for electric cars in Coney Island, New York.

The car's builder and pilot, an engineer named Andrew Riker, managed to coax his machine one mile down the straight dirt track in just 63 seconds (that's about 57 mph.) The battery-powered Torpedo Racer held onto its record for ten years.

Today, by contrast, the world speed record for an electric vehicle is about 245 mph.



a celestial object consisting of a nucleus of ice and dust and, when near the sun, a “tail” of gas and dust particles pointing away from the sun.

A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, heats up and begins to outgas, displaying a visible atmosphere or coma, and sometimes also a tail. These phenomena are due to the effects of solar radiation and the solar wind upon the nucleus of the comet.



Oliver Burgess Meredith
(Nov 16, 1907 – Sep 9, 1997)
Burgess Meredith was an American actor in theatre, film, and television. Early in his career, Meredith attracted favorable attention, especially for playing George in a 1939 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and as war correspondent Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe (1945).

Meredith was a favorite of director Otto Preminger, who cast him in Advise and Consent (1962), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Skidoo (1968) and Such Good Friends (1971). He was the Penguin in the Batman movie of 1966 based on the TV series, and in Stay Away Joe (1968) appeared as Elvis Presley's character's father.

Meredith played Rocky Balboa's trainer, Mickey Goldmill, in the first three Rocky films (1976, 1979 and 1982). Even though his character died in the third Rocky film, he returned briefly in a flashback in the fifth film, Rocky V (1990).

Lisa Michelle Bonet
(born November 16, 1967)
Lisa Bonet is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and originally starring in its spinoff A Different World.

Clu Gulager
(born November 16, 1928)
Clu Gulager is an American television and film actor and director, particularly noted for his co-starring role as William H. Bonney (Billy The Kid) in the 1960–1962 NBC television series, The Tall Man and for his role as Emmett Ryker in another NBC western series, The Virginian. He also appeared in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show and the racing film Winning. Gulager was the protagonist Burt in The Return of the Living Dead, starred in McQ with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Angie Dickinson in director Don Siegel's The Killers. Gulager's short film A Day with the Boys was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or for best short film at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

Mary Marg Helgenberger
(born November 16, 1958)
Marg Helgenberger is an American film and television actress known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and as K.C. Koloski in the ABC drama China Beach, which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.


"Old men and comets have been reverenced for the same reason: their long beards, and pretenses to foretell events"
--Jonathan Swift


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