Archive for January, 2008

Falling Satellite.

Unfortunately besides expected astronomic events there are unexpected ones. It appears that a large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday, AP reports.

The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.

“Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause.”

He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to be perhaps shot down by a missile. He said it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics at this time.

A senior government official said that lawmakers and other nations are being kept apprised of the situation.

Astronomical Events 2008.

Don’t be asleep at the early morning of Friday, February 1, 2008. It will be the time when Venus, the closest planet to Earth, and Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, appear the closest together in the night sky, dont miss it The most spectacular celestial sights over the next couple of weeks are reserved for the early morning sky. Two bright planets will converge, and then be joined by the moon, SPACE.com reports.

For the past several months, dazzling Venus has been prominent in our morning sky. And about a week ago, Jupiter also began to emerge from out of the glare of the Sun. The two planets are currently rising out of the east-southeast horizon about two hours before sunrise.

At last quarter (half) phase on Jan. 30, the moon will stand alone, high toward the south at sunrise. Early on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, the moon will sit well off to the west (right) of the planets. Monday, Feb. 4, the show will reach its peak when, about 45 minutes before sunrise, Venus, Jupiter and the moon — the three brightest objects of the night sky — will form a striking isosceles triangle, with the two planets 3 degrees apart and the moon marking the vertex of the triangle just over 5 degrees below the “dynamic duo.”

By the way, what else is expected us in 2008?
February, 21 will be total lunar eclipse,
August, 1 we will have chance to watch total solar eclipse,
August 16, will be partial Moon eclipse,
December, 1 Venus Jupiter and Mercury will be joined ,
December, 31 will be joining Mercury and Jupiter.
That’s all.

Clones of men.

According to BBC US scientists have produced embryos that are clones of two men, in an attempt to produce patient-specific stem cells. Researchers removed DNA from donated human eggs, and replaced it with DNA from the skin cells of two volunteers.

They produced embryos with genetic material that matched the men’s, but did not go on to extract stem cells. UK experts say the research, published in the journal Stem Cells, is a small but not a great step forward.

Safe Computing.

Do you know that it happened? I mean the first virus for Apple’s iPhone appeared and even had time to leave its shoe print. The creator of virus is 11 yeas old child who has made it probably just for fun, I hope for that. As F-Secure reports the kid playing with XML files created the Trojan. “Next time it might be someone else with more skills and with specific target.”. Anyway the momentous event will go down in the virus’s history. As is generally known the first PC virus, known as the Brain virus, was written in Pakistan more than 20 years ago. Now experts say about more than 60,000 existing viruses and this fact does not make us happy of course. By the way the virus SatanBug appeared around Washington DC in 1993 was written by a kid too.

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