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  5. NASA Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they witness a total solar eclipse. The moon’s shadow will race across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of this shadow, also known as the path of totality, is where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun. And thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, coupled with detailed NASA topography data of Earth, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date. By bringing in a variety of NASA data sets, visualizer Ernie Wright has created a new and more accurate representation of the eclipse. This video is public domain and can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio. Early map-making Eclipse maps have long been used to plot the predicted path of the moon’s shadow as it crosses the face of Earth. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel and William Chauvenet, two prominent 19th century astronomers and mathematicians, developed the math still used to make eclipse maps — long before computers and the precise astronomical data gathered during the Space Age. Traditionally, eclipse calculations assume that all observers are at sea level and that the moon is a smooth sphere that is perfectly symmetrical around its center of mass. The calculations do not take into account different elevations on Earth and the moon’s cratered, uneven surface. A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Credits: NASA/Goddard/SVS/Ernie Wright For slightly more accurate maps, people use elevation tables and plots of the lunar limb — the edge of the visible surface of the moon as seen from Earth. Until recently, astronomers have used the limb profiles published in 1963 by astronomer Chester Burleigh Watts to create eclipse maps of the moon’s path of totality. To produce his profiles, Watts designed a machine that traced 700 photographs covering every angle of the moon visible from Earth. However, eclipse calculations have gained even greater accuracy based on topography data from LRO observations. A new look at an ancient phenomenon Using LRO elevation maps, NASA visualizer Ernie Wright at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, created a continuously varying lunar limb profile as the moon’s shadow passes over the United States as it will during the upcoming eclipse. The mountains and valleys along the edge of the moon’s disk affect the timing and duration of totality by several seconds. Wright also used several NASA data sets to provide an elevation map of Earth so that eclipse observer locations were depicted at their true altitude. The resulting visualizations show something never seen before: the true, time-varying shape of the moon’s shadow, with the effects of both an accurate lunar limb and the Earth’s terrain. “We couldn’t have done visualizations like this even 10 years ago,” Wright said. “This is a confluence of increasing computing power and new datasets from remote sensing platforms like LRO and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.” The lunar umbra is the part of the moon’s shadow where the entire sun is blocked by the moon. On an eclipse map, this tells you where to stand in order to experience totality. For centuries, eclipse maps have depicted the shape of the moon’s umbra, or darkest part of its shadow, as a smooth ellipse. As evidenced in the new visualizations, the umbral shape is dramatically altered by both the rugged lunar terrain and the elevations of observers on Earth. “We’ve known for a while now about the effects of the lunar limb and the elevation of observers on the Earth, but this is the first time we’ve really seen it in this way,” Wright said. “I think it’ll change how people think about mapping eclipses.” This map shows a detailed image of the Moon's umbral shadow as it passes over the United States during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Credits: NASA/Goddard/SVS/Ernie Wright The true shape of the umbra is more like an irregular polygon with slightly curved edges. Each edge corresponds to a single valley on the lunar limb, the last spot on the limb that lets sunlight through. As these edges pass over mountain ranges, they are scalloped by the peaks and valleys of the landscape. The moon’s umbra will cross the Cascades, Rockies and Appalachians during the 2017 eclipse. “Solar and lunar eclipses provide an excellent opportunity to talk about the moon, since without the moon there would be no eclipses,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for LRO. “Because we know the shape of the moon better than any other planetary body, thanks to LRO, we can now accurately predict the shape of the shadow as it falls on the face of the Earth. In this way, LRO data sheds new light on our predictions for the upcoming eclipse.” The total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 will cross the continental United States beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the United States was in 1918, when the path of totality entered through the southwest corner of Washington and passed over Denver, Colorado, Jackson, Mississippi, and Orlando, Florida before exiting the country at the Atlantic coast of Florida. For more information about the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse, visit: or More information on the numerous NASA data sets incorporated into this visualization: Blue Marble Next Generation was used for color of the land. Shuttle Radar Topography Mission was used for Earth elevations. This is a global elevation map based on a radar instrument flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-99 in February 2000. Lunar Digital Elevation Model and Selene/LRO Digital Elevation Model were used for the lunar limb. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's DE421 provided Earth, moon, and sun positions. By Sarah Schlieder NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Last Updated: Jan. 5, 2017 Editor: Karl Hille
  6. Wow, good news. I really like Kevin Bacon.
  7. It's because Walkabout is an amazing person. Just left a message at Facebook for Alex. He should be here soon.
  8. 'John Wick,' 'Dragon Tattoo' Star Michael Nyqvist Dies At 56 FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle's annual Toronto International Film Festival celebration in Toronto. Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like “John Wick” died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 56. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) (He was in the one season only, 6 episodes, TV series, "Millennium" in 2010, that also starred Noomi Rapace. I never heard about it until after going to IMDb, where Michael has a long and impressive list of credits. It's about the adventures of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander. The complete mini-series has been issued on Blu-ray & DVD in North America, but marketed as 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition' and has a complete running time of 558 minutes. Here's the link ~ ) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like "John Wick" has died. Nyqvist's representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 56. "It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family," Tversky said in a statement on behalf of the family. Nyqvist is perhaps best known worldwide for originating the role of Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series opposite Noomi Rapace. Daniel Craig played the role in the American adaptation. In Hollywood, Nyqvist played a broad range of memorable roles, including the mob boss who terrorizes Keanu Reeves in "John Wick" and Tom Cruise's foe in "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol." "Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him," read the family's statement. "His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him." Nyqvist has a number of films on the slate that are yet to come out, including Terrence Malick's World War II drama "Radegund" and Thomas Vinterberg's "Kursk," about the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster. He is survived by his wife Catharina and their children Ellen and Arthur.
  9. Wow, @Walkabout you throw amazing par-tays!
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  11. I love this, what a lovely photo!
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  13. seems Kevin Bacon is working on a 8- part reboot of ' Tremors ' for SYFY channel . no word if other cast members from the original movie will be there . there were 4 sequels already .
  14. happy Bday, hope your having a great time !
  15. Happy Birthday Alex! Have an amazing birthday! Graham
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  17. The Animal With The Largest Tested Working Memory Is A? 1 ~ Dolphin 2 ~ Crow 3 ~ Gorilla 4 ~ Dog
  18. Alex, I absolutely love this album, and listen to it often..... Sadly I don't have an original, just a copy, but hey, the wonderful music is the same.
  19. I got your happy balloons right here, and from a less scary clown. Love your picture Grahamster. It was the best one of the bunch. Joe, hope you're having a wonderful day. OMG, look what I found for your birthday...a "Snake Cake."
  20. Happy Birthday Joe! Have a brilliant day! From one Old Man to Another!
  21. Snow Files of the Week: "George is thinking/Life is so strange" from the french movie "Les Herbes Folles (aka "Wild Grass")" (2009). Two more tracks from this very moving score by Mark. The piano theme is easily one of the most beautiful things Mark has ever written. And in the second track, "Life is so strange", the violin from "MillenniuM" makes another appearance. The score is available digitally and on a very rare 2-CD-Set, that was only released in France. Enjoy!
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  23. Again, and again, thank you Alex for another wonderful gift of Mark's music. It really is a gift to me, especially hearing tracks that I have never heard before. Thank you.
  24. Thanks Sis Angel. Look forward to our next chat.
  25. Snow Files of the Week: "Capsules/A Mother Never Forgets/Mulder’s Memories" from "The X-Files: The Event Series", episode "Founder's Mutation" (2016). As the X-Files returned in 2016 so did Mark Snow. His music for the new episodes is familiar, but with enough new elements to keep it interesting. The score is more minimalistic overall, but nevertheless Mark wrote some wonderful themes. "Founder's Mutation" is the second episode of the event series. It evolves around a scientist who is experimenting on children with genetic anomalities to cure them. Scully and Mulder have visions of their son William, who is genetically different too. At the end of the episode Mulder fantasizes about his son William being grown up to schoolboy-age. He plays with him, builds a rocket and launches it and witnesses his abduction, just like he did with his sister. Back in reality Mulder looks at a photo of William. The music by Mark for this scene, "Mulder's Memories", is surely one of the most beautiful tracks of the event series. Enjoy!
  27. Oh my, how I love hugs, and sending hugs back to you, "from across the pond." "Pond" is perfect since we really do live in a small world. Some day I hope to make it to the UK. I have friends in Poole Dorset, and then you and Graham I would hope to see face to face, and also so hoping to get in contact with Mark. I assume he's still in Yorkshire. Wonder if there is anywhere in the middle we could all meet. Wouldn't that be nice? Thank you Libby, and for the awesome title and warm words of love. Yes, I do celebrate my birthday and the fact that I am still alive with so much to look forward to today, tomorrow, and beyond. Tonight I will be with family for dinner and celebrating both Father's Day and my birthday. Love and more huggers.
  28. I know you don't make a big thing of your birthday, Darlene, but It is kind of nice to have a date in the calendar when we can acknowledge who you are and what you bring to our community here. So, instead of a big fuss, I'm sending you a hug from across the pond.
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