Speeding Stars


This video was constructed using data derived from observations by ESA’s Gaia satellite. It starts with the stars shown in their positions as of a bit more than a million years ago, tracks the changes in their positions up to the present day, and ends with a view of the sky as seen by Gaia between 2014 and 2015. The trajectories highlighted in yellow show six unusual stars that are moving through the Milky Way at hypervelocities of several hundred km/s. Most likely, these stars’ high speeds are the results of past interactions with the supermassive black hole that sits at the center of the galaxy. Analysis of their paths provides information about the gravitational field of the Milky Way from the center to its outskirts.

One of the six stars (numbered 1) is moving at over 500 km/s, which is above escape velocity for the galaxy. It will eventual fly off into intergalactic space. The other five stars are somewhat slower and are still bound to the galaxy.

Video Credit: ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Now that the Cabin Boy’s show cause hearing has been continued until the date of the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. trial, the next event is Tetyana Kimberlin’s show cause hearing on 14 July. She has been ordered to show cause why she should not be sanctioned for failure to appear at the pre-trial conference for the case.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

T-minus 15 days and counting.

The Dignity of the Court


Because Bill Schmalfeldt did not appear for his show cause hearing, because none of the other parties in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit were directly prejudiced by Schmalfeldt’s actions, and because Judge Hecker is concerned about an offense against the dignity of the court, he has continued the show cause hearing until the first day of the trial on 21 August.

The petition raises an issue that is not an issue that prejudices the parties, but it raises concerns that directly impact the integrity and dignity of the Court.

—Judge Fred Hecker

Everything is proceeding better than I foresaw.

UPDATE—A second show cause order will be issued.