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Variables in Via Lactea

Variable stars close to the galactic centreThis image (which is part of the Variables in Via Lactae survey) was captured with ESO’s VISTA infrared survey telescope and shows the central part of the Milky Way. The galactic center is hidden in visible light behind obscuring dust, but the infrared capabilities of VISTA allow to study these stars.

There are several ancient stars of a type known as RR Lyrae. in this view RR Lyrae stars are typically found in ancient stellar populations over 10 billion years old, so this discovery suggests that the center of the Milky Way likely grew through the mergers of primordial star clusters.

Image Credit: ESO


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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Cabin Boy™ said that he would have reviews on Monday of my opposition to his motion for summary judgment and my cross motion for summary judgment in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. Here they are—

I don’t usually comment on such filings; I’ll make an exception in this case: Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!

There’s also a rumor going around about the Cabin Boy™ filing a counterclaim. Go ahead. Make my day. That wouldn’t be unexpected. Indeed, …

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Oh, one more thing … the Cabin boy™ seems to be geographically challenged. Michigan is the state across that big lake near his apartment. Maryland is the state he fled from.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once. Receiver picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

K. GNU: (Telephone Filter) Hey, Johnny. Check your email. I sent you some intriguing pictures.

JOHNNY: Really?

K. GNU: (Telephone Filter) Yeah. I was traveling through the Midwest and stopped to buy some cheese.

JOHNNY: Why would I find cheese intriguing?

K. GNU: Oh, the pictures aren’t of cheese. While I was cheese shopping, I happened to find an interesting old Ford. Take a look at your email.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

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