Sometimes parents need to teach their children life lessons. In this video a father attempts to teach his lazy son a lesson about what wasting his life playing video games will do. The father starts up his lawn mower and proceeds to mow the lawn and his son’s video games.
It’s hard to say if this dad is over the line or not. What do you think of this parenting technique? Have you ever done anything like this?
The 2014 Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which is set to peak on July 28-29, promises a good viewing experience for the interested observers due to the absence of a bright Moon in the night sky. As the Delta Aquarids peak, the Perseid meteor shower begins after the NASA cameras in New Mexico spotted a couple of Perseid fireballs on Sunday, July 27, after Earth entered the stream of debris that the Comet Swift-Tuttle left behind.
Up to 20 meteors per hour are expected to be seen during the Delta Aquarids meteor shower peak before dawn on Tuesday, July 29, coming from the Aquarius constellation. The sky watchers who are in the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a better viewing experience than those in the Northern Hemisphere.
To view the Delta Aquarids meteor shower online, the Slooh virtual observatory will be offering a video stream of the night skies from the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands as well as the Prescott Observatory in Arizona on Monday, July 28, beginning at 10 pm EDT (7 p.m. PDT/0200 GMT). According to the Space.com report, astronomer Bob Berman will be providing an audio commentary for a “soothing outdoor companion to any meteor viewing experience.”
The NBC News report revealed that NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Marshall Space Flight Center will conduct a live Ustream video view in Huntsvill, Alabama on Tuesday, July 29, starting at 9:30 pm. For the observers who wish to personally view the 2014 Delta Aquarids meteor shower peak, it is suggested that they find a location far away from the bright city lights with good weather and dark skies.
Meanwhile, NASA cameras have already spotted at least five Perseid fireballs over the weekend. According to the Spaceweather.com report, the “mini-flurry” fireballs that the NASA cameras detected means the annual display of the Perseid meteor shower has kicked off.
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower peak will be from Aug 11-13. However, the appearance of the Full Moon will get in the way of the viewing experience of the sky display. The brightness of the Moon during the Perseid meteor shower peak will reduce the typical 120 meteor per hour visibility to less than 30.
This excerpt from A Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Carl Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet. Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world. Caught in the center of scattered light rays (a result of taking the picture so close to the Sun), Earth appears as a tiny point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
— Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
Neil deGrasse Tyson
We Are All Connected” was made from sampling Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.