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The Stars in the Sky Are Part of the Adventure

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   by Jimmy Ruffler Hikers, campers – even hunters – will speak about the passion they have for the star-filled skies. No, this is not about romance (although some on a relaxing vacation with their significant other may disagree.) Stargazing is actually a hobby for people who love the Great Outdoors. There are even two […]

Is The Universe Rationally Designed?

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  Thinking about the incredibly vast size of the universe seems to require us to ask why? Why does it have to be so large? How did it get that way? Where is it going? Did some thing or some entity design it? These seem, at least, philosophical or even religious questions. At the very […]

The Universe Is Incredibly Old And Unimaginably Large

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One fundamental question to ask is what is the age and size of the universe. Does it have an edge or boundary or does it go on forever. Is the universe finite or infinite? How old is it? Even in antiquity these were burning questions. The Greeks asked, what does an infinite universe look like? […]

Stars Suspected of Hosting Large Debris Disk

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About 80 light-years away, an enormous, dusty ring swirls around a sunlike star, with a defined inner edge that is probably sculpted by a planet orbiting at 140 times Earth’s distance from the sun. A planet located so far from a sunlike star presents an astronomical conundrum. “How do you get a planet out that […]

The Greatest Books Have Chicks in Charge!

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The Greatest Books Have Chicks in Charge!   The Goddess Athena was the ‘biggest and baddest’ chick of all time.  She appears in literature, on top of the Acropolis; she has been cast in brass, copper, plaster, paint, stone – even, supposedly, in pure gold.  She was the warrior who took care of business, even […]