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Morning Lineup – January 9

Wednesday Morning – What In the World is That?

We will start the day with some science news for you and it involves standing outside during the night and looking skyward.  But don't worry, you can wait until the summertime when it is much nicer to be standing outside.  A pair of Russian astronomers discovered a heretofore unknown comet in some images taken from their 16-inch telescope.  After sharing their find with other astronomers around the world, all have agreed that this critter will not only be passing relatively close to the earth, but it will probably be one of the brightest comets ever views from our platform.  There is speculation that it could be far brighter than the full moon, providing that it doesn't break apart as it passes the sun.  Reuters News Service tell us:

The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, is due to fly within 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) from the center of the sun on November 28, 2013 said astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

As the comet approaches, heat from the sun will vaporize ices in its body, creating what could be a spectacular tail that is visible in Earth's night sky without telescopes or even binoculars from about October 2013 through January 2014.

Comet ISON's path is very similar to a comet that passed by Earth in 1680, one which was so bright its tail reportedly could be seen in daylight.

An article in Science Recorder also tells us:

The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, will pass within 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) from the center of the sun on November 28, 2013, according to astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"Comet ISON appears on course to achieve sungrazer status as it passes within a solar diameter of Sun’s surface in late 2013 November. Whatever survives will then pass nearest the Earth in late 2013 December," NASA astronomers explained in a posting. "Astronomers around the world will be tracking this large dirty snowball closely to better understand its nature and how it might evolve during the next 15 months."

The comet, which is estimated to be nearly two miles wide, will likely be one of the largest comets to ever pass Earth. While there is a chance that ISON will disintegrate when it approaches the sun, some astronomers say heat from the sun will vaporize ices in its body, creating what could be a spectacular tail.

You read that right… it will be another 9 months before the shoe begins.  We'll just have to wait.  You can read both articles later while you have your 2nd cup HERE and HERE.

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We have an interesting shopping tip to pass along to you this morning.  One of our long-time readers who is stationed in a Middle-East country working in a U. S. military fire department, Jon M. recently wrote to us:

I wanted to give you a heads up on something cool I came across. I'm not sure if you've heard about this lady yet but you should definitely check her out.

Her name is Evon Cassier she lives in New Hampshire and she takes used turnout gear and repurposes them into laptop bags, totes and duffels. It's absolutely impressive what she does.

I sent her my old set of turnouts that no longer fit and she made a duffel bag out of the coat and a laptop bag out of the pants. She is a true gem. She literally breathed new life into my tired old turnouts. I'm not here to advertise for her or anything, but what she does is very unique and, judging by my bag, the craftsmanship is sturdy and world class. She does all of this out of a little shop in her house.

Evon Cassier website photo

Start with her WEBSITE HERE and take a look.
She has a Facebook Page HERE, too.  (who doesn't anymore?)

Looks like something to consider.  We'll check it out after we get this equipment checked out.  I'll check out the Bunn-O-Matic to make sure we have enough coffee while we go web surfing.  See you back in the day room in a little while.

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