Wow- if the lunar eclipse show the other night wasn’t enough for you, some scientists caught images of a meteorite impacting the moon during the the event are even more spectacular. We did a story on a meteor/meteorite/asteroid impacting Jupiter a while back, and this calls it to mind. But this is cooler for several reasons. First, the color images of the Blood Moon are terrific, and it was captured from cameras right here on earth. Several people reported seeing the flash on online broadcasts of the eclipse. Astronomer Jose Maria Madeido in Spain, who works with MIDAS, the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, set up eight cameras for the eclipse to capture the meteorite impact. Really cool stuff, video below.
via gizmodo: https://gizmodo.com/holy-crap-the-moon-was-struck-by-a-meteorite-during-th-1831950105
Check out this fun crossover clip that mashes up Arrested Development with Star Wars- featuring “Solo” director Ron Howard:
FWC responded to reports of an African Warthog roaming around St. Lucie County, Florida last month. Several attempts to trap the hog were unsuccessful. A few days later, he was spotted and they tried again to snare trap it. Finally, Officer Bradley Toby had to tackle the warthog, until it could be guided into a trap. Fortunately, Toby only suffered some cuts on his legs. I hope there’s some video of the thrilling capture that gets released at some point!
Unfortunately, the animal had to be put down so they could examine it for disease. There’s no indication how the warthog came to be living in Florida. This is the first I’ve heard of it: though it’s not the first African animal to be caught in Florida… while the Burmese python is the most notorious, there has been a spread of African Rock Pythons as well, which are also large and very aggressive. I’ve personally seen some Guinea Fowl wandering around residential neighborhoods here in Fort Myers: but those are nothing to be scared of! Glad the FWC officer was ok… those warthogs can be tough if you do not show them respect!
Somebody found this great image of a weather radar that appears to be a dinosaur heading for Ohio. I saw it on Facebook, so I don’t know when it was snagged, but it’s too good.
It reminds me of the dinosaur, and the creepy skull images from Hurricane Matthew last year…
The ‘Coke Button’
Right there, just within reach on the Resolute Desk, is an elegant button. It is not specifically a “Coke” button, rather it is used to summon a White House butler who can attend to the President’s needs. And Mr. Trump likes a refreshing soda, now and again. The button is not unique to him, as the last several presidents have had the button available: I found it sitting on Clinton’s desk in some old pictures, as well. And presidents before that had big clunky phones with lots of buttons; I doubt the butler phenomenon is new to the White House.
I want a Coke Button!
An orange gator was sighted in South Carolina this week, and some people have dubbed it ‘Trump A-Gator‘. Those people are wrong… the gator is clearly a just a fan of the National Champion Clemson Tigers, who won the college football playoff this year. It’s obvious!
Nobody knows why the gator is orange, but it’s probably not natural. An orange gator was spotted in Florida a few years ago… perhaps its a rare color morph. More likely it was colored by something in the environment, such as iron oxide in the water or some orange paint (perhaps a few rambunctious college students got carried away.)
You aren’t seeing things…
This is a screen capture from footage taken by a Paradise Tours helicopter during an eruption last July. The still is cropped and rotated for the full effect of the grin!
So, I just realized, this…