Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust. Designated P/2013 P5, the asteroid resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler.
“We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it,” said lead investigator David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles. “Even more amazing, its tail structures change dramatically in just 13 days as it belches out dust. That also caught us by surprise. It’s hard to believe we’re looking at an asteroid.”
NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft observations of asteroid Vesta help scientists determine accuracy of Space and Ground based Telescopes
Pasadena, CA – Tantalized by images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look. They got a chance to do that in 2011 and 2012, when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbited the giant asteroid, and they were able to check earlier conclusions.
A new study involving Dawn’s observations during that time period demonstrates how this relationship works with Hubble and ground-based telescopes to clarify our understanding of a solar system object.
Clarksville, TN – The first day of the 2013 Riverfest Festival kicked off with absolutely glorious weather. The sky was clear, and the temperatures while warm were not excessive. Festival Attendence started out a little slow but grew steadily throughout the evening culminating in the concerts by Tina Brown, Backroad Brigade and, Skynyrd Lynard on the Miller Lite stage; and Sidewalk Prophets on the First Baptist Church stage.
The festival gets bigger and better every year, and this year is no exception. On Saturday Riverfest will kickoff with the Riverfest Regatta, with the second day of the festival officially opening shortly thereafter and running until 11:00pm. Among the attractions for Saturday are the recycled fashion show various displays by area dance studios, clubs, martial arts schools, and live musical entertainment all day long.
Johnny T will perform on the Gateway Realty Stage at 9:30pm Saturday. Country recording artist Phil Vassar will take the stage at 9:00pm as the headlining performer on the Miller Stage on Saturday.All concerts are free and open to the public.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville’s Riverfest begins this weekend Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, 2013. This two day festival runs Friday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00pm.
On, Friday, Christian recording group Sidewalk Prophets will be performing at 9:00pm on the First Baptist Church Stage.
Johnny T will be performing on the Gateway Realty Stage at 9:30pm Saturday. Country recording artist Phil Vassar will take the stage at 9:00pm as the headlining performer on the Miller Stage on Saturday. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN - The 2013 Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders semifinal auditions presented by Sun Tan City will begin at 9:30am on Saturday, April 20th at Baptist Sports Park.
“I’m eagerly anticipating this season’s tryouts because we have the opportunity to add more vibrant women to our talented squad,” Titans director of cheerleading Stacie Kinder said.
Clarksville, TN – In researching this story, and getting to know the life of George Nishimura, I’ve learned so much about World War II that I have never known before. His personal handwritten account of his life is an amazing recollection of what it was like growing up in a country that came under attack from the Japanese, and how he wanted to “do something” to help the Americans fight back.
George Nishimura served his country in the best way he knew how. He followed orders and did what he was told. The Japanese-American soldiers who volunteered to serve, were treated differently. There was a feeling of apprehension by most Americans, who wondered how can the “Japs” be the good guy and bad? «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was now half a world away from home, his family, and all that he had known, as a member of the United States Army, at Camp Shelby Mississippi. The trip had been long and hard, but they were ready to begin their training.
Thousands of Japanese-American men had joined the Army, and were ready to serve.
George and his fellow soldiers were joined at Camp Shelby by 1200 mainland volunteers from the relocation camps. They were called “Katonks” because of the sound their head made when hit, like the sound of a hollow coconut. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – George Kazuo Nishimura was an 18 year old teenager on December 7th, 1941. He sat and watched the Japanese bombing of Wheeler Field during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He had no idea what was going on until he read it in the paper.
He wondered, “Why?”
He would volunteer to serve in the United States Army like so many other Japanese American men, in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
George Nishimura lives in Clarksville, and this week, he’ll be presented his bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to honor the 90 year old veteran. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was born of Japanese parents on February 25th, 1923, in Hawaii. His father came to work in the sugar cane fields, as so many Japanese men had done before him. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, George was eighteen years old. He would watch the second wave of attack and wonder, “What has happened?”
Thousands of Japanese-Americans volunteered to join the United States Army after the attack. President Roosevelt approved the formation of a separate unit comprised of these Japanese-Americans, also known as “Nisei,” or second generation, to be known as the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – Far beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto, where the sun is a pinprick of light not much brighter than other stars, a vast swarm of icy bodies circles the solar system. Astronomers call it the “Oort Cloud,” and it is the source of some of history’s finest comets.
One of them could be heading our way now.
Comet Pan-STARRS was discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System atop the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii. Astronomers use the massive 1.8 meter telescope to scan the heavens for Earth-approaching objects, both asteroids and comets, that might pose a danger to our planet. In June 2011 a comet appeared, and it was named “Pan-STARRS” after the acronym for the telescope.
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