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January 21, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Three amigos. Seeing stars

 

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Three Mexican palms decoding the message in the sky©

A bit star struck. (Shouldn’t that be “star amazed”? It’s not a contact sport. “Struck” sounds so violent. Not normally associated with stars, right? Oh? Just move on. Continuing.)

Show-offs? Prognosticators? Or a tease? What’s the real drama behind the grand show arching across from Southeast to Southwest. Of course, just before dawn. A bet to see just how many of the “Little People” they can coax out of their petty little routines to gawk at the rare planetary lineup? Big names involved: Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter.

Planet Hollywood could never be as bright. (Stop. Not talking about the people there, people)

1919. Gloria Swanson in elaborate costume. pub.photo. Cecil B. DeMille (USPD.pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Lights! Cameras! Starry eyed Gloria Swanson. (1919.USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Is this over-the-top appearance in response to earth’s inhabitants spacey efforts to swing on a star?

A bit of  planetary boasting? “Na-na-na-na-boo-boo. Still can’t get up here.”

Or a bit of peek-a-boo hiding a ninth planet? A “Coming Soon” publicity stunt. Holding out on us. Saving the best for last.

The Universe does have a sense of humor.

Of course self-esteem enthusiasts and optimists won’t see the tease – only a lighted path to follow and some starry encouragement. It’s the Milky Way is half full, not half empty mindset.

Colorful tangle of stars, planets. universe.Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant. (USPD.gov. image.NASA.gov/multimedia/imagegallery

Universe’s electric tangle. Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant.(USPD.NASA.gov/multimedia/imagegallery

In any case, here’s more star power:

 1923.Glamorous publicity photo of Gloria Swanson. Blue Book of the Screen/USPD.pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Who is to say a star child hasn’t already visited?(Gloria Swanson/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

That should be enough to make sure that the paparazzi isn’t the only ones stalking stars.

To infinity and beyond, amigos!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

NASA Astronaut Tim Kopra. Dec 21 space walk. (USPD by NASA.gov/multimedia:/magegallery)

Suggested travel fashion for pregnant women headed to the Olympics in Rio. And people say the space program was a waste of money.(USPD.NASA.gov/multimedia/imagegallery)

30 Comments

  1. The Coastal Crone / Jan 21 2016 6:45 pm

    Husband and I just went out to look at the stars.

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Jan 21 2016 6:46 pm

    I also read today that a scientist believes there is another planet in our solar system–the same scientist who reduced Pluto to a dwarf planet. Interesting to read about, even for me who this type of thing normally flies over the head of. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 8:25 am

      Outer space certainly is spinning with possibilities. Thanks for whirling a comment this way (and bundle up. What’s the pix outside your office window today? Chilled but sunny. Fits the space. HA HA )

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jan 22 2016 8:32 am

        It is nothing but gray and whiteness outside my window today. And cold. But I have a space heater near me so I’m happy. 🙂

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  3. shoreacres / Jan 21 2016 6:58 pm

    I listened to a program last night where they were talking about Pluto’s replacement. It’s a conspiracy, you know. They had to get Pluto out of the way, so this mysterious planet X could move into place and suck up all the headlines for a few decdes. From what I heard last night, Planet X is going to break out of its orbit, take out earth, and leave only the billionaires who managed to make it to Mars floating around in their world. It sounds as reasonable as our Presidential campaign, at this point.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 8:28 am

      Which makes you wonder…exactly what are the building up to with Pluto. Hiding in plain sight colonial of last resorts? (Heard the beaches might be odd, but no Zika mosquitoes.) Thanks for being spaced out

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  4. sustainabilitea / Jan 21 2016 7:23 pm

    Hillary’s going to…oh, never mind. I can’t deal with that! 🙂 You’ve got me longing to see “The Three Amigos” now. Nothing like a lot of good laughter, el Guapo, or a plethora of pinatas!

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 8:31 am

      Just when you think the circus can’t get even more weird….(You saw there are now el Guapo cupcakes?…and the store with his shirts have changed from “Most Wanted Shirt” to “D.A.R.E. -part of money from shirts goes to drug education”?)
      “The Three Amigos” is the perfect weekend entertainment. Bundle up. Thanks for tossing a comment into this ring

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  5. sportsattitudes / Jan 21 2016 8:24 pm

    So no sooner do we get Pluto “back” than we learn we don’t have enough time to get to another planet and colonize to save the human race unless we’re really, really careful. Do you see anyone being careful with anything when it comes to the well being of our planet? The only saving grace for my wife and I is we are old enough now we should be departed and living “above the fray” come Doomsday…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 8:44 am

      Wondering, will short people get preference in loading as they take less room in spaceships? (One of the tallest men on the Mayflower was only around 5’4” if I recall the informational sign correctly). How many pairs of shoes will be allowed in cargo – limiting shoe collections might works as a screening device. A real concern: Which broadcasting group will get the nod for sports broadcast in space?(can see some real possibility for price gouging there…unless the games move, too – which brings it all back to allowable passenger size. Hope Space-X gets that weak rocket leg fixed in less than a couple of hundred years. Before things spin out of control. Thanks for a space-out comment!

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  6. Jane Dougherty / Jan 22 2016 2:02 am

    Many of us have stars in our eyes at the moment 🙂

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  7. easyweimaraner / Jan 22 2016 5:24 am

    I’m with Professor Hawkins… but I fear for the environment of all planets… as soon as we are there, we will ruin everything :o(

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  8. Ally Bean / Jan 22 2016 7:04 am

    Anyone who ever saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension already knows about Planet 10! [Now there’s an obscure reference if there ever was one.] I’m fascinated by this latest discovery because I grew up on Star Trek, which primed me to believe that there is life elsewhere in the universe. Plus, I like to read about the scientists’ bickering over a definition of “planet.”

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  9. D. Wallace Peach / Jan 22 2016 7:54 am

    A little concerning that Hawkins thinks we’re going to destroy the planet and recommends that we hold off for a hundred years if we can. I wonder where we’ll be in 500 years – looking from the stars at our home planet and the “primitive” cultures of the 21st century or foraging for scraps in our poisoned cities? Thanks for bending my brain this morning 🙂

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  10. Littlesundog / Jan 22 2016 8:30 am

    I love reading the comments here.. always interesting views of individual perceptions of what struck them most about the post. For me, I try not to focus too much on what this all means. I look up at the stars every night when I let the dogs out, and I thank the Universe for what it presented today. I can’t think about what is in store for us or what it will mean hundreds of years down the road. I’m just worried I’ll have to come back to planet Earth in the next life (or lives) and live in total chaos and a poor environment from the way we have mistreated our planet in this current life! 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 10:34 am

      It is a fun and eccentric neighborhood around here – each individual delightfully unique and willing to speak up. If not raining, we take a night stroll. One thing I like about this area is there’s not a lot of lights, tall buildings and the sky is open. I always look for Orion’s Belt which was the first constellation my dad taught me. There something about the night sky that is grounding.
      Seems like throughout history of the earth, when civilizations get too out of whack, there’s leveling, some darker ages, then progress starts up again in a little better direction. Maybe the planets want people to connect the dots? Thanks for dancing in the star dust!

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  11. heretherebespiders / Jan 22 2016 4:06 pm

    I wonder if they are right… Maybe it is a big gravity suck; a mini black hole? That would really be a new thing to know.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2016 4:57 pm

      It sounds like a lot of maybe’s and might be’s with all that orbit looping and deduction from the pattern known…when we actually know so little about what’s out there. Sigh. To boldly go – going so slow! Thanks for pondering along

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  12. The Good Greatsby / Jan 22 2016 10:10 pm

    I’ve lived in Shanghai for a decade and I can’t remember the last time I saw a star.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 23 2016 12:17 pm

      Hang around the theaters’ back doors too much and they do tend to worry about stalking. (HA HA) Thanks for lighting up the comment universe!

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  13. the dune mouse / Jan 23 2016 1:15 am

    In any event horizon you will find that the fault dear Brutus is not in our stars!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 23 2016 12:23 pm

      There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of. Who knew planets played hide and seek? Thanks for shaking up the comments

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  14. Stephanae V. McCoy / Jan 23 2016 10:05 am

    The comments here are as entertaining as the post. 😀 have a great weekend!

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  15. jmmcdowell / Jan 26 2016 4:46 pm

    Too cloudy to look for the alignment tonight, but I hope to see it soon. The universe is so vast—if we are reincarnated, I’d love to have a go at being a different life form on another planet.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 26 2016 7:13 pm

      We are lucky here to have no tall buildings, few lights and darker skies. Each night we walk the dog, the stars are so enthralling. Tromping or flying in another world could be quite a treat. Thanks for swooping by to dream along

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  16. marthaschaefer / Jan 28 2016 7:00 am

    I get all the news I need from Phil…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2016 9:05 am

      Can’t have you at a lost for words during a formal dinner party. Thanks for seeing stars

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