Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spend More Time to Learn Your Life Insurance Quotes

       Don’t forget to spend some more spare times to learn even more about your life insurance quotes. Your learning is very much crucial to help you building later decision in picking and or selecting the best life insurance service from any insurance company.
      Any term, such as your insurance rates, for instance, is the one which easily misleads most people when they are choosing for the best life insurance service from any company. Almost always, when these people are dealing with the insurance rates, they tend to look for the lowest and or cheapest they could get. The logic or, better, the ill-logic (pun intended) is that the cheaper the rate the less they have to pay for their insurance premiums. 

      Of course, the false part is that insurance rate has every logical connection with the coverage service you are about to get from the insurance company. Now, if you put together the connection, lower rate does mean (now logically correct!) minimal coverage. It is for such relation that you need to learn more about your life insurance rates. Your learning will guide you to find the most reasonable rates which correspond, all logically, with the coverage services you need; thus, you get your best life insurance from your learning.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some Real and Instant Benefits from Online Payday Loans Service

       There are some real and instant benefits you could get from making your application to the online payday loans service. The first one is that you will find yourself get bothered by nothing more than just your bank account number and several slips of your paychecks whenever you make your application to payday loan. 
         The next one is that this service does not really care about your credit status. Whether you are a bad credited person by your conventional bank standard, or poor credited one, all ofyou are simply eligible to make your proposal to the payday loan service. Add to such status ignorance is that this service also has very really high rate of credit acceptance which makes  every single one of your application do worth the effort. 
        The other instant benefit from payday loan service is that the real quick processes. Apply now and there is much likeliness that you could get your money readily delivered by the same day of your loan application! Again, if you add this quickness with the fact that youc ould access the service online, you do have the perfect solution for most, if not already all, the money problems you usually get around the clocks. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

How To Shop Online Car Insurance

          Shopping car insurance can be very daunting for a lot of people especially for those people who have never done anything like this before. If this is your first time in dealing with car insurance shopping, there are several tips that might be useful when buying car insurance. What are they? The very first thing that you have to remember when buying car insurance is to buy the one that you really need the most. Remember! Car insurance is not a free thing. You have to pay for the insurance as long as you are registered. If you do not buy the insurance that you do not really want, you will have to regret it eventually.
        Second of all, you need to spend some of your time in the internet to check out what insurance company is the best one. This will deal with how easy it is to claim coverage. It will be very bad for you if you have just got an accident but you are not able to get your claim easily. Thus, before buying any car insurance from any car insurance companies, it is better for you to check the reputation of the company in handling the claim.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Top 3 Advantages of Keeping A Backyard Observatory

Do you find celestial objects fascinating? Do you wish to watch outer space every night to know more about stars? Have the lively, little satellites caught your attention in the planetarium during the last visit? If you strongly aspire to explore the wide Universe, undoubtedly, you can create your own mini planetarium in your home. Superior quality domes are readily available in the online stores. You can also get the additional equipments at most affordable price through online shopping. However, make sure you are buying the most appropriate dome for your home as size and location does matter.
The three main advantages of using your backyard for observatory are elaborated below:
1. Easy to Install
It is quite easy to install a dome if you follow the instructions carefully. You can opt for a top to bottom UV-resistant, white-colored dome for your home. Made with polyethylene plastic, it is weather resistant. The top shutter window is just perfect to capture the innumerable views of outer space on your telescope. Isn't that easy to install in the most suitable location of your home? You don't h`ve to pay anything extra in constructing platform or structure. Everything is ready-made and easily available online. Before installation, choose the size of telescope which can fit inside the room.
2. Easy to Use
After the installation, your favorite telescope and computer can be used to grab the scintillating views of night sky. As it is made with unbreakable polyethylene plastic, you can carry out modifications and improvements as per your requirements. The shutter in the bottom is wide enough to allow movement of people and objects. At any time, you can close the top shutter and move out of the room. Since all the instructions are provided in the manual, you don't have to worry about using the premise. Just relax and observe the movement of celestial bodies.
3. Easy to Maintain
Since dome is the central part of the mini planetarium, proper care and maintenance is necessary. If you are using a good quality observatory, you should be least worried about the changing weather conditions. The plastic is durable, flexible and strong enough to brave the harshness of weather. It is made up of eco-friendly structure and thus, quite safe for the environment as well. If required, you can wash with plain soap and mild water after every six months. Isn't it easy to use your telescope in your tiny backyard?
A fully assembled observatory dome is the best and most preferred options among the available ones. You don't need a platform or structure. You can even choose the design and color as per your liking. It is easy to dismantle and take inside if you wish to use backyard for some other purpose. The material used in its construction has the advantage of weather, ultra-violet rays, flexibility and durability. You don't have to think twice before buying as it's available at affordable rates. Won't you feel the comfort in this secluded part of the house, observing and talking to those mute objects in the sky?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Astro Navigation Demystified

There is rapidly growing interest in the subject of astro navigation or celestial navigation as it is also known. It is not surprising that, in a world that is increasingly dominated by technology and automation, there is an awakening of interest in traditional methods of using the celestial bodies to help us to navigate the oceans.
Astro navigation is not just for navigators; the subject is an interwoven mix of geography, astronomy, history and mathematics and should appeal to both mariners and scholars alike.
The question is often asked: 'how could seafarers navigate the oceans if the global positioning system (GPS) failed? The answer is, they could revert to the tried and tested art of astro navigation. The problem is that we have become so reliant on automated navigation systems that traditional methods are being forgotten and yet, there is a very real danger that the GPS could be destroyed.
During periods of increased solar activity, massive amounts of material erupt from the Sun. These eruptions are known as coronal mass ejections and when they impact with the Earth they cause disturbances to its magnetic field known as magnetic storms. Major magnetic storms have been known to destroy electricity grids; shut down the Internet, blank out communications networks and wipe out satellite systems (including the global positioning system). Couple this danger with that posed by cyber terrorists who could block GPS signals at any time, then it can easily be seen that navigators who rely solely on electronic navigation systems could be faced with serious problems.
Russia is one of the few countries in the world to acknowledge the educational value of astro navigation and to include it as an important part of the school curriculum. In other countries, institutions such as nautical schools and maritime colleges include the subject in their curricula as a subject in its own right while for some independent schools, it provides the perfect theme for integrated studies and open-ended project work.
Unfortunately, many sea-goers are deterred from learning astro navigation because they perceive it to be a very difficult subject to learn. In fact, it is very interesting and easy to learn but sadly, some writers and teachers of the subject attempt to disguise its simplicity by creating an aura of mystery about the subject.
Students of astro navigation come with a variety of interests and backgrounds; as well as professional and amateur navigators, there are educators, survival experts and those who are generally fascinated by the Earth sciences.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Beyond The Darkness Of The Dwarf Planet Pluto

From its eminent status as one of the nine - the elite group of planets in our solar system - to its classification as a mere dwarf planet, Pluto has taken quite a shot to its reputation in recent years. Named after the god of the underworld and occupying a dusty, shadow-filled zone packed with comets and asteroids, perhaps Pluto never deserved a better fate. However, its effects on Neptune and Uranus made it one of the solar system's most influential worlds.
Understanding the Character of Pluto
Pluto is different from the large planets mainly in size and distance from the Earth. Because it is so far away and shrouded in darkness, Pluto draws less observation. Still, astronomers know that it has a diameter of less than 20% that of the Earth and contains a great deal of ice sheets, composed of methane and nitrogen in addition to hydrogen. It is a freezing place, even when its orbit takes it closer to the sun, but it remains so far away from the light and heat of the great star to average temperatures below -350 degrees on its surface.
The Orbit of the Fallen Planet
Pluto may have lasted so long as a major planet because of the extreme duration of its orbit. Taking some 248 years to complete its orbit of the sun, Pluto was seen as closer than Neptune is. However, as the orbit continued and astronomers continued to track Pluto's path through the solar system, they noticed it had gone beyond Neptune, back to the cold corner of space no planet has ever been seen to inhabit. Chances for observation are brief because of this dramatic orbital path.
The Duet of Charon and Pluto
Among the interesting features of Pluto, perhaps most intriguing is the relationship to Charon, its prominent moon. Charon is about half Pluto's size and, since its relegation to dwarf planet status, many astronomers think of the duo in tandem. In fact, they are only approximately 12,000 miles apart - the distance of a manageable flight for most humans. Were life possible on this planet, explorations to the moon would surely be more convenient and frequent than human beings in relation to the moon.
Though they are similar in size and position in the solar system, Charon and Pluto diverge in many aspects. While Pluto looks reddish to the eye and is dominated by nitrogen and other gases like methane, Charon has more of a grayish appearance - possibly due to the presence of hydrogen-packed ice formations. Still, they are locked in retrograde orbit (as is Neptune and its moon Triton).
Learning More about the Kuiper Belt
The double dwarf planets Pluto and Charon reside in an area known to scientists as the Kuiper Belt, where several other moons have been discovered. Identified as moons of Pluto, Hydra and Nix are far smaller than even the dwarf planets: 30 miles in diameter by some estimates. As Hubble telescope observations continued, two more moons were discovered. Much more information could arrive in the coming years, as an exploration already launched plans to get its closest in the year 2015.
Until then, our knowledge of the goings-on within the Kuiper Belt will rely on single discoveries. Astronomers and amateur stargazers will likely wait with baited breath as more information on these dwarf planets comes into our hands.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

To The Stars

When so many of us are concentrating on the rat race that is going on, we tend to forget to look at the stars above. One night, before my wife and I, along with her sister, were getting ready to leave for Kansas City in the morning, we spent the night out on the trampoline. It was a night that I will never forget because the Milky Way was shining brightly as we could see billions of stars glimmering in the darkness of space. I laid there in wonder and amazement, looking at the beauty and the grandeur of space.
Stargazing has always been a favorite hobby of mine ever since I got my first telescope. I remember one Christmas night, I took my brand new telescope outside and I got to look at a full moon. I saw many craters and all sorts of mountains and valley's on the moon's surface, but it wasn't powerful enough to look into deep space to view the other planets. It was at that moment that I was immediately hooked on astronomy. My wife bought me a bigger telescope a couple of years ago where I was able to test it out at her parent's house out in the field. So, that night, I pointed the telescope at Saturn and I remembered the excitement that I felt as I looked at a celestial body further than the moon.
To get the most out of stargazing, pick a night when the most celestial objects will be in full view. Also make a note of when the next celestial event is going to take place, such as a meteor shower, solar and lunar eclipses, asteroid passing, the International Space Station flyby, etc. This will be a great way to entertain your family and most importantly, it is a great way to spend time with your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Your little ones will always remember this for the rest of their lives. It is also a great way to spend time with your spouse. I still remember that night as my wife and I talked about the Milky Way and the glory of the stars.
If it's just basic stargazing you are going to do during some free time, I recommend buying a smaller telescope to start out with. For the space enthusiast, getting a small telescope may not be enough. I recommend buying a higher power telescope that comes with the accessories that will allow you to take pictures of space objects. Just think of the kind of pictures that you will have in your possession and to be able to share them with your posterity.
Remember, do not let the rat race get in your way of exploring the heavens and spending time with your family.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Looking at a Star With a Scientific Angle of Vision

Historically stars have been fascinating man. They made patterns with them to group them and they used them to find their way during voyages. Scientific research has been done extensively to understand their nature. Stars are defined as bodies that contain plasma that are held together with gravity. The star that is closest to earth is the sun. It produces vast amounts of energy that is being used in the earth for the sustenance of animal and plant life.
Due to massive stellar explosions that take place, gravitational instabilities occur within molecular clouds. Due to this reason, higher density regions occur. When such a region gains a certain density, they collapse due to their own density. When this happens, individual globules of dust and gas form. When these globules collapse the gravitational force increases and heat generates. Once this protostellar cloud comes to the level of hydrostatic equilibrium, the formation of a protostar begins.
Around 90% of its lifetime, a star fuses hydrogen to produce helium emitting energy. These are stars that are in main sequence. At the early stages the proportion of helium in the core of the star will rise steadily. As a result, the star will increase in luminosity and the temperature. This has occurred in the sun 4.6 billion years ago.
Most of the stars we see are 1billion to 10billion years old. Some stars are as old as 13.7 billion years, which is equivalent to the age of the Universe. The larger stars have shorter life spans as they convert hydrogen into helium faster. Their age will be a few billion years. But a smaller star may be active for up to hundred billion years.
Stars in the Milky Way consist of 71% hydrogen and 27% helium with little heavy elements by mass. Though the stars that we see in the night sky look like twinkling little bodies they are also similar to the sun which is also a star. Due to their distance they are not able to emit heat or light in sufficient quantities to reach earth.
Rotation, radiation and the temperature of stars are measurements that are important when you study them. Young stars may rotate at 100km/s at their equators and old ones may have speeds up to 225km/s. When it comes to temperature there are some that have over 5,000K. Some of the stars have 100 to 150 times of the mass of the sun but their life time is short.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Cosmic Last Laugh

"Thus indeed, as though seated on a royal throne, the sun governs the family of planets revolving around it," Nicolaus Copernicus wrote in his revolutionary De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543).
Our species has many times confused reality with illusion. One of our most outrageous illusions was the old notion that we are at the center of the Universe. The Copernican or Cosmological Principle is a fundamental concept in cosmology that states that there are no "special" observers. For example, the Aristotelian model of our Solar System, that was still used in Medieval times, placed our tiny, lovely blue planet at the very center of the Solar System. This unique and very special position was wrongly assigned to our beloved rocky and watery home, because it appears to us that everything circles around the Earth. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) demonstrated for the first time that this view is an illusion and that, in reality, the Sun is at the center of our Solar System with the Earth, like all the other planets, circling the Sun. "At rest in the middle of everything is the Sun," Copernicus wrote.
The importance of Copernicus' work cannot be over-stated. His great and then-revolutionary insight challenged the dogmatic and literal interpretation of the Scriptures, shook the very pillars of the traditional moral beliefs of his era, and, last but not least, devastated humanity's precious Earth-evolved common sense. The upshot, of course, was that there was extreme opposition to Copernicus' reported revelations. However, hisheliocentric theory was ultimately begrudgingly swallowed by the world's "natural philosophers", and their reluctant acceptance eventually put to rest the general uproar against Copernicus. With Copernicus, our conceited species lost forever its dream-like notion that it somehow held a privileged place in a Universe where there is, in reality, no privileged place!
However, human life, as well as any intelligent life that may exist on other worlds, actually does play a very special role in the cosmic scheme of things. Conscious living creatures enable our Universe to be aware of itself. If observers did not exist anywhere in the Cosmos, all of its fantastic denizens, all of its mysterious and nonsensical attributes, would go forever into the oblivion of the unknown and unknowable. The late Cornell University astrophysicist, Dr. Carl Sagan, said: "We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself."
We are stardust come to life!
In spite of the alluringly secretive nature of our weird and mysterious Cosmos, scientists have nevertheless acquired the means to open new windows on its hidden character. This is often accomplished (very simply) by using new and more sophisticated technologies when they emerge, and also by just doing what good observers are supposed to do--the purpose of the observer is to observe! In astronomy, the opening up of new vistas within the electromagnetic spectrum frequently results in new and exciting revelations about the Universe's current attributes, past evolution, and general contents. Indeed, the final decade of the 20th century saw a great number of new and exciting discoveries in astrophysics. Until recently, it was thought that our entire Universe consisted only of the matter that we could see--only familiar atomic matter composed of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons. Now we know that this is far from the case. In fact, the familiar atomic matter of which stars, planets, and people are made, is the runt of the cosmic litter. A mere 4% of the matter-energy content of the Universe is made up of familiar atomic matter. The rest of it--96%--is composed of invisible and mysterious stuff. In fact, 22% of the Universe is composed of dark matter, which is thought to be made up of some as yet unidentified exotic particles that do not interact with light, and are therefore invisible--and the existence of dark matter was unknown until the 20th century! We believe that it is there, however, because it does interact gravitationally with ordinary atomic matter, and we can see these gravitational effects. The dark matter forms an immense web--the Cosmic Web--which is invisible to our human eyes. However, we can see the brilliantly starlit galaxies and clusters of galaxies dancing around in this web, outlining for us what we cannot see, like sparkling dewdrops outlining the web of some enormous spider.
The lions-share of the matter-energy content of the Universe--74% of it--is made up of the mysterious dark energy, a bizarre substance that is causing our Universe not only to expand--but to actually accelerate in its expansionThe existence of the dark energy was unknown until 1998. Up until that time, scientists thought that the Universe was slowing down in its expansion.
When our Sun dies, it will go with relative gentleness into that good night by softly puffing out its newly formed batch of heavy ordinary atomic elements into space. Stars, both large and small, create heavier elements out of lighter ones in a process termed stellar nucleosynthesis. Hydrogen, helium, and small quantities of lithium were formed in the Big Bang birth of our Universe almost 14 billion years ago. All of the rest of the elements of the Periodic Table were formed in the hearts of our Universe's stars, or in the supernova explosions that heralded their demise. Massive stars die in supernova explosions, that spew their newly forged batch of heavy elements into space. Smaller stars, like our Sun, go with more of a whimper than a bang. Our Sun's corpse will be a dense little object termed a white dwarf; its shroud an exquisitely beautiful planetary nebula, a luminous cloud of varicolored gases. Stars of solar-type usually die with relative peacefulness, and with great beauty--when they are solitary stars like our Sun, that is. Something very different, however, can happen when a solar-mass star is a member of a binary system, and there is another star involved in its death throes. In that case, the relatively small star goes supernova, just like the big guys. This results in what is termed a Type Ia supernova.
Many white dwarfs dwelling in our Universe exist in binary systems, where they are situated in close orbits with an ordinary, large main-sequence star that has not yet perished, and is still actively burning its supply of hydrogen fuel. Such a binary system, when it involves a white dwarf whose sister is an ordinary star, is a party waiting to happen. The fun begins when the dense white dwarf sucks off enough gas from its sister star to become heavy enough to reach the mass necessary to go supernova. When the white dwarf, or what was the white dwarf, "goes critical", the resulting runaway thermonuclear explosion completely destroys the dense stellar remnant in one spectacular Type Ia supernova blast. The entire process usually takes millions of years, with the vampire-like white dwarf mercilessly sucking up a steady stream of gas from its luckless sister and victim. Then it happens. The white dwarf can swallow no more, and it goes critical. The slow and relentless process--that reaches a sudden, dramatic, and catastrophic climax--erases most of the original variations among progenitor stars. Thus the spectra and light-curves of all Type Ia supernovae are almost identical. This makes Type Ia supernovae great "standard candles" that astronomers can use to measure distances.
In 1998, observations of Type Ia supernovae by the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the High-z Supernova Search Team suggested that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. Since then, these observations have been confirmed by several independent sources. In addition, improved measurements of supernovae indicate that this acceleration is probably real, and not a mirage.
Because all Type Ia supernovae display very similar spectra and light curves, the two teams were able to track the history of the cosmic expansion and discover, to their amazement, that it was speeding up. As far back as 1938, the eminent scientist Walter Baade, working closely with the cantankerous "creative genius" Fritz Zwicky at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, realized that supernovae, in general, were very promising tools for measuring the cosmic expansion. Their peak brightness seemed exceptionally consistent, and they were bright enough to be observed at very great cosmological distances. In fact, for weeks, a supernova can even outshine its entire host galaxy.
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae", with one half going to Dr. Saul Perlmutter of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and the other half jointly to Dr. Brian P. Schmidt and Dr. Adam G. Riess. Dr. Schmidt is at the Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory, and Dr. Riess is at Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland.
An amazing series of events was set off by the Big Bang birth of our Universe, resulting almost 14 billion years later in literally everything we know of in the Cosmos, including ourselves. In the ancient Universe, the dark matter continued to clump together into ever larger and larger globs, and the so-called "ordinary" atomic matter followed it, somersaulting into halos of the dark stuff. Even though the gravitationally-bullying dark matter was far more abundant, the "ordinary" atomic matter had something of the cosmic last laugh. Although the "ordinary" atomic matter is the runt of the cosmic litter in comparison to the big guys--dark matter and dark energy--the atomic interactions of the "ordinary" matter brought our Universe to life. Though far less plentiful than the great masses of dark matter with its powerful and relentless gravitational pull, "ordinary" matter, after it had fallen deeper and deeper into dark matter halos, began to stick together to form objects composed primarily of atoms--the lovely and luminous stars blazing within majestic galaxies, the glowing gases that float around both between the stars and between the galaxies, and the dim planets--and their accompanying moons--that circle the beautiful, fiery stars. On at least one planet in our visible Universe (and very likely on many, many more), "ordinary" atomic matter evolved into the marvelous concoction that we call life. The dark matter was left to its bullying self to dominate the largest gravitational structures--the immense filaments of the Cosmic Web. But the atomic matter gave rise to us--and to other living creatures, both on Earth and wherever else they well may be, dwelling out there in the remote corners of of our Universe, on planets or on moons, made of atoms.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Solar Flare Radiation - Hey Let's Collect Those High-Energy Particles

Well, we are in a solar maximum period, and we seem to have quite a bit of activity as of late. We've dodged a bullet a couple of times when there were large solar X-flares but luckily facing away from our planet. We should expect that we will be hit directly by one of these eventually, as they are such a common occurrence during these cycles. Is there anything we can do about it, is there any way that we can be forewarned? Well yes, scientists are making good headway there, but I'd like to take this conversation to a higher level. Okay so let's talk.
There was an interesting article in Solar Science Online News recently titled; "New system could predict solar flares, give advance warning," by Staff Writers in West Lafayette, IN (SPX) Aug 16, 2012. It turns out the concept could give up to a one-day notice of a solar flare eruption thus giving a warning to private space flight operations and potential satellite communication or power grid disruptions.
Now then, I have a concept I'd like to throw out here to the world. What if we coupled this with the new science of how the solar flare plumes open up and pierce through our Earth's bubble created by the movement of the Earth through space? Then, what if positioned a system of swarming satellites with open funnels to the incoming charged particles to collect that energy? Then we could fill them up with energy, beam some back to Earth in certain places to use for energy, perhaps compressing gases underground to use later for geo-thermal or pressurized strategies to turn turbines.
Plus we might use some of that energy to power up space stations, space hotels, and even a lunar colony or refueling station allowing docking or laser energy transfers in space for space travel? You see, for us, it would basically be "free energy" and if we don't collect it and use it, we lose it.
There is a theory floating around that there are types of civilizations when it comes to intelligent beings on various planets. The theory being that once a civilization can control its own sun and the physics within its realm it advances to the next level. In being able to do so it can completely control its environment. Imagine if we could guarantee 72 to 78 degree Fahrenheit at all times everywhere on earth - the perfect climate for humans and the type of life allowing for abundance, for us anyway. Please consider all this and think on it.