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      Tonight through tomorrow morning's sunrise marks the annual peak of the Geminid meteor shower.

      considered to be one of the best showers every year. It is expected to produce 100 meteors an hour at its peak Thursday night into Friday...

      For best viewing, find the darkest skies possible, away from city lights. Viewing usually peaks around 2 a.m., after the moon sets, but this shower can be seen as early as 9 or 10 p.m., according to Space.com.

      Also visible is the comet 46P/Wirtanen, which will reach its closest approach to Earth -- about 7 million miles away -- on Sunday.


      There will also be, possibly visible to the naked eye, but definitely prominent through binoculars or a telescope, what has been dubbed "The Christmas Comet of 2018".

      For how to find this comet, refer to a star chart available via: https://in-the-sky.org/data/object.php?id=0046p

      Wikipedia has this to say about comets:

      Fear of comets as acts of God and signs of impending doom was highest in Europe from AD 1200 to 1650.[122] The year after the Great Comet of 1618, for example, Gotthard Arthusiuspublished a pamphlet stating that it was a sign that the Day of Judgment was near.[123] He listed ten pages of comet-related disasters, including "earthquakes, floods, changes in river courses, hail storms, hot and dry weather, poor harvests, epidemics, war and treason and high prices". By 1700 most scholars concluded that such events occurred whether a comet was seen or not. Using Edmund Halley's records of comet sightings, however, William Whiston in 1711 wrote that the Great Comet of 1680 had a periodicity of 574 years and was responsible for the worldwide flood in the Book of Genesis, by pouring water on the Earth. His announcement revived for another century fear of comets, now as direct threats to the world instead of signs of disasters.[122] Spectroscopic analysis in 1910 found the toxic gas cyanogen in the tail of Halley's Comet,[124] causing panicked buying of gas masks and quack "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas" by the public.[125]


      From ancient sources, such as Chinese oracle bones, it is known that comets have been noticed by humans for millennia.[148] Until the sixteenth century, comets were usually considered bad omens of deaths of kings or noble men, or coming catastrophes, or even interpreted as attacks by heavenly beings against terrestrial inhabitants.[149][150]

      Aristotle believed that comets were atmospheric phenomena, due to the fact that they could appear outside of the Zodiac and vary in brightness over the course of a few days.[151] Pliny the Elder believed that comets were connected with political unrest and death.[152]


      The depiction of comets in popular culture is firmly rooted in the long Western tradition of seeing comets as harbingers of doom and as omens of world-altering change.[197] Halley's Comet alone has caused a slew of sensationalist publications of all sorts at each of its reappearances. It was especially noted that the birth and death of some notable persons coincided with separate appearances of the comet, such as with writers Mark Twain (who correctly speculated that he'd "go out with the comet" in 1910)[197] and Eudora Welty, to whose life Mary Chapin Carpenter dedicated the song "Halley Came to Jackson".[197]

      In times past, bright comets often inspired panic and hysteria in the general population, being thought of as bad omens. More recently, during the passage of Halley's Comet in 1910, the Earth passed through the comet's tail, and erroneous newspaper reports inspired a fear that cyanogen in the tail might poison millions,[198] whereas the appearance of Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997 triggered the mass suicide of the Heaven's Gate cult.[199]

      In science fiction, the impact of comets has been depicted as a threat overcome by technology and heroism (as in the 1998 films Deep Impact and Armageddon), or as a trigger of global apocalypse (Lucifer's Hammer, 1979) or zombies (Night of the Comet, 1984).[197] In Jules Verne's Off on a Comet a group of people are stranded on a comet orbiting the Sun, while a large manned space expedition visits Halley's Comet in Sir Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2061: Odyssey Three.[200]


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      The Man Who Did The Most Damage To Planet Earth.


          Any ideas who he might be?

          He was an American Scientist, a chemical and mechanical engineer who was granted over 100 patents.

          Thomas Midgely jnr. (May 18, 1889 – November 2, 1944)

          The first bad thing he did for the planet (and everyone on it) was to discover that lead - when added to gasoline- stops engine knocking, and so lead was added to all the gasoline in the world.

          Midgley discovered that the addition of tetraethyllead to gasoline prevented "knocking" in internal combustion engines.[4] The company named the substance "Ethyl", avoiding all mention of lead in reports and advertising. Oil companies and automobile manufacturers, especially General Motors which owned the patent jointly filed by Kettering and Midgley, promoted the TEL additive as an inexpensive alternative superior to ethanol or ethanol-blended fuels, on which they could make very little profit.

          This happened even though everyone concerned knew the tetraethyl lead was deadly posonous.

          On October 30, 1924, Midgley participated in a press conference to demonstrate the apparent safety of TEL, in which he poured TEL over his hands, placed a bottle of the chemical under his nose, and inhaled its vapor for 60 seconds, declaring that he could do this every day without succumbing to any problems.[7][10] However, the State of New Jersey ordered the Bayway plant to be closed a few days later, and Jersey Standard was forbidden to manufacture TEL again without state permission. Midgley would later have to take leave of absence from work after being diagnosed with lead poisoning.


          The good news - thanks to an environmental protection agency that actually worked to protect the evnvironment - is;

          As a result of EPA's regulatory efforts including the removal of lead from motor vehicle gasoline, levels of lead in the air decreased by 98 percent between 1980 and 2014.


          But wait, there's more Mr Midgely's next "brilliant idea" also of great benefit ro General Motors was to replace the refigerant in AC units and fridges with a "safer" non-flammable substance.

          The team invented "Freon" a manmade chlorofluorocarbon which subsequently went on to destroy the ozone layer, and has been long since banned.

          So there you have it. One brilliant scientist and his work for a huge US corporation. I'm sure there are many more like him.

          Thomas Midgely jnr died in 1944 when he accidentally asphyxiated himself in a contraption of his own design.

          In 1940, at the age of 51, Midgley contracted poliomyelitis, which left him severely disabled. He devised an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys to lift himself out of bed. In 1944, he was entangled in the device and died of strangulation.


          Midgley's legacy has been scarred by the negative environmental impact of leaded gasoline and Freon.[20] Environmental historian J. R. McNeill opined that Midgley "had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history",[21] and Bill Bryson remarked that Midgley possessed "an instinct for the regrettable that was almost uncanny".[22] Use of leaded gasoline, which he invented, released large quantities of lead into the atmosphere all over the world.[20] High atmospheric lead levels have been linked with serious long-term health problems from childhood, including neurological impairment,[23][24][25] and with increased levels of violence and criminality in cities.[26][27][28] Time magazine included both leaded gasoline and CFCs on its list of "The 50 Worst Inventions".[29]

          Midgley died three decades before the ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas effects of CFCs in the atmosphere became widely known.[30] In 1987, the Montreal Protocol phased out the use of CFCs like Freon.[31]

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          This Document Is Some Of The Research Facebook Commissioned On George Soros


              It is one of at least two files prepared after Soros appeared onstage in Davos, Switzerland, in January and said Facebook and Google were a “menace” to the world and that the “internet monopolies” did not have the will or inclination to protect society.

              As BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday, those comments alarmed Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg,


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                  The carbon capture unit would be designed to capture 90 per cent of the CO2 emissions from 100 per cent of the flue gas. When the offset from fly ash used in cement is included, Bruce explained the effective greenhouse gas emissions of the facility would be zero.


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