“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spectacular Venus-Jupiter and Cheshire Cat Moon show tonight.

The bright planets Venus and Jupiter will perform one last sky show with the crescent moon tonight (March 26) to wrap up a two-day celestial meet-up.

At sunset, Venus, Jupiter and the moon will appear together in the western sky in what astronomers call a conjunction. For observers with clear skies, the crescent moon will appear at the top of the trio like a giant smile in space, with Venus shining bright to the lower right and Jupiter perched below.

"This will be the best Venus-Jupiter conjunction for years to come," NASA officials wrote in a skywatching alert. "While bright to the unaided eye, they're even better when seen through a telescope – and you can share NASA's view.” SPACE.COM

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  1. Thanks to recent efforts by astronomers all over the globe, we've been introduced to several previously unknown cosmic objects, including the tiniest solar system found to date, a rare watery planet, and a very unusual emerald-cut galaxy. Now, a group of European scientists has discovered two huge exoplanets orbiting HIP 11952, one of the oldest stars in the universe that formed 12.8 billion years ago.


    Any creature that may exist on either planet would then have a completely different kind of blood than ours due to the lack of iron in their solar system. And if intelligent life really does inhabit the ancient planets, they could be a lot more advanced than humans since they may have been around much, much longer.

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