Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

JPL Small-Body Database Browser Has A New NON-Java ‘Orbit Diagram’ Viewer.

by Anura Guruge

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The announcement in ‘small type’.

In action. In this case with the 2018 GE3 asteroid that came very close to Earth on Sunday — with no warning at ALL.

I discovered this, to my utter joy, yesterday, when I was researching the rogue asteroid, 2018 GE3, that whizzed past Earth on Sunday with nary a notice. You can see the orbital diagram for that above, in the NEW orbital viewer.

It is NOT Java-based. That is so, so good. Running Java applets had become such a pain — with Web browsers, like Chrome, quite rightly, obsessing about the security vulnerabilities.

I had more or less stopped using the JPL Small-Body Database because the orbital viewer no longer worked.

And then … BINGO. Voila!

It is brilliant. Very nifty and has a built in screenshot capture as well as full-screen mode. You couldn’t ask for more.

Thank YOU, JPL. Good use of our taxpayer dollars.

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by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — April 16, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my new Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

An Underwood typewriter New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2

The also rans:

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“Tommy’s Honour” Movie (2016) On Amazon Prime — More Than Just Golf; Engaging Human Drama.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access IMDb.com listing for this movie.

YouTube trailer.

Watched it because it came up on our Amazon Prime Video list.

I was a tad worried that it would be very golf-centric — and golf has no appeal to I. I find it exceedingly boring and pointless. But, we were pleasantly surprised. The golf is in tasteful moderation and easy enough to watch. The rest is a rather engaging human drama about families: fathers, sons, lovers and wives. Very well put together. Makes you want to know what happens. Has you rooting for some. Plus it is shot in luscious Scotland. Not bad at all. I would recommend it.

If you like golf, that would be a huge bonus. Lot of history about the game and even how golf bags were invented. Wow.

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by Anura Guruge

The Rogue ~300′ Asteroid That Came Way Too Close To Earth Yesterday, April 15, 2018!

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_GE3

It could have been a heyday for the Nibiru freaks who are hoping (yet again) for a ‘pie in the skyEarth collision on April 23, 2018.

This was 8 days early.

We (and that I mean the ‘Catalina Sky Survey‘ in Tucson, Arizona) only discovered it 24-hours prior to that! Yes, you read that right. It came straight out of the blue just 24-hours before whizzing by us. I have always claimed that this is the problem we will have with asteroids and comets. What we have to worry about are the ones that sneak up upon us like this one.


It was pretty big. Around the same size as the meteoroid that exploded above Tunguska, Russia in June 1908. If this had hit Earth, or exploded in the atmosphere, it would NOT have wiped us all out. But, it would have caused a huge amount of devastation.

As it says above: “It is the largest known asteroid to ever pass that close to Earth in observational history!

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by Anura Guruge