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Time In Fractional Day As Used In Astronomy (e.g., MPC)– Excel Spreadsheet For Conversion (Both Ways).

by Anura Guruge


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What my Excel spreadsheet looks like. It is converting ‘.67810’ into a time format we can understand.


Time that comets are discovered are specified in this ‘fractional day’ format.

So, for example, time when C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered per the ‘Minor Planet Center’ (MPC).

The .67810 used above is FROM this example.

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The Excel FORMULAS used in the Spreadsheet.

So, now you can quickly & easily create your own Spreadsheet.

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I had trouble deciphering this time format. I had to seek help from a professional astronomer — Jeff Mangum. [Thank YOU, Jeff.]

I then dashed off a quick Excel for MY use. Then I decided I should create a version that I can SHARE.

Yes, of course, I could make it a download — but many would be leary of downloading it. So, intead, I am sharing the simple Excel formulas you will need to create your own. Yes, it can be made simpler. SMILE. I just wanted to show YOU the steps so you could see where I was going. SMILE. Plus, I am, at 67, not the hotshot programmer I was when I was in my 20s. SMILE.


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The Sad State Of New Hampshire Education.

by Anura Guruge



Not the end of the world, but it makes you think.

The above graphic tells it all.

My daughter found it hilarious in that she is NO stranger to astronomy — which is why she picked the elective, knowing that she can breeze through.

Yes, being my daughter she is, of course, atypical. Not too many teenagers that can claim that they have a book on Dwarf Planets with their name and eyes on the cover.

I have had ‘this’ discussions with Superintendents and principals before. You do not have to be a subject matter expert to teach a class in New Hampshire. But, when you get to Grade 11 — and stuff like planets and constellations is not that hard.

Funny this. I wrote that “Dwarf Planet” book when Devanee was taught, in 2010, that Pluto was a planet, when it had ceased to be so in 2006.

Never mind. Just makes you think.


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Johannes Kepler, The Giant Of Astronomy, Was Born This Day 446-Years Ago, In ‘Germany’.

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One of my favorite astronomers. Without his planetary laws we would be so lost.

I wrote about him and my admiration for him in January 2014. So, I will not repeat myself. But, please check it out.

He was a TRUE great. Quite the man. That he was born that long ago is sobering.


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Tycho’s Supernova, In Cassiopeia, Was Seen Around ‘Now’, 445-Years Ago.

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Enhanced and colorized X-ray image of what is left of that Supernova from 445-years ago.


Click to ENLARGE and admire. Tycho Brahe’s diagram of what he saw in November 1572.


Naked eye Supernovas are quite rare.

That it happened in the 16th century when astronomy was gaining traction made it even more special.

And to cap it all it was ‘discovered’ and documented by Tycho Brahe, the Danish astronomer most famous, despite many notable achievements, for his artificial nose and for being Johannes Kepler’s mento — Kepler, of course, as in the famous astronomical laws.


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Aren’t We Supposed To Be Hit By Planet X Today?

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Click to access the UK ‘Express’.


I just saw a Flying Pig with a flower sticking out of his belly!


This garbage and the ‘flat earthers’ who believe in it just infuriates me, no end.

If you have a modicum of understanding of basic physics or astronomy you would know that a ‘planet‘, even one as small as Mercury, couldn’t just sneak up on us with zero notice. We would see it coming, worst case 24-hours before it hits us. Planets are NOT small. And we, for the last ten years or more, have some fairly sophisticated, automated telescopic technology, around the world, funded by multiple countries, surveying and monitoring the sky for rogue objects likely to come near.

So, if we were going to be hit today, we would have known about it yesterday.

Jeez!


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I Am Teaching Two Classes, “Brain Meditation” & “Web Creation” In Wolfeboro, NH, Starting Next Week.

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Was informed today that both these classes are ‘ON’ — i.e., they have enough students to be viable. So I will be teaching these two, 4-week classes, starting next week.

IF you can, you should try to make the “Brain Meditation” class. I am not sure how many of these I will teach and I am looking for acolytes that can spread the word and teach THEIR OWN classes. 


Details on how to enrol can be found here.


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22 Books On A Shelf.

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Why 22 and not 25?

Four of my books are in Kindle only — 3 about popes and one about “4 Vesta” the asteroid.

Shouldn’t it then be 21 rather than 22?

Ah!  There is the Russian edition of my “Corporate Portals” book — i.e., the purplish cover, 6th from left, next to the English edition. I get a kick from that book. Only book of mine that was translated, so far, and it is that book and into Cyrillic.

Yes, this is an affectation — though I like to think that is one of few, and the shelf is not in a prominent location. Yes, it is nice to glance at it every once in a while to see what my life has been — and these 25 books are very much my footsteps in wet cement. {SMILE}

P.S.: I just had, totally coincidentally, my latest Royalty Statement from ‘Elsevier‘, the publisher of my “Web Services” & “Corporate Portals” books. The e-Book versions of them are still selling. Wow. Not bad given that they were published over 13 years ago!


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Wolfeboro, NH: Governor Wentworth Adult Education, Fall 2016 — I Am Down To Teach 3 Classes.

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Registration information at the bottom.


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As some of you know I taught the “Website Creation & Design Class“, quite successfully, in Spring.

With that class I can say without any equivocation that is back by popular demand! I am, of course, happy about that.

First time, EVER, for me teaching ‘Brain Meditation‘ in any form or format. Looking forward to that. I better get the book published by October!

Not sure whether the astronomy course will take off. I was ASKED to offer it. So I did. If all 3 happen I am going to be a tad busy. SMILE.


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Wolfeboro, NH: Governor Wentworth Adult Education, Spring 2016 — I Am Down To Teach 2 Classes.

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They do not have it online (as yet). It will be in local papers this week.
[I will put it online shortly.]


In addition to my seminars — some of them up to 5 days long — I used to do a LOT of teaching. I taught 6 or 7 undergraduate and graduate courses at SNHU covering IT, Web design, Programming and Marketing! I also taught Web design at Laconia Adult Education.

Then I gave up basically to focus on my Pope books. Then around Christmas I saw Wolfeboro Adult Education advertising for somebody to teach Web design. So I e-mailed them. Once I told them my background they asked what else I could teach. That is how the astronomy class came about.

Whether I teach these classes or not will depend, of course, on enrollment. I do not know what the minimum is but I doubt whether they will run the classes unless they get at least 7 or 8 people signing up. I will keep you posted.

If you have ever wanted to learn Web creation design you should sign up. I will have you with a working Website by the end of the first class! I used to do that at Laconia and people would be stunned. And it is easier now than it was then.


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The Supposed New 9th Planet, The Latest ‘Planet X’, Might Actually Be A ‘Binary Dwarf’.

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Check out this 2:10 minute YouTube video by the ‘Science Magazine’ for the QUICKEST & BEST introduction to this supposed 9th planet — the NEW ‘Planet X’.


CoverJPGIn astronomy a ‘binary’ object is an object made up of two objects orbiting around each other. Pluto in reality is a BINARY DWARF; Charon its largest moon in essence a twin rather than a moon per se. So Pluto-Charon is a Double Dwarf.

My feeling is that this new Planet X, if there is one, will also be a Double Dwarf rather than a single planet.

In case YOU are wondering why I might even know anything about this, do NOT forget that I have written a book about “Dwarf Planets” not to mention Comets and Asteroids.


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