PHOTO: This is the Milky Way Photographed in a Crystal Ball

• More than 200 BILLION STARS in our Milky Way galaxy!
• More than 200 BILLIONS GALAXIES in the universe.
• Our sun is an average sized star.

Number of ‘suns’ in the universe: 200 billion X 200 billion!

Some theorize the universe may be infinite, because every time we upgrade the Hubble telescope we see more galaxies behind the known universe.

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“I went up to Paranal Observatory for an observing shift, and I decided to test the crystal ball as an astrophotography lens,”….

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(vid) Anchorage airport maintenance means noise over our house for two summers! — Is the project even safe? Planes can only take off and land in one direction during crosswinds and tail winds!

I’ve been dreading this, and tried to see if the planes could fly westerly when winds allow instead, to give us a little break at times. Unbelievably, the airport only has instruments on one side of the east/west runway (FAA’s decision), which need to be always used because some airlines unnecessarily require pilots to always use IFR instruments even on bright, sunny days.

Two of the officials in the conference call will also be affected by the noise because of where they live. They were frustrated nothing could be done. I left the conversation dumfounded. FAA and a few airlines’ ridiculous rules have left us in a one-way pickle.

Is this project even safe? As I write this, the wind is officially a strong crosswind from the south at 20mph, since planes can only take off to the east and land from the east.

What if crosswinds or tail winds are even stronger? I was told there is no workaround solution, and that planes will likely not be able to land at the military base. Landing in Fairbanks appears to be the only option, which is 260 miles by air and 360 miles by bus (if passengers have to be transported). Continue reading “(vid) Anchorage airport maintenance means noise over our house for two summers! — Is the project even safe? Planes can only take off and land in one direction during crosswinds and tail winds!”