11/2/2004:

Intermediate Word:  palliate   (a) assuage  (b) hide  (c) darken  (d) cover an obligation
Difficult Word: - coleopteraa  (a) moths and butterflies  (b) flies and mosquitos  (c) wasps and hornets  (d) beetles and weevils

Life, the Universe and Everything: How Astronomy Addresses the Big Questions - Space.com  Our Sun, a relative newcomer to the Galaxy, will, like your least favorite uncle, go funny as it ages. In another five billion years or so, it will swell up, swallow a few inner planets, and boil away all that’s interesting on our world. In about 100 billion years, the once-brightly spangled arms of the Galaxy will be riddled with Sun-sized carbon clinkers, black holes, and quiescent neutron stars – a hundred billion mute, stellar hulks.     
Was Earth Hit Multiple Times 35 Million Years Ago - SpaceDaily  Left:  File images of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 striking Jupiter in 1994; the comet was torn into 21 different pieces by Jupiter's immense gravity  There is evidence that about 35 million years ago, at least five comets or asteroids collided with Earth. If the effects of a single large meteorite impact seem overwhelming, imagine how life on Earth would reel from a barrage of rocks from space. One way such impact clustering happens is to have a single bolide break up as it approaches a planet. The comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 provides a recent example. These fragments struck Jupiter over 5.6 days.

Magnetic Star Mystery Solved - SpaceDaily  Left:  Shape of the magnetic field lines in a magnetic star, computed by numerical simulations (stereo images upper left).They form a ring of field lines twisted around each other (blue). Field lines protruding through the surface of the star (red) are held together and stabilized by the twisted ring inside the star. This is illustrated by the schematic sketch (the lower right) and the cut through the star (upper right). This magnetic field configuration drifts slowly outward (over a period of hundreds of millions of years) under the influence of the finite electrical resistivity of the star, then distorts into the shape of the seam on a tennis ball (lower left), after which it disappears from the star. Image: Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics  Just how does one explain the enormous magnetic field strengths of the so-called 'magnetic stars'?





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