Friday, April 25, 2008

Cosmic Bumper Cars

The Space Telescope Science Institute yesterday released a collection of images of colliding galaxies to mark the eighteenth anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. The awesome images show a variety of structures caused by the collisions of these huge collections of stars. Be sure to check the tabs for videos, information and related links.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Blessed Day in DC!

It was quite an experience to participate in the Mass this morning with Pope Benedict XVI in Washington, DC in a congregation of over 45,000. A joyous spirit filled the participants and I also noticed excitement and interest among others who did not attend the Mass. Here are a few of my pictures from Nationals Stadium.

The Holy Father Enters Nationals Stadium in the Popemobile

Pope Benedict Delivers his Homily during the Mass

Nationals Stadium as an Outdoor Church

For more background, here are reports from EWTN and the Washington Post.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Welcome Pope Benedict XVI!

Pope Benedict arrived this afternoon at Andrews AFB aboard 'Shepherd One', the call sign for the Alitalia jet that brought him from Rome. The Holy Father will have a heavy itinerary over the next five days in Washington, DC and New York City, proclaiming the theme of his visit, Christ Our Hope.

Papal fever has been building for days and I'm excited to be able to participate. I will be going with my parish Thursday morning to the outdoor Mass at the new Nationals Stadium. Stay tuned to EWTN for TV and Internet coverage of the papal visit.

Politics of Condescension

It seems that the two Democratic presidential wannabees aren't so much tearing each other up but each tripping themselves up. Hillary Clinton had barely torpedoed her own campaign with her tale of imaginary snipers when Barack Obama comes along commiserating with affluent liberal donors in San Francisco about small town residents 'clinging' to guns or religion out of 'bitterness' over the economy.

Noemie Emery writes that Obama's revelation has been a pattern followed by some previous Democratic candidates.
After their unexpected loss in 2004, Democrats were much too impressed by Thomas Frank's treatise What's the Matter With Kansas? which complained that they lost because middle-class voters were too stupid to vote their 'real' interests (which were presumably served by the Democrats), because conservatives wickedly played on their fears. ('Fear' is the Democrats' answer for every vote they don't get.)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Yuri's Night

Saturday is the annual celebration of Yuri's Night with 189 parties scheduled on and around the planet. Find a party near you to celebrate humanity's steps into space. I'll be attending the celebration at the Goddard Space Flight Center Visitors Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Trading Places

Soyuz launch of Expedition Seventeen on Tuesday Credit: NASA TV

The crew handover on the International Space Station is underway with the arrival on Thursday of Expedition Seventeen to relieve Expedition Sixteen.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Circus on the Severn Folds Its Tent for 2008

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2008 session last night. This WBAL report summarizes what was done and (in some cases, thankfully) not done. Here is a summary of legislation posted by the Maryland Catholic Conference.