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Old 10-29-2010, 01:36 AM   #3496
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 19)

Just how far is it from here to there? Let's have a look...

Distances in our solar system and the universe are measured either in astronomical units (au) or light years.

For now, let's see how our solar system stacks up...mileage wise.

The distance between the Earth and our sun is roughly 93 million miles. To put that into perspective, if you had a car capable of driving 100 mph non stop, 24/7, it would take you around 106 years to reach the sun. Better get one with a big gas tank.

Mercury is only 36 million miles from the sun - and it is a very warm planet. Venus comes in at about 67 million miles. Earth is next, and the distance from here to the sun is known as one AU. (See above)

Next out is Mars, the red planet, 141 million miles from the sun, followed by the king of planets, Jupiter which is some 480 million miles from the sun.

Saturn has that beat by a few miles and is 880 odd million miles out, followed by the very distant Uranus at 1,785 million miles.

In case you think that's a long way, Neptune makes that look like a walk in the park at 2,800 million miles.

Pluto has been demoted from planet status, so it is no longer considered part of our original solar system.

As you can see, these distances get pretty vast in a hurry, yet compared to the distance across our own galaxy, that is but a dot.

Beyond there, light years come into play...a discussion for another day.

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:37 AM   #3497
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When it snows this winter you can take the wheels off and use it for a sleigh,
So that means I will need to mount runners under the body....I'll add that to the list.
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So that means I will need to mount runners under the body....I'll add that to the list.
Sounds like a plan buddy.

Thanks for tonight's tip, that is mind boggling. Wouldn't you like to know all about the things out there? I know I would.
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I really like the window trim!
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I really like the window trim!
Thanks no.1, it's nice and simple...something that anyone can do.
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Sounds like a plan buddy.

Thanks for tonight's tip, that is mind boggling. Wouldn't you like to know all about the things out there? I know I would.
I don't think any of have enough time to learn all that...but it's becoming more and more interesting as new discoveries are made every day.
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Another not so exciting day...more painting and a little woodworking.

The door to the ensuite is now trimmed out, just waiting for the top coat to dry before I nail it on.

The second window in the guest room is done - same as the first. Most of the finish cedar is up around the new bedroom door...just a few pieces and that will be finished.

Pics after dinner...wife number two is hailing me.
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I have also made vents using the table saw.
Lower the blade, tilt it to about 45 deg, place the board, raise blade, move board forward, lower blade, move fence a little, repeat as needed.

Yours looks fine, too.
Don't ask me what I was thinking when I asked you how to keep the wood from moving away...I'm claiming a senior moment.

Of course the wood will sit there as the blade also moves at a 45 angle, thus making the cuts you described.

Please accept my apology for being such a dunderhead...an endearing term the teachers in elementary school often applied to me!
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Next Sunday morning at 2:00 am, we will be setting our clocks back one hour and returning to standard time.

This is a good time to do a couple of things in your home - I'm just giving you a week's notice!

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Everybody knows that, it's just that we need reminding.

If you have fire extinguishers in your home, take them from their mounts, turn them upside down and give them a good shake. You might need to tap them firmly upside down to make sure the contents are not stuck.

If you don't have any fire extinguishers...why not? Now might be an excellent time to buy a few.
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Next Sunday morning at 2:00 am, we will be setting our clocks back one hour and returning to standard time.

This is a good time to do a couple of things in your home - I'm just giving you a week's notice!

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Everybody knows that, it's just that we need reminding.

If you have fire extinguishers in your home, take them from their mounts, turn them upside down and give them a good shake. You might need to tap them firmly upside down to make sure the contents are not stuck.

If you don't have any fire extinguishers...why not? Now might be an excellent time to buy a few.
Hmmmm, I must be losing my grip, I just know I made a post while ago, oh well, so much for being old.

Man where did the time go, it is hard to believe it is almost time to change the time back. Thanks for the reminder buddy, we appreciate it.
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I had to do a little extra around this door, as the jamb was set back about 9/16" or so from the finish cedar on the wall.

So I made up some strips to go round the jamb, and then added the trims afterwards.

The wood was painted first, so I will need to set the nails, fill and sand...then touch up the repairs.
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I got the wood on the wall behind the bedroom door as well today. Side trims are on, but the top piece is waiting for some wood filler to dry before I can paint it. It's just like the ensuite door, except upside down.
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Don't ask me what I was thinking when I asked you how to keep the wood from moving away...I'm claiming a senior moment.

Of course the wood will sit there as the blade also moves at a 45 angle, thus making the cuts you described.

Please accept my apology for being such a dunderhead...an endearing term the teachers in elementary school often applied to me!

No worries... I had another birthday here myself... I understand...
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We have a woodpecker who has adopted us here, and he's getting very tame. I did take some pics today, but the autofocus picked some leaves on the arbutus about a foot too close...so he's a bit out of focus. I'll try again.

The missus has put a tray of seed on the table out back, and the little chickadees have been having a blast. This guy's just lookin'...
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...his buddy got one right away.

If you're not quick on the shutter, these little guys are gone!
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