SOFIA in the Right Place at the Right Time for Pluto Observations

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SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is operating from a base in Christchurch, New Zealand between June 15 to July 24, 2015. Flying out of New Zealand enables SOFIA to study celestial objects that are more easily observed, or can only be observed, from southern latitudes. The occultation observations were conducted during one flight in the observatory’s science plan that includes studies of 40 celestial targets to be observed during a 15-flight program.
Three diagonal lines trending SW to NE respectively indicate the center and boundaries of Pluto’s shadow track across Earth’s surface.
Credits: MIT

In a special celestial event visible only from the Southern Hemisphere, Pluto passed directly between a distant star and the Earth on the morning of June 30, New Zealand time (June 29 in the U.S.). As the dwarf planet and its atmosphere were backlit by the star, this “occultation” caused a faint shadow of Pluto to move across the surface of Earth at more than 53,000 mph, creating a ripe opportunity to perform scientific analysis – if instruments and observers could be in the right place at the right time. The only observatory capable of positioning itself above terrestrial weather and directly in the center of Pluto’s shadow was NASA’s SOFIA, a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter telescope built by NASA’s partner, the German Aerospace Center.

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Inauguration of the new Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre


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TRENTON, ONTARIO — The new home of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre was inaugurated today at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, was present at the ribbon cutting ceremony for this new building that will provide the Canadian Army with greater capacity to support the generation and deployment of combat forces through the training of Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

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27 June-4 July 2015 – Aarhus, Denmark
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Akiyo Yamaguchi/Eri Hatayama (JPN)

Stunning racing conditions on day 2 at the 2015 470 Open European Championships in Aarhus, Denmark wrapped up the qualification series. The breeze ranged between 6 to 10 knots, swinging round to keep teams on their toes, under a mainly blue sky. From Wednesday 1 July, teams will race in gold and silver fleets for the 6-race final series.

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Melges 24 World Championship 2015: The first leader comes from Czech Republic

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Melges 24 World Championship 2015 – Middelfart, Denmark
© Pierrick Contin / IM24CA

30 June 2015 – Middelfart, Denmark. – The first day of the 2015 Melges 24 World Championship has finished in Middelfart, Denmark with a ninety-five boats on the starting line. The event is organized by Match Racing Denmark along with the Middelfart Sailing Club in cooperation with International Melges 24 Class Association.

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Today’s announcement that CTA International (CTAI), the joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter, has been awarded a £150m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) marks an important milestone for CTAI to deliver step-changing capability to the British Army’s new vehicles programmes.

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NHS Un-Appy


NHS Un-Appy
by technoguido

NHS England has been pressured into removing sub-standard apps from their Mental Health Apps Library following accusations that they’re too incompetent to assess the third party applications. The Library which launched in March is supposed to curate a selection of medically sound health apps, but health campaigners have poured scorn on the quality of the apps being promoted by the NHS as viable health solutions. Current apps on the store include Phobia Free which uses “exposure therapy” overcome arachnophobia, Panic Attack Aid which relieves panic attacks by offering distraction exercises and Depression Calculator which tells you if you are depressed…

After sustained pressure from health charity medConfidential the NHS has removed some of the worst offenders, including Kvetch which offers to help you “share your suffering, and use the power of sick social to get the sympathy you deserve.” What a load of crApp…

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Greek Poll Has “No” Side Ahead


Greek Poll Has “No” Side Ahead
by Guido Fawkes

Greece looks likely to reject the creditors bailout according to the latest poll published today. Asked how they would vote in a referendum – assuming it goes ahead – 46% said they back the “no” vote, down from 57%, with “yes” up to 37% from 30%. Undecideds at 17% may yet say “yes” to the austerity status quo…
*Pollster ProRata and published in the daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntaktonthis morning.

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