The EYE of GOD, Helix Nebula - Will our Sun look like this one day? The Helix Nebula is the closest example of a planetary nebula created at the end of the life of a Sun-like star. The outer gasses of the star expelled into space appear from our vantage point as if we are looking down a helix. The remnant central stellar core, destined to become a white dwarf star, glows in light so energetic it causes the previously expelled gas to fluoresce. The Helix Nebula, given a technical designation of NGC 7293, lies about 650 light-years away towards the constellation of Aquarius and spans about 2.5 light-years. The above picture is a composite of newly released images from the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope and wide-angle images from the Mosaic Camera on the WIYN 0.9-m Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. A close-up of the inner edge of the Helix Nebula shows complex gas knots of unknown origin.

By: LakeWorthFinn , 12:27 AM GMT on October 15, 2005

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9. hurigo
2:00 AM GMT on October 20, 2005
Finn--I have a Norwegian gentleman, who can read to me. Give me the name of one of your great books.
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8. LakeWorthFinn
6:17 AM GMT on October 17, 2005
Thx palmetto, the sauna thing done! I will let EVERYBODY know when any book of mine will come out in English :)
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7. palmettobug53
11:44 PM GMT on October 15, 2005
Hope you have a safe flight back and that there's no nasty weather waiting for you! Have a sauna for me before you leave. :-) That sounds SO wonderful! And if you ever get published in English, do let me know. I'm a book-a-holic.
Ta!
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6. LakeWorthFinn
10:31 PM GMT on October 15, 2005
Yes, a Great Dane
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5. LakeWorthFinn
10:30 PM GMT on October 15, 2005
palmetto, now THAT was a story! Thank you so much for sharing it!
The Wilma-to-be has just been declared TD24 and it looks monsterous, maybe even aiming at FL. I'm flying Finland-Frankfurt-Atlanta-West Palm Beach on Tuesday 25th, maybe I can get a photo of it! Hopefully she's gone by then, if not, maybe an aereal photo of it will be posted here!
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4. palmettobug53
7:40 PM GMT on October 15, 2005
The answer to your question, as to whether or not I was here in Chas. for Hugo is, "Yes M'am, I was". It's not something I'll forget. And I'll never stay for another one.
Scared the bejeebers out of me! If your husband was here in Charleston, he may know the area we live in, which is called West Ashley, near highways 7 and 61.
I wanted to leave. I'd been through some before, and my recollections of them weren't bad, but this looked mean. My husband thought I was being silly. Since I didn't drive at the time, I really didn't have much choice but to stay. Not that many people left, to tell you the truth. Some folks went to shelters. We battened down the hatches, locked the dog and cats in the house, and went across the street to our neighbor's. This was just before dark.
We had power for a little while, then we had to move on to flashlights. The wind got worse and worse and all of the sudden, things started crashing into the windows. It was green pine cones. That's when we all moved into their hallway to the bedrooms, with all the doors shut, sitting on the floor. Me, my husband, the two neighbors and their 3 children. I had their toy poodle in my lap. I'm pretty deaf, so I didn't hear a lot of the noise and wind shrieking but I could feel the earth MOVE when the trees starting going down. WHUMP!!!....... WHUMP!!!...... Loud bangs. The house shook. I was shaking soooo bad, and I had to literally hold myself trying to stop, because I didn't want to freak out the children any more than they already were. Found out later, that I had actually cracked the porcelain on one of my crowns.
The eye went over about midnight. We all went out, pounded in a few loose nails in the plywood that was up over the windows. Tried to check for any damage, but it was too dark to see much. I've seen more water on our street during a heavy thunderstorm that what was out there when the eye passed, tho. We didn't have any of the surge and flooding that occurred to the north of us. Downtown had some bad surge. In McClellanville, one of the shelters flooded. When we felt the wind starting to pick up again, this time coming from the south, instead of the north, like during the first half, we went back inside to wait.
Once the winds started to slack off around 4 or so, we all crashed out to sleep. We had been up all night. The phone (land line) worked all night with no problem, since my neighbor called her mom off and on all night. Around 7 am, we woke up and opened the front door to a totally unrecognizable sight. It looked like a bomb had gone off! Half the trees in the neighborhood (we're on a cul-de-sac) were down and amazingly, none had hit a house. No damage to any of the 8 houses and 1 mobile home (!!!) We had trees, branches, all kinds of debris. We lost one shingle off our house. Can't say the same for the rest of the neighborhoods around us. TRASHED!
We were extremely lucky. Neither my husband or I lost our jobs, which was a relief. He went to work 1 day later. I was out for a week, before they called me back. We waited 2 weeks for power to come back on, but we have gas, so we had hot water for showers and the stovetop worked, so I could cook.
But, even now, when the wind picks up, I get the jim jams. Real nervous. Especially if I'm home alone. We left for Floyd. And I was a bit antsy last year, staying here with all that mess in Aug/Sept, but it didn't get really bad. But I keep my eye out, and if the forecasts start looking rough, I have my checklist of things to take, and I'm packing my bags, irreplacable stuff, the cats, and I'm outta here!
Sorry I went on so long, but once my fingers start going, esp. about Hugo, sometimes it's hard for me to stop. :-)
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3. theboldman
6:08 AM GMT on October 15, 2005
i was wondering what kind of dog is that i think its a great dane am i right
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2. LakeWorthFinn
6:02 AM GMT on October 15, 2005
THANKS!!! I'LL TRY AGAIN...
I write fiction novels for the moment, working on the second part of a 16th century trilogy about a journey to a mythical mountain called 'Kun Lun', where gods dwell.
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1. ofieldstream
3:43 AM GMT on October 15, 2005
LakeWorthFinn ..

Hmm, looks like the payload didn't get off the ground on your links... I just looked at the page source (the code) and see that you forgot to HIGHLITE a word of text .. such as NASA < ----- like that

computer generated image < ------- and that.

When you insert a link .. just make sure you have something ..even a period " . " ... for the link to show on the page.

So .. author, eh? What do you write? Travel ? Looks like you do a bit of that .."; )

Welcome to WUtog/blog ... great times here. Look forward to hearing from you again.

les O'fieldstream

PS .. sure hope the 'help' above comes through like it's supposed to .. ": ))

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