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3 planets, Venus, Mercury (then at greatest elongation from the Sun), Mars & the Moon are gathering for a beautiful alignment

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2021 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


MORNING PLANETS ALIGN: Set your alarm for dawn. Three planets and the crescent Moon are gathering for a beautiful alignment before sunrise. Alan Dyer sends this preview from Gleichen, Alberta

“This was the view on the morning of Sept. 12th, of Venus, Mercury (then at greatest elongation from the Sun) and Mars in the dawn sky, along with the star Regulus.” says Dyer. With Earth in the picture, this was an image of all four rocky terrestrial planets in one frame!”

In the mornings ahead, the crescent Moon will join the show, hopping from one planet to the next.  Venus and the Moon will look especially lovely together on Sept. 17th and 18th, while on the 19th and 20th Venus and Regulus pass one another less than 1 degree apart. Look east before sunrise and enjoy the show! Sky maps:Sept. 17, 18, 19, 20.

On May 9th, Mercury will pass directly between Earth & the sun

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


According to NASA, this is what the tiny black disk of the innermost planet will look like as it crosses the solar disk.

Indeed, people on almost every continent can see at least some of the transit. These global visibility maps are courtesy of


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David Rothery, The Open University: Mercury Keeps Getting Weirder

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , on March 17, 2016 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


An image of Mercury via the MESSENGER spacecraft. This false-color image is enhanced to show the chemical, mineralogical and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface.(Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington).

For such a tiny planet, Mercury is a pretty big puzzle for researchers. NASA’s MESSENGER probe already has revealed that the planet is surprisingly rich in elements that easily evaporate from the surface, such as sulphur, chlorine, sodium and potassium. This is incredibly odd as these kind of substances most likely would disappear during a hot or violent birth – exactly the type of birth a planet so close to the sun, such as Mercury, would have had.

Scientists are also struggling to understand why Mercury is so dark and what its earliest planetary crust..


Mercury Keeps Getting Weirder

How to See 5 Planets Align in the Sky This Week

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2016 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


The alignment of the planets, as seen just before sunrise throughout the week. As the week progresses, the Moon will pass through this view of the sky.(Credit: Roen Kelly/Astronomy)

Five planets adorn the morning sky this week — the same quintet of “wanderers” (Mercury to Saturn) our ancient ancestors recognized as being different from the background stars. Head outside about 45 minutes before sunrise and you will see the solar system objects spread out across approximately 110°.


How to See 5 Planets Align in the Sky This Week



Astonishing images of Mercury captured by NASA’s Messenger probe before smashing into planet

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , on April 29, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


© NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Carnegie Institution of Washington

After more than a decade since its launch, and four years circling Mercury, Messenger will go where no other probe has gone before on April 30th. After running out of fuel for its thrusters, the 500kg spacecraft is set to plunge onto the planet’s surface at some 8,750 miles per hour, creating its own sizeable crater and destroying the probe itself.

But the touchdown looks set to be an anti-climactic one.

Messenger will crash behind Mercury, out of view of Earth. In fact it will take hours for NASA to confirm the probe’s demise, only being able to do so hours later when the spacecraft fails to appear from behind the planet.

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Why heavy metals are so toxic to your body: lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , on January 31, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

Mike Adams, research scientist and heavy metals toxicology expert, reveals why heavy metals are so dangerous to human health.The video covers the toxicity of:

  • Arsenic – causes DNA damage and cancer. Considered extremely toxic by the EPA, Arsenic is linked to cancer when found in well water.
  • Cadmium – kidney damage, hardening of the arteries. A highly toxic heavy metal that causes severe kidney damage and skin disorders.
  • Copper – can make you crazy. Exposure to this heavy metal is cumulative, and it accumulates in brain tissue, causing schizophrenia and mental insanity.
  • Lead – Known to cause lowered IQs and other cognitive disorders, lead has become a common pollutant in many foods, including organic foods and superfoods. Lead is extremely difficult to remove from the body’s tissues once absorbed, and the number of edible substances that can protect against lead is quite small. Removal of lead from the diet will frequently result in a heightened increase in IQ, memory and improved moods.
  • Mercury –  A potent neurotoxin, mercury has the highest toxicity of any heavy metal on a gram-per-gram basis. Mercury is known to cause permanent neurological damage, kidney damage, infertility and birth defects. It doesn’t stay in blood for long, preferring to make its way into organs and tissues where it adheres to cell membranes and interferes with healthy cellular function.

Use this information to avoid metals that can harm you the most

People can also specifically seek to reduce specific metals that might target organs where they already have weakness or vulnerability. For example:

  • People with kidney disease should seek to drastically reduce cadmium intake.
  • People with cancer should drastically reduce arsenic intake.
  • People with mental health issues should drastically reduce copper intake.
  • People with cognitive disorders or depression should drastically reduce lead intake.
  • People with Alzheimer’s or dementia should drastically reduce aluminum intake.​​

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Consider it a cosmic coincidence: On Nov. 18-19, 2013, two comets (ISON and Encke) are going to fly by the planet Mercury

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

Consider it a cosmic coincidence: On Nov. 18-19, two comets (ISON and Encke) are going to fly by the planet Mercury in quick succession. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft will have a front-row seat for the rare double flyby.

A unique coincidence and a golden opportunity to study two comets passing close to the sun.

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Peru: indigenous children had three times more mercury in their bodies than children from non-native communities

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , on September 11, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Before-and-after image showing the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, with the left-hand side stripped by illegal gold mining. (File photo)

New research shows informal gold mining in Peru’s Amazon region has poisoned mainly the indigenous people who get most of their protein from fish.

The Carnegie Institution for Science published Monday a study showing that Peru’s indigenous people living in the Madre de Dios region have the highest traces of mercury contamination among any other group.

About 76.5 percent of the people living in the region, both rural and urban areas, were found to have mercury levels more than five times the maximum acceptable levels and 2.3 times greater than those in non-indigenous communities, the report showed.

Moreover, the indigenous children had three times more mercury in their bodies than children from non-native communities.

“Most of the communities that had the highest concentrations of mercury were native communities…[with children being] 10 times more sensitive to the effects of mercury,” said the project director, Luis E. Fernandez.

The study was conducted on 1,029 people from 24 communities who lived in voluntary isolation where Lima has failed to control informal mining.

Three times the amount of mercury is used to extract every gram of gold, a condition which leads to the release of more than 40 tons of toxic metal into the environment and the poisoning of the food chain.

Up to 60 percent of species of fish in the region were found to contain mercury beyond acceptable levels.


May 2011 : Morning Planet Show / Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 20, 2011 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

May 11th 2011 : The planets of Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury are all fairly lined up in a row. Saturn is slightly out of the straight-line, but close.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2011 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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