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Friday, 10 August 2007

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Greater Magellanic Coud, Milky Way Galaxy (IP) - Last night a problem with the Milky Way's power plant knocked out power to the entire galaxy for two hours. The Milky Way's two satellite galaxies, the large and small Magellanic couds, were not affected and that is where this story is being sent from.

The problem originated in the Sagittarian star field where the nucleus of the Milky Way is clearly visible from areas free of light pollution during the summer months. One of the worm holes which serves as a distribution vessel for the galactic core's intricate energy distribution system became filled with too much matter. A catastrophe of stellar proportions was narrowly averted as the matter was finally diverted outwardly through a worm hole that was moved into position by members of the Galactic Core Engineering Corps.

One pleasant side effect of this dark episode was that for a while the only thing visible in the sky were external galaxies. As the eyes became adapted to the darkness the Andromeda Galaxy M-31 and its two satellite galaxies were clearly visible. Andromeda is the only object visible to the naked eye that is not within our own galaxy with the exception of our own satellite galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds which are visible from the southern hemisphere. Some of the other brightest galaxies also became visible, appearing as a dull glow if observed though binoculars.

The total darkness also improved the view of meteors and some stragglers from the Perseid meteor cloud were seen.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this week and that info is available on any search engine.

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