Distant sands, smoke create haze in Alaska sky

From: Anchorage Daily News

The cloudy, off-white haze crept into Anchorage over the weekend, obscuring the once-crisp view of the Chugach Mountains with a smog-like quality more akin to a view of the Los Angeles skyline.

But that gunk in our air isn’t from car exhausts. Instead, smoke from Russian wildfires and dust kicked up during sandstorms in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert are to blame, according to state and federal atmospheric officials. …

Local dust kicked up by vehicles or construction can contribute to low-altitude air problems, but it generally doesn’t rise enough to obscure mountains, Guay said. For that to happen, high winds are needed to fling dust into the air, he said. …

“This is actually fairly normal,” she said. “Pretty much every spring, we get a huge amount of dust from the Gobi Desert. Some years we get more dust than others. This is definitely a worse year.” …

This year, dust is only half the problem. Massive wildfires spanning a huge swath of southern Siberia in the Russian Far East broke out last week, contributing smoke to the mix and worsening an unusually dusty spring, Albanese said. One can’t smell the smoke because of its lofty position in the sky, he said.

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Total Energy of the Stars in the Universe!

From: A Creationist’s Challenge To Evolutionists

The earth receives an incredible amount of energy from the sun, even though the sun is 93,000,000 miles away. Yet the earth only receives one part in 2 trillion of the sun’s total energy.

And since the sun is only an average star among the 100 trillion billion* stars in the universe, the total energy in all these stars is absolutely beyond human comprehension.

( I have read that the number of stars is greater than the number of grains of sand in every beach and desert in the world! )

* * *

* 100 trillion billion stars = 100 trillion x 1 billion

or

100,000,000,000,000 x 1,000,000,000

or

100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

or

10 to the 23rd power

So the total energy of the stars in the universe

is about the power of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 suns!

Or is even greater than

if all of the grains of sand in the world

would each emit the power of the sun

simultaneously!

Lower portion is © 2007 Jeff Fenske – copy freely

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Scientists Find 200 Sextillion More Stars in the Sky — The new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!

Star Size Comparison HD

Photo: God’s Universe: Our Milky Way–90° Panorama