Space

Venus

That brilliant evening beacon hanging in the southwestern evening sky is our neighboring planet Venus. With the unaided eye, you’ll easily see it at dusk and it will captivate you into the early evening. Behold its beauty with clear skies Saturday and Sunday nights (but bundle up). You cannot escape its charm, as Venus is a negative 4.8 magnitude (very bright), according to the almanac Observer’s Handbook 2013, by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Three weeks ago, on Nov. 1, Venus was about 49 percent illuminated from our perspective and it was about 5.5 light minutes or 61.5 million miles from Earth.

Hold the obituary. Experts now think Comet ISON or at least part of it survived its close encounter with the sun. Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, said it is believed some parts of ISON's nucleus survived perihelion. "It now looks like some chunk of ISON's nucleus has indeed made it through the solar corona, and re-emerged," he said. "It's throwing off dust and (probably) gas, but we don't know how long it can sustain that."

Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable. Yet one expert claims he has evidence to confirm an existence beyond the grave - and it lies in quantum physics. Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness. 'We think life is just the activity of carbon and an admixture of molecules – we live a while and then rot into the ground,' said the scientist on his website.

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