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“My God, it’s full of stars.” – A Space Odyssey (1968)

December 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Triangles on the Sun, and the portals they serve.

“My God, it’s full of stars.”

There it is. …look at all that #CME #Portal activity interacting with the comet-like “escort” that was #ISON

The Maya possessed the Ancient #Gnosis

ISON stands still and waits for 132 days.
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“Comet #ISON has been on a standstill for more than 132 days … a rather puzzling feat,” Ferrin wrote in a paper submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and posted online at the archival site arXiv.org.” –http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/us-space-comet-idUSBRE96S16U20130730

 Copyright © 2013 Dustin M. Jackson

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A Candle in the Dark

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

-Carl Sagan


“The Pioneer plaques are a pair of goldanodized aluminium plaques which were placed on board the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft, featuring a pictorial message, in case either Pioneer 10 or 11 is intercepted by extraterrestrial life. The plaques show the nude figures of a human male and female along with several symbols that are designed to provide information about the origin of the spacecraft.[1]

The Pioneer spacecraft were the first human-built objects to leave the Solar System. The plaques were attached to the spacecraft’s antenna support struts in a position that would shield them from erosion by stellar dust. – #Wikipedia

The plaque attached to Pioneer 10.

Decipher of the Pioneer Plaque.


The Demon-Haunted World: #Science as a Candle in the Dark

“A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”
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“Is Eris true?”

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

“Is Eris true?
Malaclypse the Younger: Everything is true.
Even false things?
Even false things are true.
How can that be?
I don’t know man, I didn’t do it.”

The diagram illustrates the orbit of Eris (blue) compared to those of Pluto and the three outermost planets (white/grey). The segments of orbits below the ecliptic are plotted in darker colours, and the red dot is the Sun. The diagram on the left is a polar view while the diagrams on the right are different views from the ecliptic.

“Erisformal designation 136199 Eris, is the most massive known dwarf planet[i] in the Solar System and the ninth most massive body known to orbit the Sun directly. It is estimated to be 2326 (±12) km in diameter,[7] and 27% more massive than Pluto, or about 0.27% of the Earth‘s mass.[8][13]

Eris was discovered in January 2005 by a Palomar Observatory-based team led by Mike Brown, and its identity was verified later that year. It is a trans-Neptunian object (TNO) and a member of a high-eccentricity population known as the scattered disc. It has one known moonDysnomia. As of 2011, its distance from the Sun is 96.6 AU,[11] roughly three times that of Pluto. With the exception of some comets, Eris and Dysnomia are currently the most distant known natural objects in the Solar System.[2][h] Wikipedia encyclopedia

Categories: Astronomy, Awareness, Space

#MarsGale

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Curiosity on Mars: A Wall of Gale Crater 

“If you could stand on Mars, what would you see? The above image is a digitally re-colored approximation of what you might see if the above Martian landscape had occurred on Earth. Images from Mars false-colored in this way are called white balanced and useful for planetary scientists to identify rocks and landforms similar to Earth. The image is a high resolution version of a distant wall of Gale Crater captured by the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last week. A corresponding true color image exists showing how this scene actually appears on Mars. The robotic Curiosity rover continues to check itself over and accept new programming from Earth before it begins to roll across Mars and explore a landscape that has the appearance of being an unusually layered dried river bed.”

Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMSSS

Categories: Astronomy, Mars, NASA

When Galaxies Collide

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

“This galaxy is having a bad millennium. In fact, the past 100 million years haven’t been so good, and probably the next billion or so will be quite tumultuous. Visible on the upper left, NGC 4038 used to be a normal spiral galaxy, minding its own business, until NGC 4039, toward its right, crashed into it. The evolving wreckage, known famously as the Antennae, is pictured above. As gravity restructures each galaxy, clouds of gas slam into each other, bright blue knots of stars form, massive stars form and explode, and brown filaments of dust are strewn about.

Eventually the two galaxies will converge into one larger spiral galaxy. Such collisionsare not unusual, and even our own Milky Way Galaxy has undergone several in the past and is predicted to collide with our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years. The frames that compose this image were taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope by professional astronomers to better understand galaxy collisions. These frames — and many other deep space images from Hubble — have since been made public, allowing an interested amateur to download and process them into this visually stunning composite.”

Image Credit: Data Collection: Hubble Legacy ArchiveProcessing: Danny Lee Russell

Perseid Below

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Remember the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend!

Perseid Below
Credit: Ron Garan, ISS Expedition 28 CrewNASA

Denizens of planet Earth watched last year’s Perseid meteor shower by looking up into the bright moonlit night sky. But this remarkable view captured on August 13, 2011 by astronaut Ron Garan looks down on a Perseid meteor. From Garan’s perspective onboard the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of about 380 kilometers, the Perseid meteors streak below, swept up dust left from comet Swift-Tuttle heated to incandescence.

The glowing comet dust grains are traveling at about 60 kilometers per second through the denser atmosphere around 100 kilometers above Earth’s surface. In this case, the foreshortened meteor flash is right of frame center, below the curving limb of the Earth and a layer of greenish airglow, just below bright star Arcturus.

Want to look up at this year’s Perseid meteor shower? You’re in luck. This weekend the shower should be near its peak, with less interference from a waning crescent Moon rising a few hours before the Sun.

Mars in the Loop

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

“This composite of images spaced some 5 to 7 days apart from late October 2011 (top right) through early July 2012 (bottom left), traces the retrograde motion of ruddy-colored Mars through planet Earth’s night sky. To connect the dots in Mars’ retrograde loop, just slide your cursor over the picture (and check out this animation).

But Mars didn’t actually reverse the direction of its orbit. Instead, the apparent backwards motion with respect to the background stars is a reflection of the motion of the Earth itself. Retrograde motion can be seen each time Earth overtakes and laps planets orbiting farther from the Sun, the Earth moving more rapidly through its own relatively close-in orbit. On March 4th, 2012 Mars was opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky, near its closest and brightest at the center of this picture. Just arrived on the surface of the Red Planet, the Curiosity rover was launched on November 26, when Mars was near the crossover point of its retrograde loop.

Of course, Mars can now be spotted close to Saturn and bright star Spica, near the western horizon after sunset.”


Image Credit & CopyrightCenk E. Tezel, Tunç Tezel (TWAN)

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