Looking into the Mirror of Life II: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 September 2017

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Last Updated 

December 24, 2017

 

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Theme

"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon, 
  We are stardust, we are golden, we caught in the devil's bargain,
 And we got to get ourselves back to the garden."
CSNY, "Woodstock"

 



PRIMER 
Theories of Everything, Mapped,
August 3, 2015, Quanta.

 

What is Matter?

 

All Backpacker's Astronomical, Time and Space Links


 

General Astronomy 

Tools, Information, and Resources

 

Picture of the Day 
NASA

Hubble recently

More Hubble below

NASA SPACE CALENDAR

Chandra X-Ray Images

Spot the Station
 NASA


Observational Astronomy
The Basic Situation

December 21

First Day of Winter
NASA: Annual Cycle of Light

 

Fading into West

Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons,
Earth-Sky, March 2, 2017.

 

Rising out of East

Winter Circle,
Earth-Sky, January 17, 2017.

 

N America Full Eclipse of the Sun,
August 21, 2017.
Article below

 

Observational  Night Skies
What's Up Tonight

 

Observe the Geminids,
Dec 12-13

 

August 10

Perseid Meteor Shower
August 12-13

 

July 11

Close approach of the Moon and Neptune,
In the Sky, on July 13 at 18:19 GMT.

GMT

 

All Time Resources

 

 

 

All Obserbvational Astronomical Resources

Backpacker Planning & Study DIGITAL full Constellation & Star Chart

The In-The-Sky.org Digital Star Wheel

 

Fermilab Virtual Telescope, all views

Current Star Chart and Sky Wheel for Field Use

 

All Time  & Space Resources

All Astronomical Data

Land and Sky Tools

Navigation Discussion

 

All High Sierra Weather

  

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Last Updated

December 24, 2017

EMPTY SKIES - EMPTY PEOPLE

Another Nasty Effect of Overpopulaton

Stealing the Stars, too

 

 

 

December 21

WINTER SOLSTICE
December 21
9:32:53
Day length decreasing −0:01 per day.

 

First Day of Winter
NASA VIDEO: Annual Cycle of Light

 

 

DEEP SPACE

LIGO
Cosmic Theories Ripping Apart & Coming Together

“It’s going to require new ideas.”

 

 

 

December 12

Astronomy

Geminid meteor shower mornings of December 13 and 14

 

 

 

December 7

Mysteries of Energy, Matter, & Magnitism

Superfluid Helium hiding Magnetic Monopoles

 

 

 

December 6

Early Universe Surprises

Two Articles

Unexpected Early Universe Supermassive Black Hole

Unexpected Early Universe Vast Galaxies swimming in Dark Matter

 

 

 

December 5

The Fantasctic Imagination of Astro-Physicists

Dark Matter Dilemma Creates & Kills MACHOS, WIMPS, & now SIMPS 

 

 

The Living Universe

Two Pieces of Exoplanet Research

Islands of Hospitable Liquid Water in Space?

Not so Hospitable

 

 

 

December 4

Bronze Age Iron is Always Meteoric

Swords of the Stars?

 

 

Space Geology on the Jovian Moons 

A Techtonically Active Europa?

 

 

 

November 29

ASTRO-PHYS: DEEPEST SPACE EARLIEST TIMES

Deepest Spectroscopic Observations Ever Made

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

 

 

 

November 22

Dark matter and dark energy 

Do they really exist?

 

 

NOAA Puts Joint Polar Sat System into Orbit 

NOAA-20 will be operational in three months

 

 

Corporate Greens Ruin the Night Skies, Too 

Bad "Solid State" Light increases Light Pollution, CO2 Pollution & Washout

 

 

 

November 20

ASTRONOMY

Deep Space Visitor: The Monolith!

First Known Visitor from Interstellar Space

 

 

Space Geology

Runoff Gullies Mystery of Mars Solved

 

 

 

November 16

ASTRONOMICAL

Solar System Formation

Cool New explanation for Earth's water

 

 

 

November 14-15

Big Data Night Vision

Capturing the Whole Freeking Night Sky, Every Night

 

 

Amazing Nature

Why can hot water freeze faster than cold water

 

 

 

November 13

LIGO Next Step?

International Pulsar Timing Array:
Says they will soon find Grav Ripples from Merging Supermassive Black Holes

 

 

 

November 10

A star that would not die

The WTF Supernova

 

 

 

November 7

The Universe

Seeing our Future in Deep Spage: Cool Red Giant

 

 

 

November 2

Strange New Light

Nanostructured Metamaterials Unleash the Weirdness

 

 

 

November 1

Looking For Darkness

With Superfluid Helium
&
With Time using Atomic Clocks

 

 

 

October 31

Very Cool Science

Invisible Glass: The End of Glare

 

 

Ma Nature's Death Ray
Black Hole Plasma Planet Killer Ray

Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams

 

 

 

October 28

Busy Month for the Sun

 31 Flares & several powerful Coronal Mass Ejections

 

 

 

October 26

Dark Matter Insights

Galactic Clusters Unexpected Offset

 

 

 

October 25

Our Planet with a View

Fantastic View of Nearby Fornax Galaxy Cluster

 

 

 

October 16

LIGO Neutron Star Merger Detection
Five LIGO Articles

Gravity Waves Reveal Gold, Gamma Rays, and a Gravity Hole

 

 

 

October 6 

Delving Deeper and Deeper
into
Subatomic and Quantum Behaviors


Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene,
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE, Oct 5, 2017.


Electron behavior under extreme conditions described for the first time,
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, Oct 6, 2017.

 

What is Matter?

 

 

 

 

 October 2, 2017

Running the Calculations of Life

 

"Warm Little Pond" RNA Emergence on Earth Calculated

 

 

 

September 28

Deep Space 

When Galaxies Collide

 

 

Black Holes Eating Each Other

Two Reports: Three LIGOS Triangulate on Source of Gravity Wave

 

 

 

September 20

In Our Glactic Neighborhood

Is the Milky Way an 'outlier' galaxy? Studying its 'siblings' for clues,
YALE UNIVERSITY, September 20, 2017.

 

  

ENGINES OF LIFE
Blowing a Bubble

...Of the building blocks of life

Aging star blows off smoky bubble,
ESO, September 20, 2017.

 

 

 

September 8

Quantum Technology Moving Rapidly Forward

Quantum Light Memory

 

 

Mirror of Life?

 Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth,
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, September 8, 2017.

 

 

 

September 1

EVENT
On Sept 4: In Two Days

Neptune at opposition,

In the Sky, September 2, 2017.

That unblinking, steady-star next to the Moon is Neptune!

 

 

 

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