Looking into the Mirror of Life


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 22 November 2015

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.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental 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 and our choices.

 

 

Last Updated 

 August 31 2017

 

News from Prior to
September 1, 2017
BELOW

 

After Sept. 1, 2017: 

NEXT
Looking Into the Mirror of Life II

 

 

Trail Guide Backpacking Navigation Introduction and Resources 

 

 

General Astronomy

Observational Astronomy

Astronomical Resources

 

 

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
Picture of the Day
NASA

Hubble recently

More Hubble below

NASA SPACE CALENDAR

Chandra X-Ray Images

Spot the Station
 NASA


 

Observational Astronomy

Summer Sights

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

 

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

 

Night Skies

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

 

July 5

Moon and Saturn

Close approach of the Moon and Saturn on 6th,
In the Sky, July 5, 2017.

View the Spot

Juno to buzz Jupiter’s Great Red Spot,
Earth-Sky, July 4, 2017.

A year at Jupiter: Juno has revealed the giant of the Solar System,
Ars Technica, July 4, 2017.

NASA JUNO

 

June 15

Saturn at Opposition

 

June 12

Stanislaus Terminates Star Party

 

June 9

Full Moon & Saturn,
In the Sky, June 9, 2017.

 

June 7

Sierra Star Party

Star Gazing On The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway,
Sierra News Online, June 7, 2017.

 

June 5

Jupiter Aside Moon Next few Nights

Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter
In the Sky, June 3, 2017. 

  

May 5

Peak of Eta Aquariid meteor shower,
Earth-Sky, May 5, 2017.


η–Aquarid meteor shower,
In the Sky, May 5, 2017.

 

 May 1

May guide to the bright planets,
Earth-Sky, April 30, 2017. 

 

  

Astronomy 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 Astronomical Data

Land and Sky Tools

Navigation Discussion

 

All High Sierra Weather

 

 

 

 

 

Astronomy-Physics
&
The
Fundamental Sciences

News and Events

 

Last Updated 
August 31

 

After
Sept. 1, 2017,
See 

 NEXT
Looking Into the Mirror of Life II

 

August 31

Deep Space Drink of Water

Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets,
ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE, August 31. 2017.

Seven TRAPPIST-1 Planets found

Earlier TRAPPIST-1 water discovery

 

 

 

August 29

Eye in the Sky

NASA watching Harvey from satellites and the International Space Station,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, August 29, 2017.

 

Also See
NASA Earth Observatory

 

 

 

August 28

Stellar Health

Family Checkup for the Seven Sisters

Pleaides Star Cluster, image,
Georgia State University, August 28, 2017.


locate
Pleadies in Taurus,
4 h, January 20, Backpacker Star Chart.

 

 

 

August 25

The Universe
Dark Matter Survey

Scientists Unveil a New Inventory of the Universe’s Dark Contents,
Quanta, August 3, 2017.

Test

Cybersearch

Explaining & History of,
(same as above link)

Case against

 

 

 

August 23

Antares

Best ever image of a star's surface and atmosphere,
ESO, August 23, 2017.

Find Antares in Scorpious:

Full Backpacker Star Chart and Sky Wheel

 

 

 

 

August 21

The Diamond Machine

In Neptune, it's raining diamonds,
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF, August 21, 2017.

 

 

The Death Machine
66 MYA
The Six Mile Wide Rock

Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, August 21, 2017.

"The K-Pg extinction." The impact that created the Yucatan & Gulf of Mexico.

 

"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:" Humans, the big rock from space, super-volcanoes, and super-novas?

The Existential Zone

 

 

August 18

Supermassive black holes feed on cosmic jellyfish,
ESO, August 15, 2017.

 

Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes,
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, August 16, 2017.

 

 

International team of researchers redefines cosmic velocity web,
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, August 14, 2017.

 

 

August 14

Deep Space 
&
A Star In my Pocket

National Ignition Facility recreates the interior of heavy stars,
Ars Technica, August 7, 2017.

 

 

 

August 10

Perseid Meteor Shower
August 12-13


Perseid Meteor Shower,
In the Sky, August 13, 2017.

 

Near Earths

Well, hello! 4 Earth-sized planets found at nearest sunlike star,
Earth-Sky, August 10, 2017. 

 

 

Vast Supercomputer Models

Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scale,
DOE/OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, August 10, 2017.


Last Glactic Model News

 

 

Eclipse Ionosphere Observations

Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, August 10, 2017.

Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Recent News about good old Sol, below.

 

 

 

August 9

 

Real Transformative Glass? 

Smart windows that go from clear to dark in under a minute,
CELL PRESS, August 9, 2017.

 

 

Our Great Ball of Fire

Chaotic magnetic field lines may answer the coronal heating problem,
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, August 9, 2017.

Previous coronal heating investigation

How do these fields get Twisted, Sister?
Differnetial Solar Rotation from (including coronosphere?), "Surface to Core."

 

 

 

New Class of Stars
"BLAPS"

The mystery of the pulsating blue stars,
UNIVERSITY OF ERLANGEN-NUREMBERG, August 9, 2017.

 

 

 

August 8

 

Celestial Space
Partial Lunar Eclipse
August 7-8

Not Visible-But here’s the Pics

See it! Full moon and partial eclipse,
Earth Sky, August 7, 2017.

 

 

 

August 7

 

Giant Eye on the Sky

China built the world’s largest telescope, but has no one to run it,
"Most astronomers in the United States do not like to work abroad,."
Ars Technica, August 6, 2017.

 

 

 

August 3

 

GENSIS
Our Own Big Bang

Our solar system's 'shocking' origin story,
CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE, August 3, 2017.

 

 

 

Magnetic Mystery

New clue to solving the mystery of the sun's hot atmosphere,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

 

 

 

We can describe cosmic evolution very well

Standard model of the universe withstands most precise test by Dark Energy Survey,
DOE/SLAC NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY, August 3, 2017.

 

 

Never Before Seen

Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, August 3, 2017.
 

 

 

 

August 1

Space Geology
Spinning Ball O' Fire

ESA, NASA's SOHO reveals rapidly rotating solar core,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, August 1, 2017.

Differential roatation from surface to core.

 

 

 

July 28

Quantum Superconductors?

Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers,
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, July 28, 2017.

 

 

 

July 27

 Killer Image of the Day
Too Much Beauty

Image
Tiny NGC 1510 and its colossal neighbour NGC 1512


Story
Galactic David and Goliath,
NASA, Hubble, July 27, 2017.

 

 

Inherent & Emergent

LIFE

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life,
Quanta, July 26, 2017.

The next step: Ascertain how the "rules" governing sub-atomic particle behaviors are the fundamental "beachheads" establishing, "complexity potential," the framework of the first physical expression of "atomic" reality.

We will see the pattern of the "end" in these "initial" patterns of the beginning, once we can look close enough to see them. We will see the unfolding of rules at the beginning of time and space will be mirrored by the process of their collapse at the end of time and space.

These will be the doubled edges of the Big Bangs tying this vast engine of consciousness all together. We'll see that, eventually, if we don't first destroy ourselves with the information we've already found.

 

 

July 26

Meteor Shower NOW

How to find Delta Aquarid radiant point,
Earth Sky, July 26, 2017.

Full Star Chart

 

 

Near Miss

Close shave from an undetected asteroid,
Earth Sky, July 25, 2017.

 

 

Tracking Comets
7x more big ones

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought,
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, July 25, 2017.

 

 

 

July 25

Eclipse Science

Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA's WB-57F jets,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, July 25, 2017.

More eclipse information

 

 

 

July 24

 Loony

Scientists spy new evidence of water in the moon's interior,
BROWN UNIVERSITY, July 24, 2017.

 

 

 

July 19

Star Wars Holo Chess Soon?

Holograms taken to new dimension,
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, July 19, 2017. 

 

 

 

July 13

 

Starlet?

Astronomers find the smallest star yet,
Earth Sky, July 12, 2017.

  A Starlet is Born?

 

 

July 12

Measuring Light Waves

The wave nature of light in super-slow motion,
UNIVERSITY OF ERLANGEN-NUREMBERG, July 12, 2017.

 

 

Measuring Everything

 Smart atomic cloud solves Heisenberg's observation problem,
FACULTY OF SCIENCE - UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, July 12, 2017.

Second?
Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

 

 

 

July 11

Making Stardust

Lucky Break Leads to Controversial Supernova Discovery,
July 5, 2017.

Cool Video

 

 

 

July 7

PLANET EARTH

Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought,' 
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, July 7, 2017.

 

 

 

July 6

Most Amazing Natural World

 

Scientists revisit a strange result from one of the Soviet Venus landers,
Ars Technica, July 6, 2017. 

 

 

 

July 5

In the Sky

Flyby of Jupiter Great Red Spot

 

Saturn and Moon pass close

 

 

 July 3

Discovery of Gravity at Risk?

Strange Noise in Gravitational-Wave Data Sparks Debate,
Quanta, June 30, 2017.

Last LIGO News

LIGO Detector and Gravity Detection

 

 

 

June 28

Reconciling Classic and Quantum Gravity

Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten,
Quanta, June 20, 2017.

Interesting. Classic gravity "hides itself" in black holes. Yet black holes are governed by, and understood in terms of "quantum behaviors," where gravity does not exist, for all practical purposes.

This relationship, or lack of relationship between classic and quantum states of gravity is driving those seeking understanding of the unified forces of Nature quite crazy.

 

 

June 22

Knotty Problems

Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, June 22, 2017.

 

 

Planet 10 ?
8.5 ?

The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt,
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, June 22, 2017.

Planet 9

 

 

 

June 21

Totally Cool and Totally Gone
Another Lost Effect

Scientists solve mystery of unexplained 'bright nights,'
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, June 22, 2017.

Way too much Night Light

 

 

June 20

Amazing Nature

All you need to know: June solstice 2017,
Earth-Sky, June 20, 2017.

Day Length

June 20:
DAY ZERO
Balanced between Light & Dark.
(Watch It!)

 

We track change in day length
on the High Sierra News page.

 

All-American eclipse has Californians stirring with excitement,
Mercury News, June 20, 2017.

Summer Night Skies, above

 

June 19

Smallest Scales Display Simultanous Behavior at Greater Distances

Just like knotted-up headphones: Entangled photons stay entwined over record distance,
Register, June 16, 2017.

Entangled?

 

 

Planetary

New study suggests Jupiter’s formation divided Solar System in two,
Ars Technica, June 17, 2017.


Birth of Solar System

Cool Solar System Facts

 

 

June 16

Dead Cats Dancing with Zeno's Arrows

Shaking Schroedinger's cat,
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, June 16, 2017.

 

Sub Atomic "Musical Chairs?"

Sub atomic "engagement," applied by the act of measurement either speeds or stops the sub atomic quantum, "music."

Therefore, our "actions," our very presence of engaging with our environment has the very real fundamental effect of creating the reality we experience.


See 
End of Offical Magic?

 

 

Space Science
Hope this one works the First Time!

Icy moons, galaxy clusters, and distant worlds selected targets for Webb Telescope,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, June 15, 2017.

 

Webb Space Telescope

 

 

 June 15

Observe Saturn Tonight 
Rises from SE at Nine

Saturn at opposition,
In the Sky, June 15, 2017.

Inspect Saturn’s Path

Star Wheel

Full Constellation Chart

 

Radio astronomers peer deep into the stellar nursery of the Orion Nebula,
DUNLAP INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, June 15, 2017.

Locate Orion

 

 

June 12

Stanislaus National Forest

Forest Service cancels astronomy programs at heliport,
Union Democrat, June 9, 2017.

 

June 9

Search for Dark Matter in Cyberspace

The largest virtual Universe ever simulated,
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH, June 9, 2017.

 

 

June 8

Planatary Compositions 

OU astrophysicist identifies composition of earth-size planets in TRAPPIST-1 system,
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, June 8, 2017.

 

 

June 7

Sierra Star Party

 Star Gazing On The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway,
Sierra News Online, June 7, 2017.

 

 

June 5

Study: Collateral damage from cosmic rays increases cancer risks for Mars astronauts,
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS, June 5, 2017.

 

Hell

Extreme exoplanet: Astronomers discover alien world hotter than most stars,
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, June 5, 2017.

 

  

June 3 

Agency, Interest, and Eternity

A Theory of Reality as More Than the Sum of Its Parts,
Quanta, June 1, 2017.

Can science, or humans for that matter, really reflect the reality of our universe?
Are we doomed to "blindness," by our "agency" enslaved to our "interests," or are we capable of reflecting the body and sprit of eternity we find in the mountains?

The vast majority of human behaviors give little room for eternity, and are blind to
ITs very existence unless and until it serves their interests, typically throught its destruction and consumption.

The reality we create is very different from, and destructive to the reality Nature creates.

We either use our agency fix our misunderstanding of our interests, and realign them with the patterns of Nature, or we are going away.

 

Define Sighence (Guide)

 

 

 

Video Presentation

BIRTH OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM,
Quanta, May 25, 2017

3-D Video: Only works in Chrome for me. Click & drag screen to manipulate video.

 

 

 

 

June 2

Cooler than Stars, Hotter than Gas Giants

Citizen scientists uncover a cold new world near sun,
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, June 2, 2017.

It is interesting to speculate that gravity-heated brown dwarfs could gravitationally produce the energy necessary to support life without having a star present at all.

Brown Dwarfs could then be considered as self-contained, interstellar lifeboats, with their "passengers" being gravitationally heated (and fueled?) as they float about our universe, much like self-contained cruise ships at sea, each one literally being a world within a world.

This situation would then provide billions and billions of very similar Brown Dwarf environments all over the Universe where very similiar types of life could evolve in parallel in very similiar environments, everywhere.

If true, Human-type life may very well be somewhat unique in the Universe, if the Universe's main method of creating life is in Brown Dwarfs, rather than rocky solar systems.

It is interesting to speculate.

 

 

Amazing Secret Lives of Globular Clusters

Are dense star clusters the origin of the gravitational waves discovered by LIGO?
THE KAVLI FOUNDATION, June 2, 2017.

This is so cool, really changing how we look at globular clusters, which must effect how we look at the evolution of Galaxies, of what they are doing. Our last LIGO article was yesterday, where we laid out LIGO'S history and recent discovery of gravity waves below.

 

 

June 1

 

The Ties that Bind our Universe

LIGO detects gravitational waves for third time,
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, June 1, 2017.

More LIGO

Grav Waves

Gravastars

Grav Lab and Quest

 

Another Perspective

LIGO spots a third black hole merger, tightens mass limits on gravitons,
hints about the history of the black holes
.
Ars Technica, June 1, 2107.

 

 

 

Inner Spaces

Muon magnet's moment has arrived,
DOE/FERMI NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY, June 1, 2017.

What is Matter?

 

Outer Spaces

Old Beachfront

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars,
DOE/LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY, June 1, 2017.

 

 

May 31

The Ultimate Black Box

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI.
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
MIT Tech Review, April 11, 2017.

 

NEAR MISSES

May 28

Two big asteroids to pass safely,
Earth Sky, May 27, 2017.

Don't Worry, Man is here?

 

 

May 25

Two Ways to Open the Black Hole

Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, May 25, 2017.

 

 

May 20

Testing the "Space Seeds" Theory of Life

Early Tanpopo mission results show microbes can survive in space,
GeoSpace, May 19, 2017.

My observation is "it," Life, grows everywhere it can create, beg, borrow, or steal a space to grow itself within. Ie, this universe...

 

May 18

A Defense of the Reality of Time

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin.
To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry. Quanta, May 16, 2017.

Also See,

Time, earlier...

"Beam Me Up, Scotty"
&
Is the era of science-sanctioned, "magic" coming to an end? Or just beginning?

 

Entanglement Made Simple,
Quanta, April 28, 2017.

 

 

NASA mission uncovers a dance of electrons in space,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, May 18, 2017.

 

 

May 17

Inner & Outer Spaces 
Small Fields

Destruction of a quantum monopole observed,
AALTO UNIVERSITY, May 17, 2017.

Wiki

 

Big Fields

NASA's Van Allen Probes spot man-made barrier shrouding Earth,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, May 17, 2017.

With Cool Video

A thought: Could a VLR-frequency "shield" be created to protect astronauts traveling from Earth, to say, Mars, from the dangers of solar and cosmic radiation? Or would the power requirements for generating the VLR be too great?

OK, how about this: radio waves constrained within a magnetic field using captured particles as an energy source?

 

 

May 16

How hard did it rain on Mars?
ELSEVIER, May 16, 2017.

 

 

May 11

Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth,
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, May 11, 2017.

ISSUE:

“The Supernova Kill Zone,”

“Big Rock from Space,”

along with

Super-Volcanos and Humans:

(Which term above is different from the others?)


More-Comments Invited through New Format

 

 

Water & Clouds!

 A watery exoplanet of unexpected composition -- and perhaps origin,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, May 11, 2017.

 More
Astronomers find water in the atmosphere of a warm, Neptune-sized planet,
Ars Technica, May 11, 2017.

 

 

May 10

Proving Einstein right using the most sensitive Earth rotation sensors ever made,
SPRINGER, May 10, 2017.


In other words, our universe is moving, "that-a-way," with us, our planet spinning within it. That is our "frame."

These scientists will test if the spin of our planet is affected by the momentum of the universe's "frame."

Does our planet draw some of the energy out of the inertia of the universe as it spins?

 

 


Surf's Up on Io

Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, May 10, 2017.

 

 

May 2

The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution,
Quanta, May 2, 2017.

Also see,
More answers than "1," & the end of proximity.

 

 

CERN points giant magnet at the Sun to look for dark matter particles,
Axions don't show up yet, but that doesn't mean they're not out there.
Ars Technica, May 2, 2017.

 

April 29

May guide to the bright planets,
Earth-Sky, April 30, 2017.


April 26

Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency,
KOBE UNIVERSITY, April 23, 2017.

 

 

April 22, 

Lyrid Metor Shower

Dominic Ford, In the Sky,
"The Lyrid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 23 April 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 19 Apr to 25 Apr." 

 

April 20

Magnatar Madness

A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery
After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.

Earlier

 

WAY too Much Light at Night:
New global map of Earth at night, (Video)
Earth Sky, April 14, 2017.

On YouTube

NASA
Featuring Darkness in the Night Skies.
Can you find any?

 

April 17

Creating time crystals,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, April 17, 2017.

Previous

First

 

April 15

Extended Article
NASA confirms two moons in the Solar System are venting oceans into space,
Ocean Worlds Exploration Program could find life on icy moons in the 2020s.
Ars Technica, April 13, 2017.

April 13

Original Research 
SwRI scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, April 13, 2017.

Watch the geysers blow...

Jupiter Moon Europa

Echos of Authur C Clark

Our Moon’s Birth

Our Moon’s Orbit 

 

April 12 

The Current Line Up


The most accurate measurement of rare meson decay confirms modern physics,
THE HENRYK NIEWODNICZANSKI INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 12, 2017.

What is Matter?

"...matter is formed of elementary particles from a group called fermions, including quarks (down, up, strange, charm, true and beauty) and leptons (electrons, muons, tauons and their associated neutrinos). In the Model, there are also particles of antimatter, associated with their respective particles of matter. Intermediate bosons are responsible for carrying forces between fermions: photons are the carriers of electromagnetic forces, eight kinds of gluons are carriers of strong forces, and bosons W+, W- and Z0 are responsible for carrying weak forces. The Higgs boson recently discovered at the LHC gives particles mass (all of them except for gluons and photons).

Muons are elementary particles with characteristics similar to those of electrons, only around 200 times more massive

 

Mesons are unstable particles coming into being, among others, as a result of proton collisions...that in some very rare decays of these particles....decay of the Bs0 meson into a muon and an anti-muon."

 

Find in the above article the quote above, which I find to be the best simple explanation of sub atomic particles.

 

Cool subatomic Event Tracker

 

 

Waterloo researchers capture first image of a dark matter web that connects galaxies,
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, April 12, 2017.

More Below

 

April 11 

Whoa, Gravity Pauses the Mag of Electro-Mag? 
OK, Cool.
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
,
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, April 11, 2017.

 

The accidental discovery of LSD
(video) AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 11, 2017.

 

 

Exacerbating the replication crisis in science: Replication studies are often unwelcome
FRONTIERS, April 11, 2017.

I just don't know who you are anymore, science!

See previous article below.

 

Note: APOD, Saturn, April 3.

 

April 1

SIGHENCE
How sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions,
Ars Technica, April 1, 2017.

Define Sighence (Guide)

 

March 31

SPACE
Dept. of "Something Happened."
Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant x-ray universe
PENN STATE, March 30, 2017.

Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, March 30, 2017. 

More below

History of Dark Matter

Measure

Case Against

Detector

 

March 29

Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin,
Ars Technica, March 29, 2017.

 

March 28 

MATH & SPACE SCIENCE

MATH STORIES

Math, particularly the questions posed by proving conjectures and first finding, then explaining the contradictory nature of reality, sometimes have all the hallmarks of a classic mystery novel.
This recent proof is the latest, but we've been seeing some interesting things showing up "in the numbers," recently. Such as an undiscovered planet, as well as undiscovered mathamatical relationships. We live in Very Interesting Times.

Gaussian correlation inequality GCI, below

Geometric Math Drama

Planet Nine by the Numbers 

 

A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost,
Quanta, March 28, 2017.

Why is this interesting or important?

It's The Ultimate Search
“The One Theory”
IT is the root of all the religious bibbles and math models

 

SPOOKY MATTER

NIST physicists show ion pairs perform enhanced 'spooky action,'
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST), March 28, 2017.

(This is my “dimension with no space," linked to above, and further below that, here.)

DEEP SPACE when TIME was YOUNG
A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold,
Quanta, March 23, 2017.

 

Top

 

March 27

SCIENCE in the SKY 

Hydrocarbon Land, hydrocarbon lakes, & hydrocarbon sand...
The electric sands of Titan,
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, March 27, 2017.

 

This blue-sky image of Pluto is absolutely stunning,
Ars Technica, March 25, 2017.

Pluto back?

Today in science: Great Alaska earthquake,
Earth-Sky, March 27, 2017.

Geology

 

March 24

SPAAAAAACE 
Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, March 23, 2017.

 

March 23

Gravitational waves may defeat new theories of gravity,
New theories of gravity fail to handle gravitational waves’ impact on Milky Way.
Ars Technica, March 16, 2017.


Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle,
ICFO-THE INSTITUTE OF PHOTONIC SCIENCES, March 22, 2017.


Also See
Science Creates, Evades, “Observer Effect”

 

March 19, 2017

For the Upcoming Vernal Equinox:
A Terrestrial Year from Space,
APOD, March 19, 2017.

 

 Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, March 17, 2017.

 

March 16, 2017

SPAAAACE
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2017.

 

March 12, 2017

New images of Saturn’s walnut-shaped moon dazzle scientists,
Ars Technica, March 9, 2017.

Debra Byrd of Eath-Sky on Pan

APOD Pan Image

NASA Astro Image of the Day

 

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes?
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS, March 9, 2017.

 

'Blurred times' in a quantum world,
Clocks at the interplay of the 2 fundamental theories of modern physics,
UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA, March 9, 2017.

 

March 8, 2017.

Time Crystals

Researchers create 'time crystals' envisioned by Princeton scientists
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, March 8, 2017.

More Time Crystal Information below

 

March 6, 2017.

People have no idea which sciences are robust,
Ars Technica, March 6, 2017.

 

 

February 28, 2017.

Gravitational waves: Going beyond LIGO,
ArsTechnica, February 28, 2017.

LIGO Detector and Gravity Detection

 

February 27, 2017

I want to watch… dial up Hubble…

Stars regularly ripped apart by black holes in colliding galaxies,
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, February 27, 2017.

 

Edging Closer to the Underlaying Truth...

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space,’
Quanta, February 23, 2017.

 

February 22, 2017

Wow! Nearby TRAPPIST-1 has 7 planets,
EarthSky, February 22, 2017.

NASA

NASA IMAGES+LINKS

 

February 12, 2017

A Soap Opera by the Numbers:
A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations.

“When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much could be trusted in a new kind of geometry.”
Quanta, February 9, 2017

 

February 10, 2017

Subtle lunar eclipse on February 10-11,
Earth-Sky, Feburary 10, 2017.

Gravitas
Ancient signals from the early universe
UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, Feburary 10, 2017.

Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over,
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, Feburary 10, 2017.

 

Updated Feb 7

What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago? 
NAGOYA UNIVERSITY, Feburary 7, 2017.

 

Stars align in test supporting 'spooky action at a distance,' 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Feburary 7, 2017.

How are quantum entangled particles created in a laboratory? What really makes them entangled? 
Quantum Entanglement, Quora

 

A history of dark matter,
ArsTechnica, February 3, 2017.

Feb 3

Tracing the cosmic web with star-forming galaxies in the distant universe,
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF NATURAL SCIENCES, January 31, 2017.

January 31, 2017 

Study reveals evidence that the universe is a hologram,
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, January 30, 2016.

Study reveals substantial evidence of holographic universe,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, January 30, 2016.

Note
Our use of the word “holographic” puts a lot of the “mechanism of reality” it describes into terms of “conventional” meaning that are at best imprecise, and at worse misleading to the general public. Think of “holographic” like this: Is the “holography” of the universe being projected or absorbed?

This may seem superfically meaningless, but the time and space motions of our universe have a direction.

Is the universe currently a projection of encoding or is it encoding? If both, this indicates the predominance of one or the other, of projection or of encoding is part of a long term cycle of energy exchange that has “turning points” between phases dominated by projection then encoding.

This suggests physical mechanisms driving “holographic” principals have non-holographic states and phases before and after what we currently call the “Big Bang.” “Holographic” mechanisms describe part of the “mechanism of reality,” not it’s totality.

“Holographic” is a concept useful to describe an aspect of the totality of this “mechanism of reality,” but is misleading, as it is merely one point, yet a very important one, of the cycle of the “mechanism of reality” we live within. There are other ways I see the term “holographic” as being misleading to the general public, but this is my main complaint.

 Holographic Universe,
Definition

Science Daily

Wiki

 

January 26, 2017

0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics,'
The Register, January 26, 2017.

More Hubble Below

Webb is Coming

 

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Why? Why?
This is Why:
(And Just Brilliant...)
Earth's orbital variations and sea ice synch glacial periods,
BROWN UNIVERSITY, January 26, 2017.

Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY, January 26, 2017.

Metallic hydrogen, once theory, becomes reality,
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, January 26, 2017.

January 23, 2017

SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, January 19, 2017.

 

On the Smallest of Scales: NO Observer Effect

Traffic jam in empty space,
UNIVERSITY OF KONSTANZ, January 18, 2017.

 

Coming up for some Atomic Air:
Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter -- and cleaner
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY,

 

January 16, 2017

A big one of these would be So Much Better than a Tazer

Acoustic tractor beam
How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam,
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, January 3, 2017.

Videos

What
Compact Tractor BeamsBuild Your Own 

Portable Acoustic Tractor Beam

 

Fast radio burst tied to distant dwarf galaxy, and perhaps magnetar,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY, January 4, 2017.

 

December 30, 2016

Astro-Amazing

Russian physicists measure the loss of dark matter since the birth of the universe,
MOSCOW INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY, December 26, 2016.

 

Hubble gazes at a cosmic megamaser
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, December 29, 2016.

Hubble recently

More Hubble below

 

 Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE,
Time NASA pulled its finger out, The Register, December 22, 2016.

 

 Updated December 20

Astro Physics

New antimatter breakthrough to help illuminate mysteries of the Big Bang,
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY, December 20, 2016.

 

All the Visible Skies

Astronomers release largest digital survey of the visible Universe,
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST, December 19, 2016.

Access Visible Universe 

Virtual Telescope & Star Chart

 


Hubble: Amazing.

Festive nebulae light up Milky Way Galaxy satellite,
ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE, December 20, 2016.

Hubble: Visual Treats

Take a second and examine some of Nature’s most dynamic and fundamental Fine Arts:

Hubble: Nebulae

The same forces driving the engines of life we see in Summit City Creek drive these nebulus deep space beauties.

Hubble: Sees it All! Well, most of IT) Note the observational info and extra features on each page.

End of the Line 
Hubble: Eskimo Nebula

Hubble: Hands of God & ?

Hubble: Mandela Prime

More Hubble Below

 

Input the coordinates of these nebulae into our digital star chart:
Virtual Telescope & Star Chart

Digital Telescope on the Web

 

December 6

Confirmation of Wendelstein 7-X magnetic field,
DOE/PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY, December 5, 2016.

More “Awesome Sauce:” 
'Spooky' sightings in crystal point to extremely rare quantum spin liquid,
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, December 5, 2016.

Really?
Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, December 2, 2016.

NASA's AIM observes early noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, December 2, 2016.

New evidence on the formation of the solar system,
Monash University, December 1, 2016.

 

Updated December 3

The Case Against Dark Matter,
Quanta, November 29, 2016.
 

Theory that challenges Einstein's physics could soon be put to the test,
Imperial College London, November 25, 2016.
 

Amazing Astro-Geology

A slushy ocean may lie beneath Pluto's heart-shaped basin,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 16, 2016.
 

New analysis adds to support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto,
University of California - Santa Cruz, , November 16, 2016.
 

Pluto follows its cold, cold heart,
University of Arizona, November 16, 2016.
 

Mars ice deposit holds as much water as Lake Superior,
University of Texas at Austin, November 22, 2016.

  

November 17 

How to make awesome-sauce:

Atomic beltway could solve problems of cosmic gravity,
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST), November 10, 2016.

 

Updated November 7

 Detour via gravitational lens makes distant galaxy visible,
Max Planck Institute for Physics, November 4, 2016.
 

Close galactic encounter leaves 'nearly naked' supermassive black hole,
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, November 2, 2016.
 

NASA completes Webb Telescope Center of Curvature pre-test,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, November 2, 2016.

 

Updated November 1

Cosmic connection,
 University of California - Santa Barbara, October 31, 2016.

New model explains the moon's weird orbit,
 University of Maryland, October 31, 2016.

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate -- or is it?
 University of Oxford, October 21, 2016.

NASA's Hubble spots possible water plumes erupting on Jupiter's moon Europa
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, October 4, 2016.


Curious tilt of the sun traced to undiscovered planet,
California Institute of Technology, October 19, 2016.


Did LIGO detect black holes or gravastars?
 Goethe University Frankfurt, October 19, 2016.

 

Microbial life on Mars: The possibility must be considered conclude researchers in 
Astrobiology
,
Mary Ann Liebert/Genetic Engineering News, October 18, 2016.

 It, Nature, just keeps getting bigger and more beautiful the longer we look at it:


Observable universe contains 10 times more galaxies than previously thought
 ESA/Hubble Information Centre, October 13, 2016.


Our galaxy's most-mysterious star is even stranger than astronomers thought
Carnegie Institution for Science, October 3, 2016.

 

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May 25, 2016 

Deepest of Spaces and Earliest of Times

Astronomers confirm faintest early-universe galaxy ever seen,
UCLA, May 23, 2016.
Gravitational lensing Information

How light is detected affects the atom that emits it,
Washington University in St. Louis, May 12, 2016.
 

Echoes of Authur C Clark



Europa's ocean may have an Earthlike chemical balance,
American Geophysical Union, May 18, 2016.


Read:
 2001: A Space Odyssey. Wiki

 

 

April 4, 2016

Planet Nine: A world that shouldn't exist,
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS, May 3, 2016.
Planet Nine Wiki


Three Earth-sized planets found orbiting a tiny nearby star,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO, May 2, 2016.



Mars' surface revealed in unprecedented detail,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, April 26, 2016.


Physicists detect the enigmatic spin momentum of light,
RIKEN, April 25, 2016.

The Universe, where space-time becomes discrete
Relativity and quantum mechanics: A non-local union
?
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES (SISSA), April 22, 2016.


Hubble sees a star 'inflating' a giant bubble,
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, April 21, 2016.
Image

April 14, 2016

Behemoth black hole found in an unlikely place,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 4-6-16.


ALMA's most detailed image of a protoplanetary disc,
ESO, March 31, 2016.

Journey to the center of our galaxy,
ESA/Hubble Information Centre, March 31, 2016.
 

Feb 11, 2016

Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last,
Quanta, 2-11-16.

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction
Louisiana State University, 2-11-16.

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction
National Science Foundation, 2-11-16.

Background
See earlier Quanta Article about LIGO facility and search for gravity waves, below: 
Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity.

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves,
 Cornell University, 2-11-16. Great Double-Black Hole Supercomputer Video.

In-depth Q&A: Three researchers on the front line of today's gravitational wave discovery, The Kavli Foundation, 2-11-16.

 Nature Special
Articles about Official Discovery of Gravity

 

Galaxies hidden by Milky Way revealed,
Earth-Sky,  2-11-16.

 

 

Astronomy-Physics 
Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet,
UCLA, 1-28-16.
 

Ancient Babylonians used geometry to track Jupiter,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1-28-16.
 

Bringing time and space together for universal symmetry,
Griffith University, 1-28-16.
 

 

Most distant massive galaxy cluster identified,
1-7-16, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

'Seeing' black holes with the naked eye,
1-6-16, Kyoto University.

 

How to Teleport Info Out of a Black Hole,
  1-6-16, Live Science.

 

Globular clusters could host interstellar civilizations,
 1-6-16, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

 

A Fight for the Soul of Science,
December 16, 2015, Quanta.
 

 

James Webb Space Telescope mirror halfway complete,
12-28-2015, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
 

 

 Earlier Postings 
New results from world's most sensitive dark matter detector:
Berkeley Lab scientists participate in mile-deep experiment in former South Dakota gold mine, December 14th, 2015, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

CERN's NEW POWER
First high-energy LHC results: Supersymmetry still dead, watch for gravitons
The particle collider's first run at new energies has a hint of a signal.
December 15th, 2015, Ars Technica.

 

 

General relativity: 100 years of the most beautiful theory ever created
Who created Einstein’s theory of general relativity? And do most really know what it says? December 3rd, 2015, Ars Technica.

 

 

Ground-breaking research could challenge underlying principles of physics,
November 20, 2015, University of Southampton.
 

Strange quantum phenomenon achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers, November 20, 2015, University of Chicago.

 

Experiment records extreme quantum weirdness,
Nov, 10, 2015, Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.

Historic Experiments tests Einstein's 'God does not play dice' using quantum 'dice,'
 Oct 21, 2015, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences.

 

 

Beam me up, Scotty…

'Spooky action' builds a wormhole between 'entangled' quantum particles:
New research indicates a phenomenon known as "quantum entanglement" might be intrinsically linked with wormholes, hypothetical features of space-time that could link one part of the universe with another. U of W, "Udub," 12-3-2013

Pretty cool heavy-duty theory stuff. The reality behind this and its expressions are even more amazing.

 It is apparent, and has been for quite some time, that one aspect of the most fundamental bit of existance is part of every other bit of existance. I don't mean that  it is related, or connected by chains of causation, but that every fundamental unit of existance each shares one dimension of its very existance with every other bit. "Entanglement" is fundamental to existance. It gets even better.

The fundamental bit of existance is alive. Not like us, not an expression of life, but it is life itself, its most fundamental form. This is the core. All eminates from IT. IT's "dance," or movements, generates the totality of time, space, energy, matter, and the cycle they run through as IT proceeds from one Big Bang to the next.

IT always opens the eye of consciousness to gaze upon Itself.

The aspects of our material, and therefore our conscious existance are each like individual petals of a flower, all being reflections of the levels and degrees of sophistication of the fundamental unit itself, meaning all that exists are expressions of this central unifying reality, so to speak. We approach a scientific understanding of this fact.

To reach this point of understanding the underlaying unity, this fundamental "entanglement," of all things one-to-another, we are going to have to jettison some closely-held beliefs.



Life is NOT what we thought it was...

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics,
Quanta, in Wired, 12-11-13.

This insight has the potential to link classical physics with quantum mechanics, and then identify which of the descriptions of string theory explains quantum mechanics and classic physics.

This bit of insight is just what we needed to make fantastic progress on "The Theory of Everything."

The genius underlying this breakthrough is in the complete abandonment of two seemingly incontrovertable rules: That all possibilities add up to "One," and that cause and effect require proximity.

As the foolish notion of "entrophy" has died a bloody death, so to are the notions of "100%" and classic "cause and effect." This change in perspective is akin to us humans having stopped looking at the universe backwards through our telescope, finally turning it around in the correct direction.

The nature of the multidimensional reality we live in makes both of these assumptions both true and false. From our dimensional perspective there are only the sum of possibilities we can see within our dimensional framework, making the total probabilities always add up to one: Probabilities sitting in the extra dimensions we cannot yet properly count or weigh, but which are at play in high energy particle physics, make all total possible outcomes "One" for each set of dimensions, making the total of possible outcomes greater than one.

Thus the apparent "weirdness" of reality. This "weirdness" has appeared in previous systems just before they imploded, or should I say, "reached the next level of understanding."

Many of our current paradigms are approaching the cliff of extinction. A new understanding will dawn if our understanding exceeds our greed, and we survive the power of our ignorance currently abusing our technology...

This extra-dimensional entanglements composing "reality" makes the notion of physical proximity being necessary for cause and effect obsolete. If the first assumption is true, that there are more probabilities than "1," then so too is our second assumption.

Wow. A new era in physics may very well be daybreaking, if we survive the last. And it will turn out that the nature of reality is a far cry from our long held assumptions.

What the nature of reality itself is actually doing is much more magnificant than our sad explanations.

Facinating...

A late update to this NEWS page...

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?
Wired, June 30, 2014

Has the era of offically sanctioned "magic" claimed by physicists come to an end? Are the strange behaviors described by Quantum Mechanics actually logical?

 Wait until you hear exactly what I think dark matter is.

 

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Astronomy-Physics

What is the universe made of?
December 02, 2015, Université de Genève.

Hot gas caught streaming into “Pandora’s Cluster,”
December 9th, Ars Technica.

Forming planet observed for first time,
November 18, 2015, University of Sydney.

 

Hubble spies Big Bang frontiers,
Oct 22, 2015, ESA/Hubble Information Centre.

Gravitational Lensing 
Nov. 23, 2015, Chandra X-Ray Observatory

 

Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity,
October 22, 2015, Quanta.

 

Kepler's 'Bizarre' Signal Sparks Alien Intelligence Speculation,
Oct 16, 2015, Space.com.

 

 

In the Beginning…there was light.
Astronomers find best observational evidence of first-generation stars in the universe,
UC Riverside, June 17, 2015.
 

 

New study favors cold, icy early Mars,
American Geophysical Union, June 15, 2015.

 

New map confirms four Milky Way arms,
Earth-Sky, June 14, 2015.

 

Seasonal Observations

Winter Observations
Orion the Hunter
and
The Winter Circle
(Earth-Sky Article)

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of the
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ORION the HUNTER 
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Great Images

Milky Way photo with 46 billion pixels,
Oct 21, 2015, Ruhr-University Bochum.

 

Sun Erupts With Gigantic Plume Of Fire | Video,
Oct 16, 2015, Space.com.

 

Jupiter Update, Hubble Video,
October, 13, Nasa.

 

Astrological Correction
by
Astronomical Observation

 The current position of the Vernal Equinox is in Pisces, when the Northbound sun crosses celestial equator, not Aries. Yet the position of the Vernal Equinox in Aries is the basis of assignment of traditional Western astrological signs.

This means that if you thought you were one sign, you are not that sign. You are actually the sign previous to the sign you thought you were.

For example, If you thought you were an Aries, you are a Pisces, and so on.

See
Vernal Equinox Marks First Day of Spring Today,
 March 20, 2013, Space.com.
-AND-
Seasons and the Zodiac tool 
-AND-
Celestial Equator and Ecliptic

WHY?
The Precession of the Equinoxes
The very slowly changing position of the Vernal Equinox is a product of what is called, "The Precession of the Equinoxes." 

The Precession of the Equinoxes is the motion the equatorial plane of the Earth experiences as its axis wobbles like a top. A very slowly wobbling top: Each circle of our axis wobble spans 26,000 years.

 The Precession of the Equinoxes is also responsible for the changing location of North in the Night sky.
  As the Earth slowly wobbling on its spinning "North-South" X-axis traces out a circle in our Northern Sky, so too does this motion scribe out a circle along its horizontal Y-axis. It's this motion along our horizon that changes the position of the Vernal Equinox in  the equatorial sky.

The slowly shifting positions of the North Stars and Vernal Equinoxes are different expressions of the same planetary motion, the wobble of the Earth on its axis.

Movement of the Vernal Equinox through History.

Movement of North Star through History.

Rotation of North Stars through Time


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     We follow Astro-physics for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty entertaining on its own merits.
Understanding the basic construction and Nature of our Universe is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's navigation and finding context in the terrain. So we've worked out some even more specialized resources:

 

Time, Space, Terrain, and Navigation Resources

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