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ASTROPHYSICS & THE NATURE OF REALITY

Ringing Results of a Black Hole Merger
Ringing Results of a Black Hole Merger, Maximiliano Isi/MIT.
"A supersized black hole resulting from the merger of two smaller black holes. The collision has caused the black hole to ring and radiate gravitational waves (white), by Maximiliano Isi/MIT." Big Image.

 

"God's" Gong Show

'Ringing' black hole validates Einstein's general relativity 10 years ahead of schedule,
Simonds Foundation, September 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

LIGO
"By reanalyzing the first black hole merger ever detected, the astrophysicists measured the gravitational wave ‘tones’ emitted following the event."

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ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News 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.

 

 

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ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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STEVE; "Strong Thermal Emissions Velocity Enhancement," Exists, No Idea Why it Exists

 

NATURE IS AMAZING: ASTROPHYSICS, "STEVE"

STEVE
Alongside the Milky Way
STEVE, Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, Image courtesy of Krista Trinder and NASA.
The Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, AKA, "STEVE," visible as a pink band rising from the lower left to upper right of this photograph, appears with the Milky Way over Childs Lake, Manitoba, Canada. Scientists have recently confirmed STEVE is a unique phenomenon and not a kind of aurora, as previously thought. The picture is a composite of 11 images stitched together. Image courtesy of Krista Trinder and NASA. Big view.

 

More EM Fun

It's not aurora, it's STEVE,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, September 4, 2019.

STEVE
What We Know
"Strong Thermal Emissions Velocity Enhancement"

"It's a new phenomenon, that's pretty exciting."

"Like auroras, STEVE's appearances vary greatly, showing up anywhere from weeks to months apart."

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It's Raining Exoplanets: James Webb Space Telescope Trappist-1 Solar System Potentials

 

ASTROPHYSICS, ASTRONOMY, EXOPLANETS

TRAPPIST-1 SYSTEM
TRAPPIST-1 SYSTEM, NASA/JPL-Caltech.
This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star, in order from "b" closest to the star, to, "h," being the furthest distance from Trappist-1, as of February 2018. Image credit to NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full Size.

 

It's Raining Exoplanets: Trappist-1 Solar System

James Webb Space Telescope could begin learning about TRAPPIST-1 atmospheres in a year,
University of Washington, August 13, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

JWST
Limits of Sensitivity

Using..."the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 planetary system as a kind of laboratory to model not the planets themselves, but how the coming James Webb Space Telescope might detect and study their atmospheres."

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How Many of the Universe's Exo-Planets are in the Liquid Water Sweet Spot?

 

ASTRO-PHYSICS: PROBABILITY OF HABITABILITY

Kepler Oil Painting
Kepler Space Telescope Oil Painting, by NASA/Ames Research Center/W. Stenzel/D. Rutter.
Artist's impression of NASA's Kepler space telescope, which discovered thousands of new planets. New research, using Kepler data, provides the most accurate estimate to date of how often we should expect to find Earth-like planets near sun-like stars. By NASA/Ames Research Center/W. Stenzel/D. Rutter.

 

How Many Planets are in the Liquid Water Sweet Spot?

How Many Earth-like Planets are Around Sun-like Stars?
Penn State, August 14, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Eye on the Sky
A Universe of Exoplanets
"...Kepler observed a large enough sample of stars that we can perform a rigorous statistical analysis to estimate of the rate of Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of nearby sun-like stars."

The Sweet Spot
"The habitable zone is a range of orbital distances at which the planets could support liquid water on their surfaces."

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Axionic Approach to Dark Matter and The Elemental Universe

 

ASTRO-PHYSICS

The Elemental Universe

Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study suggests,
Johns Hopkins University, August 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

What
Though not directly observable, scientists know dark matter exists by its gravitation effects on how visible matter moves and is distributed in space.

Failed Particle Search
"If dark matter were truly a remnant of the Big Bang, then in many cases researchers should have seen a direct signal of dark matter in different particle physics experiments already."

Scalar Particle
"...the study shows that dark matter may have been produced before the Big Bang during an era known as the cosmic inflation when space was expanding very rapidly. The rapid expansion is believed to lead to copious production of certain types of particles called scalars. So far, only one scalar particle has been discovered, the famous Higgs boson."

"...if it has anything to do with any scalar particles, it may be older than the Big Bang."

New Search Points
"The new study also suggests a way to test the origin of dark matter by observing the signatures dark matter leaves on the distribution of matter in the universe."

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Where are we, Exactly? Mapping the Vast Void in Our Cosmic Neighborhood

 

ASTROPHYSICS

YOU ARE HERE
A Smoothed Rendition of the Structure Surrounding the Local Void
Local Void in our Neighborhood of the Universe, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

A smoothed rendition of the structure surrounding the Local Void. Our Milky Way galaxy lies at the origin of the red-green-blue orientation arrows (each 200 million lightyears in length). We are at a boundary between a large, low density void, and the high density Virgo cluster. University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Where are we, exactly?

Astronomers Map Vast Void in Our Cosmic Neighborhood,
University of Hawaii at Manoa, July 22, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"The universe is a tapestry of galaxy congregations and vast voids."

"...our Milky Way galaxy is also at the edge of an extensive empty region that they called the Local Void. The existence of the Local Void has been widely accepted, but it remained poorly studied because it lies behind the center of our galaxy and is therefore heavily obscured from our view."

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Solar System Formation, Planets & Moons

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Circumplanetary Disk
Young planet designated PDS 70 c has a circumplanetary disk, a feature that is strongly theorized to be the birthplace of moons, credit to ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) A. Isella; ESO.
This is a composite image of the young star system PDS 70. Comparing new ALMA data to earlier VLT observations, astronomers determined that the young planet designated PDS 70 c has a circumplanetary disk, a feature that is strongly theorized to be the birthplace of moons, credit to ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) A. Isella; ESO.

 

Solar System Formation, Planets & Moons

'Moon-Forming' Circumplanetary Disk Discovered in Distant Star System,
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, July 11. 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Distant Moon Formation
"...made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, the planet-girding belt of dust and gas that astronomers strongly theorize controls the formation of planets and gives rise to an entire system of moons, like those found around Jupiter."

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Looking into the Mirror of Life: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, Summer & Fall of 2019

 

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News 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.

 

 

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September 16, 2019

 

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Star Operations, Supernova Explosions, & Neutron Star Collisions: How Elements are Created

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Original Article
CREATING the NATURE of REALITY

Star, Supernova, & Neutron Star Collision Element Production

Supernova 1987a
Boom Goes the Massive Star
 NASA/CXC/SAO/Penn State/D. Burrows et al.; Optical: NASA/STSci; Millimeter: NRAO/AUI/NSF.
Supernova: Engines of Heavy Metals and Mothers of Neutron Stars. Chandra X-Ray Obs Composite image of Supernova 1987a.

 

118 known elements
How they Came to Be

 

Periodic table
Elements #2 through 25 forged in stars. Their fuel, Element #1, was created in the Big Bang.

 

Stars
Create Series of Elements in their Nuclear Furnaces
Starting with #1, Stellar Element Production is Limited to Iron, #26

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At the Center of Our Galaxy: Star Orbits Our Black Hole at 2.7% of Light Speed

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Massive Gas Cloud Rotating Around Sag A*

Matter Itself Observed Falling into Sag A*

 

ASTROPHYSICS

At the Center of Our Galaxy

Star Orbits Our Black Hole at 2.7% of Light Speed
(4971 Miles Per Second)

GRAVITY confirms predictions of general relativity,
CNRS, July 30, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

What
"Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* Black Hole) sits at the centre of our galaxy, 26,000 light-years from Earth. This black hole, which has a mass 4 million times that of the sun, is surrounded by a star cluster - the S stars - which reach mind-boggling speeds when they approach the hole."

Sagittarius A* Within its Star Cluster
Sagittarius A* and its star cluster
Credit, Copyright by Paris Observatory / LESIA

"...to follow one particular star in the Sgr A* system - S2 - before and after it passed close to the black hole on 19 May 2018. GRAVITY achieved a resolution of 50 microarcseconds: the angle at which a tennis ball placed on the moon would be visible from Earth."

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11 Year Sun Cycle Explained by Orbital Cycle of Planetary Alignments

 

DEEPLY SPACED

Our Star
Extreme UV image of huge prominence, ESA/NASA/SOHO
Extreme UV image of huge prominence on Our Star, ESA/NASA/SOHO

 

11 Year Sun Cycle Explained by Orbital Cycle of Alignments

The Sun Follows the Rhythm of the Planets,
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, May 27, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

11 Year Solar Cycle
"...the tidal forces of Venus, Earth and Jupiter influence the solar magnetic field, thus governing the solar cycle."

Elusive Cycle
"...past models have been unable to adequately explain the very regular cycle of the sun."

How Cause was Found
"...systematically compared historical observations of solar activity from the last thousand years with planetary constellations, statistically proving that the two phenomena are linked."

"There is an astonishingly high level of concordance: what we see is complete parallelism with the planets over the course of 90 cycles."

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Ancient Supernova Radiation Set the Forest Fires that Evolved Footloose Humans?

 

ASTRO-ANTHROPOLOGY?

Tycho Supernova Remnant
Tycho Supernova Remnant four centuries after the brilliant star explosion, MPIA/NASA/Calar Alto.
How the Tycho Supernova (more) looks four centuries after the brilliant massive star explosion witnessed by Tycho Brahe and other astronomers of that era. Image credit: MPIA/NASA/Calar Alto Observatory.
Also see the Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant.

 

Supernova Cosmic Radiation sets Forest Fires that Evolved Footloose Humans?

Researchers wonder if Ancient Supernovae prompted Human Ancestors to Walk Upright,
University of Kansas, May 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Hella Light Show
"Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago, initiating an avalanche of electrons in the lower atmosphere and setting off a chain of events that feasibly ended with bipedal hominins such as homo habilis, dubbed "handy man."

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Lots of Water on Mars

 

DOING GEOLOGY on MARS

Target: Martian North Polar Ice Cap
A view of Mars showing the planet's northern polar ice cap. A new study has found remnants of ancient ice caps buried in the north polar region, that if melted, would cover the planet in five feet of water. ISRO/ISSDC/Emily Lakdawalla.
A view of Mars showing the planet's northern polar ice cap. A new study has found remnants of ancient ice caps buried in the north polar region, that if melted, would cover the planet in five feet of water. ISRO/ISSDC/Emily Lakdawalla.

 

Lots of Water Ice on Mars

Massive Martian Ice Discovery Opens a Window into Red Planet's History,
University of Texas at Austin, May 22, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"...layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the largest water reservoirs on the planet." 

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Moon Morphology and Geology: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

 

SPACE GEOLOGY

Moon Impact Image
Planetary Demolition Derby
Moon Impact Image, Planetary Demolition Derby, NASA/JPL-Caltech.
New research suggests the stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the nearside were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar system, thanks to NASA/JPL-Caltech.*

 

Moon: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Giant Impact Caused Difference Between Moon's Hemispheres,
American Geophysical Union, May 20, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Very Different Faces of the Moon
"...stark difference between the Moon’s heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades."

GRAIL Gravity Survey
"Measurements made by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission in 2012 filled in more details about the structure of the Moon..."

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Another Building Block of Life Found on Titan: Ice

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Titan Hazy Orange Orb
Titan Hazy Orange Orb, shot from Cassini, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.
Titan's thick hydrocarbon atmosphere makes Saturn's largest moon look like a fuzzy orange ball in this natural color view from the Cassini spacecraft. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

 

Building Blocks of Life on Titan

Researchers find ice feature on Saturn's giant moon,
University of Arizona, April 29, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Methane
"Rain, seas and a surface of eroding organic material can be found both on Earth and on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. However, on Titan it is methane, not water, that fills the lakes with slushy raindrops."

"There is no obvious source of methane..."

"...also indicates a diversity of organic material in certain regions. These surface deposits are of interest because laboratory simulations of Titan's atmosphere produce biologically interesting compounds such as amino acids."

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Wild Times at a Misaligned Black Hole-Giant Star Binary System

 

ASTROPHYSICS

Artistic Impression of V404 Cygni Black Hole Sloppily Eating a Giant Star
Artistic Impression of V404 Cygni Black Hole Sloppily Eating a Giant Star, ICRAR.
"The binary star system consists of a normal (reddish giant) star in orbit with a black hole. Material from the star falls towards the black hole and spirals inwards in an accretion disk, with powerful jets being launched from the inner regions close to the black hole. The key deal here is the rotation of the jet." By the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, ICRAR.

 

Massive Plasma Jets Spraying Wildly out of Black Hole-Giant Star Binary System

Spinning Black Hole Sprays Light-Speed Plasma Clouds into Space,
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, April 29, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

V404 Cygni

"V404 Cygni was first identified as a black hole in 1989 when it released a big outburst of jets and radiation."

"...a black hole almost 8000 light-years from Earth."

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Messy Explanation of the Messy Formation of the Moon

 

 

ASTRO-PHYSICS

Moon Formation After Impact
Moon Formation After Impact, Yale, Hosono, Karato, Makino & Saitoh.
"The image is a snapshot of numerical modeling of the moon formation by a giant impact. Proto-Earth is at the center; red points indicate materials from the ocean of magma on a proto-Earth; blue points indicate the impactor materials." Yale, Hosono, Karato, Makino & Saitoh.

 

Messy Explanation of the Messy Formation of the Moon

Magma is the Key to the Moon's Makeup,
Yale University, April 29, 2019.

Main Points

The Key
Who's Key?
"....is that the early, proto-Earth -- about 50 million years after the formation of the Sun -- was covered by a sea of hot magma, while the impacting object was likely made of solid material."

Modeling
"...set out to test a new model, based on the collision of a proto-Earth covered with an ocean of magma and a solid impacting object."

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