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Human Triggered Wave of Extinction Started Before Humans

Humans Ended Ice Age Cycle Before Industralism

 

Technology News
The Bottom Line

Escape from the Tech Trap

Our rising technological understanding of the physical reality around us has shifted humanity's fundamental challenge, which started with basic physical survival, into the sphere of the spiritual and motivational world.
As the scope and power of our technological understanding evolved to threaten all of us, and all life on this planet, it has become vitally important that the brutal operating code that our physical reality operates on, that, "life eats itself to survive," be put aside, by us, for our own survival.

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Two Galactic Research Notices: Radcliff Wave in Our Spiral Arm, & A Look at the Godzilla Galaxy sticky icon

 

ASTROPHYSICS & ASTRONOMY; GALAXIES, OURS AND "GODZILLA"

Two Galactic Research Notices

1> New View of Our Dynamic Milky Way Spiral Arm

2> New View of Distant, "Godzilla," Galaxy

 

1> New View of Our Dynamic Milky Way Spiral Arm: The Radcliffe Wave
The Radcliffe Wave by Alyssa Goodman / Harvard University.
Visualization of the Radcliffe Wave: a massive, wave-shaped gaseous structure made up of stellar nurseries, forming one of the largest coherent structures ever observed in our galaxy. This image, taken from the World Wide Telescope, represents the study data overlaid on an artist's illustration of the Milky Way and our sun. Image by Alyssa Goodman / Harvard University.

 

New Map of Milky Way Reveals Giant Wave of Stellar Nurseries,
Harvard University, January 7, 2020.

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ASTROPHYSICS: PLANATARY SCIENCES

Curiosity Rover Landing Site in Gale Crater
The Context of Curiosity Landing Site in Gale Crater, NASA.
The Context of Curiosity Landing Site in Gale Crater, NASA.

 

Add Oxygen to Our Martian Methane Mystery

With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, November 12, 2019.

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Mars Atmosphere
Instrument
"...three Mars years (or nearly six Earth years) an instrument in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) portable chemistry lab inside the belly of NASA’s Curiosity rover inhaled the air of Gale Crater and analyzed its composition."

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Looking into the Mirror of Life: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, Winter & Spring of 2019 sticky icon

 

 

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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Looking into the Mirror of Life III: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, 2018 sticky icon

 

 

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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September thru December 2017
Astro Phys NEWS BELOW

 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, Winter & Spring of 2020

 

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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January 7, 2020

 

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Black Holes within Massive Black Hole's Accretion Disk?

 

REALITY, BIG & SMALL: BLACK HOLE MERGER GRAVITY WAVES

Simulation of An Accretion Disk Surrounding a Supermassive Black Hole
This is a simulation of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole, Scott C. Noble, Rochester Institute of Technology.
This is a simulation of an accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole, Scott C. Noble, Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

Explaining Gravitational Behaviors...

New Study Suggests 'Pac-Man-like' Mergers could explain Massive, Spinning Black Holes,
Rochester Institute of Technology, November 8, 2019.

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Black Holes within Massive Black Hole's Accretion Disk?
"The largest merger detected (by LIGO) so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible."

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Let's Explore Some of the Strange, Complex Elements of Quantum Computing

 

ASTROPHYSICS, SCIENCE, & TECHNOLOGY

Schrödinger's Cat Says Quantum WHAT?
Schrödinger's cat not excited about quantum superposition, geralt, Pixabay.
Cool Quantum Cats not down with Schrödinger's quantum superposition. More. By geralt, Pixabay.

 

Let's Explore Some of the Strange, Complex Elements of Quantum Computing

Achieving Quantum Supremacy,
University of California - Santa Barbara, October 23, 2019.

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The Sycamore Quantum Computer
"...with Sycamore, 54 qubits (one didn’t perform) that take advantage of the both awe-inspiring and bizarre properties of quantum mechanics."

Quantum Supremacy
"...to perform an algorithm or computation that couldn’t be done otherwise."

"Using 53 entangled quantum bits (“qubits”), their Sycamore computer has taken on — and solved — a problem considered intractable for classical computers."

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Mars Once had Salt Lakes Similar to Earth

 

ASTROPHYSICS, SOLAR SYSTEM, MARS

Curiosity Rover Landing Site in Gale Crater
The Context of Curiosity Landing Site in Gale Crater, NASA.
The Context of Curiosity Landing Site in Gale Crater, NASA.

 

Gale Crater: Curiosity Rover & It's Mars Science Lab

Mars Once had Salt Lakes Similar to Earth,
Texas A&M University, October 18, 2019.

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Salt Lakes
"Mars once had salt lakes that are similar to those on Earth and has gone through wet and dry periods..."

Where
Gale Crater
"...Gale Crater, an immense 95-mile-wide rocky basin that is being explored with the NASA Curiosity rover since 2012 as part of the MSL (Mars Science Laboratory) mission."

"Gale Crater formed about 3.6 billion years ago when a meteor hit Mars and created its large impact crater."

Liquid Water
"Gale Crater reveals signs that liquid water was present over its history, which is a key ingredient of microbial life as we know it.”

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Field Observations: Orionid Meteor Shower

 

ASTROPHYSICS-ASTRONOMY-METEORS

2009 Orionids
2009 composite of Orionid Meteor Shower, NASA.
The false-color images above are composite images from 2009 Orionids meteor shower observations, as seen in the skies over Huntsville, Ala. Credit to NASA.

 

Field Observations

Orionid Neteor Shower,
In the Sky, October 21, 2019.

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Why
The Orionid Meteor Shower happens when the Earth passes through the debris trail left in the orbital path of Haley's Comet.

Dates & Peak
"...will be active from 2 October to 7 November, producing its peak rate of meteors around 21 October."

Orion
"...a chance of seeing Orionid meteors whenever the shower's radiant point – in the constellation Orion – is above the horizon, with the number of visible meteors increasing the higher the radiant point is in the sky."

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Second Interstellar Comet Identified and Confirmed

 

ASTROPHYSICS, SPACE

Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov
Two-color composite image of comet 2I/Borisov, Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA.
Two-color composite image of comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope on 10 September 2019. The image was obtained with eight 60-second exposures, four in green and four in red bands, Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA.

 

Second Interstellar Comet Identified and Confirmed

Interstellar Comet with a Familiar Look,
Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University, October 14, 2019.

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2I/Borisov
"On 8 September 2019 at 04:15 universal time, the program issued a red alert and notified the team of a possible new hyperbolic object arriving from interstellar space."

Interstellar
"The body had been first spotted by Gennady Borisov a week earlier, although its identity had been unknown at that time. A closer investigation into the object's orbit confirmed its exosolar origin, making it the second-known interstellar interloper."

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Black Hole Eats Sun-Sized Star

 

ASTROPHYSICS: BLACK HOLE HUNGRY

Black Hole Eating a Sun-Sized Star
Black Hole Eating a Sun-Sized Star, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
This illustration shows a tidal disruption, which occurs when a passing star gets too close to a black hole and is torn apart into a stream of gas. Some of the gas eventually settles into a structure around the black hole called an accretion disk. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Big.

 

Black Hole Eats Sun-Sized Star

NASA’s TESS Mission Spots Its 1st Star-Shredding Black Hole,
NASA, September 26, 2019.

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ASASSN-19bt
Designation of a deep space event observation, in this case observing the consumption of a star by a distant black hole.

A First
"For the first time, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) watched a black hole tear apart a star in a cataclysmic phenomenon called a tidal disruption event."

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Black Hole Relativistic Accretion Disk Behavior

 

ASTROPHYSICS, & THE NATURE OF REALITY

A Black Hole’s Warped World
A Black Hole’s Warped World, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman.
"Seen nearly edgewise, the turbulent disk of gas churning around a black hole takes on a crazy double-humped appearance. The black hole’s extreme gravity alters the paths of light coming from different parts of the disk, producing the warped image. The black hole’s extreme gravitational field redirects and distorts light coming from different parts of the disk, but exactly what we see depends on our viewing angle. The greatest distortion occurs when viewing the system nearly edgewise. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman"
Big View.

 

Black Hole Relativistic Accretion Disk Behavior

NASA Visualization Shows a Black Hole's Warped World,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, September 24, 2019.

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"God's" Gong Show: Merging Black Holes Ring Like Bells

 

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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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