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

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


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


September thru December 2017


Next Astro Physics Page: 2018

Last Astro Phys & Science News Page


Trail Guide Backpacking Navigation Introduction and Resources 



General Astronomy

Observational Astronomy

Astronomical Resources




"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"


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 

Hubble recently

More Hubble below


Chandra X-Ray Images

Spot the Station

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.



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

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Fundamental Sciences

News and Events

Last Updated

December 24, 2017


Another Nasty Effect of Overpopulaton

Stealing the Stars, too




December 21

December 21
Day length decreasing −0:01 per day.


First Day of Winter
NASA VIDEO: Annual Cycle of Light




Cosmic Theories Ripping Apart & Coming Together

“It’s going to require new ideas.”




December 12


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


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


Deep Space Visitor: The Monolith!

First Known Visitor from Interstellar Space



Space Geology

Runoff Gullies Mystery of Mars Solved




November 16


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
Subatomic and Quantum Behaviors

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene,

Electron behavior under extreme conditions described for the first time,


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.



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,




September 1

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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