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


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 January 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.

 

 

Updated 

May 18, 2019

 

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Theme

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

 

 

 

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NASA

 



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

 

What is Matter?

 

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April 1
12:38:41
Day length increasing +2:31 per day

 

Picture of the Day 
NASA

Hubble recently

More Hubble below

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Chandra X-Ray Images

Spot the Station
 NASA


Observational Astronomy
The Basic Situation

 Jan 13

Impending Total Eclipse of the Moon,
In the Sky.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 from 19:35 to 22:51 PST

 

December 21

First Day of Winter
NASA: Annual Cycle of Light

 

High in the Winter Night Sky

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

 

Observational  Night Skies
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Date, Location, and Time Adjustable Star Wheel

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 2019

 

Astronomy-Physics
&
The
Fundamental Sciences

News and Events

 

Updated

 

May 18

CREATING the NATURE of REALITY

Star, Supernova, & Neutron Star Collision Element Production

118 known Elements, How they Came to Be

 

 

 

May 14

 

Extraterrestrial Weather on Mars

Direct to Research
How the Sun pumps out water from Mars into space,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, May 14, 2019.

Great Graphic
The Martian Seasons

Mars, Recently

 

 

 

May 1

 

ASTROPHYSICS

More Building Blocks of Life on Titan

Researchers find Ice Feature on Saturn's Giant Moon

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS

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

Spinning Black Hole Sprays Light-Speed Plasma Clouds into Space

 

 

 

April 29

 

ASTRO-PHYSICS

Messy Formation of the Moon

Magma is the Key to the Moon's Makeup

 

 

 

April 27

 

THE NATURE OF REALITY

Double Bubble Trouble

Mystery of the Universe's Expansion Rate Widens with New Hubble Data

 

 

 

April 16

 

ASTROPHYSICS, GEOGRAPHY, & CLIMATE

Gravity is our Friend. Until it Isn't

GRACE Gravity Survey Measures the Masses of Climate Changes

 

 

 

April 15

New Supercomputer Simulation of Black Hole at the Center of M87

 

 

April 10

 

ASTRO-PHYSICS NEWS

Shadow of a Black HoleFirst Image of a Black Hole, the supermassive at the center of M87, Thanks to Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.Black Hole Image Makes History

 

 

 

APRIL 6

 

ASTROPHYSICS: THE NATURE of EVERYTHING

The Sun’s Raining Plasma: No Umbrella Protection Possible

Solar Plasma Rain from Small Mag Loops Clarifies Coronal Heating & Solar Wind

 

 

 

APRIL 3

 

LET THERE be DARKNESS

(Makes it Easier to See the Light...)

Into the Darkness: Massacre Rim Named Dark Sky Sanctuary

 

 

 

APRIL 1

 

SPACE WEATHER

Dazzling Spring Aurora over Hudson Bay, March 28, 2019
Dazzling Spring Aurora over Hudson Bay, credit to NASA Suomi NPP satellite.

"In this image, the sensor detected the visible light emissions that occurred when energetic particles rained down from Earth’s magnetosphere and into the gases of the upper atmosphere." Big Image.

Dazzling Spring Aurora over Hudson Bay,
NASA Earth Observatory, March 29, 2019.

"This aurora stemmed from minor coronal holes that provided just enough activity to produce some aurora at high latitudes."

"NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership."

Observed By
Suomi NPP satellite, the, "Joint Polar Satellite System."

 

 

 

March 31

 

INTO the DARKNESS:
ELIMINATING DARK MATTER CANDIDATES

Two Papers
Hunting Dark Matter in 2019: Fields in the Sky, Axions in the Fridge

1> Examining the Theoretical Constraints of the Darkness

2> No Evidence of Axions in the Magnetic Fridge

 

 

EXTRA-PLANETARY GEOLOGY

Martian Water Then & Now: Two Research Summaries

1>
Evidence of Deep Groundwater on Mars

2>
Rivers of Ancient Mars

 

 

 

March 25

 

ASTRONOMY & PHYSICS

New Age of Quantum Crystal Electronics Dawning?

Chiral Crystals Exhibiting Exotic Quantum Effects

 

 

 

March 7

 

ASTROPHYSICS: OUR GALAXY

Gaia Gives Our Galaxy a, “Physical;” Height, Weight, Girth (?) Determined

Hubble & Gaia Accurately Weigh the Milky Way

 

 

 

March 5

 

Can We Find Dark Matter in the Light?

Shooting Some Light Up into that Darkness

Physicists Look to Rotational Dynamics of Photon Mass to Replace Dark Matter

 

 

 

February 26

 

SOLAR ATMOSPHERICS

We Like “Weather” Everywhere!

Great Balls ‘O Fire! Why’s Our Star’s Atmosphere So Hot?

 

 

 

February 22

 

ASTRO-WONDERS of our NIGHT SKIES

Moon River Surpassed!

Real River of Stars Observed

 

 

 

February 8 

 

THE NATURE of REALITY

Exploiting Ambiguities in the Standard Model: Axions

Kazan University puts forth Ideas on the Nature of Dark Matter

 

 

 

January 30

 

LOOKING BACK THROUGH TIME & SPACE REVEALS INCREASING EXPANSION

Pursuing the Cosmological Constant Closer to the Big Bang by the Light of Quasars

Astronomers Find Dark Energy Varies Over Time

 

 

 

January 22

 

Photo Feature

Planetary Nebulas
Dead Red Giant Sheds Remnants
A Fleeting Moment in Time

Planetary Nebula ESO 577-24, Credit to ESO.
Planetary Nebula ESO 577-24, Credit to ESO.

 

Direct to Article

A fleeting moment in time,
ESO, January 22, 2019.

IT blows bubbles...

 

Earlier, approaching the terminal stages in the life of a Red Giant...

More
RED GIANT
Before
the Red Giant Explodes
 Alma (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/W. Vlemmings
Red Giant W Hydrae, Photo Credit: Alma (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/W. Vlemmings.
The dotted ring shows the size of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, seen from an angle.

The Universe: Seeing our Future in Deep Space: Cool Red Giant


 

 

 

 

 Impending Total Eclipse of the Moon,
In the Sky.

Sun, Jan 20, 2019 from 19:35 to 22:51 PST

 

 

 

 January 12

ASTROPHYSICS ABOVE OUR HEADS

A Look at Another Huge Small Part of the Big Picture

Hubble takes gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy

 

 

ASTROPHYSICS: WHAT IS THIS THING?

New View of Our Universe, and Meet Al’s, “Superstring”

Our Universe: An Expanding Bubble in an Extra Dimension?

 

 

 

January 3

 

 ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

NASA's New Horizons Takes a Clear Look at Ultima Thule in the Distant Kuiper Belt

NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World

 

 

 

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