Is There Life Out There?

December 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, web gossip)


Certainly, this is a subject that humanity has been following for generations.  I will admit to possibly salivating in heat to know the actual answer to this long-pressed question.  Is there life out there?

Surely, this is something that every human being with any inkling of intellectual capacity wants to acknowledge.  Is Planet Earth the only planet, of ALL OF THE PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE, that hosts life?  The mere notion of that seemingly is ridiculous!  Yet, besides all of the rumors and hearsay, after all of the quandaries and queries, many of us really want to know whether or not there is anyone, anything else ALIVE out there in the vastness of the cosmos.

Browsing The Internet brought me to the e-article Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life In 2015.  The author’s immediate response was “Probably not, but just possibly yes”.  Now, just what in The Hell is that supposed to say?!?!

I recognize that life, as we understand it, requires certain, almost precise conditions, in order for it to form, to evolve, to thrive, et cetera.  Yet, who is to say that other forms of life can not exist based upon some other bases of existence that we have yet to comprehend?  As far as I know, we have NOT travelled all throughout the universe, let alone The Milky Way, so we are basing the manners of life-thriving on how we understand it from an Earth-bound perspective.  That method of living might NOT always be the case in other places of the universe.  Rebuttal?

Going into this e-article, the author delves into our recent, scientific studies of Mars.  The rover Curiosity was able to pick up traces of methane in the Martian atmosphere.  That small trace-emission of gas is the slightest of possibilities that life could have existed on The Red Planet at some point in it’s past!  That seems to sound so blatantly dull and irrelevant, yet knowing whether or not any life was on Mars surely will mean that life certainly can exist at any other location throughout our Milky Way Galaxy.  Our key would be just to locate the precise planetary systems, star systems, and to learn their distances in relation to Earth, so that we are able to study them!

Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus are attracting recent attention.  These are two of the larger moons of the two largest worlds of our solar system, and they seem to be massive worlds covered with ice.  Some scientists are believing that enormous oceans exist beneath these ice shells.  Even greater leaps of speculation (hope?) would lead some to suggest that aquatic life could exist within the oceans of these lunar worlds!  Liquid water also is suspected to exist beneath Jupiter’s Ganymede, Saturn’s Titan, as well as worlds at the edge of the solar system such as Eris and Pluto!

This is just from the beginner’s basic exploration of our own solar system.  There is an entire, massive star-filled galaxy, complete with millions of other worlds all around us!  On top of that, there are likely millions of other galaxies out there!  It would be beyond absurd to suggest that there is no life at some place, some nook, in some location of space that we simply have NOT seen, are NOT aware of, at this time!

Embrace our inferiority!  It will be a while, at least, before we actually get to discover the truth about other worlds, and whether or not they host living beings.  We can not even get back to our own friggin’ moon, let alone anywhere else in our solar system.  Dare NOT mention any manner of voyage to any location to another star system.  NO.  Not now.

 

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/2014/12/29/will-we-find-extraterrestrial-life-in-2015/
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~jh8h?Foundations/drake.html
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/universe/uni_life.html
http://www.hawking.org.uk/life-in-the-universe.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9HLlOnapE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/05/24/aliens-exist-and-will-be-found-pretty-soon-say-scientists/
http://www.npr.org/…/271093289/eureka-first-life-in-the-universe
http://www.gizmag.com/earth-like-planets-milky-way-kepler-koi-3158/35378/
dancing green alien

We will keep looking…..

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Hello Out There……..????

April 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, web gossip)


It’s been a minute!  The blog thing has not exactly been the top of the list of activities.  Yet, there is always so much of interest that deserves discussion, review; someone needs to put it out there for conversational spark!  This one recent topic of interest certainly should get motors revving….

Located some 490 light years away from our beloved Mother Earth exists the world that we have dubbed as Kepler 186f!  As is what is with the norm with N.A.S.A. scientists and collective cohorts, the search for extra-solar planets and alien life progresses.  It seems that a recent burst of luck has fallen upon the researchers, as the discovery of this distant planet is rousing levels of excitement about the possibilities of a world with similarities of life-harboring capacities nearly equivalent to that of our precious Earth!

Kepler 186f is being called “Earth’s cousin”!  The planet is a mere ten percent larger than our world.  It is seemingly special because it just might be able to hold liquid water upon it’s surface.  The world exists in The Goldilocks Zone from it’s host star, Kepler 186 (where things are not too hot and not too cold…).  This makes the planet extra-exclusive because of the premise that the water just might actually be there!  Where there is water, there likely is bound to be life!

We as a species have been wondering since the dawn of our existence as to whether or not we are alone in this universe!  One of the first steps to answering that question likely will be locating another world in the universe that will be capable of sustaining a manner of life as we would understand it.  If indeed Kepler 186f is that world, then a great barrier has been breached!

Indeed, being 490 light years away from us, we are NOT going to get there!  We can send our probes to study this planet for further generations to have details about it.  Hopefully, our successors will have survived us, our Earth will still be in tact, and they can send probes, even people to explore this world!  Dare I suggest the topic of extra-solar exploration, colonization (after we have colonized Mars, Europa, and areas of the outer solar system….)?

Of course, all of this will take years of additional study, planning, financial contribution, political hullabaloo, et cetera.  However, the ultimate goal should be the acknowledgement of the recognition about the existence of other worlds in this universe that do host life!  We can hopefully, finally, get to a fact that Earth is NOT alone!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/found-first-earth-size-planet-could-support-life-181057158.html

http://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/nasas-kepler-discovers-first-earth-size-planet-in-the-habitable-zone-of-another-star/

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-119

http://nineplanets.org/news/kepler-186f

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/tech/space-earth-size-planet/index.html

 

 

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Apophis and 21st Century Asteroid Attacks!

October 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)


It has been discussed off and on for the past several years, and as the date (and the rock) approaches, the surrounding information has become more compelling to the observant public.  The space rock designated as 99942 Apophis continues on it’s current course though space, which may bring it into direct collision with Planet Earth!  The continued updates of studies regarding Apophis state that the asteroid will have two near encounters with our world before the middle of this century.  The space rock is supposed to make a near grazing of our world during 2029, with an even closer fly-by during 2036!

Yet, recent news reveals that it is not Apophis which is bringing immediate concern to the scientific and the generally curious communities.  One asteroid has been designated as 2013TV135, and it actually flew by Earth this past Wednesday!  Of course, nothing serious occurred because of it’s fly-by, as the rock drifted by our world at a distance of roughly 4.2 million miles.  This particular space rock is one-fourth of a mile in size.  2013TV135 again will skim past Earth during 2032.  Yet, scientific researchers are cautioning the public not to stress over any potential disaster to come because of this oncoming approach.

2013TV135 is supposed to fly past Earth in nineteen years, yet there is updated information regarding an asteroid that will graze Earth this coming February!  The asteroid named 2012DA14 will approach our planet during this coming February 2014.  It is creating controversy within the scientific and the otherwise curious communities because of it’s potentially perilous proximity to our planet as it flies by.  Discovered by astronomers at La Sagra Observatory, the space rock itself is roughly 150 feet wide, and it already has missed Earth with a potential strike on February 15, 2013.

Upon the approach of 2012DA14, it is alleged to come to a distance of roughly 17, 200 miles of Earth’s surface.  This is closer to Earth than the distance of many orbiting satellites!  It’s possibility to impact Earth have many researchers alluding to the Tunguska event of 1908!  At that impact, an asteroid exploded over Siberia, flattening roughly 500,000 acres of the northern Russian forest area!

The approach of 2013TV135 during 2032 currently is investigated to have little disruption to our planet.  Scientists with N.A.S.A.’s Near-Earth Object Program, along with researchers at Aricebo Observatory, currently are stating that this asteroid has a one in 48,000 chance of impacting Earth during that year.  The researchers do know that the space rock will pass Earth on August 26, 2032 (…mark your calendars now).  It actually was discovered Tuesday prior, October 8, when it nearly grazed Earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles!

All eyes do remain on Apophis!  This asteroid’s potential encounter with Earth during 2029, with it’s second-shot during 2036 have the scientific community, along with others in effort to protect the planet, attempting to make whatever motions are meaningful to prevent any potentially planetary peril due to this space rock.  Some plans are being made currently, almost as if out of the script for the film Armageddon!  N.A.S.A. is concocting “a response strategy” to deal with the possible peril of Apophis by gathering astronauts and scientists to prepare a strategy for warding off this potentially deadly intruder from deep space!

Image: Asteroid

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/18/tech/asteroid-near-pass/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

http://educationbulletinboard.com/…/29/asteroid-in-november-2013

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/asteroid-strike-in-2013-is-overhyped-nasa-says

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/nasa-asteroid-coming-close-2032-concern-20613676

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMoJyl1T5Ow

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/asteroid.html

http://www.space.com/19221-asteroid-apophis-earth-safe-2036.html

http://cutedeadguys.net/…Big-Asteroid-Likely-to-hit-Earth-in-2032

http://www.youtube.com/829SPEEDYSurprise

http://www.examiner.com/article/asteroid-2032-newly-discovered-asteroid-misses-earth-but-will-return-2032

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A Possible Water-World Found?

October 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)


We are getting closer!!!  Surely, it might not seem like it, yet we really might be looking at life on an alien world before we know it!  Indeed, that life might be our own!  Would not that be something!

These astronomers, and related scientific researchers have been working tirelessly to find out more and more of the intricacies to the details about all of what is within what we are understanding as outer space.  Currently, it has been a team of astronomers out of Japan who have come up with exciting discoveries regarding studies of an alien solar system that has been of recent scientific fascination.  Telescopic eyes from eastern Asia have been reviewing a potentially habitable world in a Gliese system!

Located roughly 42 light years away, the world Gliese 1214 b is found.  This is practically nearby, in terms of galactic distances.  The system is located within The Ophiuchus Constellation.

Scientists are excited about Gliese 1214 b because it seems highly possible that this world has a hydrogen-filled atmosphere, filled with clouds that could disperse water droplets!  Teams of investigators, including researchers lead by Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida at Hiroshima University of Japan, have been studying observed information about this world.  They have used tools aboard The Subaru Space Telescope, which include The FOCAS Optical Camera, and The Suprime Cam, to capture more detailed images of the distant world.

The planet itself is said to be 2.7 times the diameter of Earth.  It is seven times as massive as our world.  The hydrogen-filled atmosphere alludes to the presence of water!  Scientists indeed want to do further investigations, finding out whether or not water exists merely within the clouds, or if it can be found elsewhere on Gliese 1214 b.  An existence of water would be a bull’s eye for the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life, as water is what is needed ultimately for all that we understand as life!

super-Earth GJ 1214 b

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/exoplanet-gj-1214b-found-by-nasas-hubble-telescope_n_1291375.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2412151/Super-Earth-GJ-1214b-40-light-years-away-rich-water-steamy-atmosphere.html

http://www.space.com/14634-alien-planet-steamy-waterworld-gj1214b.html

http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-super-earth-gliese-1214b-water-rich-atmosphere-01360.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2442025/Super-Earth-Gliese-1214-b-plasma-water-rich-atmosphere.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/super-earth/

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A Brief Recognition of Gold!

August 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM (curious research, environmental issues, human life issues, legal issues, science and technology, terrestrial studies, web gossip)


Gold!  It is not at all something with which we are unfamiliar.  For millennia, humanity has yearned for, relished after, and been wanton with the precious metal for reasons of all imagination. The beauty and the brilliance of it has made gold one of the most prime materials of the planet!

Albeit it likely has been a part of the planetary system since the origins of Earth, gold was discovered relatively recently. During the nineteenth century, within January of 1848, General John A. Sutter lead a group of miners in the mountainous regions of California. He and his team entered this area at Coloma, California. The workers ended up excavating a previously unknown element which turned out to be of extreme value! The miners digging within the caves of these mountains were able to dig out gold from beneath the layers of rock.

The gold that these miners excavated amounted to roughly twenty-three carats. It was a valuable discovery, yet it did not prove to be worthwhile for General Sutter and his workers. They wound up losing the diggings to Mexican people, neighbors, as well as rouge employees! Tough Stuff!!!

Gold is considered to be a precious metal, rated as 79 on The Periodic Table of Elements. It is rated above other precious metals that include silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium. The only precious metal rated higher than gold currently is iridium, which is 77 on The Periodic Table.

Our Earth is the only place we know of to find solid gold deposits. Most of this is located beneath the continental grounds of Africa, The Americas, and Asia. It is the most precious of the precious metals on the planet, as we currently claim eight. These include gold, along with silver, platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium, rhodium, and ruthenium, all in that order.

Pot of Gold

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jpmorgan-buy-gold-084720781.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CWZZxVSwRgAbPXQtDMD
http://goldseek.com
http://www.kitco.com
http://goldsilver.com/industrt-news
http://www.mining.com/gold
http://www.goldprice.org
http://science.slashdot.com/story/10/…gold-and-water-on-the-moon

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Fantastic & Futuristic Fun Films For Friday!

August 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM (climate studies, comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)


I had been anticipating this evening’s features for a few weeks!  I was glad to have gotten to the local theater, so that I could enjoy each film thoroughly!  Whereas one was a continuation of an adventure story that is capturing the attention of action-seeking audiences, the second film forecast a future Earth where all is not set on equal terms for every person.

The excitement began with Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters!  The film is prefaced by letting the audience know that sometimes, the gods would have children with mortals, called half-bloods.  One of them is Percy (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, who found himself in competition to become the next champion of the demigod children.  Percy’s best friends are Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Luke (Jake Abel).  They attend the Camp Half-Blood For Demi-God Children together.

At this camp, Camp Half-Blood, Percy meets his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops.  Also, the camp is eyed, then raided by Luke (Jake Abel), who is the son of Hermes.  Luke has a vendetta against the gods, and he means to annihilate Mount Olympus!  He has gone out of the way to poison a magic tree that protects the camp, now leaving it free to attack.

However, Percy’s friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) has learned that The Golden Fleece can heal the tree.  The god Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) acquires this knowledge, and he sends two students, Tyson and Grover, to get hold of the fleece.  Annabeth and Percy accompany them.

The Oracle gives a prophecy that one of the three major gods will battle Luke.  Percy, with one of his friends, will either have to save Mount Olympus, or will have to eliminate it altogether.  Percy and his allies go to seek Luke, yet they are trapped by The Manticore.  The friends escape, yet they are caught and swallowed by The Charybdis, where they reunite with Clarisse.

The group escapes, managing to reach an amusement park.  There, they set Grover free, and they get hold of The Golden Fleece.   However, Luke arrives, stating that he means to use The Golden Fleece to awaken the god Kronos!  Luke then tries to murder Percy with an arrow, yet Tyson positions himself between the shot, taking the arrow instead.  Tyson winds up being brought back to life with water, as Kronos swallows Grover and Luke!

Percy is able to use his sword to attack and to reduce Kronos.  Then,  The Manticore ends up being killed by Clarisse and Grover.  It nearly killed Annabeth, but Percy used The Golden Fleece to bring her back to life!  Afterward, the friends return to Camp Half-Blood to use The Golden Fleece to bring the dying camp tree back to life!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Our second film was the anticipated Elysium!  By reaching the year 2154, there is a definite and deadly distinction between the haves and the have-nots!  All of those who have the luxuries of wealth, security, and personal satisfactions live within the Earth-orbiting space station called Elysium.  All else whom are impoverished, uneducated, and diseased live on Earth!

Jodie Foster stars as Delacourt, a ruthless leader of an Earth-orbiting luxury station called Elysium.  There, humans live in safety and security, with no fears or burdens.  All others remain on the planetary surface, dealing with the hardships of poverty, illness, warfare, and the darker sides od humanity.

Max (Matt Damon) works for Armadyne Corporation, which built Elysium.  It is during this work where he is exposed to lethal substances.  These toxic chemicals create a deadly condition within him, giving him only five days to live!  If Max wants to find a cure, he must leave Earth’s surface to reach Elysium!

His quest for assistance takes him to seek a man called Spider (Wagner Moura).  This man has helped Max before, so Max trusts him.  Spider assisted Max with sneaking into Elysium, and getting the medical supplies necessary to treat his chemical exposure.  Once inside the station, Max was able to get biogenetic technology to enhance himself, becoming stronger, as he got wiser to what was happening with Delacourt’s actions.  Yet, Delacourt learned of Max’s actions, and she sends scouts through L.A. to find him.

Spider got all of the details that he could use to give all of the Elysium residents on Earth.  Max does not help with singling out only Elysium citizens.  He deals with Kruger to get him to change Spider’s methods of operation.

While returning to Elysium, a fight occurs.  Kruger is shot.  All passengers are returned to Delacourt.  She reprimands Kruger for encouraging the shot, and he stabs her!  Delacourt dies!  Kruger proceeds to raid Elysium, seeking Max, while chasing Spider as well!

Kruger encounters Max, and a fight ensues!   The fight seems brief, and Max kills Kruger!  Max then gets into the main computer room, logging onto Elysium’s main drive.  Max starts the main systems, accessing all of the major population links, where he is able make all people legal citizens of Elysium.   As the computer does this, Max dies.

Elysium Poster.jpg

As always, several great movies are coming!  I am looking forward to films that include Baggage Claim, Closed CircuitThe Counselor, Ender’s Game, Getaway, Jobs, Last Vegas, Prisoners, Rush, and Thor:  The Dark World!  Movies, movies, movies!

…..and wha’s your motivation????

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On the Way Out, Cassini Captures More Cosmic Curiosities of Saturn!

July 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, science and technology, web gossip)


I really get somewhat upset when journalists and semi-scientists post information about so-called “other Earths” having been located in other places throughout the galaxy.  That is not the exact truth.  No other world has yet to be located that is anything akin to our Earth.  Water has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth.  Life has NOT been found anywhere else outside of Earth.  As these are the main things that classify Earth as Earth, classifying anything else as such is erroneous!

Anyhow.  An article from Yahoo/Reuters gives details about a recent information release from a N.A.S.A. space probe.  Apparently, this particular probe has been on it’s voyage for some time, and it has passed a distance of 900 million miles beyond Saturn.  The probe was able to reverse it’s positioning in order to photograph images of the solar system behind it.  One captivating picture was that of Planet Earth, in the distance!

Scientists working with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California are constantly reviewing and studying information that is received from satellites about what is occurring within outer space.  Recent researches are recognizing that our beloved Earth is little more than a dot among countless dots in the night sky, as depicted by Cassini.  The actual image of Earth and her moon take up no more than the space of one pixel!

Renowned scientific researcher Carolyn Porco has stated that the imaging of Earth from this distant vantage “underscores our coming of age as planetary explorers”.  Dr. Porco has directed the Cassini imaging program with The Space Science Institute at Boulder, Colorado.  It is, perhaps, that the images of Cassini from Saturn are giving humanity the necessary boost of enthusiasm for further reviews and attempts at exploring our solar system.  Certainly the magnificence of the images by the Cassini probe are undeniable, and they surely can be taken as catalysts for the next steps in human advancement toward a truly space-faring society.

The reverse images made by Cassini are supposed to have been a rare occurrence!  Space probes within the distant reaches of the solar system do not aim backward, so that their instruments are not damaged by rays from The Sun.  However, Cassini was able to turn around for it’s picturing of Saturn because of the gargantuan gas giant temporarily blocking our star’s powerful beams from the probe’s line of sight.

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://new.yahoo.com/smaller-paler-earth-unveiled-nasa-photo-003621145.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0723/Cassini-Saturn-photo-A-view-of-Earth-from-900-million-miles-away

http://news.yahoo.com/…cassini…picture-saturn-144133480.html

http://www.nasa.gov/…/2013/jun/HQ_13–187_Cassini_Earth_Photo.html

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2011-326

http://www.spaceref.com/news/views.html?pid=44425

Saturn

 

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Late-Night Cosmic Curiosities!

July 8, 2013 at 1:47 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, science and technology, web gossip)


Something is out there, damn it!  One of these days, sooner or later, we will find out who, or what it is (whether we like it, or not…)!  With strange signals popping off in the distance, one can not help but to be intrigued by what is being displayed.  I am the cat, after all……  (I heard that).

It does seem that there are some strange signals being sent our way, from the depths of the unknown.  It began during 2007, when a team of scientists was studying signals from an unknown area of our Milky Way Galaxy.  This initial study produced results that lasted merely one or two seconds.  A subsequent effort was made to track these same signals during 2011, yet that attempt was without merit.

Currently, there seem to be around 10,000 radio wave signals being received daily by telescopes here on Earth that are equipped to receive deep space emissions.  At present, these recently discovered radio signals remain mysterious.  However, it has been recognized as fact that these signals are truly occurring, and that they are real!

Parkes Radio Telescope and Parkes Observatory are being centered as the location for enhanced research geared toward deep space radio emissions tracking, along with similarly related astronomy fields of study.  Studies at Parkes have lead to the reception of four additional and mysterious signal bursts!  Scientists who studied these bursts have concluded that the emissions occur regularly, and that they occur all throughout the universe!

As these emissions remain mysterious, scientists are bolstered in there efforts to study them because they now know where to find them.  Future studies will reveal the mechanics behind the bursts.  The immediate presentations of the information have given evidence that can be studied to renowned minds like Dr. Stephen Hawking.  He is of the current impression that these bursts could be the emissions of dissolving, evaporating black holes!

As Dr. Hawking is Dr. Hawking, he probably is right!  Yet, the evidence is not solid, so they still are doing the research.  Meanwhile, the ongoing outlook progresses, and all frequency stations will remain tuned!

Telescope

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://science.time.com/2013/07/05/the-mystery-of-the-intergalactic-radio-bursts/?hpt=hp_t3

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/mystery-intergalactic-radio-bursts-detected-130704.htm

http://www.csmonitor.com/Mystery-radio-bursts-coming-from-space-but-probably-not-from-E.T

http://www.space.com/21861-deep-space-radio-explosions-mystery.html

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23817-mystery-radio-bursts-blamed-on-black-hole-blitzars.html#.UdpBQ5Ao4dk

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/…radio-signals-deep-space….+src=yahoo

http://www.designntrend.com/articles/5754/20130706/intergalactic-mystery-powerful-radio-bursts-space-detected-source-video.html

  black hole

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Scientists Locate Smallest, and One of Oldest Galaxies, Yet!

June 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, web gossip) (, )


I have to believe that it is a good thing that there are intelligent and inquisitive people who are continuously delving into studies of such intrigue!  Surely, it has to take some time and work for these kinds of results to be produced with such seeming accuracy and allure.  The information that is being released is so fantastic and phenomenal that it certainly must attract the attention of any who come across the details presented!

Details that have been published within the recent edition of The Astrophysical Journal provide data about what is being labeled as the smallest galaxy to be discovered, yet!  It has been entitled as Segue 2.  This is a dwarf-spiral galaxy, and it is a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.  It is said to be filled with stars that mostly are ancient, having been formed more than twelve billion years in the past.  Scientific speculation has presented the supposition that Segue likely was one of the first galaxies to have been formed ever, with it’s stars being among the first ever to shimmer within all of space-time!

Current studies of Segue 2 are leading to more detailed studies of dark matter.  This is the theoretical matter that is alleged to compose nearly eighty-five percent of all matter within the entire universe!  First identified in the early twentieth century by scientific minds like Fritz Zwicky, dark matter continues to captivate the minds of the scientific community, while there has been no direct identification of it, or contact with it.

Dark matter is relevant in the study of Segue 2 in that it is alleged to be the primary bonding force of this galaxy’s structure.  Scientists working with The University of California – Irvine have observed Segue 2, finding that it is a galaxy of little actual mass, and containing slightly more than one thousand stars, at most.  Their studies go further, proposing that the galaxy is held in tact by dark matter.

As a dwarf-spiral galaxy, Segue 2 is far smaller than our Milky Way.  However, it is believed to have a greater density than our home galaxy.  This is due to it having slightly more than one thousand stars within it, yet being filled with dark matter.  It is due to the presence of a dark matter halo that the stars within Segue 2 remain in place, allowing the collection to maintain the classification of galaxy.

Currently, researchers are combining skills and information to get more clarified results from the studies of Segue 2.  Scientists working with The University of California – Irvine are reviewing information about this galaxy, while seeming intrigued at it’s small size, yet intense density.  Their studies are providing new light into how dark matter works, and the possibility of a not-yet discovered subatomic particle, which also may play a role in how structures like entire galaxies contain and maintain mass.  The scientists look into details of Segue 2 with awe, as some have said that it’s discovery has been like finding an elephant that is smaller than a mouse!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://science.time.com/2013/06/13/meet-the-itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-galaxy/?hpt=hp_t3

http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/article01147-segue-2-dwarf-galaxy.html

http://news.uci.edu/press-releases/uci-scientists-size-up-universes-most-lightweight-dwarf-galaxy/

http://science.time.com/…itsy-bitsy-teeny-weny-galaxy/?hpt=hp_t3

http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/10/18885108-this-galaxys-a-lightweight-the-tiniest-every-found?lite

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/10/dwarf-galaxy-segue-2-smallest-lightest-discovered_n_3416310.html

http://www.space.com/14746-dark-matter-composition.html

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…and I did!

June 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM (childcare and child protection, climate studies, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, movie reviews, science and technology, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)


It was aiight!  I had a good time watching it.  I can see where some of the critics say it was overblown, yet it was meant to be a bit off the hinges.  After all, it is a film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, so… you get what you get…. and you will enjoy it!  Shyamalan did the direction of After Earth, while the production of the film was in the hands of The Mr. and Mrs. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her brother, Caleeb Pinkett, and, Mr. Will Smith’s business associate, Mr. James Lassiter.

Anyhow.  The plot goes with the idea of all of humanity choosing to leave Earth in the year 2025, after we have ultimately f-ed up the planet!  (That actually is not enough time for us to have developed intergalactic space travel, or to have located another habitable world for the entire planetary population, but that is another story….)  After one thousand years have passed, we have managed to find another world to infest, I mean to populate, called Nova Prime.  It is the year 3000, and society is patrolled by a system known as The Ranger Corps.

Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is the lead general of The Ranger Corps.  He is known for being strict and a stern disciplinarian.  His son is Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith), who just has been recruited into The Corps.  This is an issue for Cypher because he sees his son as a child without discipline, while always into mischief.  Meanwhile, Kitai yearns for his father’s respect, attention, and most of all, his love, as he attempts t become the strongest ranger that has been seen in this corps.

Cypher engages in a discussion with his wife, Faia (Sophie Okonedo), about their son.  Faia pleads with Cypher, urging him to see that Kitai wants his respect and his love.  She requests of her husband to take their son with him on his next training mission, and Cypher agrees.   Cypher sets forth with Kitai to a location that is unfamiliar to the younger Raige, yet the father does identify to his son as to where they have arrived….  Earth!

Indeed, in truth, not enough time has passed for creatures to have evolved into enormous dino-birds, or animals of unrecognizable features to be meandering about the planet.  A mere one thousand years is not enough time for evolution to take hold for drastic changes in appearance of anything to happen.  A wolf will still be a wolf, a snake will still be a snake, a bird will still be a bird, so that part of the story is bullshit!  However, there was a bit of allure to the story in the idea of the fact that humanity should keep in mind that continuous damage to the planet at our hands will lead to a probable need to evacuate Earth!  If that is the case, where will we go?

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I had to put in The Beebs, featuring Lil’ Jaden!

Earth 4

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