4 March 2017

 - Scientists are none the wiser on the origin of cosmic rays despite trawling through seven years of observational data from NASA’s Fermi Large Area Telescope.

A study published in Physical Review Letters details efforts of scientists to examine the “largest ever sample of high-energy cosmic-ray electron and positron events since the beginning of its operation.”

The team examined nearly seven years of data from the Fermi Large Area Telescope - the principal scientific instrument on the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope spacecraft but fell short on pinpointing the direction from which the elusive cosmic rays originate.

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15 January 2016

 - What is 10 miles across, but powers an explosion brighter than the Milky Way? Astronomers studying what may be the most powerful supernova ever seen

Right now, astronomers are viewing a ball of hot gas billions of light years away that is radiating the energy of hundreds of billions of suns. At its heart is an object a little larger than 10 miles across.

And astronomers are not entirely sure what it is.

If, as they suspect, the gas ball is the result of a supernova, then it’s the most powerful supernova ever seen.

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1 December 2015

Source: Banjo More amazing shots of the Northern Lights over Iceland last night at this link.

24 September 2015

 - If anyone needs a confirmation of this energetic change we’re experiencing as well as expecting more of, scientists have just confirmed it. This is big news and should be an encouragement to many that what we’ve been sensing does indeed have a confirmed, identifiable physical counterpart.

Three orbiting X-ray space telescopes have detected an increased rate of X-ray flares from the usually quiet giant black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy after new long-term monitoring. Scientists are trying to learn whether this is normal behavior that was unnoticed due to limited monitoring, or these flares are triggered by the recent close passage of a mysterious, dusty object.

An interesting idea there, a cocooned or cloaked star that unexplainably passes near the massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, which as we know is where the energetic forces emanate from and enlivens the stars and other bodies and all energetically connected aspects in our the milky way.

We know that the position of the stars and planets directly influences our lives. How much more then do massive energy shifts and pulses coming from the gigantic center of our galaxy?

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26 July 2015

View larger. | Face to face!  Artist's concept of Earth (l) and Kepler 452b.  Image via NASA. - The Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone – or zone where liquid water can exist – around a sunlike star. 

Dreamers and visionaries have long imagined finding another Earth. This week (July 23, 2015) at a NASA teleconference, scientists with the planet-finding Kepler mission took a step closer to that dream with the discovery of the first nearly Earth-sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone – or zone where liquid water can exist – of its sunlike star.

The planet is located 1,400 light-years away, in direction our constellation Cygnus the Swan. It has many similarities – and also some differences – to the world on which we stand.

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23 January 2015

 - On January 5th 2015, NASA let out an image of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest galaxy to us. They captured the image using the NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope once again, but this time it’s taken to a whole new level. They took 411 images and put them together to create the largest image ever taken. It’s a whopping 1.5 billion pixels and requires about 4.3 GB of disk space! The image takes you through over 100 million stars and travels more than 40,000 light years. It’s likely to make you feel like you are only a very, very small part of a universe that we begin to understand the true size of as each day passes.

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12 December 2014

 - In the famous Fibonacci sequence, each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. It begins with 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and continues so on. When you take two successive numbers in this sequence, their ratio is very close to 1.618, which is called the golden ratio. The Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio are present in many parts of the natural world including the shape of plants, human and animal bodies, weather patterns, and even galaxies. It is said that they govern order in the natural world.

Now, researchers from South Africa claim that the golden ratio can be seen in the topology of space-time, giving the argument that the ratio keeps the entire Universe in order.

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22 January 2014

 - A sprinkling of stardust is as magical as it sounds. The dust grains that float through our solar system contain tiny pockets of water, which form when they are zapped by a blast of charged wind from the sun.

The chemical reaction causing this to happen had previously been mimicked in laboratories, but this is the first time water has been found trapped inside real stardust.

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4 January 2014

  - A previously undetected asteroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean, 2,200 miles off the coast of Venezuela on Thursday.

The rock, the size of a car, is estimated to have had an impact energy of around 750 tons of TNT. Small in cosmic terms, but enough to have caused massive problems if it had hit a population center.

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15 November 2013

Sophisticated video made by NASA shows an animated rendering of ancient Mars—a planet of blue skies and vast oceans. (Screenshot/NASA) - Mars was not always the cold, barren desert world it appears to be today. Billions of years ago, it had a warm atmosphere and vast life-supporting oceans.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission will investigate the dramatic climate change that took place on Mars. That process of change has been rendered by sophisticated computer animation in the video below. As time passes,  the lakes dry up or freeze, and the blue skies turn to the dusty pink and brown of today’s Red Planet.

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13 August 2013

Starry eyed: Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland was lit up during the Preseid meteor shower as two meteors whizz across the night sky illuminated by the Milky Way

Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland, UK, was lit up during the Preseid meteor shower as two meteors whizz across the night sky illuminated by the Milky Way

Read more: Daily Mail

11 August 2013

 - Hundreds of fireballs and shooting stars will dart across the sky over the next two nights, putting on a spectacular light show for stargazers. The annual Perseid meteor shower is considered to be one of Mother Nature’s most dazzling celestial displays.

According to NASA, around 90 to 100 bright and colorful meteors can be seen per hour during the meteor shower’s peak, which will take place August 11-12.

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