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View 99217's Instagram Everyday is always a blessing, grateful to live in such a beautiful place 🙏🏼 1519343916187666052_2523622912

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View 99217's Instagram This mornings Waning Gibbous, taken at 5:38am 05-18-17. 1517519563422926342_2523622912

This mornings Waning Gibbous, taken at 5:38am 05-18-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Waning gibbous this morning, taken at 5:29am 05-16-17. 1516074457427856986_2523622912

Waning gibbous this morning, taken at 5:29am 05-16-17.

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View 99217's Instagram The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena which could just as easily create such spikes. However, a recently-discovered FRB seems to defy the explanations astrophysicists typically assign to such anomalous signals. In a new pre-publication study on arXiv.org, an international body of astronomers searched for the usual follow-up signals across radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino emission bands. None were found. 1514253228999795703_2523622912

The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena which could just as easily create such spikes. However, a recently-discovered FRB seems to defy the explanations astrophysicists typically assign to such anomalous signals. In a new pre-publication study on arXiv.org, an international body of astronomers searched for the usual follow-up signals across radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino emission bands. None were found.

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View 99217's Instagram stunning image of a rare phenomenon which some scientists say is a sure sign of the oncoming solar minimum. The solar minimum is a regularly-occurring phase of the solar cycle which marks a low point in solar activity. That means solar flares and sunspots reach their lowest point, causing all sorts of changes to weather patterns and even a decline in auroras. SpaceWeather.com has published NASA’s images of the bizarre-looking blank sun, noting that this is the thirty-first day of a Sun with no spots. The image might look like nothing like a computer-generated yellowish circle, but it is actually a white-light image of the sun. The increasing occurrence of blank sons has some astronomers suspecting that we might even currently be experiencing a solar minimum. Determining the exact dates of a solar minimum can be tricky because identifying a minimum requires a longitudinal study of average solar activity. In other words, we might not know for sure that a solar minimum has occurred until months after it ends. 1513308356402975832_2523622912

stunning image of a rare phenomenon which some scientists say is a sure sign of the oncoming solar minimum. The solar minimum is a regularly-occurring phase of the solar cycle which marks a low point in solar activity. That means solar flares and sunspots reach their lowest point, causing all sorts of changes to weather patterns and even a decline in auroras. SpaceWeather.com has published NASA’s images of the bizarre-looking blank sun, noting that this is the thirty-first day of a Sun with no spots. The image might look like nothing like a computer-generated yellowish circle, but it is actually a white-light image of the sun. The increasing occurrence of blank sons has some astronomers suspecting that we might even currently be experiencing a solar minimum. Determining the exact dates of a solar minimum can be tricky because identifying a minimum requires a longitudinal study of average solar activity. In other words, we might not know for sure that a solar minimum has occurred until months after it ends.

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View 99217's Instagram full moon from the other night, Taken 7:57pm, 05-10-17. 1513305427310594170_2523622912

full moon from the other night, Taken 7:57pm, 05-10-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's waxing gibbous, taken at 10:03pm 05-03-17. 1507143526893539507_2523622912

Tonight's waxing gibbous, taken at 10:03pm 05-03-17.

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View 99217's Instagram In other news, If you’re tired of the way things are going in the world today and would like to sit it out for a few years, a doctor in Italy has a deal for you. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, says he will be ready to thaw cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them in donor heads by 2020. The question is, will the rest of us be ready for it? Professor Sergio Canavero. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s the same surgeon who is also planning to perform the first human head transplant by the end of this year. Where does he find the time? In that operation, he’s working with Dr Xiaoping Ren of the Harbin Medical Centre who helped perform the first successful hand transplantation in the US. Canavero had announced that he had a head donor — Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov who suffers spinal muscular atrophy -– but Dr. Ren wants to perform the operation in China and believes that the ethnicity of the head should match the body. Since his chances of getting a Russian body in China are slim, Mr. Spiridonov is out of luck for a head transfer. 1505030092160906083_2523622912

In other news, If you’re tired of the way things are going in the world today and would like to sit it out for a few years, a doctor in Italy has a deal for you. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, says he will be ready to thaw cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them in donor heads by 2020. The question is, will the rest of us be ready for it? Professor Sergio Canavero. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s the same surgeon who is also planning to perform the first human head transplant by the end of this year. Where does he find the time? In that operation, he’s working with Dr Xiaoping Ren of the Harbin Medical Centre who helped perform the first successful hand transplantation in the US. Canavero had announced that he had a head donor — Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov who suffers spinal muscular atrophy -– but Dr. Ren wants to perform the operation in China and believes that the ethnicity of the head should match the body. Since his chances of getting a Russian body in China are slim, Mr. Spiridonov is out of luck for a head transfer.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's Waxing Crescent, taken at 7:12pm 04-30-17. I have to say the waxing crescent is by far my favorite phase of the moon 👌🏼 1504889732017185240_2523622912

Tonight's Waxing Crescent, taken at 7:12pm 04-30-17. I have to say the waxing crescent is by far my favorite phase of the moon 👌🏼

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View 99217's Instagram Lovely waxing crescent tonight, taken at 8:06pm 04-29-17. 1504191422134711786_2523622912

Lovely waxing crescent tonight, taken at 8:06pm 04-29-17.

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View 99217's Instagram A recent survey of the ocean floor surrounding Antarctic and Arctic sea ice has revealed stunning images of strange swirling patterns and meandering lines. Some of the lines appear to be arranged in parallel patterns or concentric rings which stretch for dozens of kilometers across the sea floor. The survey was conducted by the British Antarctic Survey, a group of marine geologists and glaciologists who have been compiling an atlas of underwater glacial formations and landforms. To capture these 3D images, special research vessels equipped with echo-sounding sensors made a careful sweep of the seafloor much in the same way satellites compile the images that make up Google Earth and other 3D atlases. In a presentation given at the 2017 European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna, the researchers behind the discovery of these strange lines assure there is a reasonable scientific explanation for them. According to Kelly Hogan, a marine geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey, the strange lines are essentially the ‘fingerprints’ left by the bottoms glaciers and other formations of ice as they slowly scraped across what is now the sea bottom. Many of these lines took tens of thousands of years to carve out while glaciers contracted or expanded due to climate shifts:
It’s a huge achievement to bring together all these images in a way that will enable us to interpret the polar seafloor landscape like never before. And it’s a beautiful representation of what the seafloor can tell us about the past, much like a tree ring. 1501731966935177521_2523622912

A recent survey of the ocean floor surrounding Antarctic and Arctic sea ice has revealed stunning images of strange swirling patterns and meandering lines. Some of the lines appear to be arranged in parallel patterns or concentric rings which stretch for dozens of kilometers across the sea floor. The survey was conducted by the British Antarctic Survey, a group of marine geologists and glaciologists who have been compiling an atlas of underwater glacial formations and landforms. To capture these 3D images, special research vessels equipped with echo-sounding sensors made a careful sweep of the seafloor much in the same way satellites compile the images that make up Google Earth and other 3D atlases. In a presentation given at the 2017 European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna, the researchers behind the discovery of these strange lines assure there is a reasonable scientific explanation for them. According to Kelly Hogan, a marine geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey, the strange lines are essentially the ‘fingerprints’ left by the bottoms glaciers and other formations of ice as they slowly scraped across what is now the sea bottom. Many of these lines took tens of thousands of years to carve out while glaciers contracted or expanded due to climate shifts: It’s a huge achievement to bring together all these images in a way that will enable us to interpret the polar seafloor landscape like never before. And it’s a beautiful representation of what the seafloor can tell us about the past, much like a tree ring.

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View 99217's Instagram One fascinating idea that has come to be a fixture of science fiction and fantasy is the idea of other universes and realities other than our own, new worlds existing side by side with us and even harboring other versions of ourselves. Yet is this all mere science fiction or is there something more to it? Since as long as the idea of a multiverse has been around there have been those who have sought to find some way to prove that these alternate realities exist, looking for clues and hints that they could indeed be real. Ranging from the surreal and the bizarre to the more scientifically plausible, these pieces of supposed evidence and the methods used to search for them cover a wide spectrum, and show that there is a strong desire for us to reach out into the unknown and make sense of the possible reality of alternate, parallel universes and realities. Let’s take a curious, intriguing, and often downright weird look at the quest to prove a multiverse.
One of the more bizarre and controversial pieces of supposed evidence put forward for the existence of alternate realities is a phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect, of which I have touched on here at Mysterious Universe before, which involves a mass misremembering of the same facts or details by a large number of people. The theory has its origins in 2010 with a paranormal researcher named Fiona Broome, when she found that a fact she clearly remembered seeing on the news, that Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 1980s, was actually wrong and that he in fact was still alive at the time, indeed living until 2013, when he died from a respiratory illness at his home. This perplexed her, as she so vividly and clearly remembered his death in the 80s, and when she voiced this puzzlement online there was a deluge of others who seemed to share this memory of the same thing, claiming that they clearly recalled seeing it on the news, could envision the reports, and even that they had been taught about it at school. 1499867146459903857_2523622912

One fascinating idea that has come to be a fixture of science fiction and fantasy is the idea of other universes and realities other than our own, new worlds existing side by side with us and even harboring other versions of ourselves. Yet is this all mere science fiction or is there something more to it? Since as long as the idea of a multiverse has been around there have been those who have sought to find some way to prove that these alternate realities exist, looking for clues and hints that they could indeed be real. Ranging from the surreal and the bizarre to the more scientifically plausible, these pieces of supposed evidence and the methods used to search for them cover a wide spectrum, and show that there is a strong desire for us to reach out into the unknown and make sense of the possible reality of alternate, parallel universes and realities. Let’s take a curious, intriguing, and often downright weird look at the quest to prove a multiverse. One of the more bizarre and controversial pieces of supposed evidence put forward for the existence of alternate realities is a phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect, of which I have touched on here at Mysterious Universe before, which involves a mass misremembering of the same facts or details by a large number of people. The theory has its origins in 2010 with a paranormal researcher named Fiona Broome, when she found that a fact she clearly remembered seeing on the news, that Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 1980s, was actually wrong and that he in fact was still alive at the time, indeed living until 2013, when he died from a respiratory illness at his home. This perplexed her, as she so vividly and clearly remembered his death in the 80s, and when she voiced this puzzlement online there was a deluge of others who seemed to share this memory of the same thing, claiming that they clearly recalled seeing it on the news, could envision the reports, and even that they had been taught about it at school.

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View 99217's Instagram This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-19-17. 1496543107087605961_2523622912

This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-19-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's waning gibbous, taken at 12:31am 04-17-17. 1494902064609074338_2523622912

Tonight's waning gibbous, taken at 12:31am 04-17-17.

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View 99217's Instagram This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-14-17. 1492940058217909060_2523622912

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View 99217's Instagram The most famous and mysterious red dot in the history of humans and the planets that they can see so far just got a mysterious new neighbor. The Great Red Spot – discovered in the mid 1600s and confirmed by Voyager 2 to be an anticyclonic, high pressure storm twice the size of Earth – has been joined by the Great Cold Spot – a frigid area nearly as big as Big Red but not as reliable.
Tom Stallard, a planetary astronomer at the University of Leicester and lead author of a new study on the Great Cold Spot published in Geophysical Research Letters, says the spot was detected by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile and confirmed using 15 years worth of observations from another telescope. That data shows the Great Cold Spot being as stationary in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as the Great Red Spot, but unlike Red it disappears occasionally, only to return eventually in the same location. 1492236199438767155_2523622912

The most famous and mysterious red dot in the history of humans and the planets that they can see so far just got a mysterious new neighbor. The Great Red Spot – discovered in the mid 1600s and confirmed by Voyager 2 to be an anticyclonic, high pressure storm twice the size of Earth – has been joined by the Great Cold Spot – a frigid area nearly as big as Big Red but not as reliable. Tom Stallard, a planetary astronomer at the University of Leicester and lead author of a new study on the Great Cold Spot published in Geophysical Research Letters, says the spot was detected by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile and confirmed using 15 years worth of observations from another telescope. That data shows the Great Cold Spot being as stationary in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as the Great Red Spot, but unlike Red it disappears occasionally, only to return eventually in the same location.

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View 99217's Instagram Stop your giggling over there! That’s what the press release said … kind of. NASA scientists studying the gas giant (yes, that’s what it is) with the Hubble telescope have been watching bursts of wind (this is just getting worse – it’s solar wind) as they hit Uranus (you can’t make this stuff up) and saw that the wind caused huge intense auroras to come out of Uranus and then circle Uranus (really!). When they finally stopped laughing, they also reported finding the magnetic poles that disappeared into Uranus in 1986. This is what happens when private space companies takeover the launches and NASA scientists have to find new ways to entertain themselves.
Seriously (if that’s possible at this point), this is part of an ongoing study of auroras on other planets. As on Earth, these spectacular light shows on other planets are caused by charged particles from solar wind or cosmic rays that get caught by a planet’s ionosphere and magnetic field and collide with gas particles to create bursts of light that are witnessed by the planet’s inhabitants and/or astronomers on Earth. 1491489029152504896_2523622912

Stop your giggling over there! That’s what the press release said … kind of. NASA scientists studying the gas giant (yes, that’s what it is) with the Hubble telescope have been watching bursts of wind (this is just getting worse – it’s solar wind) as they hit Uranus (you can’t make this stuff up) and saw that the wind caused huge intense auroras to come out of Uranus and then circle Uranus (really!). When they finally stopped laughing, they also reported finding the magnetic poles that disappeared into Uranus in 1986. This is what happens when private space companies takeover the launches and NASA scientists have to find new ways to entertain themselves. Seriously (if that’s possible at this point), this is part of an ongoing study of auroras on other planets. As on Earth, these spectacular light shows on other planets are caused by charged particles from solar wind or cosmic rays that get caught by a planet’s ionosphere and magnetic field and collide with gas particles to create bursts of light that are witnessed by the planet’s inhabitants and/or astronomers on Earth.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight's moonrise, after being very patient for the second night in a row, the moon started peeking through the darkness of the clouds about 15 minutes after it initially started to rise.. Nevertheless the clouds were still present.. Taken at 7:49pm 04-11-17. 1491155083147398636_2523622912

Tonight's moonrise, after being very patient for the second night in a row, the moon started peeking through the darkness of the clouds about 15 minutes after it initially started to rise.. Nevertheless the clouds were still present.. Taken at 7:49pm 04-11-17.

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View 99217's Instagram Tonight – April 10, 2017 – presents the first full moon of spring for the Northern Hemisphere and the first full moon of autumn for the Southern Hemisphere. In most years, the Christian celebration of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Northern Hemisphere spring. So tonight’s Easter Moon heralds the coming of Easter Sunday on April 16, 2017. 1490392621653682221_2523622912

Tonight – April 10, 2017 – presents the first full moon of spring for the Northern Hemisphere and the first full moon of autumn for the Southern Hemisphere. In most years, the Christian celebration of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Northern Hemisphere spring. So tonight’s Easter Moon heralds the coming of Easter Sunday on April 16, 2017.

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View 99217's Instagram The category is: “Thing that are old.” What is Great Pyramid at Giza? Good answer. What is Stonehenge? Better. What is a Heiltsuk village site on Triquet Island in British Columbia? Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner! Charcoal recovered from a hearth buried in a Heiltsuk village site dates back 14,000 years, making it one of the oldest First Nations settlements in North America and older than the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge combined.
I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old.
Attendees at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archeology this week will hear about the discovery from Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria who worked at the excavation on Triquet Island, 320 km (200 miles) south of the Alaskan border and about 500 km (310 miles) northwest of Victoria, Canada. In addition to the charcoal, Gauvreau and the rest of the archeologists found rare artifacts such as a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires. 1490094718611419916_2523622912

The category is: “Thing that are old.” What is Great Pyramid at Giza? Good answer. What is Stonehenge? Better. What is a Heiltsuk village site on Triquet Island in British Columbia? Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner! Charcoal recovered from a hearth buried in a Heiltsuk village site dates back 14,000 years, making it one of the oldest First Nations settlements in North America and older than the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge combined. I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat there going, holy moly, this is old. Attendees at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archeology this week will hear about the discovery from Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria who worked at the excavation on Triquet Island, 320 km (200 miles) south of the Alaskan border and about 500 km (310 miles) northwest of Victoria, Canada. In addition to the charcoal, Gauvreau and the rest of the archeologists found rare artifacts such as a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires.

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