TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS

In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]

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LONG-RANGE PLAN

  LONG-RANGE PLAN Another Earth, just twelve light years away, was found in our space telescopes today! Though what it looks like we can’t really say, we’re pretty sure that liquid water may exist upon its surface anyway. We can infer water’s liquidity due to its “Goldilocks” vicinity discerned through Einstein’s relativity, duration of periodicity […]

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EQUIVALENCE PRINCIPLES

Further inspired by Robert Frost’s form, this poem touches on the very sensitive membrane of a black hole, where although we know physics breaks down, we hope its laws will nonetheless point the way through the chaos of infinities we encounter at a singularity’s boundary.  But what happens when things accelerate into a black hole, […]

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UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER

UNABLE TO PULL IT TOGETHER   No particle known is unaffected by gravity’s inexorable force, but, perhaps it was not yet perfected at the Big Bang, which was everything’s source. The entire mass of the Universe lacked the density to form a black hole but instead expanded, which seems perverse, as though gravity failed to […]

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THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH

THE UNIVERSE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH A team of international scientists used several of the world’s most powerful telescopes to perform the most comprehensive assessment of the energy output in the nearby universe, concluding that today’s produced energy is only about half of what it was two billion years-ago and prompting claims that the universe […]

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SECLUSION PRINCIPLE

SECLUSION PRINCIPLE We live within a universe so vast we never will perceive its full extent. Because there are horizons that are past the span light can speed in the firmament, parts of the cosmos will be forever beyond possible communication. As fast as light, we’ll still reach them never, for they have greater acceleration. […]

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Life In Europa

One of four discovered (in 1610) by Galileo, Europa is the smallest of the Galilean moons, but still larger than Pluto.  It is very bright because it is entirely covered in ice. When Zeus (Jupiter) raped Europa, he “abducted” her in the form of a white bull.  In the above collage, you can see the […]

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Interwoven Designs

INTERWOVEN DESIGNS We live due to a natural balance of elemental forces and charges so intricate that we have not yet deciphered their pattern. Only on this wet and rocky sphere with a magnetic core only at this distance from a moderate, long burning star, protected by our cratering moon, and sheltered by outer giants, […]

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FLEEING FROM THE PAST

FLEEING FROM THE PAST Big- Bang, it’s dubbed, but the start of our universe is more like an un-popped bubble expanding forever faster and ever faster fleeing from the only edge time’s arrow insists upon and the only edge allowed.    

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FATED NEBULAE

FATED NEBULAE   Like supernovae artists, clouds disperse behemoth art, as stars annihilate. “Sombrero,” “Crab” and “Horsehead” populate the gallery of our known universe. There’s “Eagle” and “Pillars Of Creation,” There’s “Ant,” “Tarantula” and “Pelican.” There’s even one called “Big Running Chicken.” One slightly resembles our great nation. These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal the shapes […]

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