View From Earth

Sequel to BARD OF MARS INVOCATION Ubiquitous, therefore hard to assess, an elegant complexity is found, quite dauntingly difficult to express, innately lavish, vibrantly unbound. From forest to the desert or the sea, from far or in a microscopic view, at any scale, it works exquisitely, and wonder, awe and reverence are its due. Fit […]

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Topping The Star Charts

Happy 40th Anniversary to Voyagers 1 & 2!  Almost out of the solar system, traveling faster than anything else man has ever built, soon (in an astronomical sense) you will announce our presence to the rest of the intelligent universe (if it exists). You are our first spacecraft unable to ask, “Are we there yet?” […]

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Rock Garden

Ask a geologist about rocks, and she (or he) might tell you about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous,  then describe their differences based upon how they were formed. The fact is that everything heavier than air was formed in the same way — in the interior of mega-stars, fated to explode. We may be considered stardust, but we […]

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Cosmic Prediction

Betelgeuse is the armpit of Orion, literally.  That is to say that it’s name translates to just that, and it is located in what astronomers politely refer to today as Orion’s shoulder. Already the second brightest star in Orion (after Rigel) and the ninth brightest star we can see, it may soon (any day, in […]

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Astronautical Joys

Life in interstellar space will have its perks. ASTRONAUTICAL JOYS One day the horizon won’t seem so vast, when we step off the planet of our birth. In space, we’ll look ahead into the past to find a future never seen on Earth. The farther out we look the further back we see to the […]

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Late Heavy Bombardment

  Four billion years ago, the solar system was a shooting gallery.  However, without these asteroids and comets bringing Earth the necessary raw materials, life may never have begun.  Once life is present, these gifts from space are an entirely different matter.  Just ask the dinosaurs, well look to their fossils, that is.  

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