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Hawaii Approves Plan for Giant Telescope Atop Dormant Volcano

Posted by doctorwordsworth on March 1, 2011

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An artist’s illustration of the Thirty-Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
CREDIT: Thirty Meter Telescope

A telescope that will be one of the largest in the world has been given the green light to be built atop a dormant Hawaiian volcano.

The Hawaiian government’s Department of Land and Natural Resources has granted a permit to the University of Hawaii to build and operate the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, a 13,803-foot (4,207-meter) volcanic peak on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The permit, which was approved Friday (Feb. 25), is the final step in a multi-year vetting process that took the project’s cultural and environmental impacts into account, TMT officials said.

 

“The Thirty Meter Telescope has worked diligently during the past three years to design an observatory that would minimize its environmental and cultural impact,” Sandra Dawson, TMT’s Manager of Hawaii Community Affairs, said in a statement. “The TMT project also fulfills the requirements outlined in the recently approved Comprehensive Management Plan for Mauna Kea.”

One of the world’s most powerful telescopes

The new telescope will scan the heavens in a range of wavelengths, from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared. Its 98-foot-wide (30 m) primary mirror will give the telescope nine times the light-collecting power of today’s most powerful telescopes in the optical/infrared range of the light spectrum, project officials said.

For comparison, Hawaii’s Keck Telescope — a go-to instrument for confirming many of the alien planet candidates detected by NASA’s Kepler mission — has a mirror 33 feet (10 m) wide.

The telescope will be able to pick up extremely faint and faraway objects, allowing astronomers to peer out to the edge of the observable universe, near the beginning of time. An advanced adaptive optics system will also give the telescope high-resolution vision, providing images more than 12 times sharper than those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, officials said. [Photos: Hubble Telescope’s Spectacular Views]

Telescope officials said the new instrument could begin construction next year and start making observations around 2020, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper.

Not over yet

After a five-year global campaign to identify the best place to put the huge new observatory, project officials chose Mauna Kea in July 2009. Thirteen other telescopes already sit near the volcanic peak’s summit, attesting to its prime viewing conditions.

The telescope project has completed an environmental impact statement, which was approved by Hawaii’s then-governor Linda Lingle in 2010, officials said. The permitting process also began that year, and public hearings were held this past fall to let locals comment on the telescope proposal.

Not all Hawaiians are in favor of the Thirty-Meter Telescope.

Some have voiced displeasure about the project because they consider Mauna Kea sacred, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

On Friday, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources approved the telescope’s application, green-lighting its construction and operation on Mauna Kea. However, not everything is completely settled; the DNLR also approved opponents’ request for one final hearing to make their case against the telescope, according to the Star-Advertiser.

The project is an international collaboration whose partners include Caltech, the University of California, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Department of Science and Technology of India.

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Aerospace expert and astronaut create treaty for peace in space

Posted by doctorwordsworth on March 1, 2011

Carol Rosin speaking for Phoenix MUFONCarol Rosin speaking for Phoenix MUFON

Aerospace consultant, Dr. Carol Rosin, announced today at the International UFO Congress a proposed treaty she developed with her colleagues, including astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, to keep space free of weapons.

The introduction states:

 

Click  the image to view the treaty.Click the image to view the treaty.

 

The treaty in it’s entirety can be downloaded here.

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Better Look at Where Tyche supposedly is

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 25, 2011

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Two planets found sharing one orbit

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 25, 2011

Room for two (Image: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the moon’s formation.

The two planets are part of a four-planet system dubbed KOI-730. They circle their sun-like parent star every 9.8 days at exactly the same orbital distance, one permanently about 60 degrees ahead of the other. In the night sky of one planet, the other world must appear as a constant, blazing light, never fading or brightening.

Gravitational “sweet spots” make this possible. When one body (such as a planet) orbits a much more massive body (a star), there are two Lagrange points along the planet’s orbit where a third body can orbit stably. These lie 60 degrees ahead of and 60 degrees behind the smaller object. For example, groups of asteroids called Trojans lie at these points along Jupiter’s orbit.

In theory, matter in a disc of material around a newborn star could coalesce into so-called “co-orbiting” planets, but no one had spotted evidence of this before. “Systems like this are not common, as this is the only one we have seen,” says Jack Lissauer of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Lissauer and colleagues describe the KOI-730 system in a paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal (arxiv.org/abs/1102.0543).

Richard Gott and Edward Belbruno at Princeton University say we may even have evidence of the phenomenon in our own cosmic backyard. The moon is thought to have formed about 50 million years after the birth of the solar system, from the debris of a collision between a Mars-sized body and Earth. Simulations suggest the impactor, dubbed Theia, must have come in at a low speed. According to Gott and Belbruno, this could only have happened if Theia had originated in a leading or trailing Lagrange point along Earth’s orbit. The new finds “show the kind of thing we imagined can happen”, Gott says.

Will KOI-730’s co-orbiting planets collide to form a moon someday? “That would be spectacular,” says Gott. That may be so, but simulations by Bob Vanderbei at Princeton suggest the planets will continue to orbit in lockstep with each other for the next 2.22 million years at least.

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Chandra Finds Superfluid In Neutron Star Core

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 25, 2011

Props to Steller Chemistry for Article!

 


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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star. Superfluids created in laboratories on Earth exhibit remarkable properties, such as the ability to climb upward and escape airtight containers. The finding has important implications for understanding nuclear interactions in matter at the highest known densities.

Neutron stars contain the densest known matter that is directly observable. One teaspoon of neutron star material weighs six billion tons. The pressure in the star’s core is so high that most of the charged particles, electrons and protons, merge resulting in a star composed mostly of uncharged particles called neutrons.

Two independent research teams studied the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, the remains of a massive star 11,000 light-years away that would have appeared to explode about 330 years ago as observed from Earth. Chandra data found a rapid decline in the temperature of the ultradense neutron star that remained after the supernova, showing that it had cooled by about four percent over a 10-year period.

“This drop in temperature, although it sounds small, was really dramatic and surprising to see,” said Dany Page of the National Autonomous University in Mexico, leader of a team with a paper published in the February 25, 2011 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters. “This means that something unusual is happening within this neutron star.”

Superfluids containing charged particles are also superconductors, meaning they act as perfect electrical conductors and never lose energy. The new results strongly suggest that the remaining protons in the star’s core are in a superfluid state and, because they carry a charge, also form a superconductor.

“The rapid cooling in Cas A’s neutron star, seen with Chandra, is the first direct evidence that the cores of these neutron stars are, in fact, made of superfluid and superconducting material,” said Peter Shternin of the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, leader of a team with a paper accepted in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Both teams show that this rapid cooling is explained by the formation of a neutron superfluid in the core of the neutron star within about the last 100 years as seen from Earth. The rapid cooling is expected to continue for a few decades and then it should slow down.

“It turns out that Cas A may be a gift from the Universe because we would have to catch a very young neutron star at just the right point in time,” said Page’s co-author Madappa Prakash, from Ohio University. “Sometimes a little good fortune can go a long way in science.”

The onset of superfluidity in materials on Earth occurs at extremely low temperatures near absolute zero, but in neutron stars, it can occur at temperatures near a billion degrees Celsius. Until now there was a very large uncertainty in estimates of this critical temperature. This new research constrains the critical temperature to between one half a billion to just under a billion degrees.

Cas A will allow researchers to test models of how the strong nuclear force, which binds subatomic particles, behaves in ultradense matter. These results are also important for understanding a range of behavior in neutron stars, including “glitches,” neutron star precession and pulsation, magnetar outbursts and the evolution of neutron star magnetic fields.

Small sudden changes in the spin rate of rotating neutron stars, called glitches, have previously given evidence for superfluid neutrons in the crust of a neutron star, where densities are much lower than seen in the core of the star. This latest news from Cas A unveils new information about the ultradense inner region of the neutron star.

“Previously we had no idea how extended superconductivity of protons was in a neutron star,” said Shternin’s co-author Dmitry Yakovlev, also from the Ioffe Institute.

The cooling in the Cas A neutron star was first discovered by co-author Craig Heinke, from the University of Alberta, Canada, and Wynn Ho from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2010. It was the first time that astronomers have measured the rate of cooling of a young neutron star.

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Tyche May or May Not be Nibiru but in Two Years we Will Know if It’s Indeed Real or Not

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 15, 2011

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Props to gizmodo.com for article

There’s a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that’s what two astrophysicists say.

The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud—the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed… over the next two years.

Matese and Whitmire are convinced that Tyche is very real now, however. 15,000 times farther from the Sun than Earth, Tyche would be made mostly of hydrogen and helium. The titanic planet would orbit the Sun with moons and rings around it, bubbling with clouds and storm systems similar to Jupiter. It would even have a mild temperature (-73ºC/-99.4ºF) compared to the asteroids around it, which are almost near absolute zero. Whitmire says that the temperature difference is because a titan of this size takes a long time to cool off after its formation.

Would Tyche be the 9th planet of our Solar System, after Pluto’s demise? If its existence is finally confirmed, its Solar System planet status may not be guaranteed. The reason: Astronomers theorize that Tyche could be a planet born in another star system and captured by ours. But whatever classification it gets, it’s exciting to think that there may be a new neighbor just around the corner.

Original image by NASA is not a concept of Tyche—used to illustrate size.

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Could the Annunaki Really Have Enslaved Humans For Gold Mining 200,000 Years Ago??

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 14, 2011

Props to viewzone2.com for the read!

They have always been there. People noticed them before. But no one could remember who made them — or why? Until just recently, no one even knew how many there were. Now they are everywhere — thousands — no, hundreds of thousands of them! And the story they tell is the most important story of humanity. But it’s one we might not be prepared to hear.

Something amazing has been discovered in an area of South Africa, about 150 miles inland, west of the port of Maputo. It is the remains of a huge metropolis that measures, in conservative estimates, about 1500 square miles. It’s part of an even larger community that is about 10,000 square miles and appears to have been constructed — are you ready — from 160,000 to 200,000 BCE!

The image [top of page] is a close-up view of just a few hundred meters of the landscape taken from google-earth. The region is somewhat remote and the “circles” have often been encountered by local farmers who assumed they were made by some indigenous people in the past. But, oddly, no one ever bothered to inquire about who could have made them or how old they were.

This changed when researcher and author, Michael Tellinger, teamed up with Johan Heine, a local fireman and pilot who had been looking at these ruins from his years flying over the region. Heine had the unique advantage to see the number and extent of these strange stone foundations and knew that their significance was not being appreciated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Could Aliens Cloak Themselves?

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 11, 2011

I came across a great topic of discussion on Legendarytimes forums (my fav place to be!) and this was brought up. Along with this topic a youtube video was provided of a octopus that camos itself in the most incredible way and fast as hell too! You have to see it. So the theory was if an animal can do it that quick then what’s stopping an advanced intelligence to create a cloaking technology? Great concept I love it! Thanks “Serene” for bringing this up.

 

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Why is China building eerie ‘ghost cities’?

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 11, 2011

Are they preparing for something?

 

 

Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted from Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert, the premium online newsletter published by the current No. 1 best-selling author, WND staff writer and senior managing director of the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities.

Why is China constructing large, well-designed “ghost cities” that are completely devoid of people?


China’s empty roads (source: Business Insider)

Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports Google Earth photographs of China depict city after city of vast complexes consisting of office skyscrapers, government buildings, apartment buildings, residential towers and homes, all connected by networks of empty roads – with some of the cities located in China’s truly most inhospitable locations.

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Starchild Project

Posted by doctorwordsworth on February 11, 2011

Our first topic should be none other than the Starchild Project. The Starchild Project is headed by Llyod Pye. I’m not the greatest person to explain things so the following will be excerpts and clips derived from the Starchild Project website. Please give them a visit sometime by heading over to the right hand side of this website.

THE STARCHILD SKULL is a unique 900-year-old bone skull found in Mexico in the 1930s. The Starchild Project is an informal organization which began in 1999 when Ray and Melanie Young, the owners of the Starchild Skull, asked Lloyd Pye to head research efforts to determine what caused the unusual shape and properties of the bone.

The results uncovered by Pye’s team ruled out all known deformities [click to read the report], and presented the scientific community with a genetic and physiological profile never before seen on Earth.


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