The Universe and it’s destructive allure

 

The very act of observing disturbs the system.”  Werner Heisenberg

There has been a recent discovery of a new gravity wave (a ripple in Space time), detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and confirmed with the Chandra x-ray space telescope.   The source of this gravity wave ‘event’ was two Neutron stars colliding, which created what is described as a Kilonova.

A Neutron star by it’s definition, is the core remnants of a giant star that has blown off it’s outta layers, in other words it explodes, leaving the small and extremely dense core as a compressed star, albeit fainter, but extremely disruptive in the sense it’s core density spins at an incredible rate, which in turns creates a gravitational binding energy of extreme gravity.  A single, small Neutron star can shred and tear apart planets and larger stars within it’s vicinity.  So, you can imagine what would happen if these two of small hyper active destroyers collide.  As mentioned, it sends out a ripple through out the Universe.   A distortion of the fabric of Space time.

It is known that NASA colour what we see with the Hubble’s digital images of Galaxies, Nebula clouds and Supernova’s which are all black and white, the use of colour as discussed in my blog post Art: “Defy actuality” doesn’t exist to the human eye within the Universe, what may exist in very faint details are reds and blues.  Bright red hues as seen as stars that emit in red wavelengths and blue stars in ultraviolet.  It is not a “nursery” of colorful brilliance, we add that human fixture or desire to beautify something.  As the Universe viewed without it’s added colours by us, may not exude what we define as beautiful.

From a philosophical perspective, in light of our growing knowledge of a Universe, that in all retrospect is a violent and destructive entity.  Is how do we define a Universe as anything of actual beauty?   The serene and magnificence of the stars and planets of the Milky Way seen observed from our own planet, in someways is misleading to what the cosmos entails.  It is rather, a cold, radiated vacuum of mostly dead planets, violent stars and black holes.  What we mostly view as ‘events’ from Earth within the Universe is violence, exploding stars that become Supernovas, Gamma Ray Bursts which have caused mass extinctions on Earth, Black Holes that in all astrophysical science defy purpose – except to destroy.   The latest event, which is significant, being the two Neutron stars colliding.

The Universe maintains it’s eternal destructive force, that as an alluring and scientific fascination.  Also provides us, the human race, more perspectives on what it means for life and it’s rarity in the cosmos.

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Adrian Glass

Author of “Cataclysmal” (2017) https://www.amazon.com/CATACLYSMAL-Adrian-Glass-ebook/dp/B06XC95QH2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Tabby’s star ( KIC 8462852) dimming caused by circumstellar dust…or maybe not.

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(Tabetha Boyajian who discovered the bizarre dimming of what is now known as Tabby’s star.  Image from Earthsky.com)

I never believed in the media hyped assertion nor gave it any real significance as a possibility, that being the alien mega structure ‘theory’ for the strange behavior of KIC 8462852 (Tabby’s star), as it was to clean (as a metaphor) in it’s fictional assumption and as mentioned in previous articles regarding Tabby’s stars sporadic and dramatic dimming – it would be best that particular science fiction theory, which has crossed over into science, of an alien mega structure (to harness the energy of a star).  Be put to rest.

From my 2015 article Re: Tabby’s star  https://chiasmusadrianglass.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/seti-and-kic-8462852/

I always thought light signatures, or discrepancies in light waves from distant stars and/or planets could reveal more than expecting an outright infrared signal or heat signature from a alien civilization. Pertaining to the fact what was received from the distant star is over 1500 years old. In a human-centric aspect, this is a philosophical argument, that we probably should not assume that other ‘civilizations’ in this Galaxy fall under our classifications of what life should be and it’s interaction within the universe. It will be us adapting and rethinking what Extraterrestrial Life means in the cosmos and how it will create new paradigms. This is important. Say an advanced alien civilization has mastered their corner of the Galaxy, why would they reflect the natural order?  In the sense give off infrared radiation and emit other wasteful by-products, such as humans do, as we look at everything as finite in our collective and narrow ideas of civilization…

Two new science papers have been released, the first by Joshua Simon and Benjamin Shappee of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California.  Have found that the star, in certain periods actually brightened rather than dimmed. This, in someways still points to an artificial reason.  The other paper written for the The Astrophysical Journal by Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, states within the ultraviolet spectrum – the star’s dimming patterns are akin to circumstella ‘dust’ with it’s clumpy formation.  All findings must be compared against other stars to find correlations.  To remove the uniqueness of KIC 8462852 (Tabby’s star).

Please refer to article of the new findings via https://cosmosmagazine.com

From a science fiction perspective, I prefer the idea that what orbits in an ‘erratic’ way around Tabby’s star are the remains of a massive and ancient, but lifeless alien artifact.  Of a long extinct and/or civilization that has mysteriously vanished a long time ago.

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Asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass by the Earth 12th October 2017.

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(2012 TC4 near miss 12th october 2017.  Image from the Public Domain)

And if we are rare, in our present biological state within the Universe. We should not only fight against a Universal structure that aims to destroy life, but to also learn to manipulate and release ourselves from the bondage of determinism within the Cosmos. It is not only necessary for us to transform nature, but also ourselves.

As discussed in Asteroid 3122 “Florence” will pass by the Earth 1st September 2017, the potentiality of threats against the human race via the Universe will increase substantially overtime as detection technology and the tracking of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) becomes more advanced.  Meteoroids, which constantly bombard the Earth’s atmosphere, with most burning up or evaporating (comprised mostly of ice)  – still can have a significant effect if,  due to their larger size, they explode within the Earth’s lower atmospheres creating a shock-wave, the effect would be akin to what occurred over the town Chelyabinsk (Russia) in 2013.  With over a thousand people requiring medical attention.   The Chelyabinsk meteor was small on the scale of NEOs at 20 meters.

Asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass by the Earth nearing the High Earth Orbit (HEO) which lies above the satellite geocentric orbits at 36,000 kilometers.  The asteroid’s estimated near miss of the Earth will be at 44,000 kilometers.  The size of Asteroid 2012 TC4 has been calibrated at the same dimensions as a house.  If it targeted a city or crashed near a coastal area, the city and most of it’s inhabitants would be destroyed, with tsunamis ensuring the overall carnage.

From https://phys.org/news/2017-08-asteroid-earth-moon-orbit-esa.html

The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles)—an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, according to the European Space Agency,

This is just far enough to miss our geostationary satellites orbiting at about 36,000 kilometres.

“We know for sure that there is no possibility for this object to hit the Earth,” Detlef Koschny of ESA’s “Near Earth Objects” research team told AFP.

“There is no danger whatsoever.”

The asteroid, dubbed 2012 TC4, first flitted past our planet in October 2012— at about double the distance—before disappearing from view.

It is about 15-30 metres (49-98 feet) long, and was travelling at a speed of some 14 kilometres (nine miles) per second when spotted.

Scientists expected the asteroid to return for a near-Earth rendezvous this year, but did not know how close it would get.

Now, the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile has managed to track the rock down, some 56 million kilometres away, and determine its trajectory.

“It’s damn close,” said Rolf Densing, who heads the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

“The farthest satellites are 36,000 kilometres out, so this is indeed a close miss,” he told AFP.

For researchers, the near miss will provide a rare chance to test Earth’s “planetary defence” systems—which at this point are focused on early warning rather than active asteroid deflection.

“Would The Universe Still Exist If No Life Existed To Observe It?”

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(The Abell 370 Galaxy cluster which contains hundreds of Galaxies, with the brighter (older) elliptical galaxies that contain hundreds of billions of stars.  In the background are older, more ancient Galaxies in which Hubble is unable to focus on.  Abell 370 is is located 4 billion light-years away within the constellation Cetus the Sea Monster.)

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This question appeared on Forbes via Quora which I don’t frequent.  But the essential aspects of the question lie in the Zen philosophical perspective or Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as what exists is only within the reality that we conceive.  So, what is important about science, is that it tests and clarifies the mysteries that we do see before us.  However, this is human centric view of reality, despite the general theorems of Quantum physics and Relativity that in most cases have been proven correct.  We are by all definition creating our own reality and that originates within, from the quantum mechanics to the physical world.  All are labeled, classified and studied from a collective and individual understanding.  We created the calculations to understand the Universe, like I mentioned to study and understand the predicaments of our place in the cosmos.  But, for arguments sake, say we do go extinct  before our true potential as human beings.  The Universe that we knew of, will end with us.  As the current assumption is, the human race is the only lifeforms known at this point in time.  We define the Universe, it does not define us.

Adrian Glass

author of:

SATRAN KAEVON (2017)

 

Cassini (space probe): Will plunge into Saturn on September 15th 2017 (update 1)

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(Two of the last sets of raw imagery from Cassini before NASA plunged the probe into Saturn on September 15th 2017 at 4.55am PDT/ERT.  Earth Received Time)

It’s a shame and somewhat of a waste.  Due to the creation of a departmental expansion within Space programs that enforce planetary and bacterial rights (assuming that alien bacteria even exists).  Our solar system and what we know of interstellar space, is that it’s a solar radiation waste dump filled with mostly dead planets mixed with the ever present danger of asteroids and comets.  With the possibility that primitive life is buried deep within Saturn and Jupiter’s ice moons.

From my article: Cassini (space probe): Will plunge into Saturn on September 15th 2017

Originally part of the Cassini-Huygens, with the Huygen (named after Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens d1695) which separated in 2005 as the Titan (Saturn moon) lander from Cassini.  Huygen successfully was able to receive and send back to NASA images of it’s decent onto Titan.  Due to software issues was unable to send a full quota of photos back from the Titan surface.

At an overall cost of $3.26 billion one can’t help but ask; in reference to the argument that Cassini must be destroyed as it poses, speculatively, an interplanetary contamination risk to possible biological contamination  of  ‘alien’ bacterial life on Saturn’s moons.  Why destroy the craft?  When Huygen was placed on Titan, with the assumption that it poses no risk to microbiological  life, due to the hypothesis that Titan’s oceans are deeper within the surface.   All throw around theories while a craft, that essentially could orbit for decades around Saturn will be destroyed along with it’s price tag.”

Missing Stars and Galaxies. Could this be the next search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI)?

The dark nebula LDN 483

(An image of Space known as a “Void”)

This is interesting.  The mystery of vanishing stars and Galaxies.  More so, at this point in time it will be a broadly speculative theorized observation as astronomers will need to look back over a hundred years of recorded astrophysical data.   To determine any missing stars or clusters of stars.  Still, I prefer this than the ‘Tabby’s star’ alien mega structure theory (which I don’t believe), please refer to this link, on the light dipping within the light curve from KIC 8462852 (Tabby’s star).

From New Scientist  Re: ETI and missing stars

Beatriz Villarroel at Uppsala University in Sweden says this crazy idea has been gnawing at her since her first year of graduate studies. Now she and two undergraduates have finally taken the plunge. They scoured multiple surveys of the night’s sky by eye in order to see if any of nearly 300,000 light sources disappeared from one survey to the next.”

So far the results are mixed. The team found one interesting artefact that looks like it might have vanished, but they can’t be sure. “It was a depressing case in the sense that we neither could reject it and neither could we say that it was a real candidate,” says Villarroel. Although the team checked for so-called false positives, throwing out hundreds of similar disappearing objects, this one withstood all tests – but only just.”

“…So while other teams search for possible signatures of astro-engineering like the one suspected around Tabby’s star, Villarroel and her colleagues are searching for things that seem impossible. If they confirm a star that has vanished without an accompanying supernova explosion or a galaxy that has disappeared from view, there’s simply no physical explanation – save for aliens.

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My 2017 book CATACLYSMAL discusses Voids in Space and the disappearances of ‘stars’