New Galactic Center X-ray Transient Detected by Swift: SWIFT J174540.7-290015

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(Above: Crow. Ok… I get it? You can stop laughing now, you damn bird. Makes me wanna eat you even more!!) Well… One must admit when one has jumped the gun, and I may have been a tiny bit premature with my last post?? Maybe? Hell. You can’t blame me! Just read a couple posts … Continue reading

New observations of Sgr A* show Dramatic Increase in High Energy Output!

Image from swift-sgra.com showing observed energy output from Sgr A*. February 7, 2015 @ 23:00 UTC

The SWIFT team has been observing the Galactic Center for three years. The observations have given us data on a new magnetar in the GC, and shows in the data as the tallest peaks, reaching almost 14 sigma above the normally observed energy output of about 3 sigma, usually less. The oddly smooth data gaps … Continue reading

Draupnir: Odin’s Golden Armband

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Image from the SWIFT monitoring of Sgr A*. In the stories of the Norse Religion, when Odin’s son is killed, at the funeral Odin places on his son an armband made of gold. Called Draupnir, this armband will drop 8 rings of equal weight on every 9th night. As I have watched the data from … Continue reading

Esoteric Meanings of Modern and Ancient Religious Bedrocks

“Choking the Chicken” No. I do not daily (sometimes multiple times… What?!! I may be getting older but I’m not dead!) endeavor to violently strangulate poultry. I’m not one to upset PETA. A euphemism, double entantandra, metaphor, an alligorical story. Why? So as not to upset the little ones. To convey to a larger group an intent … Continue reading

Sgr A* vs. G2- Coalescence At The Galactic Center

First, Dr. Gillessen of the MPE said in his last paper “even non-detections can be rewarding. And we encourage the reporting thereof.” As generous and gracious as he has been in his papers, this subtle statement makes me wonder if someone or some government agency has approached his team and attempted to stop reporting of… … Continue reading

X3 Solar Flare Moves FASTER Than Light

Waves like this, with a period of 22.6 years, eminate from the GC, causing our Sun's maximum and minimum cycle.

The following is from spaceweather.com: SOLAR FLARE CAUSES RARE ‘MAGNETIC CROCHET’: On Nov. 5th at 22:12 UT, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR1890 erupted, producing a brief but intense X3-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash: Radiation from the flare caused a surge in the ionization of Earth’s upper atmosphere–and this … Continue reading

The Equatorial Ozone Hole

March 26, 2013 image showing the amount of ozone in the ozone layer. White is higher amounts, red is lower. Source: nnvl.noaa.gov

In March, 2012, a hole in the Ozone Layer above Greenland appeared suddenly. By the year’s end, a dramatic melting of Greenland’s ice sheet was observed. The Antarctic hole has become a thing of the past. And according to the UN, the ozone layer depletion has stopped. “Mission Accomplished!!” they said back  in 2010. Looking … Continue reading

Milky Way Will go ‘Relativistic’ In Near Future, AGN

  Today, October 6, 2012, at 10:27 UTC, the most important telegram (to date) was posted in The Astronomer’s Telegram– http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=4456 I have re-printed it in full here, acknowledging that I have, in no way, any ownership of the presented information. All links to previous ATels will lead you to the wonderful site listed above, … Continue reading

Sea Ice Levels Begin to Increase, 09/19/2012

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Data from the Naval Ice Center shows that the 2012 Minimum Ice Levels have been reached and we have begun to GAIN sea ice.  After falling to the lowest levels seen in recorded history, between September 19 and September 26 sea ice has increased by 268,700 sq km. Though the ice will not be as … Continue reading

C/2010 X1 (a.k.a. “Elenin”) Data and Image

Source- Earthchanges.ning.com. Poster of image could not confirm this was actually C2010 X1. Seems it does not have an official picture.

JPL’s data on C/2010 X1, a.k.a “Elenin” can be found here- http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=C%2F2010%20X1;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=1#elem In the event you are unable to see it, here are the highlights. Time of closest approach= Oct 16, 2011 @ 1950 UTC Apparent Magnitude on 10/16/2011 will be 6.95 Distance on 10/16/2011=0.2338459….. AU or 34,982,848.7098205169 km or 21,737,334.40237683669 miles Speed= 23.909 km/sec … Continue reading

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