Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cosmic Correspondence: December 10, 2008

Secret (Stratocaster) Sun



Ralph Buckley (no relation to Jeff) is a visionary cosmic-blues rocker in the Hendrix/Trower/Marino mold, and used The Secret Sun as inspiration for this driving number! I have a great love for the late 60s/early 70s hard rock that Ralph is inspired by (and I'm an old-school Strat afficianado), so this is a real honor. It's no surprise that Ralph is very much attuned to the world of the Symbols- all of the best musicians always are.

Check out his website, RalphBuckley.com if you like what you hear. And for a real trip, check out his YouTube site as well.

GALACTIC CENTER
There is a giant black hole at the centre of our galaxy, a study has confirmed. German astronomers tracked the movement of 28 stars circling the centre of the Milky Way, using the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
The black hole is four million times heavier than our Sun, according to the paper in The Astrophysical Journal.- BBC
Maybe I should have filed that one under "more news that isn't news."

CNN SPACEWATCH

As things fall apart here on Earth, our eyes are pointed by unseen hands towards the Heavens. CNN gets in on the act with a stunning new gallery of galactic imagery.

And the eyes in the sky continue to sweep the Heavens...

CO2 SPOTTED ON DISTANT PLANET
WASHINGTON (AFP) – NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered both carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of a distant planet, in a key step for finding extraterrestrial life, the space agency said Tuesday.
Detecting organic compounds that can be a by-product of life processes on an Earth-like body could one day "provide the first evidence of life beyond our planet," NASA said in a statement.- Yahoo!
Here's a fascinating little addendum on the Hubble:
The US space agency has set a tentative date of May 12 for the liftoff of the Atlantis, on a long-delayed service mission to the Hubble telescope, NASA announced.
Of course, May 12 is 5/12 which is 17, which seems to be a very popular number with NASA these days. In the ancient Egyptian calendar May 12 was in the month of Horus and is "The Day of the Purification of All Things." Rather ominous sounding, no?

Speaking of Horus...

ISIS NOW ONLINE

Sure, CERN gets all the attention, but there's another potential Stargate I certainly had never heard of - the Isis Target Station in Oxfordshire (I kid you not). Here's a fascinating bit of crypto-journalism concerning this arcane bit of superscience:
Isis will grant your wishes - and you get more than three. Up to 40 different experiments can run side by side, now that the second target station "Isis 2" is open.

No wonder that physicists from across the globe will be flying in to seek an audience with the oracle, which resides at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.
Stunningly audacious.

The curtain is rising, people. Slowly but inexorably. The chemical wedding of ancient myths and futuristic technology will define the direction of human civilization in the days ahead. Much, much more on this to come, I'm sure.

SECRET SUN READING LIST