Sunday, 8 February 2015

Ascension Earth 2012 -- February 8, 2015

Ascension Earth 2012

  • How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life?
  • How to See the Ghostly Zodiacal Light of the Night Sky
  • 50 AMAZING Facts to Blow Your Mind #2
  • M.K.Davis discusses the giant hand print on a cave wall
  • Carbon-14 Dated Dinosaur Bones - Under 40,000 Years Old?
  • Ancient Knowledge Part 1 ~ Consciousness, Sacred Geometry, Cymatics & thIllusion of Reality ~ Rare Footage
  • Problems with the Evolution Theory ~ A very educational presentation
  • Mystery of the American Mound Builders
  • Are Gamma Ray Bursts Dangerous?
Posted: 07 Feb 2015 10:30 PM PST

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By by Elizabeth Howell

In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time as Martians arrived on our home planet. The broadcast is widely remembered for creating public panic, although to what extent is hotly debated today.

Still, the incident serves as an illustration of what could happen when the first life beyond Earth is discovered. While scientists might be excited by the prospect, introducing the public, politicians and interest groups to the idea could take some time.

How extraterrestrial life would change our world view is a research interest of Steven Dick, who just completed a term as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair of Astrobiology. The chair is jointly sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and the John W. Kluge Center, at the Library of Congress.

Dick is a former astronomer and historian at the United States Naval Observatory, a past chief historian for NASA, and has published several books concerning the discovery of life beyond Earth. To Dick, even the discovery of microbes would be a profound shift for science.

"If we found microbes, it would have an effect on science, especially biology, by universalizing biology," he said. "We only have one case of biology on Earth. It's all related. It's all DNA-based. If we found an independent example on Mars or Europa, we have a chance of forming a universal biology."

Dick points out that even the possibilities of extraterrestrial fossils could change our viewpoints, such as the ongoing discussion of ALH84001, a Martian meteorite found in Antarctica that erupted into public consciousness in 1996 after a Science article said structures inside of it could be linked to biological activity. The conclusion, which is still debated today, led to congressional hearings.

"I've done a book about discovery in astronomy, and it's an extended process," Dick pointed out. "It's not like you point your telescope and say, 'Oh, I made a discovery.' It's always an extended process: You have to detect something, you have to interpret it, and it takes a long time to understand it. As for extraterrestrial life, the Mars rock showed it could take an extended period of years to understand it."

ALH84001 Meteorite
The ALH84001 meteorite, which in a 1996 Science publication was speculated to be host to what could be ancient Martian fossils. That finding is still under dispute today.


Mayan decipherments

In his year at the Library of Congress, Dick spent time searching for historical examples (as well as historical analogies) of how humanity might deal with first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. History shows that contact with new cultures can go in vastly different directions.

Hernan Cortes' treatment of the Aztecs is often cited as an example of how wrong first contact can go. But there were other efforts that were a little more mutually beneficial, although the outcomes were never perfect. Fur traders in Canada in the 1800s worked closely with Native Americans, for example, and the Chinese treasure fleet of the 15th Century successfully brought its home culture far beyond its borders, perhaps even to East Africa.

Even when both sides were trying hard to make communication work, there were barriers, noted Dick.

"The Jesuits had contact with Native Americans," he pointed out. "Certain concepts were difficult, like when they tried to get across the ideas of the soul and immortality."

A second look by the Mars Global Surveyor at the so-called Viking “Face on Mars” in Cydonia revealed a more ordinary-looking hill, showing that science is an extended process of discovery.

Indirect contact by way of radio communications through the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), also illustrates the challenges of transmitting information across cultures. There is historical precedence for this, such as when Greek knowledge passed west through Arab translators in the 12th Century. This shows that it is possible for ideas to be revived, even from dead cultures, he said.

It's also quite possible that the language we receive across these indirect communications would be foreign to us. Even though mathematics is often cited as a universal language, Dick said there are actually two schools of thought. One theory is that there is, indeed, one kind of mathematics that is based on a Platonic idea, and the other theory is that mathematics is a construction of the culture that you are in.

"There will be a decipherment process. It might be more like the Mayan decipherments," Dick said.

The ethics of contact

As Dick came to a greater understanding about the potential c impact of extraterrestrial intelligence, he invited other scholars to present their findings along with him. Dick chaired a two-day NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Symposium called "Preparing for Discovery," which was intended to address the impact of finding any kind of life beyond Earth, whether microbial or some kind of intelligent, multicellular life form.

 The symposium participants discussed how to move beyond human-centered views of defining life, how to understand the philosophical and theological problems a discovery would bring, and how to help the public understand the implications of a discovery.

"There is also the question of what I call astro-ethics," Dick said. "How do you treat alien life? How do you treat it differently, ranging from microbes to intelligence? So we had a philosopher at our symposium talking about the moral status of non-human organisms, talking in relation to animals on Earth and what their status is in relation to us."

Dick plans to collect the lectures in a book for publication next year, but he also spent his time at the library gathering materials for a second book about how discovering life beyond Earth will revolutionize our thinking.

"It's very farsighted for NASA to fund a position like this," Dick added. "They have all their programs in astrobiology, they fund the scientists, but here they fund somebody to think about what the implications might be. It's a good idea to do this, to foresee what might happen before it occurs."
Posted: 07 Feb 2015 10:02 PM PST

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Over the next two weeks, you have an excellent chance to spot one of the most rarely observed objects in the sky, the zodiacal light.
The zodiacal light takes its name from the ancient band of 12 constellations through which the sun, moon, and planets pass, the Zodiac. Modern astronomers prefer to use the name of the sun's path, the Ecliptic, and add a 13th constellation, Ophiuchus.

Most of the material in the solar system is concentrated in a flat disk coinciding with the ecliptic. Besides the eight planets and their accompanying moons, there are thousands of asteroids and millions of smaller particles, ranging all the way down to fine grains of interplanetary dust.

These millions of particles cannot be seen as individual objects, but like the distant stars in the Milky Way, their tiny inputs of light combine to create a faint glow along the plane of the ecliptic. This is what we call the zodiacal light.

Most people nowadays have never seen the Milky Way because its light is so faint that it is wiped out by light pollution except under dark country skies. The zodiacal light is even fainter than the Milky Way.

Veteran night sky photographer Jeffrey Berkes managed to capture the zodiacal light in March 2014 during a trip to Death Valley National Park, where he photographed the celestial light from Badwater Basin.

"It was simply incredible here with the unworldly landscape at the lowest point in the US (232 feet below sea level)," Berkes told in an email, adding that he will return to Death Valley this year to make another attempt while running an astrophotography workshop.

So to see the zodiacal light you first of all need to get away from light polluted urban skies. You need to observe at the dark of the moon, such as we will experience over the next two weeks. Finally you have to choose the right time of the year, when the ecliptic is close to rising vertically in the sky, normally in February and March in Northern Hemisphere evenings. You also need to give your eyes at least 20 minutes in total darkness so that they reach their maximum sensitivity.

Use the bright planets Venus and Mars low on the western horizon to locate the base of the cone of zodiacal light, which will be tilted over to the left. The similar cone of the Milky Way, about 20 degrees to the right, will give you an idea of the shape to look for.
It will also help to use what astronomers call "averted vision." This takes advantage of the fact that the most sensitive cells in our eyes' retinas are not in the central part of the visual field, but slightly away from it. The trick is to look slightly away from where you expect the zodiacal light to appear. This will put it on the most sensitive part of your eye, and improve your chance of seeing it.

February 2015 Zodiacal Light Sky Map

Look upward from Mars and Venus to see the faint glow of the zodiacal light along the ecliptic (green line), as distinct from the Milky Way to the north. 

Once you manage to spot the zodiacal light, try to follow it upward in the sky towards the zenith. You may see a faint glow directly opposite the sun's location, called thegegenschein, German for "counterglow." This is a slight concentration of sunlight reflected off the interplanetary dust, just as traffic signs reflect back the light of car headlights.

Spotting the zodiacal light and gegenschein are among the rarest astronomical observations any stargazer can accomplish. Good luck, and let us know if you succeed.

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For all these years of Friendship,
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Ascension Earth 2012

Farewell from Ascension Earth!

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for visiting Ascension Earth over the past few years and making this site, what I consider, such a wonderful and very surprising success since my first post way back in January of 2011. I never dreamed this site would receive just shy of 10 million page views since then, and I want to thank you all again for stopping in from time to time for a visit. I hope you have found some of the content interesting as well as educational, and I want everyone to know that I only shared content I believed to be factual at the time of publication, though I may have reached differing understandingsconcerning some of the subject matter as time has past. All of the content that has been shared here at Ascension Earth was shared with the goal of provoking contemplation and conversation, leading to a raising of consciousness, an ascension of consciousness. That's what ascension is to me.

I have made a decision to move on from here, but I will always remember and always cherish the friendships I have made along this twisting journey since launching this site, what feels like a lifetime ago now. I wish all of you the greatest success in each and every endeavor you shall undertake, and I hope each of you are graced with peace, love & light every step of the way as you continue your never ending journey through this incredibly breathtaking and ever mysterious universe we share together.


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Conversation with
A Man Who Went to Mars
by Morgan Kochel

…And there you have it! This was the end of our discussion about the Mars mission, but I have remained in touch with Chad. At this point, I hope to be able to convince him to do a video or TV interview, but of course, there will be more than a few obstacles to overcome, the main one being that he may currently be in some danger if he goes public.

Furthermore, there is always the barrier of peoples' understandable skepticism.

As I said in the beginning, I cannot verify this story for anyone, nor is my intent to convince anyone of its veracity. My goal is only to help him get his story heard, because if this story IS true, the people of this planet are being lied to on a grand scale, and perhaps this will eventually help the UFO Disclosure Movement. It's time for the lies to be uncovered, and time for the truth -- whatever that may be -- to be known once and for all.

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