Friday, 11. April 2008
World Mysteries Forum 2008

The fourth annual World Mysteries Forum will be held in Basel, Switzerland on the weekend of 10th and 11th May 2008.

Every year from 2004, the WORLD MYSTERIES FORUM will be the international centre of research, controversial discussion and encounters concerning the great mysteries of this world.

Experts will face the public and revolutionary discoveries come under scrutiny. The focus will be on questions, answers, communication and interaction. A stimulating event treading new paths.

All topics will be presented and discussed in such a way as to be understandable to the layman. Research and exploration mean pure excitement and science combined – and the resulting questions and mysteries are a source of fascination to everyone!


The speakers lined up eleven top-class international scientists, who will place incredible mysteries remarkable research projects and results at the centre of discussion, e.g. Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg, Prof. Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, 'Biocosm' author James N. Gardner and pre-Inca researcher Renate Patzschke, M.A.. See also the detailed program. Check also the link selection of university lecturers WMF speakers.

Interesting topics, in a beautiful setting, at the perfect time of year. Don't miss it!

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Am Pfingstsamstag und -sonntag, 10. und 11. Mai 2008, findet in Basel, Schweiz, das 4. World Mysteries Forum statt.

Von 2004 an, bietet das WORLD MYSTERIES FORUM kontroverse Diskussionen und Begegnungen mit den grossen Rätseln dieser Welt. Experten stellen sich dem Publikum, revolutionäre Entdeckungen kommen auf den Prüfstein. Frage und Antwort, Kommunikation und Interaktion sind angesagt. Eine lebendige Veranstaltung, die Zeichen setzt.

Alle Themen werden für den Laien verständlich präsentiert und diskutiert. Denn forschen und entdecken bedeutet Spannung pur, bedeutet Wissenschaft, und ihre Fragen und Rätsel faszinieren jeden!


11 hochkarätige internationale Referenten stellen atemberaubende Rätsel und zukunftsprägende Forschungsprojekte und -resultate zur Diskussion, unter anderen mit dabei: Nobelpreisträger Prof. Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg, Prof. Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, 'Bio-Kosmos' Autor James N. Gardner und pre-Inka Forscherin Renate Patzschke, M.A.. Hier geht es zum detaillierten Programm. Auch besuchenswert sind die Links dozierender, bisheriger Referenten.

Ein Event mit faszinierenden Themen, den man nicht verpassen sollte!
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Tuesday, 04. March 2008
Lebenskraft 2008, Zürich, Switzerland

For my German readers:

20 Jahre "Lebenskraft": Vom 6. bis zum 9. März 2008 feiert die Messe für BewusstSein, Gesundheit und Lebenshilfe im Kongresshaus Zürich ein rundes Jubiläum.

Reizworte vor allem für Andersdenkende bietet die "Lebenskraft" also auch im Jubiläumsjahr wieder einige, dazu gehören sicher auch Begriffe wie Live-Channeling, Jenseitskontakte oder Lebenskraftparty.
Wie auch immer: Bei dieser Messe erhalten wieder Tausende von Besucherinnen und Besuchern Anworten auf viele persönliche Fragen. Und wenn es nur Denkanstösse sind: Vieles ist, wäre, müsste doch möglich sein in unserer Welt.


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Über 50 Seminare oder Workshops sind programmiert.

Einige Highlights aus dem Programm:

Feierliche Eröffnungszeremonie
Am ersten Messetag, am Donnerstag, 6. März, wird die «Lebenskraft» von tibetischen Lamas mit einer feierlichen Zeremonie eröffnet. Buddistische Mönche werden mit grosser Geduld, höchster Konzentration und Genauigkeit ein komplexes kosmisches Diagramm, ein Mandala aus farbigem Sand, erstellen. Bei der Entstehung des «Medizin Buddha», dem Symbol der Heilung, darf das Publikum den Mönchen während der ganzen Zeit über die Schulter schauen und die höchst positive Wirkung des Mandalas erfahren. Am letzten Messetag dann, am Sonntag, 9. März, wird das Mandala in einer Schlusszeremonie aufgelöst und der Sand feierlich in den Zürichsee geschüttet. Was die Vergänglichkeit aller Dinge symbolisieren soll.

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Friedensnobelpreisträger referiert an der „Lebenskraft“
Natürlich reisen zur «Lebenskraft» auch im Jubiläumsjahr hochkarätige Referenten aus dem In- und Ausland an. Sogar der prominente deutsche Kernphysiker Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr konnte wieder verpflichtet werden. Er widmet sich seit vielen Jahren schon Themen ausserhalb seines eigentlichen Fachgebiets, darunter erkenntnistheoretischen und gesellschaftspolitischen Fragen. Dürr ist Träger des alternativen Nobelpreises 1987, des Friedensnobelpreises 1995 und erhielt 2004 das Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Dürr war bis Herbst 1997 Direktor des Werner-Heisenberg-Instituts am Max-Planck-Institut für Physik in München und ist Mitglied des Club of Rome.

Frauenpower-Symposium
Symposien unterschiedlicher Themenkreise stehen auch in diesem Jahr wieder auf dem Programm. Ins Auge sticht das Frauenpower-Symposium in welchem es um «Die göttliche Weiblichkeit in dir», oder den «Einstieg in die kosmische Weiblichkeit» oder um den «Tanz der inneren Powerfrau» geht.

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Healing-Festival zum 20. Jubiläum
Am zweiten Messetag, Freitag, 7. März, findet im Rahmen der «Lebenskraft» ein Healing-Festival mit Darbietungen wie Gruppenmeditationen, Heilmeditationen, heilender Musik und Tanz statt. 60 Heiler lassen die Besucherinnen und Besucher kostenlos daran teilnehmen. Einige bieten sogar kostenlose Einzelsitzungen an. Eine Gruppe von ausgebildeten Deeksha-Gebern übertragen Erleuchtungsenergie, welche der Menschheit den Aufstieg in eine nächste Dimension ermöglichen soll. Der Begriff Deeksha (auch: Diksha) stammt aus dem Sanskrit, der heiligen Sprache der Hindu und bedeutet soviel wie «Segen» oder «Initiation».

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Alle Einzelheiten, Themen und Informationen: Lebenskraft 2008
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Monday, 18. February 2008
Total Lunar Eclipse during night of February 20/21

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The total eclipse of the moon on February 20/21 will be the last one we’ll see until December 2010!

In the Americas, the Atlantic, Europe and Africa, people have a ringside seat to tonight’s total eclipse. But in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the eclipse occurs during daylight hours, when the eclipsed moon will be beneath the horizon as seen from that part of the world.

The moon is totally submerged in Earth’s shadow from 3:01 to 3:51 Universal Time Thursday morning, February 21.

The total lunar eclipse lasts for some 50 minutes, though the moon is partially eclipsed for over an hour before and after the central totality. The eclipse lasts almost 3 and 1/2 hours from start to finish.

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Eclipse Diagram for GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) by NASA


See also:

Lunar Eclipses for Beginners by Fred Espenak.

Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008 by NASA. With diagrams show the Moon's path through Earth's shadows of every time zones.

Viewer's Guide: Total Lunar Eclipse Feb. 20 by Space.com.
With nice Lunar Eclipse Galleries.


Lunar Eclipse - earth eclipses the sun as seen from the moon

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Artwork © by Don Dixon
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Monday, 28. January 2008
Spectacular Sky Show: Venus, Jupiter and the Moon

The most spectacular celestial sights over the next couple of weeks are reserved for the early morning sky. Two bright planets will converge, then be joined by the moon.

Kenneth L. Franklin (1923-2007), the former Chairman and Chief Astronomer at New York's Hayden Planetarium, would often make reference to our "dynamic and ever-changing sky."

Such an eloquent description certainly fits our current morning sky, for these final days of January and the first days of February will be an exceptional time for predawn sky watchers with a beautiful pairing of the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. They will appear closest together in the dawn sky of Friday, Feb. 1, and a few mornings later, the waning crescent moon will later drop by to join them.


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Before sunrise on February 1,
Venus and Jupiter will appear low in the southeastern sky,
as seen from midnorthern latitudes.


Dazzling "double planet"

For the past several months, dazzling Venus has been prominent in our morning sky. And about a week ago, brilliant Jupiter also began to emerge from out of the glare of the Sun.

The two planets are currently rising out of the east-southeast horizon about two hours before sunrise.

From now through the end of January, the gap between the two will noticeably close, until on Feb. 1 they'll be separated by just over one-half degree, which is roughly the apparent width of the moon (The width of your fist, held at arm's length roughly corresponds to 10 degrees). Jupiter will shine brilliantly at magnitude -1.9, yet it will appear only 1/7 as bright as Venus, which will gleam at magnitude -4.0.

Together they will make for a spectacular "double planet" low in the dawn twilight. In the mornings thereafter they will appear to slowly separate, but before they have a chance to get too far apart the moon will join the picture.

Celestial summit meeting

At last quarter (half) phase on Jan. 30, the moon will stand alone, high toward the south at sunrise. But with each passing morning, as it wanes to a slender crescent, it will shift toward the east, ultimately into the same region of the sky as our two planets.

Early on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, the moon will sit well off to the west (right) of the planets. On the following morning, Monday, Feb. 4, the show will reach its peak when, about 45 minutes before sunrise, Venus, Jupiter and the moon — the three brightest objects of the night sky — will form a striking isosceles triangle, with the two planets 3 degrees apart and the moon marking the vertex of the triangle just over 5 degrees below the "dynamic duo."

Imagine the astrological significance that the ancients might have ascribed to a celestial summit meeting such as this!

You might want to check your southeast horizon in advance to make sure that there are no tall trees or buildings that might obstruct your view of the moon which will be sitting very low to the horizon.

Like a painting, this celestial tableau might, at first glance may appear rather flat and one-dimensional. But by gazing at this scene long enough, our minds can perhaps picture these objects strung out across the solar system, along our line of sight as they really are.

Beyond our moon — figuratively a stone's throw away at 247,000 miles (397,000 kilometers) — we first reach Venus, about 510 times farther out, or 126 million miles (203 million kilometers) from Earth. The lesser gem flanking Venus — Jupiter, largest of all the planets — is nearly 4 and a half times more distant than Venus at a distance of 560 million miles (901 million kilometers).

Generally speaking, at least for the immediate future, conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter will come in pairs. The first conjunction takes place in the morning sky, followed about 10 months later by another in the evening sky. Then, after about two and a half years, Venus and Jupiter are again in conjunction, again in the morning sky.

When Venus and Jupiter next get together, it will be in the evening sky late next fall, on Dec. 1. After that, we'll have to wait until May 2011 (morning sky) and Mar. 2012 (evening sky) for the next set of Venus-Jupiter conjunctions.


Source: Nightsky by Space.com

See also:
Venus Image Gallery
Jupiter Image Gallery
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Tuesday, 15. January 2008
Mark your Calendar for 2008’s Sky Shows

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This year's astronomical calendar features not just one, but two pairings of the sky's brightest planets - plus a total solar eclipse visible from exotic locations, and a total lunar eclipse that most Americans will be able to see from their backyards.

There's also a good selection of star cluster occultations, and a promising opportunity to catch August's annual Perseid meteor shower.

Here are some of the more noteworthy sky events that will take place this year. SPACE.com's weekly Night Sky column will provide more extensive coverage of each event as they draw closer.



February 1 — Venus/Jupiter conjunction, Part 1.
This will be the first of two meetings this year between the two brightest planets in our sky. This one will occur in the morning sky, low in the east-southeast and is best seen about 45 minutes before sunup. On Feb. 4, a beautiful crescent moon will join the two planets making for an eye-catching array.

February 20-21 — Total eclipse of the moon.
Less than six months after last August's total lunar eclipse, we have yet another that occurs during the late-night hours of February 20-21. This eclipse will favor much of North America, occurring during convenient evening hours, although Europeans will also be able to enjoy a view of the darkened moon before it sets. Totality will last for a bit less time than usual (50 minutes), as the moon slides to just within the southern portion of the Earth's umbra, perhaps leading to a potentially bright total phase highlighted by a brighter southern limb. Adding to this spectacle, a planet (Saturn) and a bright star (Regulus) will be close to the totally eclipsed moon forming a broad triangle.

May 10 — Occultation of the Beehive star cluster.
A waxing crescent moon, 38 percent illuminated, will pass in front of the famous Beehive Cluster this evening for North Americans, making for a pretty sight in binoculars and low-power telescopes. Members of the cluster will disappear behind the moon's dark edge and will reappear about an hour later behind the bright edge.

May 21-22 — Jupiter without satellites!
Anyone who points a small telescope toward the planet Jupiter will nearly always see some or all of the four famous Galilean satellites. Usually at least two or three of these moons are immediately evident; sometimes all four. It is very rare when only one moon is in view and rarer still when no moons at all are visible. On this night, for parts of the northeast U.S. and eastern Canada, Jupiter will appear moonless for about 20 minutes.

June 30 — Occultation of the Pleiades star cluster.
This occultation is already in progress for the northeastern U.S. as a skinny sliver of a waning crescent moon rises in the pre-dawn sky. Earthshine should also be present, imparting a "3-D effect" in binoculars and small telescopes. The best views will come as the brighter stars of this cluster reappear along the dark lunar limb.

August 1 — Total eclipse of the sun.
Siberia anyone? From Novosibirsk you'll see the late-afternoon sun completely blotted out for 2.3 minutes. Totality will also be visible from Canada's Northwest Passage, western Mongolia, and the western end of the Great Wall of China.

August 11-12 — Perseid meteor shower.
At first glance this doesn't look like a favorable year to view this famous meteor display, since the moon will be in a bright waxing gibbous phase on the peak viewing night. Fortunately, the moon will set at around 1:45 a.m. local daylight time, leaving the rest of the night dark for meteor watchers.

August 16 — Partial eclipse of the moon.
Europe, Africa and Asia will be in the best position to watch about four-fifths of moon become immersed in the Earth's dark umbral shadow.

September 19 — Another Pleiades occultation.
A waning gibbous moon will already be within the Pleiades as it rises over the Eastern U.S. and Canada during the mid-evening hours. The reappearance of stars such as Alcyone and Taygeta should be well-seen along the moon's dark limb.

December 1 — Venus/Jupiter conjunction, Part 2
This will be the second pairing-off of the two brightest planets in 2008, this time in the evening sky soon after sundown. And as a bonus, the crescent moon will join them forming a striking triangle and likely making even those who normally don't look up at the sky take notice.


Source: 2008 Preview Night Sky Highlights by Joe Rao
Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for The New York Times and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York.
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Monday, 19. November 2007
Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

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Water beckons us. It is soothing and seductive… but it's also capable of unleashing deadly force. The mythic creatures that inhabit the depths give form to water's essential mysteries. They arouse feelings of curiosity, hope—and bottomless fear. Like water itself, these creatures can be beautiful and enticing. But will they share their life-giving bounty? Or lure us to destruction?

Water - Creatures of the Deep


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We share the land with countless living animals. Some are familiar; others seem quite bizarre. Creatures from the lands of myth can be both recognizable and strange. Sometimes they appear to have body parts from ordinary animals combined in very unusual ways. Other times they look just like familiar animals—but have extraordinary and magical powers.

Land - Creatures of the Earth


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Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? The smallest bird has powers we will never share. But mythic creatures of the air have even greater powers. Imagine a bird so huge it blocks out the sky, or stirs up storms with its wings. In myths and stories, winged horses, dragons and even people all have the power of flight. These stories help express the wonder and awe inspired by looking up at the sky.

Air - Creatures of the Sky


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Of all mythic creatures that rise from the water, prowl across land or fly through the air, the dragon is the most famed. Stories of serpentlike beasts with fabulous powers inspire awe in almost every part of the world. Rain-bringing dragons in Asian tales can shrink so small that they fit in a teacup - or grow so large that they fill the sky. Dragons in Europe can slaughter people with their putrid breath, or spit fire and set cities ablaze. The earliest dragon legends date back thousands of years, and the creature still haunts our imagination today.

Dragons - Creatures of Power


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The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere—sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils—have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs and works of art. Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain and inspire us. We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy. Together mythic creatures give shape to humankind's greatest hopes, fears and most passionate dreams.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
Creatures of the elements; exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, on view through January 6, 2008.



Watch the short videos (but beautiful episodes) covering the exhibition right here!

Discover the majesty of Asian Dragons:



Uncover why the European Dragon
is the most famed of all mythic creatures:



Find out why the majestic unicorn is universally
portrayed as being a white horse having a long, spiraled horn:



The Kraken, the largest sea monster ever imagined:



Learn about the Giants and Cyclopes of Greek legend:



Discover the mysteries surrounding the serpents of the deep:

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Saturday, 20. October 2007
Remains of Halley’s Comet to fall Sunday

Some astronomers think weekend Orionids will be flashier than usual.

A junior version of the famous Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to reach its maximum before sunrise on Sunday morning, Oct. 21. This meteor display is known as the Orionids because the meteors seem to fan out from a region to the north of Orion's second brightest star, ruddy Betelgeuse.

Weather permitting and under very dark skies away from light pollution, skywatchers could see several meteors per hour. Rates will be significantly lower in cities and suburban areas.

Interestingly, this year, brilliant Mars is nearby and the apparent source of these meteors, called the radiant, will be positioned roughly between Mars and Betelgeuse.


Location of the Orionids
For Northern Hemisphere Observers


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Skywatchers can start looking for Orion low in the eastern sky around 1 a.m. on any morning around the peak, Oct. 21. The setup is seen here from mid-northern latitudes. Even though the radiant of the shower is in Orion, meteors can appear far from the constellation.

When and where to watch

Currently, Orion appears ahead of us in our journey around the Sun, and has not completely risen above the eastern horizon until after 11:00 p.m. local daylight time. Expect to see few, if any Orionids before midnight – especially this year, with a bright waxing gibbous Moon glaring high in the western sky.

But moonset is around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time on Sunday, and that's a good time to begin preparing for your meteor vigil. At its best several hours later, at around 5:00 a.m. when Orion is highest in the sky toward the south, Orionids typically produce around 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a clear, dark sky.

"Orionid meteors are normally dim and not well seen from urban locations," said meteor expert Robert Lunsford, adding, ". . . it is highly suggested that you find a safe rural location to see the best Orionid activity."

According to Lunsford, Orionid activity has been increasing noticeably since Oct. 17 when they were appearing at roughly five per hour in dark-sky conditions. After peaking on Sunday morning, activity will begin to slowly descend, dropping back to around five per hour around Oct. 26. The last stragglers usually appear sometime in early to mid Nov.


Location of the Orionids
For Southern Hemisphere Observers


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Halley's Legacy

In studying the orbits of many meteor swarms, astronomers have found that they correspond closely to the orbits of known comets. The Orionids are thought to result from the orbit of Halley's Comet; some of the dust which has shaken loose from this famous object as it runs its gigantic loop from the Sun out to Neptune, ram our atmosphere to create the effect of these "shooting stars."

There are actually two points along Halley's path where it comes relatively near to our orbit.

One of these points corresponds to early May and causes a meteor display that emanates from the constellation Aquarius, the Water Carrier. The other point lies near the late October part of our orbit and produces the Orionids. In May we meet the "river of rubble" shed by the comet on their way outward from their nearest approach to the Sun, while in October we encounter the part of the meteor stream moving inward toward the Sun. The meteors are moving through space opposite or contrary to our orbital direction of motion. That explains why both the Aquarids and the Orionids hit our atmosphere very swiftly at 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second – only the November Leonids move faster.

Another distinguishing characteristic that the October Orionids share with the May Aquarids is that they start burning up very high in our atmosphere, possibly because they are composed of lightweight material. This means they likely come from Halley's diffuse surface and not its core.

What to expect

Last year, there was an unexpected surprise when the Orionids put on a display more worthy of the Perseids. Observers saw meteors falling at double the normal rate, or 40 to 50 per hour. In addition, many Orionids were much brighter than normal; a few even rivaled Venus in brilliance.

Two meteor researchers, Mikaya Sato and Jun-ichi Watanabe of Japan's National Astronomical Observatory, recently announced in a paper released by the Astronomical Society of Japan that the unusual concentration of large particles that produced last years Orionids, were probably ejected from Halley's Comet almost 3,000 years ago and are being held together by interactions with Jupiter about every 71-years.

Apparently, there may also have been unusual Orionid activity during the years 1933 through 1938, so perhaps after an absence of seven decades this concentration of comet material has returned, implying another rich Orionid display might be in offing this year.

The only way to know is to step outside just before the break of dawn on the morning of Oct. 21 (try the mornings of Oct. 20 and 22 as well). Almost certainly, you should sight at least a few of these offspring of Halley's Comet as they streak across the sky.

Source: Space.com

See also:
Guide to the Orionid Meteor Shower by Sapce.com.
Observing the Orionids and Orionids History by Meteor Showers Online.
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Tuesday, 28. August 2007
The 2007 Aurigid Meteor Shower

Will they come, or will they not? That is the question.
Sept. 1, 2007: The answers await.

September's shower, called the alpha Aurigids, has only been seen three times before, in 1935, 1986 and 1994. The reason for this elusiveness is the shower's unusual origin.

The shower probably won't return for at least 50 years, so it's a once in a lifetime event!


This very rare shower will occur again on 1 September 2007. A brief shower of tens of meteors will radiate from the constellation of Auriga, many as bright as the brighter stars in the sky. The Earth will be in the thick of it during the one hour centered on 04:33 a.m. PDT. The shower will be visible by the naked eye from locations in the western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, from Mexico, and from the western provinces of Canada.

2007 Aurigids - The Aurigid Meteor Shower Observing Campaign
by The SETI Institute.
The shower is visible from only part of the world. What is the best location for viewing the 2007 Aurigid shower? Now, you can calculate the answer yourself there!

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This is what an Aurigid might look like. Photo credit: Antonio Finazzi.


If you are lucky enough to catch a picture of an Aurigid meteor using your digital camera, you will be the very first to do so.
Get your cameras ready for two meteor showers by MSNBC.

If you spot one of those meteors, you may be only the fourth person alive who is known to have seen this meteor shower. In recent times, the shower was spotted in 1994 by two observers and in 1986 by one observer.

2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007 by Space.com.

The Aurigids get their name from the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. The meteors appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright yellowish star Capella in Auriga. The Aurigids, however, are rarely mentioned in most astronomy guidebooks because they are hardly worth mentioning in any given year.

Aurigid Meteor Shower Peaks September 1 by Space.com.

Elsewhere: Rare meteor shower to shed light on dangerous comets
by New Scientist Space.

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Meteors from long-period comets are of special interest for two reasons:
#1 -- Long period comets almost always take us by surprise. They linger in the outer solar system, hiding in the dark for thousands or millions of years, until their slow orbits turn them sunward and--in they plunge!
#2 -- Meteors from long period comets may be very primitive. Consider the following: Most meteor showers (e.g., the Perseids and Leonids) are caused by short period comets, which pass through the inner solar system every few decades or, at most, centuries.
Long period comets, on the other hand, are rarely sun-blasted, and their surfaces may retain ancient substances formed by billions of years of cosmic ray exposure in the outer solar system.


Strange Lights: The 2007 Aurigid Meteor Shower by NASA.

See also: The 1 September 2007 Aurigid outburst from NASA Ames.

And: Aurigid Campaign by ESA.
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Friday, 10. August 2007
Get Ready for the 2007 Perseids!

And don't forget: Make a wish on a shooting star!

Got a calendar? Circle this date: Sunday, August 12th. Next to the circle write "all night" and "Meteors!" Attach the above to your refrigerator in plain view so you won't miss the 2007 Perseid meteor shower.

"It's going to be a great show," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "The Moon is new on August 12th--which means no moonlight, dark skies and plenty of meteors." How many? Cooke estimates one or two Perseids per minute at the shower's peak.


Great Perseids by NASA.

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The eastern sky, viewed during the hours before sunrise on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007.


The Perseids are one of the oldest meteor showers that mankind has records for. The earliest observations of this shower were made by the Chinese in 36 A.D. when the Perseids peaked, not in August as they do today, but on July 17. Because the path of the shower is highly inclined to the ecliptic (the plane in which the Earth and all of the other planets orbit the Sun), the Perseids have not been affected by the disturbing gravitational influences of our major planets, and as a result, are a reliable meteor shower. From 714 A.D. until the present year, the Perseids have been recorded every year.

Get Ready for the 2007 Perseids! by Night Sky Info.

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A dazzling Perseid meteor burns up over Stromboli,
a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily.
Photo: M. Mihelcic/T. Fabjan


There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Perseids, but the Perseids will generally appear to move much faster across the sky than meteors from the other showers. In fact, the Perseids are among the fastest moving meteors we see every year.

Observing the Perseids from Gary Kronk's Meteor Showers page.


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Photo by Chuck Hunt, near Mansfield, Ohio on August 12, 2006.


Every August, when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower makes its appearance.
It is also the month of "The Tears of St. Lawrence."
Laurentius, a Christian deacon, is said to have been martyred by the Romans in 258 AD on an iron outdoor stove. It was in the midst of this torture that Laurentius cried out:
"I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well cooked, it is time to turn me on the other."
The saint's death was commemorated on his feast day, Aug. 10. King Phillip II of Spain built his monastery place the "Escorial," on the plan of the holy gridiron. And the abundance of shooting stars seen annually between approximately Aug. 8 and 14 have come to be known as St. Lawrence's "fiery tears."


Viewer's Guide: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 12 by Space.com.

Also by Space.com:

Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts

2006 Perseid Meteor Shower Gallery
2005 Perseid Meteor Shower Gallery
2004 Perseid Meteor Shower Gallery

A meteor shower is a spectacular sight to see, but what exactly causes it? Though often referred to as a shooting star, a meteor is not a star at all. Meteors are actually fallen debris from a comet.
All About Meteors


And MSNBC's interactive:
What causes meteor showers? - Find out where sky displays come from.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Events & Meetings |


Thursday, 05. July 2007
Glastonbury Symposium

The 2007 Glastonbury Symposium kicks off this month.

Glastonbury Symposium
Investigating Crop Circles
and Signs of our Times

A weekend conference in
Glastonbury
South West England

Friday 27th-Sunday 29th July 2007

Crop Circle Tours on Thursday 26th July

Special Guest Lecture on Sunday evening
with David Shayler & Annie Machon

Now in its seventeenth year!

Topics:
Programme
Speakers

Read:
The Crop Circle Phenomenon

See:
2007 Crop Circles

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Hopefully there'll be an article about it after the event, for us poor people which lives on somewhere else on the globe.
Just like last year: Review of Symposium 2006.
Category: Events & Meetings | Mysteries & Enigmas |


Monday, 19. March 2007
The Kumbh Mela: An Indian Odyssey

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After visiting the Kumbh Mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:

"It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites."


Photographer Prashant Panjiar documents the pilgrimage to Hindu's most sacred rivers, with audio:

The Kumbh Mela: An Indian Odyssey - a beautiful TIME Photo Essay.



See also:
Information on Ardh Kumbh Mela 2007 by kumbh.net.
Video of nagababa procession and Ardh Kumbh mela 2007
Kumbha Mela - The world's most massive act of faith
by Jack Hebner and David Osborn.
The Lore of Kumbha Melas & Timeline by Hinduism Today.
Category: Events & Meetings | Religion & Early Cultures |


Wednesday, 28. February 2007
Roswell Celebrates UFO’s 60th

The town of Roswell, New Mexico, celebrates the 60th anniversary of its most famous event - the supposed crash-landing of a UFO in 1947 - with the Amazing Roswell UFO Festival, July 5-8.

Roswell is inviting UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join the four-day event, which will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and possibly an alien abduction. The City of Roswell is coordinating the annual festival, which it expects to attract more than 50,000 visitors.

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In early July, 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed “flying disk.” An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record and the next day, RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon, not a flying disk as they previously reported. This revised statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate 60 years later.


Related Entries:
Roswell – The End!
Roswell UFO Crash
Category: Events & Meetings | Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


Monday, 11. December 2006
Weeklong Meteor Shower to Dazzle

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to produce a reliable shooting star show that will get going Sunday and peak the middle of next week.

The Geminid event is known for producing one or two meteors every minute during the peak for viewers with dark skies willing to brave chilly nights.

If the Geminid Meteor Shower occurred during a warmer month, it would be as familiar to most people as the famous August Perseids. Indeed, a night all snuggled-up in a sleeping bag under the stars is an attractive proposition in summer.

But it's hard to imagine anything more bone chilling than lying on the ground in mid-December for several hours at night.

But if you are willing to bundle up, late next Wednesday night into early Thursday morning will be when the Geminids are predicted to be at their peak.

The Geminids are a very fine winter shower, and usually the most satisfying of all the annual showers, even surpassing the Perseids.

See also:
Comets, Meteors & Myth:
New Evidence for Toppled Civilizations and Biblical Tales


All About Meteors

All About Comets


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A Geminid meteor streaks across the night sky, with
circular star trails whirling the background,
in a time-exposure photo made by astronomer
Jimmy Westlake in December 1985.


Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Events & Meetings |


Tuesday, 14. November 2006
Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected Nov. 18

If you live in Western Europe or eastern North America, put a big circle on your calendar around Saturday, Nov. 18. If that night is clear, bundle up warmly and head outside because you may be able to catch a glimpse of an intense, albeit brief display of Leonid meteors.

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Leonid fireball on November 18, 1999

The Leonids are composed of the dusty debris that has been shed by the comet Temple-Tuttle, a small celestial body that orbits the Sun at 33-year intervals. In those years during and then for several years after the comet has swept through the inner solar system, it has had a propensity for producing spectacular meteor displays; meteors falling by the hundreds, if not thousands per hour.


These "shooting stars" all apparently emanate from the constellation of Leo, the Lion. Hence the name "Leonids."

Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected Nov. 18 by Space.com.
NOTE: Sunday, Nov. 19. for Europe.

See also:
Comets, Meteors & Myth:
New Evidence for Toppled Civilizations and Biblical Tales


A meteor shower is a spectacular sight to see, but what exactly causes it? Though often referred to as a shooting star, a meteor is not a star at all. Meteors are actually fallen debris from a comet.
All About Meteors

A comet is a minor planet made up of rock, dust and ice. It originates from a cloud of debris remaining from the condensation of the solar nebula. Comets are unique because they are created in the outer solar system, and are greatly affected by the planets they pass.
All About Comets

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Comet Liner C2001 A2

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Events & Meetings |


Wednesday, 08. November 2006
Transit of Mercury - November 8th 2006

On November 8, 2006, Mercury will slowly slide across the face of the sun during an event known as a transit. A transit of Mercury is relatively rare—there are only about a dozen in a century.

The Exploratorium’s Live@ crew will be at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and, with the Kitt Peak staff, will Webcast the transit: a live five-hour telescope-only feed beginning at 11:00 am PST.

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Global Visibility

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Mercury's path across the Sun

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1999 Mercury Transit - click the picture for a larger view

The transit will take place from 11:12 a.m. PST until 4:10 p.m. PST and will be visible from the Pacific, the Americas, eastern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, although some locations will not be able to see the entire transit. Because of Mercury’s diminutive size, the transit cannot be seen with the unaided eye, but it can be viewed with a telescope (with the proper filter) or with a homemade optical projector.

Exploratorium:
Transit of Mercury

Homemade Optical Projector & How To View it Safely.

Watch RealMedia Stream
Images from telescopes with audio commentary by Ron Hipschman at the top of each hour.

1. During this transit, you will see that Mercury is actually moving.
While this may seem like an obvious point, when was the last time you actually saw a planet move across the sky?
2. You will notice that Mercury is round.
The added benefit is that seeing the sharply-defined disk of Mercury silhouetted against the fiery solar backdrop is really pretty awesome.
3. You will see just how small Mercury is.
Most of us know that Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system (since Pluto was kicked out of the category in August).


Watching our Solar System at Work by The Planetary Society.

See also in the News: Skygazers await Mercury transit by BBC News.

What will it look like? An animation is worth a thousand words:
2006 Transit of Mercury by NASA.



UPDATE 11.11.06 @ 16.02 Uhr

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Enjoying Wednesday's transit of Mercury from Dallas, Texas, astronomer Phil Jones recorded this detailed image of the Sun.

Along with a silhouette of the innermost planet, a network of cells and dark filaments can be seen against a bright solar disk with spicules and prominences along the Sun's edge.

The composited image was taken through a telescope equiped with an H-alpha filter that narrowly transmits only the red light from
hydrogen atoms.

Left of center, the tiny disk of Mercury seems to be imitating a small sunspot. Nice! Isn't it?



UPDATE 18.11.06 @ 18.44 Uhr

The tiny black speck is Mercury. The star looming in the background is our own sun.
The Japanese Space Agency's new orbiting solar observatory, Hinode (formerly known as Solar B), took the picture on Nov. 8th just as Mercury was about to begin a rare solar transit. Thousands of people on Earth saw and photographed the event, but Hinode's photo is like no other because it shows the view through an X-ray telescope.


X-ray Transit of Mercury
by NASA.

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