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Exploring the UVG Grid with Google Earth

Exploring the UVG Grid with Google Earth
Basic Instructions for Exploring the UVG Grid with Google Earth Bethe Hagens Nazca The basic Google Earth program is available for PC and Mac—free!—at SETTING UP THE UVG “UVG-grid-compiled-by-B-Hagens.kmz” FILE In the upper left corner of the Google Earth screen, click File. You can view the UVG Grid in many ways. If you go into the folder titled “Regular Geometric Solids,’ you can see subfolders and can look at (or hide) all of the different geometric figures and great circles that make up the UVG Grid. Every line of the UVG is part of a great circle (equator) that divides the sphere of Earth in half. Bill Becker, with whom I worked closely on this project for 12 years from 1981 until 1993, was a colleague of Buckminster Fuller. Line Color Geometric Association Esoteric Meaning Red Tetrahedron edges (10) Fire Yellow Cube edges (5) Earth White Octahedron edges (5) White Black Icosahedron edges (1) Water Green Dodecahedron edges (1) Aether bethehagens(at) Related:  -1

Axis Mundi From New World Encyclopedia The axis mundi (also cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar and center of the world) is a symbol representing the center of the world where the heaven (sky) connects with the earth. Different cultures represent the axis mundi by varied symbols such as a natural object (a mountain, a tree, a vine, a stalk, a column of smoke or fire) or of a product of human manufacture (a staff, a tower, a ladder, a staircase, a maypole, a cross, a steeple, a rope, a totem pole, a pillar, a spire). Its proximity to heaven may carry implications that are chiefly religious (pagoda, temple mount, church) or secular (obelisk, minaret, lighthouse, rocket, skyscraper).[1] Additionally, the axis mundi may be feminine (an umbilical providing nourishment), masculine (a phallus providing insemination into a uterus), or neither (e.g the omphalos (navel).[2] The axis mundi features prominently in cultures utilizing shamanic practices or those with animist belief systems. Etymology Asia Europe

Constellations: Memory Game:Amazon:Toys & Games 6. Ancient Astronomy - Mystic Order of Noble Knowledge If it wasn’t for the Ancient Egyptian’s curiosity of our universe, fraternities like the Freemasons wouldn’t be in existence. The Egyptian’s knew the earth revolved around the sun and that the sun appeared to move through the universe. It was this knowledge that enlightened the ancients to count the days of the year and create the zodiac. The Ancient Egyptians began by worshipping the One True God under the symbol of the sun. The sun is the most glorious object in the universe, the source of light and food for all living things. Overtime, the common man begun to worship the One True God less and less and idolized the sun itself. By keeping the knowledge of the inner workings of the universe to themselves, the Egyptian priests were able to control the masses through their mysticism. As the sun passed through each sign of the zodiac, it became, or triumphed over that sign. This practice continued through most of the ancient civilizations. Secrets of the Freemason’s Symbols The Royal Arch

Weightless Flames: How Fires Burn in Space | Fire in Zero-G SAN DIEGO — How do you put out a fire on a space station? If you were to ask an Earthbound firefighter how to extinguish a fire, he might tell you to aim for the base of the flame. But what if there is no base? These and other questions are being probed by a group of undergraduate students here at the microgravity lab at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Engineering, where scientists want to understand the nature of fire, sans gravity. Led by engineering undergraduate Sam Avery, the student project manager for the experiment, the work seeks to better define how combustible fluids burn in space, particularly biofuels. "I went to a professor who I thought had some interesting research in microgravity combustion, and I asked if I could build on his research to enter the NASA Microgravity University Program," Avery said recently at his lab. A computer rendering of the UCSD microgravity fire experiment, after deposition of the fuel droplet.Credit: Sam Avery

Time Is Right for Arab Astronomy Renaissance, Scientist Says It's time for the Arab Muslim world to reclaim its lost tradition of astronomical learning, one prominent researcher says. Building a new generation of observatories would spark interest in fundamental research across the region, which in recent years has taken a much more utilitarian approach to science, said Nidhal Guessoum, a professor of physics and astronomy at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. "Astronomy has a natural place high in the landscape of Arab Islamic culture," Guessoum wrote in a commentary published in the June 13 issue of the journal Nature. "It must be brought back." A lost tradition Astronomy has traditionally been important in the practice of Islam, Guessoum wrote, helping believers calculate prayer times and locations, determine the direction to the holy city of Mecca and map out the dates of festivals and pilgrimages. "Thus hundreds of stars and constellations have Arabic names, such as Altair, Deneb, Vega and Rigel," Guessoum wrote.

Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe. (Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax, created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. The new full-color XDF image is even more sensitive, and contains about 5,500 galaxies even within its smaller field of view. Magnificent spiral galaxies similar in shape to our Milky Way and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy appear in this image, as do the large, fuzzy red galaxies where the formation of new stars has ceased. Related Link

Alien Life Unlikely Around White and Brown Dwarfs, Study Finds The dead and failed stars known as white dwarfs and brown dwarfs can give off heat that can warm up worlds, but their cooling natures and harsh light make them unlikely to host life, researchers say. Stars generally burn hydrogen to give off light and heat up nearby worlds. However, there are other bodies in space that can shine light as well, such as the failed stars known as brown dwarfs and the dead stars known as white dwarfs. White dwarfs are remnants of normal stars that have burned all the hydrogen in their cores. Still, they can remain hot enough to warm nearby planets for billions of years. Planets around white dwarfs might include the rocky cores of worlds that were in orbit before the star that became the white dwarf perished; new planets might also emerge from envelopes of gas and dust around white dwarfs. Brown dwarfs are gaseous bodies that are larger than the heaviest planets but smaller than the lightest stars. Shifting habitable zones 0 of 10 questions complete

This date in science: Baily's Beads discovered | Space May 15, 1836. On this date, Francis Baily, an English astronomer, saw beads of sunlight shining along the edge of the moon’s silhouette during an eclipse of the sun. It was an annular eclipse – nowadays often called a ring of fire eclipse – meaning that the moon was too far away in its monthly orbit around Earth to appear large enough in our sky to cover the sun completely. At mid-eclipse, Baily saw beads of light shining around the darkened moon. Baily’s Beads are beads of sunlight – caused when sunlight shines between mountains and other features on the moon – seen during the February 16, 1991 annular solar eclipse. Another shot of Bailey’s Beads from the February 16, 1999 ecilpse via Fred Espenak. Francis Baily, pre-1844, via Wikimedia Commons This phenomenon became known as Baily’s Beads, and it can be seen during total eclipses, too, just before the moon covers the sun completely.

Orion's hidden fiery ribbon | Science Wire This orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, at wavelengths too long for human eyes to see. It was observed by the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile. Clouds of gas and interstellar dust are the raw materials from which stars are made. View Larger | This wide-field view shows a region of sky in the famous constellation of Orion (The Hunter), as seen in visible light. This is why astronomers need to use instruments that are able to see at other wavelengths of light. This spectacular new picture shows just a part of a bigger complex called the Orion Molecular Cloud, in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). View Larger | This chart shows the famous constellation of Orion (The Hunter). The large bright cloud in the upper right of the image is the well-known Orion Nebula, also called Messier 42. [1] Hotter objects give off most of their radiation at shorter wavelengths and cooler ones at longer wavelengths. Via ESO

A hidden population of exotic neutron stars | Science Wire Magnetars – the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation – are some of the most extreme objects known in the Universe. A major campaign using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other satellites shows magnetars may be more diverse – and common – than previously thought. When a massive star runs out of fuel, its core collapses to form a neutron star, an ultradense object about 10 to 15 miles wide. The gravitational energy released in this process blows the outer layers away in a supernova explosion and leaves the neutron star behind. Most neutron stars are spinning rapidly – a few times a second – but a small fraction have a relatively low spin rate of once every few seconds, while generating occasional large blasts of X-rays. A magnetar called SGR 0418+5729 (SGR 0418 for short) has been shown to have the lowest surface magnetic field ever found for this type of neutron star. Via Chandra X-Ray Observatory

What is a Dyson sphere? | Space First step toward a Dyson sphere? Image via Flickr user langalex Proponents of solar power know that only a tiny fraction of the sun’s total energy strikes the Earth. The central dot in this image represents a star. Originally, some envisioned a Dyson sphere as an artificial hollow sphere of matter around a star, and Dyson did originally use the word shell. A solid shell or ring surrounding a star is mechanically impossible. As time passed, a civilization might continue to add Dyson rings to the space around its star, creating a relatively simple, but incredibly powerful, Dyson sphere. A Dyson sphere might be, say, the size of Earth’s orbit around the sun; we orbit at a distance of 93 million miles (about 150 million kilometers). It would consist of a shell of solar collectors (or habitats) around the star. And of course science fiction writers have had a field day writing about Dyson spheres. View larger. | Here is a completely fantastic artists’ concept of a Dyson sphere.

What's the difference between comets and asteroids? | Space Astronomers announcement yesterday (June 3, 2013) that the peculiar asteroid P/2010 A2 has a tail much longer than previously supposed once again blurs the line between asteroids and comets. What’s the difference between comets and asteroids? Asteroids are generally considered to be made up of metals and rocky material, while comets are made up of ice, dust and rocky material. Both asteroids and comets were formed during the earliest history of the solar system, around 4.5 billion years ago. Asteroids formed much closer to the sun, where it was too warm for ices to remain solid. Comets formed farther from the sun where ices would not melt. Asteroid P/2010 A2 is one of a few asteroids known to have a tail. Asteroids come in various shapes and sizes. A few other important differences between an asteroid and a comet exist. Another difference between comets and asteroids is in their orbital patterns. Bottom line: Asteroids tend to be closer to the sun, and rockier. Bottom line: