Solar Shockwave Analysis of M-flare; Details on the 2 Incoming X-flares; Hurricane Irma Is Speeding Up

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For details on the Great Solar Flare of 2017, see the 2nd video embedded above.

Analysis of impact of M5.5 flare that impacted our magnetosphere last night. Impact was not terribly dense and only modestly fast, so no major damage.

Yesterday the sun released TWO X-class solar flares. The first flare was an X2.2, while the second was much more intense and rates as an X9.3. Higher numbers correspond to stronger flares.  The X9.3 is the largest flare recorded in our current solar cycle, which began in late 2008, and will likely overpower the earlier one on its way to Earth. The forecast is for impact tomorrow (Thursday).

The impact is predicted to be speedy, but not dense. Electrical disruptions are likely, but major grid issues are unlikely.

Update on hurricane Irma: its speeding up. Now expect Irma to hit south-east Florida on Sept 10.



Humans Still Evolving, Large-Scale Study Of Genetic Data Shows

Source: Science Daily

In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations.

Researchers further find that sets of genetic mutations that predispose people to heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, and asthma, also appear less often in people who lived longer and whose genes are therefore more likely to be passed down and spread through the population. The results are published in the Sept. 5 issue of PLOS Biology.

“It’s a subtle signal, but we find genetic evidence that natural selection is happening in modern human populations,” said study coauthor Joseph Pickrell, an evolutionary geneticist at Columbia and New York Genome Center.

New favorable traits evolve when genetic mutations arise that offer a survival edge. As the survivors of each generation pass on those beneficial mutations, the mutations and their adaptive traits become more common in the general population. Though it may take millions of years for complex traits to evolve, say allowing humans to walk on two legs, evolution itself happens with each generation as adaptive mutations become more frequent in the population.

The genomic revolution has allowed biologists to see the natural selection process in action by making the genetic blueprint of hundreds of thousands of people available for comparison. By tracking the relative rise and fall of specific mutations across generations of people, researchers can infer which traits are spreading or dwindling.

The researchers analyzed the genomes of 60,000 people of European ancestry genotyped by Kaiser Permanente in California, and 150,000 people in Britain genotyped through the U.K. Biobank. To compensate for the relative lack of old people in the Biobank, the researchers used the participants’ parents age at death as a proxy as they looked for the influence of specific mutations on survival.

Two population-level mutation shifts stood out. In women over 70, researchers saw a drop in the frequency of the ApoE4 gene linked to Alzheimer’s, consistent with earlier research showing that women with one or two copies of the gene tend to die well before those without it. Researchers saw a similar drop, starting in middle age, in the frequency of a mutation in the CHRNA3 gene associated with heavy smoking in men.

The researchers were surprised to find just two common mutations across the entire human genome that heavily influence survival. The high power of their analysis should have detected other variants had they existed, they said. This suggests that selection has purged similar variants from the population, even those that act later in life like the ApoE4 and CHRNA3 genes.

“It may be that men who don’t carry these harmful mutations can have more children, or that men and women who live longer can help with their grandchildren, improving their chance of survival,” said study coauthor Molly Przeworski, an evolutionary biologist at Columbia.

Most traits are determined by dozens to hundreds of mutations, and even in a large sample like this one, their effect on survival can be hard to see, researchers said. To get around this, they examined sets of mutations associated with 42 common traits, from height to BMI, or body mass index, and for each individual in the study, determined what value of the trait they would predict based on their genetics, and whether it influenced survival.

They found that a predisposition for high cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol, high body mass index or BMI, and heart disease was linked to shorter life spans. To a lesser extent, a predisposition for asthma was also linked to earlier death.

They also found that those genetically predisposed to delayed puberty and child-bearing lived longer — a one-year puberty delay lowered the death rate by 3 to 4 percent in both men and women; a one-year childbearing delay lowered the death rate by 6 percent in women..


Scientists Discover a ‘Forcefield’ Around the Human Body That You Can Actually Feel

By Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution

The human body is fascinating, and although we’ve come a long way with regard to understanding how our own biology works, there is still much to be discovered, and still much that has yet to be understood. Even with all of our advancements, and how far we’ve come, it’s but a minor peak in a long road of discovery.

How do we sense the world around us? Are there hidden factors which are UN-observable that remain hidden from the human eye? Sure there are. Why do we duck before coming to a low ceiling? Why do we dodge things that are thrown at us? Do we have more senses than we’ve been lead to believe, and do these senses play a role?

New research from scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden have used a very well known experiment, called “the rubber hand illusion,” to demonstrate that humans can sense what feels like a “force field” between the brush and the rubber hand.

The rubber hand experiment causes people to feel that a rubber hand placed on the table before them is their own. A great example of a shift in perception that is followed by a sense of disowning their real hand.

As a piece from The Guardian explains, “The illusion comes on when the real and fake hands are stroked at the same time and speed for a minute or two. In combining the visual information with the touch sensations, the brain mistakenly concludes that the rubber hand must be part of the person’s body. When questioned about the feeling, the volunteers said it seemed that their own hand had vanished and the fake hand had become their own.”

Participants are usually shown a fake rubber hand while their own is behind the screen. It’s  amazing how the brain starts to believe that the fake hand is actually their own, and makes you ponder what else is illusionary, yet considered real by our brain. If you’re interested in that, you might want to look up concepts like the “Holographic Universe.”

In this particular case, the rubber hand experiment was modified. This time, scientists duplicated the test but instead of touching the fake hand, they applied brushstrokes in mid-air, above the fake hand.

The study involved 101 adults, and instead of participants  believing the fake hand is their own, they started to sense what feels like a “force field” between the rubber hand and the brush.

Although it may seem like it, this isn’t a new phenomenon. As The Huffington Post points out:

“Neuroscientific Evidence of the phenomenon first emerged in the late 1990s in animal studies. Princeton University’s Michael Graziano recorded the electrical activity of neurons in the parietal and frontal lobes of the brains of monkeys. They found that some neurons fired not just when they were touched by an object, but also when it came near them.”

Quite remarkable, isn’t it? This means that we have the ability to sense the world around us, without the use of what are our commonly believed “5 senses.” We clearly have more that we are unaware of, and this could be one of several.


Newly Discovered 1000-Year-Old Fortress Changes Everything We Thought We Knew About Vikings

 Brianna Acuesta | True Activist

It’s been 60 years since the last Viking fortress was found in Denmark, but, according to researchers, it has been well worth the wait based on their findings in the discovery of the most recent fortress on the island of Zealand. The first string of fortresses found in modern history occurred in the 1930s, when archaeologists found four perfectly circular structures that they couldn’t believe were built by the seemingly barbaric Vikings. Now that this new fortress has been uncovered, it opens up entire dialogues about what the warriors were really like.

Researchers have been searching for other fortresses for years, and it wasn’t until Søren Michael Sindbæk, a corresponding author on the newest study that gives a comprehensive look at the structure, came to the conclusion that there were missing fortresses. His conclusion and modern technology were able to uncover Borgring, which is the latest structure, based on patterns from the previous ones.

A combination of knowledge about the patterns of locations that these fortresses were built on, high-resolution LIDAR images, and persistence came together to aid the researchers. Sindbæk explained why it took so long to discover something that was apparently massive back in its heyday.

“The agricultural activity around it was extremely destructive. For hundreds of years throughout the Middle Ages, peasants ploughed and leveled the field. When we came, the fortress’s ramparts were less than half a meter above the average level of the field. You could walk the field, and I might have a hard time convincing you there was anything at all, but the LIDAR image was decisive,” he told Science.

Credit: Goodchild et al. 2017

The LIDAR image taken above the location tells a story about what lies just below the surface. The aerial, laser-based surveillance device creates a 3-D ground map, which illustrates the key components of what’s underneath the soil. It revealed that the fortress is 144 meters in diameter, is a perfect circle, and had four gates leading into the structure. Researchers stated that it would have taken a skilled land surveyor, extreme organization, and a demand for the perfect aesthetic to construct the perfect circle.

After discovering the fortress in 2014 through the images, the team went to work on conducting targeted small-scale excavations and testing samples of items they found. What they discovered added to their awe, as it was concluded that the fortress was built around 970 to 980 CE during the reign of Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson. Though the previously-discovered fortresses appeared to be used for only two decades, this one was in use for a full generation longer than that and met with a violent end.

“We also found the fortress had been attacked, and two of the gates were burned severely…. Since this fortress is located where the Baltic Sea runs against the Danish coast, the most likely people to come from that sea would be Swedish Vikings,” Sindbæk said.

Credit: Museum of Southeast Denmark

According to Sindbæk, fortress life would have been quite peaceful because their sheer size would have deterred most of the enemies looking to get a foothold in the land. The fortresses were nearby routes that made accessibility to land and water routes very easy, so they were prepared at all times. Burial sites that had women and children in them as well as jewelry found within the fortresses indicates that the structures likely housed the families of Viking kings and higher up military officials.

This latest discovery has given so much insight into how the Vikings truly operated versus how archaeologists and historians previously saw them. This particular structure was built in the Trelleborg style, which is the first of this style to be discovered in more than 600 years.

Credit: Museum of Southeast Denmark

“These ring fortresses have been the biggest mystery in Viking archaeology since the 1930s. People couldn’t believe the Vikings in their own country built these structures. They thought foreign armies must have built them. But as we found more of these, we found it was indeed a Danish king and his Viking warriors, and for that reason they have been part of the most fundamental reassessment of what the Vikings were all about. They were warriors, obviously, but they were warriors out of a very organized society,” Sindbæk explained.

Researchers are certainly scrambling excitedly to determine just what these discoveries mean for their previous assumptions about this mysterious group of people and how their view of the culture might shift.

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Voice Of Earth: NASA Discovers Planets And Stars Give Off Music – This Is What It Sounds Like (Video)

By Steven Bancarz | Check This Out! Science

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Did you know that planets and stars actually give off music?  Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space.  Sounds still exists in the form of electromagnetic vibrations and can be detected using specially designed instruments developed by NASA.

NASA releases stunning new close-up color images of Pluto (Video) and NASA’s Kepler discovers the most Earth-like planet yet.

These amazing ambient space sounds come from electronic vibrations of the planets, moons and rings, electromagnetic fields of the planets and moons, planetary magnetosphere, trapped radio waves bouncing between the planet and the inner surface of it’s atmosphere, charged particle interactions of the planet, it’s moons and the solar wind, and from charged particle emissions from the rings of certain planets.

Listen and watch the video here…

NASA Proposes $3.5 Billion Plan To Puncture Yellowstone Supervolcano and Save The World

Credit: National Geographic

By Brianna Acuesta | True Activist

An unreleased report from NASA that has been shared with media outlets this week indicates that the space agency intends to turn their attention towards Earth’s surface in an effort to save humans all over the world. Though they typically focus on the ever-expanding universe and all the complex worlds inside of it, the agency saw an expanding threat here on Earth that needed addressing.

NASA tasked the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with developing a plan to prevent the eruption of Yellowstone National Park’s supervolcano after the group determined that the volcano was a pressing issue that needed to be dealt with.

“I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for Nasa to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” said Brian Wilcox of JPL at the California Institute of Technology. “I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

Yellowstone National Park is located in the United States and it’s one of 20 supervolcanos around the world that poses the risk of erupting; major eruptions occur about every 100,00 years. If it were to erupt, it could cause a collapse in agriculture, economic systems, food availability, and deaths in the millions, all of which would impact the entire world.

The biggest threat would be starvation, as the U.S. is a major food producer whose terrain and environment would be destroyed by an eruption and the volcanic winter would spread across the planet and prevent other countries from properly growing crops. The last volcanic winter, which occurred some 75,000 years ago after a much smaller volcanic erupted, lasted about a decade and was followed by a cool climate. According to the UN, the planet could be fed for only 74 days following a global catastrophe based on food reserves.

Credit: Pixabay

All of these reasons have led NASA to a develop a plan that would cost $3.5 billion and take many years in order to prevent the supervolcano from erupting at all. Supervolcanos consist of collapsed crust that house hot magma spanning hundreds or thousands of square miles. They erupt once the magma below heats to a certain temperature, and there are really only two plausible ways that humans can prevent the magma from heating up too much. One method the agency considered was adding a constant flow of water to the magma chamber by causing the chamber to release 35% more heat than it already does. From a practical perspective, this plan would never work.

“Building a big aqueduct uphill into a mountainous region would be both costly and difficult, and people don’t want their water spent that way,” Wilcox said. “People are desperate for water all over the world and so a major infrastructure project, where the only way the water is used is to cool down a supervolcano, would be very controversial.”

Instead, NASA turned to another plan that involves drilling into the magma chamber to force it to release more heat, then pumping water in and out to bring out even more heat. Since drilling from the top of the chamber poses a serious risk of causing an eruption, the scientists plan to drill into the lower sides in order to accomplish this goal. Although it’s a costly plan, NASA says that this project could potentially be a huge investment for clean energy companies.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox explained. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

Of course, at this point the plan is only a proposal and would take a very long time to complete. Cooling down Yellowstone’s supervolcano using this method would occur at a slow rate of 1 meter per year, meaning no one that developed this plan would live to see the results. Whether or not it worked can’t be determined for hundreds of thousands of years, because at that point the supervolcano should have erupted or not. Ultimately, NASA developed this plan as a blueprint for other countries to also consider for their supervolcanos in an effort to stave off a domestic threat that could impact the entire world.

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Breakthrough Discovery: Scientists Find Multidimensional Universe Inside Brain

By Ivan | Ancient Code

Mathematical methods of algebraic topology have helped researchers find structures and multidimensional geometric spaces in brain networks.

According to experts, a new study has proven that the human brain is home to structures and shapes that have up to 11 dimensions.

Human brains are estimated to be home to a staggering 86 billion neurons, with several connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming a super-vast cellular network that SOMEHOW makes us capable of thought and consciousness, reports Science Alert.

An international group of scientists gathered around the Blue Brain project has obtained results never before seen in the world of neuroscience, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. This team managed to find structures in the brain that present a multidimensional universe, uncovering the first geometric design of neural connections and how they respond to stimuli.

Scientists made use of in-depth computer modeling techniques to understand how exactly human brain cells are able to organize themselves in order to carry out complex tasks.

Researchers used mathematical models of algebraic topology to describe structures and multidimensional geometric spaces in brain networks. In the study, it is denoted that structures are formed at the same time that they are interlaced in a “union” that generates a precise geometric structure.

Conceptual illustration of brain networks (l) and topology (r), courtesy of Blue Brain Project.

Henry Markram a neuroscientist and director of Blue Brain Project in Lausanne, Switzerland said: “We found a world that we had never imagined. There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to 11 dimensions.”

As noted by experts, every neuron inside of our brain is able to interconnect to a neighboring one, in a specific way to form an object with complex connections. Interestingly, the more neurons join in with the clique, the more dimensions are thus added to the object.

Using algebraic topology, scientists were able to model the structure within a virtual brain, generated with the help of computers. Afterward, scientists carried out experiments on real brain tissue to verify the results.

After scientists added stimulus into the virtual brain tissue, they discovered that cliques of progressively HIGHER dimensions assembled. They found that in between these cliques were holes or cavities.


What If Everyone on the Planet Lived Like Americans (Could Earth Provide for Everyone)?

Video Source: AsapSCIENCE 

ASAP Science addresses the question: what if everyone on the planet lived like Americans?

Some of the facts presented:

  • There are currently 7.5 billion people alive on Earth, of which 323 million live in America (which is less than 5% of the world population).
  • Americans drive an average of 13,476 miles per year, which is the most in the world.
  • 20% of American meals are consumed in a vehicle.
  • Americans eat an average of 8 ounces per day of meat, which is double the world average.
  • Americans kill and eat 10 billion animals each year, which is 15% of the world consumption.
  • The average American drinks 403 coca cola products per year, compared to the world average which is 92.
  • The U.S. has the highest average caloric intake, sugar intake, and fat intake.
  • Americans produce on average 1,609 pounds of garbage per year, which means that the U.S. produces 40% of the world’s waste.
  • The lifestyle of an American requires about 10 liters of oil per day, while some other countries consume even more.
  • The average person in the world uses 2.7 global hectares of natural resources per year, while the average American uses 6.8 global hectares per year.
  • If everyone on the planet lived like Americans, it would be catastrophic. We would need 4.1 Earth’s to sustain everyone living like an American.

NASA’S Risky Plan To Save US From Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruption

By Mac Slavo | Activist Post

Government officials have been closely monitoring the activity in the Yellowstone caldera.  However, scientists at NASA have now come up with an incredibly risky plan to save the United States from the supervolcano.

A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of super volcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption. Lying beneath the tranquil and beautiful settings of Yellowstone National Park in the US lies an enormous magma chamber, called a caldera. It’s responsible for the geysers and hot springs that define the area, but for scientists at NASA, it’s also one of the greatest natural threats to human civilization as we know it.

Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn’t been seen outside of the agency until now. Following an article published by BBC about super volcanoes last month, a group of NASA researchers got in touch with the media to share a report previously unseen outside the space agency about the threat Yellowstone poses, and what they hypothesize could possibly be done about it.

“I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” explains Brian Wilcox of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. “I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

Yellowstone currently leaks about 60 to 70 percent of its heat into the atmosphere through stream water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks, while the rest of the heat builds up as magma and dissolves into volatile gasses. The heat and pressure will reach the threshold, meaning an explosion is inevitable. When NASA scientists considered the fact that a supervolcano’s eruptionwould plunge the earth into a volcanic winter, destroying most sources of food, starvation would then become a real possibility.  Food reserves would only last about 74 days, according to the UN, after an eruption of a supervolcano, like that under Yellowstone.  And they have devised a risky plan that could end up blowing up in their faces.  Literally.

Wilcox hypothesized that if enough heat was removed, and the temperature of the supervolcano dropped, it would never erupt. But he wants to see a 35% decrease in temperature, and how to achieve that is incredibly risky. One possibility is to simply increase the amount of water in the supervolcano. As it turns to steam, the water would release the heat into the atmosphere, making global warming alarmists tremble.

“Building a big aqueduct uphill into a mountainous region would be both costly and difficult, and people don’t want their water spent that way,” Wilcox says. “People are desperate for water all over the world and so a major infrastructure project, where the only way the water is used is to cool down a supervolcano, would be very controversial.”

So, NASA came up with an alternative plan. They believe the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the supervolcano and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox says. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

Of course, drilling into a supervolcano comes with its own risks, like the eruption that scientists are desperate to prevent. Triggering an eruption by drilling would be disastrous.

“The most important thing with this is to do no harm,” Wilcox says. “If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky. This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.”

The cooling of Yellowstone in this manner would also take tens of thousands of years, but it is a plan that scientists at NASA are considering for every supervolcano on earth.

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Here’s Where You Can Watch the Solar Eclipse Online Via Livestream

If you can’t watch the August 21 total solar eclipse in person, not to worry. Multiple organizations are live-streaming the eclipse in incredible and unique ways. (Not to mention the 90-minute movies that the Megamovie Project and Citizen CATE organizations are creating, which will be available shortly after the eclipse is done.)

Browse the following list for live-stream eclipse webcasts:

  • NASA: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, will include live coverage from 12 locations, featuring live views of the eclipse as well as eclipse activities taking place across the country. There are multiple ways to watch, including NASA’s websiteFacebook live, and YouTube.
  • Exploratorium: This science museum in San Francisco will be begin its eclipse webcast at 12 p.m. EDT, featuring telescopes based in Oregon and Wyoming. At 12:15 p.m. EDT, listen in to experience the Kronos Quartet’s sonification of the solar eclipse. You can also watch using Exploratorium’s free Androidand iPhone apps.
  • CNN: CNN is teaming up with Volvo to present Eclipse of the Century, which will present the eclipse from viewing locations across the path of totality with live, 360° coverage.
  • Montana State University: Watch the eclipse from an entirely different perspective — 55 high-altitude balloon teams are teaming up with NASA to provide coverage of the solar eclipse from the stratosphere. Learn more about how and why they’re doing it — and watch the live webcast on August 21st — from the Eclipse Across America website.
  • Slooh: Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Slooh will provide live coverage of the total solar eclipse from Stanley, Idaho, with additional telescope feeds all along the path of totality.
  • TimeandDate.com: Watch the eclipse’s progress starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT, with live footage from multiple locations and real-time updates on the current location of the Moon’s shadow.
 Article Source: Sky and Telescope

Watch: What the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Will Look Like at Various Stages

Source: Science At NASA

On August 21, 2017, a continent-spanning wave of instruments from home-made pinhole cameras to the most sophisticated telescopes in operation today will be trained on the Total Solar Eclipse Across America. This video shows you the path of totality and what you can expect the eclipse to look like.

IMPORTANT: Do not look directly at the eclipse without wearing the proper safety glasses.

10 Very Strange Facts About Monday’s (Aug 21) Solar Eclipse That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

By Michael Snyder | The Economic Collapse

In just a matter of days we are going to witness the most unusual solar eclipse in U.S. history. Could it be possible that all of the very strange “coincidences” surrounding this event have some sort of special significance?  The mainstream media has been buzzing about this upcoming solar eclipse for months, and it will easily be the most watched eclipse in all of U.S. history.  Last week, I published an article entitled “12 Critical Events That Are Going To Happen Over A 40 Day Period From August 21st To September 30th” that received an extraordinary amount of attention, and of course the first event on that list was “the Great American Eclipse” on the 21st.  As you will see below, so many numbers seem to indicate that this eclipse could have some sort of special significance, and it begins a period of exactly 40 days that many believe could be a turning point for America.

In the Scriptures, we are specifically told that one of the reasons why God created the sun and the moon was so that they could serve as “signs”.  The following is what Genesis 1:14 tells us…

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years

And in Luke 21:25, the Lord Jesus specifically warned us to watch for signs “in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars” just prior to His return.

So we should be watching, and we should fully expect to see something happen up there before Christ comes back.

With that in mind, I would like to share some amazing facts about the solar eclipse on August 21st with you.  These were originally compiled by The Countdown Report, and when I first read them they definitely got my attention…

-First contact is in the state of Oregon, the 33rd state in the USA. The last contact is in South Carolina on the 33rd parallel. This eclipse happens on day 233 of the year. If the Revelation 12 sign is valid, then the eclipse is also 33 days before September 23, 2017. Jesus is thought to have been 33 when He died.

-Just for fun: It is 99 years (3 x 33) since the last eclipse to go coast-to-coast in the US, in 1918. From September 23, 2017 (Revelation 12 sign) to the end of the year, December 31, 2017 is 99 days (or 3 x 33). The number of days from the 1918 eclipse to the August 21 eclipse are 26,234 days. (2+6+2+3+4 = 17; 2017?). From August 12, 2017, the date of the Charlottesville Virginia “State of Emergency” declared to the August 21, 2017 Great Solar Eclipse is 9 days (3+3+3) and the dates are also mirrored – 12 and 21.

-First big city the eclipse hits in Oregon is Salem – Salem was named after Jerusalem. The eclipse also begins in Oregon exactly at sunset time in Jerusalem. So technically speaking, as the sun sets in America it will be setting in Jerusalem at the same time.

-The center line crosses through 12 primary states to receive total darkness. 12 disciples, 12 months in a year, the meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.

-The eclipse path is exactly 70 miles wide. 70 has a sacred meaning in the Bible that has two perfect numbers, 7 that represents perfection and 10 that represents completeness and God’s law. 70 also symbolizes perfect spiritual order and a period of judgment. 70 is also specially connected with Jerusalem with so many references it would take a book to write.

-Another eclipse comes in 2024, 7 years after the August 21, 2017 and marks an X over the United States. The combined time of totality of these eclipses together will be 7 minutes. The day of the eclipse is August 21, 2017 – (7 + 7 + 7 = 21). The exact point where the two eclipses cross is right next to Cedar Lake in Illinois… specifically right next to SALEM Road. (Salem again!)

-The original form of the Hebrew letter Tav is like the English letter X or T – which is in the shape of a cross, or X– like the X that is made by the two solar eclipses on the cross paths over 7 years. The letter Tav means “a sign”.

-The path of the eclipse will be situated in such a way that every single state of the US will experience it, even Hawaii and Alaska.

-The totality will reach Oregon at 10:16 AM Pacific, and will end in South Carolina at 2:49 PM Eastern. That means it will take 1 hour and 33 minutes to cross the country. There is that 33 again.

-The eclipse is also exactly 40 days from Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and is a time of repentance. While the eclipse day itself may come and go with everything remaining “normal” afterwards, we need to be focused on what could be coming soon after.

You can read the entire list of 33 facts that were compiled by The Countdown Report right here.  I just pulled out the ten that I considered to be the most remarkable.

According to Rachel Baxter, “40 is the number for waiting, preparation, testing or punishment. It is also the number to start a new chapter of the history of salvation”, and we see the number 40 pop up time after time in the Bible.

For instance, in Jonah 3:4 the prophet Jonah gave Ninevah a period of 40 days to repent before judgment would begin…

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Could this coming 40 day time period have some sort of special significance for us?

Like I said in my previous article, I don’t know if all of this means anything.

But Jesus did specifically instruct us to watch for signs in the sun and the moon, and the solar eclipse on August 21st involves both the sun and the moon.

On August 21st, I am going to be able to travel into the path of this eclipse.  Hopefully it will be a very clear day and I will be able to get some very clear pictures for my readers.

I don’t expect anything world shattering to take place on that particular day, but like millions of other Americans, I will definitely be looking up into the sky to see what happens…


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How to View the Solar Eclipse For Those Outside the Path of Totality – An Astrophysicist Shares Some Tips

By Paul Sutter | Space.com

Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter leads science-themed tours around the world at AstroTouring.com. Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Let’s say you’re not lucky enough to find yourself along the narrow strip of totality during the coming solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Don’t feel bad — you still may get a stellar view. Everyone in the continental United States — as well as Canada and Mexico — will get to enjoy seeing a bite taken out of the sun on that afternoon.

Of course, the closer you get to the totality path the better your experience, but a partial solar eclipse is still pretty awesome and something that only comes along every few years. So get out there and enjoy it! [Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)]

If you live in New England or along the Mexican border, you’ll get the worst view with only about 65 percent of the sun covered by the moon. The closer you get to the northwest-to-southeast line, though, the more spectacular your show will be, with almost all states enjoying at least an 80 percent coverage.

No matter where you are, the entire eclipse event will last about three hours, from the moment the moon first touches the disk of the sun, to its maximum extent an hour and a half in, to the point where the sun and moon separate and continue on their solitary journeys.

I can’t stress this enough: unless you’re seeing the brief moments of 100 percent coverage, or totality, it is not safe to look directly at the sun without some serious eyewear. Sunglasses are not nearly enough. Even 400 of your favorite lenses stacked together wouldn’t do the trick. The same UV radiation that gives you nasty sunburns after forgetting to reapply at the beach can — and will — damage your retinas, and the sheer volume of visible light will literally cook your rods and cones.


New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Petroglyph May Represent Ancient Total Eclipse

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse says CU professor

A petroglyph of what may be a total solar eclipse in the year 1097 as recorded by the Chaco Canyon, New Mexico Pueblo people. Credit: University of colorado

By Jim Scott | Phys.org

As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.

CU Boulder Professor Emeritus J. McKim “Kim” Malville said the petroglyph—carved in a rock by early Pueblo people—is a circle that resembles the sun’s outer atmosphere known as its corona, with tangled protrusions looping off the edges. Discovered in 1992 during a Chaco Canyon field school for CU Boulder and Fort Lewis College students led by Malville and then-Fort Lewis Professor James Judge, the object may illustrate the  of the sun that occurred over the region on July 11, 1097.

“To me it looks like a circular feature with curved tangles and structures,” said Malville of CU Boulder’s astrophysical and planetary sciences department. “If one looks at a drawing by a German astronomer of the 1860  during high solar activity, rays and loops similar to those depicted in the Chaco petroglyph are visible.”

One tangled loop jutting from the petroglyph circle may illustrate a coronal mass ejection (CME), an eruption that can blow billions of tons of plasma from the sun at several million miles per hour during active solar maximum periods. But if the sun was in a “quiet phase” of its roughly 11-year cycle, one would expect few if any CMEs, and the likelihood of one occurring during a solar eclipse would be negligible, Malville said.

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse

Piedra del Sol petroglyph. Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder

“This was a testable hypothesis,” Malville said. “It turns out the sun was in a period of very high solar activity at that time, consistent with an active corona and CMEs.” Malville and Professor José Vaquero of the University of Extremadura in Cáceres, Spain, published a paper on the petroglyph in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry in 2014. Chaco Canyon, the zenith of Pueblo culture in the Southwest a thousand years ago, is believed by archeologists to have been populated by several thousand people and held political sway over an area twice the size of Ohio.

The two used several sources to assess the activity of the sun around the time of the 1097 eclipse. That included data from ancient tree rings, formed annually and which have been cross-dated to create time series going back thousands of years and which also contain traces of the isotope carbon-14. Created by cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere, carbon-14 amounts in the tree rings can be correlated with sunspots—the less carbon-14, the more sunspots, which indicates higher solar activity, Malville said. They also used records of naked-eye observations of sunspots, which go back several thousand years in China. A third method involved looking at historical data compiled by northern Europeans on the annual number of so-called “auroral nights,” when the northern lights were visible, an indication of intense .

The free-standing rock hosting the possible eclipse petroglyph, known as Piedra del Sol, also has a large spiral petroglyph on its east side that marks sunrise 15 to 17 days before the June solstice, Malville said. A triangular shadow cast by a large rock on the horizon crosses the center of the spiral at that time. Such a phenomenon may have been used to start a countdown to the summer solstice and related festivities, he said.

In addition to the spiral petroglyph, the east side of Piedra del Sol contains a bowl-shaped depression where Chacoans likely left offerings like cornmeal. The southwest side of the rock faces a small butte on the horizon that marks the December solstice event, and the rock also has carved steps, indicating it likely had some kind of a ceremonial importance, he said.


Here’s Why Half of the Life You Experience is Over by Age 7

By Ana Swanson | Washington Post

meaning-of-lifeHave you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older?

There’s a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you’re a kid, but zips by before you know it when you’re 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, demonstrates.

When you’re one year old, a year is literally forever to you — it’s all the time that you’ve ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It’s like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.

This idea has stunning implications. It means that parents actually see their children grow up much faster than children perceive themselves to be.

It means that waiting 24 days for Christmas at age 5 literally feels like waiting a year at age 54. It might also explain why kids on car trips are always asking that annoying question, “Are we there yet?” A car journey actually feels longer to kids than it does to adults.

It’s a simple concept, but the feeling is explained beautifully by Kiener’s interactive. The interactive has you painstakingly scroll through each year, and experience how time seems to speed up as you “get older.”

For example, when you are one year old, a year is 100 percent of your life. As Kiener writes, this theory was first put forth by Paul Janet in 1897.

But the proportion falls sharply as you age. As you scroll through the years, you notice that each year takes significantly less time to pass by than the first. By the time you’re eight, a year is only 12.5 percent of your life.

By 18, that proportion has fallen by half again. One year is now 5.56 percent of your life. As Kiener writes, your summer vacation in your first year of college feels as long as your whole 76th year.

After 30, the proportion begins to level off, and each year of your life is similarly short. By the time you’re 35, one year is 2.86 percent of your life.

At 98, it’s about 1 percent.

Kiener attributes this idea to Paul Janet, a French philosopher. The idea is that we perceive time by comparing it with our life span: The apparent length of a period of time is proportional to our life span itself.

We perceive our first few years to be much longer in duration than the years that come later — as the graphic above this shows. If you measure your life this way, in “perceived” time rather than actual time, half of your “perceived life” is over by age 7. If you factor in the fact that you don’t remember much of your first three years, then half of your perceived life is over by the time you turn 18, Kiener writes.

In mathematical terms, our time perception is logarithmic — stretched out at the beginning and compressed at the end — rather than linear, in which each year has the same length. If you don’t know, or don’t want to think about math, it’s basically the difference between the graph on the left, which is how time proceeds according to calendars, and the graph on the right, which starts slow and then ramps up:

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Originally entitled: “Why half of the life you experience is over by age 7”
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