Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Largest Japanese Earthquake in 140 Years - Pacific Tsunami Warning

Image Source: BBC.

History has horrifically been made today in Japan, with an 8.9 Richter level earthquake.  Above, an image of the tsunami that has devasted the coast of the country.  There is a tsunami warning for the whole Pacific basin, starting with the Philippines in the next few hours.  Footage of the tsunami flooding the Japanese coast, including a giant whirlpool,  is below the jump.

Time Lapses: Storms

Supercell storm. Image Source: Wiki.

Rarely do we see the big picture, unless we condense time. This is what makes time lapse films so compelling. Time lapse films of storms take us from the normal and everyday to apocalyptic within moments.  Films like these clips by Michael Laca, which show Hurricane Igor sweeping into Bermuda in 2010 (here and here), show us the power of our natural environment in a nutshell. See some storm time lapse videos below the jump.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Millennial Mysteries: Two Suns Set in China

Image Source: CTV via MSNBC.

A Chinese report has gone viral on the Web regarding a mirage or hoax that made it appear as though two Suns set in China on March 2.  See a report at ABC here and a video here.  From MSNBC:
Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky — a story that was later debunked — two suns were caught on camera yesterday in China. The suns — one fuzzy and orange, the other a crisp yellow orb — appeared side-by-side, one slightly higher than the other.

What's going on? Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to Space.com, asked Jim Kaler, the University of Illinois astronomer who squelched the excitement over the aforementioned exploding Betelgeuse and who has written books on the day and night sky. The double sun image is an effect of optical refraction, Kaler said, but it's a "pretty darn rare" one, and one not fully explained by science.

"I doubt it's been computer modeled," he said. "There must have been some blob of atmosphere somewhere that caused this truly spectacular phenomenon, which in a sense is a mirage."
On Facebook, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory contributor appears amused by all the attention the Sun is getting this week: "this had nothing to do with solar events on the Sun. But still pretty cool image. Very Star-Warsy!"  Other astronomers have dismissed the report as a hoax.  Doppelgänger - you just can't get away from them these days.  Below the jump, the Star Wars clip.

Look Skyward: Solar Storm

Image: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (9 March 2011).

NASA just reported that the Sun erupted with a flare in the highest rangeAbout an hour ago, the Solar Dynamics Observatory posted the following updates on their social networks links: "We are still analyzing but it appears we just had a X-class solar flare ... The flare originated from Active Region 1166. Here [shown above] is a close-up as seen through the AIA 335 Angstroms. [T]his one is almost front center. We will experience some impact. We are still analyzing all the data."


Photo © Alan Friedman (20 October 2010). Image Source: Discover/Bad Astronomy.

Full credit goes to Lee Hamilton's blog (which you should all check out) for drawing my attention to these incredible pictures of the Sun by Alan Friedman.  Friedman's site, Averted Imagination, is here.

Photo © Alan Friedman (2011). Image Source: Discover/Bad Astronomy.

More cool Sun photos below the jump.