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 My partner Doug found this article about astronomers finding planets in development for the first time.

Alien Sun?

Oct. 14th, 2015 02:15 pm
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This star's light is interrupted by something.  A suggestion in the article is that this could be a cloud of solar collectors or other manufactured gear made by aliens.  I can come up with other ideas.  

One is that the star may naturally not be putting out the usual smooth amount of light, which seems unlikely.  It could be a very rare phenomenon, but stars have behaved in pretty predictable clusters of light emission.

Perhaps slightly more plausible than aliens is that a large rogue planet collided with a local one and created a debris cloud. Enormously rare, but there are lots of stars and junk out there.

More depressingly, this also matches the kind of "gunsmoke" cloud you get when someone uses planetbuster bombs to reduce a solar system to rubble.  (A sunkiller bomb is also a possibility but unlikely because most of those work fairly fast.)  This is particularly a concern because one reason for the Drake Equation yielding a sum of zero detections is if L is a very short timespan -- to wit, aliens share the human tendency to blow themselves up.

Other ideas?
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 Well, that didn't take long.  :D  I have been wanting something like this since the first image of that heart came back.  <3
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 ... according to increasing evidence.

I favor "self-destruct" and "using different technology" as reasons why we aren't detecting signs of sentient life.  Based on life's incredible creativity and tenacity, it is likely to be both plentiful and -- on favorable worlds -- headed toward high complexity.  But given how humans do dumb things like trying to mow a hedge and starting wars over whose god is more peaceful, I would not be surprised by flash-in-the-pan civilizations.
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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai and this picture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.

"Star Deity"

Star Deity is black light
Star Deity is white shadows

Robe made of nebulas
Hairpins of embers

Star Deity is masculine female
Star Deity is feminine male

Fingerprints of kindling
Footprints of ashes

Star Deity's spirit is too big
To be only one thing.

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“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
-- Carl Sagan

Star deities may be associated with the night, sky, and/or sun.

Androgynous deities may have traits of both sexes, none, or something else altogether.

Because human thought is limited, but we often conceive of divinity as unlimited, we may describe deities as transcendent.  Even religions with more specific, personified deities often have an Unknowable Divine as well.

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Our Imbolc ritual included an opportunity for contract prayers with Greek gods. I asked for a blessing on the profitability of my writing, in exchange for offering up something extra. Here it is.

This poem is spillover from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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A scientist built a supercomputer from gaming consoles to study black holes.  Jerryrigging level = epic.
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Here's an article about an interesting feature of the Star Trek universe:

Something that is really great about Star Trek, is that when a character notices something is amiss, and they are the only one to see it, the rest of the crew doesn't just dismiss their concerns offhand. You aren't saddled with an episode of the character trying to convince everyone else that what they saw / heard/ felt was real. Everyone else believed them right away. They've probably already started running scans, and started trying to help their friend, instead of treating them like a child.

And it never matters what character it is. Their concerns are ALWAYS valid

It's a spacer virtue.  In space, you can't afford to ignore little things like that.  Space will kill you if it can.

That is the default setting for most of what I write.  Sometimes there are outside or unsympathetic characters who are indifferent to someone's observations or needs, but team members consistently support each other.  More often than not, if somebody points out a problem, other characters will start working on how to solve it.
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NASA just emailed a wrench to space.

While everyone else is geeking out over the idea of emailing a wrench, I'm over here thinking, "Damn, that is a great way to save on cargo weight!  Instead of expending  massive effort to send everything astronauts might need, we can instead send a smaller amount of materials to make stuff they need, and they can make exactly what they need when they need it."  That will work for everything that can be made of currently 3D printable materials and isn't needed all the time.  Send basic high-need supplies and stuff we can't just fab up yet.  Use the 3D printer to make the rest.  Even a very small  savings in cargo weight adds up very fast.

Space just got a lot more habitable.  :D
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This article includes a soundtrack of comet sounds

I have written a poem about it, "The Singing Comet," which also fills the "magnetometry" square for the Science Bingo fest.  9 lines, Buy It Now = $5
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This poem is from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  It also fills the "telescope" square in my 3-30-14 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

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