Astronomer Says Spiritual Phenomena Exist in Other Dimensions

2 May, 2014 at 07:34 | Posted in astronomy, Science, Spirituality | Leave a comment

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times

Astronomer and mathematician Bernard Carr theorizes that many of the phenomena we experience but cannot explain within the physical laws of this dimension actually occur in other dimensions.

Albert Einstein stated that there are at least four dimensions. The fourth dimension is time, or spacetime, since Einstein said space and time cannot be separated. In modern physics, theories about the existence of up to 11 dimensions and the possibility of more have gained traction.

Carr, a professor of mathematics and astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, says our consciousness interacts with another dimension. Furthermore, the multi-dimensional universe he envisions has a hierarchical structure. We are at the lowest-level dimension.

“The model resolves well-known philosophical problems concerning the relationship between matter and mind, elucidates the nature of time, and provides an ontological framework for the interpretation of phenomena such as apparitions, OBEs [out-of-body experiences], NDEs [near-death-experiences], and dreams,” he wrote in a conference abstract.

Carr reasons that our physical sensors only show us a 3-dimensional universe, though there are actually at least four dimensions. What exists in the higher dimensions are entities we cannot touch with our physical sensors. He said that such entities must still have a type of space to exist in.

“The only non-physical entities in the universe of which we have any experience are mental ones, and … the existence of paranormal phenomena suggests that mental entities have to exist in some sort of space,” Carr wrote.

The other-dimensional space we enter in dreams overlaps with the space where memory exists. Carr says telepathy signals a communal mental space and clairvoyance also contains a physical space. “Non-physical percepts have attributes of externality,” he wrote in his book “Matter, Mind, and Higher Dimensions.”

He builds on previous theories, including the Kaluza–Klein theory, which unifies the fundamental forces of gravitation and electromagnetism. The Kaluza–Klein theory also envisions a 5-dimensional space.

In “M-theory,” there are 11 dimensions. In superstring theory, there are 10. Carr understands this as a 4-dimensional “external” space—meaning these are the four dimensions in Einstein’s relativity theory—and a 6- or 7-dimensional “internal” space—meaning these dimensions relate to psychic and other “intangible” phenomena.

via Astronomer Says Spiritual Phenomena Exist in Other Dimensions – The Epoch Times

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3 Amazing Coincidences in Our Solar System: What Could They Mean?

27 January, 2014 at 07:42 | Posted in astronomy, Science | Leave a comment

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times

1. Ancient astronomy seems to predict knowledge of atoms only discovered in 1913

In antiquity, the planets were associated with seven known metals. The planets were also arranged in a traditional order.

In 1913, Henry Gwyn-Jefferies Moseley, discovered a way to measure atomic number, thus numbering the elements.

The traditional ordering of the planets, common thousands of years before Moseley’s discovery, corresponds to the order of elements Moseley discovered.

This coincidence is featured in the book “A Little Book of Coincidence in the Solar System” by John Martineau.

2. Patterns within the stars and galaxies appear to line up with the direction of our sun’s motion

Dragan Huterer, a physics professor at the University of Michigan and a theoretical cosmologist, explains in an Astronomy article how some patterns observed in the universe are either astounding coincidences or are signs of a structure beyond science’s current understanding of the solar system and the universe.

He looks at cosmic microwave background, which is a snapshot of the early universe.

Photons, protons, and electrons swarmed in a dense mass in the early universe. That mass was then released to travel through the cosmos. Huterer describes the cosmic microwave background as “a fog of microwave photons coming at us from all directions, filling the entire universe.”

An analysis of the warm and cool spots of this fog reveals basic patterns. These patterns show certain alignments that have less than a 0.1 percent likelihood of happening by chance, says Huterer.

Kate Land and Joao Magueijo of Imperial College in London have, for example, found some enigmatic temperature alignments within the cosmic microwave background and also alignments with the motion of our sun through space.

“They have humorously dubbed this odd alignment—apparently the same one we found—the ‘axis of evil,’” says Huterer.

He writes: “Many cosmologists find the various CMB [cosmic microwave background] alignments extremely unlikely to have occurred by chance. Moreover, nearly all the alignments point to the solar system’s motion or the orientation of the ecliptic plane. Is there a deeper explanation?”

3. Measurements correspond mathematically in strange ways

Radius of the Moon = 1080 miles = 3 x 360

Radius of the Earth = 3960 miles = 11 x 360

Radius of Earth + Radius of Moon = 5040 miles = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 x 7 = 7 x 8 x 9 x 10

Diameter of Earth = 7930 miles = 8 x 9 x 10 x 11

There are 5280 feet in a mile = (10 x 11 x 12 x 13) – (9 x 10 x 11 x 12)

This coincidence is also featured by Martineau; the measurements were verified by Epoch Times.

via 3 Amazing Coincidences in Our Solar System: What Could They Mean? » The Epoch Times

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Supernova Next 50 Years: Astronomers Say Supernova to be Visible From Earth

5 November, 2013 at 06:34 | Posted in astronomy, Science | Leave a comment


By Zachary Stieber
Epoch Times

Will there be a supernova in the next 50 years that is visible from Earth?

Yes, astronomers with Ohio State University say.

The odds are nearly 100 percent that a supernova visible to telescopes in the form of infrared radiation will happen in the Milky Way in the next 50 years, the astronomers say. They discovered the probability by using a simulation of supernova positions and modern dust models.

The odds are much lower—depending on where you are, 5 to 50 percent—that the spectacle would be visible to the naked eye in the nighttime sky, the astronomers wrote in the study announcement.

Astronomers can definitely see the supernova with high-powered infrared cameras, and the sight would be unprecedented.

Astronomers would have a chance to detect the supernova fast enough to witness what happens at the very beginning of a star’s demise, something that’s never been done. Typically, only remnants of supernova are captured in images.

A massive star “goes supernova” at the moment when it’s used up all its nuclear fuel and its core collapses, just before it explodes violently and throws off most of its mass into space.

“We see all these stars go supernova in other galaxies, and we don’t fully understand how it happens. We think we know, we say we know, but that’s not actually 100 percent true,” said Christopher Kochanek, professor of astronomy at Ohio State. “Today, technologies have advanced to the point that we can learn enormously more about supernovae if we can catch the next one in our galaxy and study it with all our available tools.”

Actually witnessing a supernova could prove or disprove associated theories that have  thus far only been figured out using computer models and calculations.

“Every few days, we have the chance to observe supernovae happening outside of our galaxy,” said doctoral student Scott Adams. “But there’s only so much you can learn from those, whereas a galactic supernova would show us so much more. Our neutrino detectors and gravitational wave detectors are only sensitive enough to take measurements inside our galaxy, where we believe that a supernova happens only once or twice a century.”

The astronomers have published their findings in an issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

Supernovas are often seen in other galaxies but are difficult to see in our own Milky Way galaxy because of dust blocking the view.

“Despite the ease with which astronomers find supernovae occurring outside our galaxy, it wasn’t obvious before that it would be possible to get complete observations of a supernova occurring within our galaxy,” said Adams. “Soot dims the optical light from stars near the center of the galaxy by a factor of nearly a trillion by the time it gets to us. Fortunately, infrared light is not affected by this soot as much and is only dimmed by a factor of 20.”

By balancing all the factors, the astronomers determined that they have nearly a 100 percent chance of catching a prized Milky Way supernova during the next 50 years.

Additionally, the astronomers incorporate the fact that supernovas issue neutrinos immediately after the explosion starts, but don’t brighten in infrared or visible light until minutes, hours, or even days later.

Adams explains the findings more in the video below.

Supernova Exploration

NASA, using the Chandra telescope, has discovered the remains of multiple supernovas that exploded in the Milky Way, including on of those that are pictured, the Cassiopeia A, the youngest remnant in the galaxy.

“The blue, wispy arcs in the image show where the acceleration is taking place in an expanding shock wave generated by the explosion,” according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “The red and green regions show material from the destroyed star that has been heated to millions of degrees by the explosion. Although observers at the time didn’t notice this supernova, astronomers today have detected its light echoing through the galaxy 400 years after the fact.”

Scientists study supernovas to learn about the universe, according to NASA. For instance, one kind of supernova has shown that our universe is expanding, growing at an ever increasing rate.

Below, see an artist’s conception of a binary star system that produces recurrent novae, and ultimately, the supernova PTF 11kx.

via Supernova Next 50 Years: Astronomers Say Supernova to be Visible From Earth

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Planet With No Sun Discovered Floating Through Space

31 October, 2013 at 07:19 | Posted in astronomy, Science | Leave a comment

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times

A planet with no sun was spotted by astronomers, according to astronomers in Hawaii this week. The sun-less planet is reportedly six times the size of Jupiter.

Scientists have said that the planet, called PSO J318.5-22, could be the first real free-roaming planet spotted by astronomers to date. The planet was spotted drifting alone around eighty light years from Earth, according to the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manao, which conducted the research.

“We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that looks like this,” said lead researcher Michael Liu in a statement. “It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone. I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”

The planet, researchers said, formed around 12 million years ago and is similar to other gas giants orbiting around young stars, the university said. Earth is thought to be around 4.5 billion years old.

“Planets found by direct imaging are incredibly hard to study, since they are right next to their much brighter host stars. PSO J318.5-22 is not orbiting a star so it will be much easier for us to study. It is going to provide a wonderful view into the inner workings of gas-giant planets like Jupiter shortly after their birth,” Dr. Niall Deacon of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany said in a statement.

The planet was discovered while researchers were trying to find brown dwarfs. Like PSO J318.5-22, brown dwarfs are faint and have cool temperatures.

But PSO J318.5-22 “stood out as an oddball, redder than even the reddest known brown dwarfs,” they said.

“We often describe looking for rare celestial objects as akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. So we decided to search the biggest haystack that exists in astronomy, the dataset from PS1,” said Dr. Eugene Magnier, co-author of the study.

via Planet With No Sun Discovered Floating Through Space: photo 3

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