Midnight In The Desert — telescopes

Wed Dec 12 – Jim Elvidge - Exploring Digital Consciousness

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Wed Dec 12 – Jim Elvidge - Exploring Digital Consciousness

The fundamental nature of reality, specifically the idea that there is no objective reality; rather, it is virtual, due to a couple key elements: 1. The seat of our consciousness being separate from the body, and 2. The fundamental substrate of reality being digital. Jim Elvidge will be discussing his theory of digital consciousness and and how it explains every known scientific or metaphysical anomaly. theuniversesolved.com Twitter: @universesolved Author Jim Elvidge holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He has applied his training in the high-tech world as a leader in technology and enterprise management, including many...

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Help wanted to operate and maintain Air Force deep space telescopes

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Help wanted to operate and maintain Air Force deep space telescopes

The Air Force Space Command last week posted a “sources sought” notice for the operations and maintenance of a network of space staring telescopes known as the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System. The Air Force is sizing up the market and not seeking bids yet. Responses are due April 23. The notice came from the 21st Contracting Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The squadron is looking for help providing 16-hour-a-day, seven-day a week operations of GEODSS sites at Socorro, New Mexico; Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Maui, Hawaii. A fourth GEODSS site in South Korea...

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NASA Budget Proposal Defunds Space Station, Space Telescopes and More

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NASA Budget Proposal Defunds Space Station, Space Telescopes and More

The Trump administration is proposing a budget of $19.6 billion for NASA in its request for fiscal year 2019—roughly half a billion dollars more than its request for fiscal year 2018. The additional funds would support the administration’s directive to reinvigorate human and robotic exploration of Earth’s moon and other planets in the solar system but would also come at the expense of several other big-ticket items in NASA’s portfolio—namely the International Space Station (ISS) as well as the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST), a “flagship”-class mission next in line for launch after the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)....

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Is the Golden Age of Astronomy Nearly Over?

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Is the Golden Age of Astronomy Nearly Over?

Among astronomers, it’s a commonplace that the last few decades have been a golden age. Starting around 50 years ago, astronomy found itself on a winning streak of truly amazing discoveries. But are the good times about to stop rolling? No golden age lasts forever, and there’s reason to fear that astronomy is ending its long run of wonders. Why do I worry? Our early successes came from looking through new windows across a vast range of wavelengths invisible to the naked eye. The first radio, X-ray, ultraviolet and infrared telescopes were small, but everything we saw through them was...

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Meet Unistellar, the next evolution in backyard telescopes

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Meet Unistellar, the next evolution in backyard telescopes

For centuries, astronomers have explored the cosmos through personal telescopes. And, although these devices have grown stronger over the years, they have remained relatively simple in both form and function. Now a French startup unveiled a powerful new evolution in personal telescopes that make the act of stargazing brighter, clearer, and more engaging. Dubbed Unistellar, the new telescope enhances the image of objects in the sky by accumulating and amplifying the light that they are emitting, according to its creators. They’re demonstrating the device at IFA 2017 in Berlin. They’re calling Unistellar an Enhanced Vision Telescope (eVscope), which uses electronics...

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