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Most people have two eyes. Humans evolved to use them together (not all animals do). People form a continuous, stereoscopic panorama movie of the world within in their minds. With your two eyes tilted upward on a clear night, there's nothing standing between you and the universe. The easiest way to enhance your enjoyment of the night sky is to paint your brain with two channels of stronger starlight with a pair of binoculars. Even if you live in — or near — a large, light-polluted city, you may be surprised at how much astronomical detail you'll see through the right binoculars! Our editors have looked at the spectrum of current binocular offerings. Thanks to computer-aided design and manufacturing, there have never been more high-quality choices at reasonable prices. Sadly, there's also a bunch of junk out there masquerading as fine stargazing instrumentation. We've selected a few that we think will work for most skywatchers. There was a lot to consider: magnification versus mass, field of view, prism type, optical quality ("sharpness"), light transmission, age of the user (to match "exit pupil" size, which changes as we grow older), shock resistance, waterproofing and more.
The best binoculars for you
"Small" astronomy binoculars would probably be considered "medium" for bird watching, sports observation and other terrestrial purposes. This comes about as a consequence of optics (prism type and objective size, mostly). "Large" binoculars are difficult to use for terrestrial applications and have a narrow field of view. They begin to approach telescope quality in magnification, resolution and optical characteristics.
Most of our Editors' Choicesfor stargazing binoculars here are under $300. You can pay more than 10 times that for enormous binocular telescopes used by elite enthusiasts on special mounts! You'll also pay more for ruggedized ("mil spec," or military standard) binoculars, many of which suspend their prisms on shock mounts to keep the optics in precise alignment.
Also, our Editors' Choices use Porro prism optics. Compact binoculars usually employ "roof" prisms, which can be cast more cheaply, but whose quality can vary widely. [There's much more about Porro prisms in our Buyer's Guide.] We think your needs are best served by reviewing in three categories.
Small, highly portable binoculars can be hand-held for viewing ease.
Medium binoculars offer higher powers of magnification, but still can be hand-held, if firmly braced.
Large binoculars have bigger "objective" lenses but must be mounted on a tripod or counterweighted arm for stability.
Here's a detailed look at our Editor's Choice selections for stargazing binoculars:
Oberwerk in German means "above work." The brand does indeed perform high-level optical work, perfect for looking at objects above, as well as on the ground or water. Founder Kevin Busarow's Mariner series is not his top of the line, but it benefits greatly from engineering developed for his pricier models. The Oberwerk 8x40’s treat your eyes to an extremely wide field, at very high contrast, with razor-sharp focus; they are superb for observing the broad starscapes of the Milky Way. Just 5.5 inches (14 cm) from front to back and 6.5 inches wide (16.5 cm), the Mariners are compact and rugged enough to be your favorite "grab and go binoculars." But at 37 ounces, they may be more than a small person wants to carry for a long time.
Runner-Up: Celestron Cometron 7x50 (Cost: $30)
Yes, you read that price correctly! These Celestron lightweight, wide-field binoculars bring honest quality at a remarkably low price point. The compromise comes in the optics, particularly the prism's glass type (you might see a little more chromatic aberration around the edges of the moon, and the exit pupil isn't a nice, round circle). Optimized for "almost infinitely distant" celestial objects, these Cometrons won't focus closer than about 30 feet (9.1 meters). But that's fine for most sports and other outdoor use. If you're gift-buying for multiple young astronomers – or you want an inexpensive second set for yourself – these binoculars could be your answer. Just maybe remind those young folks to be a little careful around water; Celestron claims only that the Cometrons are "water resistant," not waterproof.
From the legendary Austrian firm of Swarovski Optik, these "bins" are perfect. Really. Very sharp. Very lightweight. Very wide field. Very versatile. And very expensive! Our editors would have picked them if we could have afforded them.
Honorable Mention: Nikon Aculon 7x50 (Cost: $110)
Nikon's legendary optical quality and the large, 7mm exit pupil diameter make these appropriate as a gift for younger skywatchers.
A solid, chunky-feeling set of quality prisms and lenses makes these binoculars a pleasant, 38oz. handful. A medium wide 5.8 degrees filed of view and large 7mm exit pupil brings you gently into a sweet sky of bright, though perhaps not totally brilliant, stars. Fully dressed in a rubber wetsuit, these SkyMasters are waterproof. Feel free to take them boating or birding on a moist morning. Their optical tubes were blown out with dry nitrogen at the factory, then sealed. So you can expect them not to fog up, at least not from the inside. Celestron's strap-mounting points on the Skymaster 8x56 are recessed, so they don't bother your thumbs, but that location makes them hard to fasten.
Runner-Up: Oberwerk Ultra 15x70 (Cost: $380)
The most rugged pair we evaluated, these 15x70s are optically outstanding. Seen through the Ultra's exquisitely multi-coated glass, you may find yourself falling in love with the sky all over again. Oberwerk's method of suspending their BAK4 glass Porro prisms offers greater shock-resistance than most competitors’ designs. While more costly than some comparable binoculars, they deliver superior value. Our only complaint is with their mass: At 5.5 lbs., these guys are heavy! You can hand-hold them for a short while, if you’re lying down. But they are best placed on a tripod, or on a counterweighted arm, unless you like shaky squiggles where your point-source stars are supposed to be. Like most truly big binoculars, the eyepieces focus independently; there’s no center focus wheel. These "binos" are for true astronomers.
Honorable Mention: Vixen Ascot 10x50 (Cost:$165)
These quirky binoculars present you with an extremely wide field. But they are not crash-worthy – don't drop them in the dark – nor are they waterproof, and the focus knob is not conveniently located. So care is needed if you opt for these Vixen optics.
Best Large Binoculars
Don't even think about hand-holding this 156-ounce beast! The SkyMaster 25x100 is really a pair of side-by-side 100mm short-tube refractor telescopes. Factor the cost of a sturdy tripod into your purchase decision, if you want to go this big. The monster Celestron comes with a sturdy support spar for mounting. Its properly multi-coated optics will haul in surprising detail from the sky. Just make sure your skies are dark; with this much magnification, light pollution can render your images dingy. As with many in the giant and super-giant class of binoculars, the oculars (non-removable eyepieces) focus separately, each rotating through an unusually long 450 degrees. Getting to critical focus can be challenging, but the view is worth it. You can resolve a bit of detail on face of the new moon (lit by "Earthshine") and pick out cloud bands on Jupiter; tha's pretty astonishing for binoculars.
Runner-Up: Orion Astronomy 20x80 (Cost: $150)
These big Orions distinguish themselves by price point; they're an excellent value. You could pay 10 times more for the comparably sized Steiners Military Observer 20x80 binoculars! Yes, the Orions are more delicate, a bit less bright and not quite as sharp. But they do offer amazingly high contrast; you'll catch significant detail in galaxies, comets and other "fuzzies." Unusually among such big rigs, the Astronomy 20x80 uses a center focus ring and one "diopter" (rather than independently focusing oculars); if you’re graduating from smaller binoculars, which commonly use that approach, this may be a comfort. These binoculars are almost lightweight enough to hold them by hand. But don't do that, at least not for long periods. And don't drop them. They will go out of alignment if handled roughly.
They are not pretty, but you're in the dark, right? Built around a tripod-mountable truss tube, these Barskas equilibrate to temperature quickly and give you decent viewing at rational cost. They make for a cheaper version of our Editors' Choice Celestron SkyMasters.
Not at all a practical cost choice for a beginning stargazer, but you can dream, can't you? These Steiner binoculars are essentially military optics "plowshared" for peaceful celestial observing.
Why we chose NOT to review certain types
Binoculars with active internal image stabilization are a growing breed. Most use battery-powered gyroscope/accelerometer-driven dynamic optical elements. We have left this type out of our evaluation because they are highly specialized and pricey ($1,250 and up). But if you are considering active stabilization, you can apply the same judgment methods detailed in our Buyer's Guide.
Comes with a camera?
A few binoculars are sold with built-in cameras. That seems like a good idea. But it isn't, at least not for skywatching. Other than Earth's moon, objects in the night sky are stingy with their photons. It takes a lengthy, rock-steady time exposure to collect enough light for a respectable image. By all means, consider these binocular-camera combos for snapping Facebook shots of little Jenny on the soccer field. But stay away from them for astronomy.
Take your new binoculars out under the night sky on clear nights, and you will fall in love with the universe. You will crave more ancient light from those distant suns. That may translate into a strong desire for bigger stereo-light buckets.
Caution: The next level up is a quantum jump of at least one financial order of magnitude. But if you have the disposable income and frequent access to dark skies, you may want to go REALLY big. Binocular telescopes in this class can feature interchangeable matching eyepieces, individually focusing oculars, more than 30x magnification and sturdy special-purpose tripods. Amateurs using these elite-level stereoscopes have discovered several prominent comets.
Enjoy your universe
If you are new to lens-assisted stargazing, you'll find excellent enhanced views among the binocular choices above. To get in deeper and to understand how we picked the ones we did, jump to our Buyer's Guide: How to Choose Binoculars for Sky Watching.
You have just taken the first step to lighting up your brain with star fire. May the photons be with you. Always.
Skywatching Events 2015
Once you have your new binoculars, it's time to take them for a spin. This year intrepid stargazers will have plenty of good opportunities to use new gear.
On March 20, for example, the sun will go through a total solar eclipse. You can check out the celestial sight using the right sun-blocking filters for binoculars, but NEVER look at the sun directly, even during a solar eclipse. It's important to find the proper filters in order to observe the rare cosmic show.
Observers can also take a look at the craggy face of the moon during a lunar eclipse on April 4. Stargazers using binoculars should be able to pick out some details not usually seen by the naked eye when looking at Earth's natural satellite.
Skywatchers should also peek out from behind the binoculars for a chance to see a series of annual meteor showers throughout the year. View Article Here Read More
Excerpt from cnet.com The year gone by brought us more robots, worries about artificial intelligence, and difficult lessons on space travel. The big question: where's it all taking us? Every year, we capture a little bit more of the future -- and yet the future insists on staying ever out of reach. Consider space travel. Humans have been traveling beyond the atmosphere for more than 50 years now -- but aside from a few overnights on the moon four decades ago, we have yet to venture beyond low Earth orbit. Or robots. They help build our cars and clean our kitchen floors, but no one would mistake a Kuka or a Roomba for the replicants in "Blade Runner." Siri, Cortana and Alexa, meanwhile, are bringing some personality to the gadgets in our pockets and our houses. Still, that's a long way from HAL or that lad David from the movie "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." Self-driving cars? Still in low gear, and carrying some bureaucratic baggage that prevents them from ditching certain technology of yesteryear, like steering wheels. And even when these sci-fi things arrive, will we embrace them? A Pew study earlier this year found that Americans are decidedly undecided. Among the poll respondents, 48 percent said they would like to take a ride in a driverless car, but 50 percent would not. And only 3 percent said they would like to own one. "Despite their general optimism about the long-term impact of technological change," Aaron Smith of the Pew Research Center wrote in the report, "Americans express significant reservations about some of these potentially short-term developments" such as US airspace being opened to personal drones, robot caregivers for the elderly or wearable or implantable computing devices that would feed them information. Let's take a look at how much of the future we grasped in 2014 and what we could gain in 2015.
Space travel: 'Space flight is hard'
In 2014, earthlings scored an unprecedented achievement in space exploration when the European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on a speeding comet, with the potential to learn more about the origins of life. No, Bruce Willis wasn't aboard. Nobody was. But when the 220-pound Philae lander, carried to its destination by the Rosetta orbiter, touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, some 300 million miles from Earth, the celebration was well-earned. A shadow quickly fell on the jubilation, however. Philae could not stick its first landing, bouncing into a darker corner of the comet where its solar panels would not receive enough sunlight to charge the lander's batteries. After two days and just a handful of initial readings sent home, it shut down. For good? Backers have allowed for a ray of hope as the comet passes closer to the sun in 2015. "I think within the team there is no doubt that [Philae] will wake up," lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring said in December. "And the question is OK, in what shape? My suspicion is we'll be in good shape." The trip for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been much longer: 3 billion miles, all the way to Pluto and the edge of the solar system. Almost nine years after it left Earth, New Horizons in early December came out of hibernation to begin its mission: to explore "a new class of planets we've never seen, in a place we've never been before," said project scientist Hal Weaver. In January, it will begin taking photos and readings of Pluto, and by mid-July, when it swoops closest to Pluto, it will have sent back detailed information about the dwarf planet and its moon, en route to even deeper space.
Also in December, NASA made a first test spaceflight of its Orion capsule on a quick morning jaunt out and back, to just over 3,600 miles above Earth (or approximately 15 times higher than the International Space Station). The distance was trivial compared to those those traveled by Rosetta and New Horizons, and crewed missions won't begin till 2021, but the ambitions are great -- in the 2030s, Orion is expected to carry humans to Mars. In late March 2015, two humans will head to the ISS to take up residence for a full year, in what would be a record sleepover in orbit. "If a mission to Mars is going to take a three-year round trip," said NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who will be joined in the effort by Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, "we need to know better how our body and our physiology performs over durations longer than what we've previously on the space station investigated, which is six months." There were more sobering moments, too, in 2014. In October, Virgin Galactic's sleek, experimental SpaceShipTwo, designed to carry deep-pocketed tourists into space, crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight, killing one test pilot and injuring the other. Virgin founder Richard Branson had hoped his vessel would make its first commercial flight by the end of this year or in early 2015, and what comes next remains to be seen. Branson, though, expressed optimism: "Space flight is hard -- but worth it," he said in a blog post shortly after the crash, and in a press conference, he vowed "We'll learn from this, and move forward together." Virgin Galactic could begin testing its next spaceship as soon as early 2015. The crash of SpaceShipTwo came just a few days after the explosion of an Orbital Sciences rocket lofting an unmanned spacecraft with supplies bound for the International Space Station. And in July, Elon Musk's SpaceX had suffered the loss of one of its Falcon 9 rockets during a test flight. Musk intoned, via Twitter, that "rockets are tricky..." Still, it was on the whole a good year for SpaceX. In May, it unveiled its first manned spacecraft, the Dragon V2, intended for trips to and from the space station, and in September, it won a $2.6 billion contract from NASA to become one of the first private companies (the other being Boeing) to ferry astronauts to the ISS, beginning as early as 2017. Oh, and SpaceX also has plans to launch microsatellites to establish low-cost Internet service around the globe, saying in November to expect an announcement about that in two to three months -- that is, early in 2015. One more thing to watch for next year: another launch of the super-secret X-37B space place to do whatever it does during its marathon trips into orbit. The third spaceflight of an X-37B -- a robotic vehicle that, at 29 feet in length, looks like a miniature space shuttle -- ended in October after an astonishing 22 months circling the Earth, conducting "on-orbit experiments."
Self-driving cars: Asleep at what wheel?
Spacecraft aren't the only vehicles capable of autonomous travel -- increasingly, cars are, too. Automakers are toiling toward self-driving cars, and Elon Musk -- whose name comes up again and again when we talk about the near horizon for sci-fi tech -- says we're less than a decade away from capturing that aspect of the future. In October, speaking in his guise as founder of Tesla Motors, Musk said: "Like maybe five or six years from now I think we'll be able to achieve true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination." (He also allowed that we should tack on a few years after that before government regulators give that technology their blessing.) That comment came as Musk unveiled a new autopilot feature -- characterizing it as a sort of super cruise control, rather than actual autonomy -- for Tesla's existing line of electric cars. Every Model S manufactured since late September includes new sensor hardware to enable those autopilot capabilities (such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automated parking), to be followed by an over-the-air software update to enable those features. Google has long been working on its own robo-cars, and until this year, that meant taking existing models -- a Prius here, a Lexus there -- and buckling on extraneous gear. Then in May, the tech titan took the wraps off a completely new prototype that it had built from scratch. (In December, it showed off the first fully functional prototype.) It looked rather like a cartoon car, but the real news was that there was no steering wheel, gas pedal or brake pedal -- no need for human controls when software and sensors are there to do the work. Or not so fast. In August, California's Department of Motor Vehicles declared that Google's test vehicles will need those manual controls after all -- for safety's sake. The company agreed to comply with the state's rules, which went into effect in September, when it began testing the cars on private roads in October. Regardless of who's making your future robo-car, the vehicle is going to have to be not just smart, but actually thoughtful. It's not enough for the car to know how far it is from nearby cars or what the road conditions are. The machine may well have to make no-win decisions, just as human drivers sometimes do in instantaneous, life-and-death emergencies. "The car is calculating a lot of consequences of its actions," Chris Gerdes, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, said at the Web Summit conference in Dublin, Ireland, in November. "Should it hit the person without a helmet? The larger car or the smaller car?"
Robots: Legging it out
So when do the robots finally become our overlords? Probably not in 2015, but there's sure to be more hand-wringing about both the machines and the artificial intelligence that could -- someday -- make them a match for homo sapiens. At the moment, the threat seems more mundane: when do we lose our jobs to a robot? The inquisitive folks at Pew took that very topic to nearly 1,900 experts, including Vint Cerf, vice president at Google; Web guru Tim Bray; Justin Reich of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Jonathan Grudin, principal researcher at Microsoft. According to the resulting report, published in August, the group was almost evenly split -- 48 percent thought it likely that, by 2025, robots and digital agents will have displaced significant numbers of blue- and white-collar workers, perhaps even to the point of breakdowns in the social order, while 52 percent "have faith that human ingenuity will create new jobs, industries, and ways to make a living, just as it has been doing since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution."
Still, for all of the startling skills that robots have acquired so far, they're often not all there yet. Here's some of what we saw from the robot world in 2014: Teamwork: Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne in May showed off their "Roombots," cog-like robotic balls that can join forces to, say, help a table move across a room or change its height. A sense of balance: We don't know if Boston Dynamics' humanoid Atlas is ready to trim bonsai trees, but it has learned this much from "The Karate Kid" (the original from the 1980s) -- it can stand on cinder blocks and hold its balance in a crane stance while moving its arms up and down. Catlike jumps: MIT's cheetah-bot gets higher marks for locomotion. Fed a new algorithm, it can run across a lawn and bound like a cat. And quietly, too. "Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground," MIT's Sangbae Kim, a professor of mechanical engineering, told MIT News. "This is kind of a new paradigm where we're controlling force in a highly dynamic situation. Any legged robot should be able to do this in the future." Sign language: Toshiba's humanoid Aiko Chihira communicated in Japanese sign language at the CEATEC show in October. Her rudimentary skills, limited for the moment to simple messages such as signed greetings, are expected to blossom by 2020 into areas such as speech synthesis and speech recognition. Dance skills: Robotic pole dancers? Tobit Software brought a pair, controllable by an Android smartphone, to the Cebit trade show in Germany in March. More lifelike was the animatronic sculpture at a gallery in New York that same month -- but what was up with that witch mask? Emotional ambition: Eventually, we'll all have humanoid companions -- at least, that's always been one school of thought on our robotic future. One early candidate for that honor could be Pepper, from Softbank and Aldebaran Robotics, which say the 4-foot-tall Pepper is the first robot to read emotions. This emo-bot is expected to go on sale in Japan in February.
Ray guns: Ship shape
Damn the photon torpedoes, and full speed ahead. That could be the motto for the US Navy, which in 2014 deployed a prototype laser weapon -- just one -- aboard a vessel in the Persian Gulf. Through some three months of testing, the device "locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality," Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research, said in a statement. Those targets were rather modest -- small objects mounted aboard a speeding small boat, a diminutive Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle, and so on -- but the point was made: the laser weapon, operated by a controller like those used for video games, held up well, even in adverse conditions.
Artificial intelligence: Danger, Will Robinson?
What happens when robots and other smart machines can not only do, but also think? Will they appreciate us for all our quirky human high and low points, and learn to live with us? Or do they take a hard look at a species that's run its course and either turn us into natural resources, "Matrix"-style, or rain down destruction? As we look ahead to the reboot of the "Terminator" film franchise in 2015, we can't help but recall some of the dire thoughts about artificial intelligence from two people high in the tech pantheon, the very busy Musk and the theoretically inclined Stephen Hawking. Musk himself more than once in 2014 invoked the likes of the "Terminator" movies and the "scary outcomes" that make them such thrilling popcorn fare. Except that he sees a potentially scary reality evolving. In an interview with CNBC in June, he spoke of his investment in AI-minded companies like Vicarious and Deep Mind, saying: "I like to just keep an eye on what's going on with artificial intelligence. I think there is potentially a dangerous outcome." He has put his anxieties into some particularly colorful phrases. In August, for instance, Musk tweeted that AI is "potentially more dangerous than nukes." And in October, he said this at a symposium at MIT: "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. ... You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." Musk has a kindred spirit in Stephen Hawking. The physicist allowed in May that AI could be the "biggest event in human history," and not necessarily in a good way. A month later, he was telling John Oliver, on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," that "artificial intelligence could be a real danger in the not too distant future." How so? "It could design improvements to itself and outsmart us all." But Google's Eric Schmidt, is having none of that pessimism. At a summit on innovation in December, the executive chairman of the far-thinking tech titan -- which in October teamed up with Oxford University to speed up research on artificial intelligence -- said that while our worries may be natural, "they're also misguided."View Article Here Read More
When a pair of fishermen waded into the frigid waters of the southern Baltic Sea about 5,000 years ago, they probably didn't realize that the shifting seabed beneath their feet was recording their every move. But it was.
The long-lost evidence of that prehistoric fishing trip — two sets of human footprints and some Stone Age fishing gear — was recently discovered in a dried up fjord, or inlet, on the island of Lolland in Denmark. There, archaeologists uncovered the prints alongside a so-called fishing fence, a tool that dates back to around 3,000 B.C.
Archaeologists have found fishing fences before, but the footprints are the first of their kind discovered in Denmark, according to Terje Stafseth, an archaeologist with the Museum Lolland-Falster, who helped excavate the ancient prints.
"This is really quite extraordinary, finding footprints from humans," Stafseth said in a statement. "Normally, what we find is their rubbish in the form of tools and pottery, but here, we suddenly have a completely different type of trace from the past, footprints left by a human being."
The Stone Age footprints were likely formed sometime between 5,000 B.C. and 2,000 B.C., Jensen said. At that time, the water level of the Baltic Sea was rising due to melting glaciers in northern Europe. Also at that time, prehistoric people were using these inlets as fishing grounds.
These individuals constructed elaborate traps, called fishing fences, to catch their prey. The wooden fences were built in sections several feet wide — thin switches of hazel suspended between two larger sticks — and the sections were lined up consecutively to form one long, continuous trap. The trap was placed in the shallow water of the fjord, which would be flooded with the incoming tide, the archaeologists said. When the fishermen wanted to move their gear, they would pluck the sections of the fence from the claylike floor of the fjord and move the whole apparatus to a new location.
"What seems to have happened was that at some point they were moving out to the [fish fence], perhaps to recover it before a storm," Jensen said. "At one of the posts, there are footprints on each side of the post, where someone had been trying to remove it from the sea bottom."
The archaeologists said the footprints must have been made by two different people, since one set of prints is significantly smaller than the other. Jensen and his team are now making imprints, or flat molds, of the footprints to preserve these ancient signs of life.
In addition to the human tracks, the team uncovered several skulls belonging to domestic and wild animals on the beach near the fjord.
The researchers said the skulls were likely part of offerings made by local farmers, who inhabited the region from around 4,000 B.C.
"They put fragments of skulls from different kinds of animals [on the sea floor], and then around that they put craniums from cows and sheep," Jensen said. "At the outermost of this area, they put shafts from axes. All in all, it covers about 70 square meters [83 square yards]. It's rather peculiar."View Article Here Read More
Rosetta mission controllers must decide whether to risk making lander hop from shadow of cliff blocking sunlight to its solar panels.
The robotic lander that touched down on a comet on Wednesday came to rest on its side in the shadow of a cliff, according to the first data beamed home from the probe.
Pictures from cameras on board the European Space Agency’s Philae lander show the machine with one foot in the sky and lodged against a high cliff face that is blocking sunlight to its solar panels. The precarious resting place means mission controllers are faced with some tough decisions over whether to try and nudge the spacecraft into a sunnier spot. If successful, that would allow Philae to fully recharge its batteries and do more science on the comet, but any sudden move could risk toppling the lander over, or worse, knock it off the comet completely.
The washing machine-sized lander was released by its Rosetta mother ship at 0835am GMT on Wednesday morning and touched down at a perfect spot on the comet’s surface. But when anchoring harpoons failed to fire, the probe bounced back off into space. So weak is the gravitational pull of the comet that Philae soared 1km into the sky and did not come down again until two hours later. “We made quite a leap,” said Stephan Ulamec, the Philae lander manager.
In the time it took the probe to land for the second time, the comet had rotated, bringing more treacherous terrain underneath. The spacecraft bounced a second time and finally came to a standstill on its side at what may be the rim of an enormous crater.
“We bounced twice and stopped in a place we’ve not entirely located,” said Jean-Pierre Bibring, Philae’s lead scientist. Teams of scientists are now trying to work out where the probe is. What mission controllers do know is that they are not where they hoped to be. “We are exactly below a cliff, so we are in a shadow permanently,” Bibring added. With most of Philae in the dark, the lander will receive only a fraction of the solar energy that Esa had hoped for. The spacecraft needs six or seven hours of sunlight a day but is expected to receive just one and a half. Though it can operate for 60 hours on primary batteries, the probe must then switch to its main batteries which need to be recharged through its solar arrays. If Philae’s batteries run out it will go into a hibernation mode until they have more power.
The spacecraft was designed with landing gear that could hop the probe around, but from its awkward position on its side the option is considered too risky.
Though caught in a tight spot, the Philae lander’s systems appear to be working well. The Rosetta spacecraft picked up the lander’s signal on Thursday morning and received the first images and more instrument data from the surface of the comet.
One of Philae’s major scientific goals is to analyse the comet for organic molecules. To do that, the lander must get samples from the comet into several different instruments, named Ptolemy, Cosac and Civa. There are two ways to do this: sniffing and drilling. Sniffing involves opening the instruments to allow molecules from the surface to drift inside. The instruments are already doing this and returning data.
Drilling is much riskier because it could make the lander topple over... Pushing down into the surface will push the lander off again. “We don’t want to start drilling and end the mission,” said Bibring. But the team has decided to operate another moving instrument, named Mupus, on Thursday evening. This could cause Philae to shift, but calculations show that it would be in a direction that could improve the amount of sunlight falling on the probe. A change in angle of only a few degrees could help. A new panoramic image will be taken after the Mupus deployment to see if there has been any movement.
Meanwhile, the Rosetta orbiter team will continue to try to pinpoint Philae’s position.View Article Here Read More
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For those of us
participating with the 2012 Ascension Timeline as awakened Starseed's or
Indigo's, this last cycle of the "Galactic Underworld" has been intensely
transformative in bringing the next level of heightened awareness to perceptible
knowledge. Since last November the Inner Revelations abound with much
information surfacing that has continually tested our personal discernment in
every way. Most of us have been feeling overloaded or overwhelmed with some
major life lesson attempting to integrate us more fully into accepting the
incoming transformational energies. These incoming energies are above and beyond
the most evolutionary frequency waves our planet and human beings have ever been
exposed to. This sequential series of Magnetic Propulsion Waves are of such
magnitude it is forcing us as a species to transform, adapt and evolve -- in
order to change from within.
Since Mid December's life
changing event (this changed the structure on the earth forever as we
it) that began the sequential collapse of the 4D false white light
its false umbilicus structure (this was the inorganic reincarnation
attached to the group human soul layer of light-body, the opening portal
accessed in Giza, Egypt) this last quarter has been challenging for us
Astral Plane Cleanup crew. This has meant that a container of
"energies (aberrant Astral plane entities and related debris) has been
consistently spilling out into the larger planet 3D consciousness
Which means more people are either feeling these
energies and are unconsciously "acting them out" or consciously
"clear them out" by not allowing negative energies to govern themselves.
good news is the new forces are powerful so when you interact with them
clear tremendous amount of negativity with greater ease than the past.
you may note in the external world populace that many are not acting
their best behaviors from the onset of tremendous internal pressure
energies create. Since most of the population does not have a context
is happening on the planet, or how to effectively deal with their
creates a large group of persons "acting out" in unconscious destructive
Addiction, thought obsession/possession programs have accelerated for
that have not yet learned how to cope with these mechanisms. These
bring to the surface fragmentation and distortion in the masses, and it
necessary to surface what is "real" rather than denying the problem
order to begin to face the integrative healing process. This is a
energetic complexity that is happening at the individual field and
As more of us prepare to be the embodied
being that is the "calm that walks into the center of the storm", you
this is a wake up call to have dominion over oneself, and it's a
in self energetic mastery. We are being called to bring Harmony into the
Conflict in these external circumstances. The love and peace you hold
enable the Source Field to re-harmonize the external environment though
very physical being. Do not take anything personal.
Planetary 9D Merkaba Buffer Field
We are at the midpoint
cycle of the Sixth night of the Galactic Underworld which shifts into
cycle of the Seventh day in November 2010. A new platform architecture
planet has been required and prepared meticulously to be reconnected to
planetary light body by Interdimensional Guardian groups.
groups are of all levels of consciousness agreeing to hold their life
ONE level of focused consciousness agreement - "Ascension Liberation For
This is carried out in accordance to the free will choices of each being
respected although each being answers to the consequence of its choices.
rehabilitation and re-education of the laws in order to live in Harmony
Universe are freely shared with all sincere seekers. Guardians are
physical humans, as well as other species and races that are all a part
covenant to serve "The Law of One". These are the Natural Laws of God
Mechanics of Creation, and are the mathematical physics that govern the
space fields in our Universe, not a man made mental belief system of
This was in order for the planetary body to handle these
new forces being reconnected to our access at this density level. It
SPECIFIC purpose to buffer the cosmic energies as they filter in so they
a minimal amount of stress in the tectonic plates and the surface crust
earth. It is no surprise as we have been aware for a long time that when
magnetic fields shift into other proportionate scales it creates many
pattern and climatic anomalies. Our planet has seen an accelerated
weather (i.e. floods, hail) or volcanic-earthquake changes quite rapidly
past quarter leading up to this event.
Some of us with the
job of planetary gridworker have been acting as energy placement holders
an acupuncture point for the planet body) for this 9D merkabic system
was stabilized in the planetary body merkabic structure through the
This is like understanding a higher octave Merkabic Structure, the 9D
Merkabic Architecture has been overlaid into (dna bonded) into our
light body (or its energy blueprint architecture).
That means for April we should get a break
from the high level intensity of shadow clearings and should start to
new energy platform supporting our foundation so this group of us is not
such an energy burden in our personal bodies. The 9 D chakra has been
to as the "Mouth of God" and its opening is exactly at the back of the
where the skull lays on top of the spine. It connects to the medulla
and the reticular formation of the brain and spinal cord. This area
has been called the Golden Chalice for it is the Occipital Cup that
Cosmic Intelligence or Wisdom. It is a literal brain rewiring (
activation) in order to hold and be receptive to the "Golden Chalice" of
Many of us are becoming aware that we
are being connected to another "language", another octave, another
layer of accessing knowledge. There are waves of us accelerated into
spiritual body development of accessing Universal Knowledge from the
Chalice as it activates processes in the base of our brain. We may not
comprehend it quite yet, as it involves a language of "code", "syntax"
"archetype". However our sensory faculties are aware of something that
changing the "field" and our relationships to everything in it.
Knowledge and the wisdom required to be responsible for that
knowledge comes with the great purification of "Fire". This purification
has been rearranging the cells and for some of us it manifested into
head and sinus infection, throat and lung congestion and other physical
ailments. The dropping density requirement has been feeling very intense
prepare our bodies to hold what is coming next.
Many of us
have been isolated, sequestered and sleeping a lot over the last quarter
busily building this structure as well as step down fields that act as
boards to transduce and moderate high frequencies in these various
circulatory complexes. Also this is the same 9D portal area of Guardian
rehabilitating the mental body fragments of the male/Michael
grids. A tremendous amount of change is underway now.
The Mother Arc
This has also been evidenced lately
as the planetary body is shaking and quaking lately to reposition itself
entirely new Magnetic Field Grid Network System to power up new levels
13th Pillar or The Mother Arc.
The Guardians are calling
this aspect of Mother Aquamarine Ray energy, a Magnetic force powering
up in our
Earth Core (through the newly reconnected levels of the 9D Quadra
structure) - The Mother Arc. The awareness and systematic dismantling
several obsolete controlled architectures in the planetary field have
this to come on line. It is similar to understand we have poked a hole
mind controlled frequency fence and reconnected our handshake hub to
with the Mother Arc. It is through the Mother's Perfect Proton Seed
Egg) that Creation can Heal Itself to its Original Divine Blueprint.
A new "Mother" language/vibration and its seed codes began
transmission from the planet's newly activated Australian portal network
reconnected portions of the horizontal "Golden Eagle" grid system. From
vantage point of human reality the seed codes are being called the
Grandmother Turtle Codes". These codes have been embodied, protected
by the Aboriginal and Indigenous cultures of the earth for eons of time.
are like a God Inoculation and a surprise revelation as to what is
transpire in consciousness fields --an event that has never transpired
the history of creation! (It cannot be emphasized enough that God
has some surprises up its sleeve.... transmitted through our
countdown to the final conflict continues..)
Australian Seaboard from Brisbane to Uluru ( Ayer's Rock) is acting as
the main portal magnetic battery generators that is gaining charge in
magnetic hub located by the monument of Uluru. The Guardians explain
similar as many other planetary pyramidal structures, it is being used
to mark a
major portal system gateway on the planet. (Just as the pyramids were
tributes to dead Pharaohs they were specific gateways marking access to
dimensions and visible from outer space) Uluru is a power point for a
Network of dormant or inactive ancient gateways, systems or hubs and
"placed" there as a marker by the God creators of this system. The
Creation and Guardians of the Universal Time Matrix were known as the
Dragon lineages, and many of the Aurora fields are coming from which is
esoterically known as the Dragon lines. They say Uluru was placed there
Dragon races of the next Universe. (This is not to be confused with
Draconis or Reptilian races) This is primarily being utilized to begin
up a new level of the Arc Gate Systems on the planet. This ignition has
relevance to the Mother Arc ( 13th Pillar Mother Magnetic Aqua Flame)
the Giza Pyramid and its related circulatory grid systems. It appears
timeline for activation is geared for this June Solstice.
The Magnetic Field of the Mother Arc ( the beginning and end of creation
into the zero point) is connecting to magnetically charge up Uluru to
the Giza/Pyramidal dipole activity located in Egypt. This activity is
switching on a generator that is to POWER UP these dormant vortexes/grid
Piezo electric conductor- it's been clarified that's what's
happening on the planet is the " squeeze" effect from the compression
required to ignite and propel the magnetic charge transduction. This
creates all these earthquakes in the field as the shifting of the
plates rearrange to accommodate these new charges and the fields they
The phase beginning now is like a "New Year" as we
are entering an elevated space available from the additional Underworld
since November. Hallelujah for - She has Risen!
/Male Principle Consciousness Healing Continues
As we are
well aware, the old energy architecture that impedes the new
structures from connecting are in the process of being demolished. As a
the soul fragments and the cellular memory are also cleared from the
matrix. This is not an invisible process of a God figure waving his wand
sky, it is the agreed upon mission and life work of the collective
Starseed or Indigo. It is through embodied polarity integration and the
rehabilitation of the dark forces (absent of light and ignorant of the
this process can actually happen. That is why we must face the darkness,
our fears as we commit to serve as the embodied representative of God
order to be the ultimate Alchemist. Polarity Integration is Alchemy.
one of the most confused aspects of belief in the New Age awareness -
deny that darkness exists. Denial breeds deception and then manipulation
very forces you deny as existing.)
Most of this is
transpiring at the holographic blueprint level within the anti particle
(We will see more of these changes manifested in the material world over
next two years specifically) There never exists judgment in what
demolished or rehabilitated in order to exist within a higher integrity
harmony with the Natural Laws of God. Only that which holds the
integrity of the
organic living light of the Eternal Supply of Source is left standing as
Given the information this month on the necessity of
a new connector to the 9D Planetary Merkabic structure being built - it
same portal and dimensional area of Guardian projects rehabilitating the
body fragments of the Male/AA Michael consciousness described last
clearly is ongoing to integrate and merge the "Unity" consciousness
there has been "Patriarchal Domination" propagated through distorted or
controlled holographic programs.(Remember that "controlled" means
means another consciousness outside of the reality decided to interfere
manipulate with the organic and natural evolution of a species)
We have been witnessing systematic Male bloodline clearing through the
12 Tribes of Genetic Seeding of the Human Race since the AA Michael
dismantling and clearing genetic memory in the 3-6-9 dimensional fields.
mentioned last month Males in these bloodlines or energetically named
most radical symptoms for Ancestral and Pathcutting clearing) These
histories are being re-patterned and cleared in Triads as stemming from
Family of Michael Consciousness as the Patriarchal or "Grandfather"
the Masculine. The House of Kings, starting with King David most
been especially prominent in clearing the cellular memory fields
the planetary history. The House of David is especially important now
Guardians as the Three Kings in the House of David -- Saul , David and
are the last bloodline that hold the rightful Priest-King of
are the last line of the embodied Kings that held the "Rods" of God
ended with Solomon and it will open again with Solomon, as the "Shield
Solomon" is the hosting shield of our source code embodiment work for
planet called "The Avatar of Ascension".
The Avatar of
We are a Universal Group Consciousness
experiment of genetic "Unity in Diversity" relearning how to reconnect
Source origins. Some of us act as energy placement holders, some of us
ancestral pathcutting and transmuting for the mass consciousness fields,
us are the midwife's of the birthing or passing souls, some of us are
or healers, some of us birth the new consciousness children, some of us
architects, some of us are the Galactic polarity integrators. There is
incredibly diverse amount of genetic material and unique energy
embodied in this Living Light Library of Planet Earth. There is no
difference given although we should learn to respect each unique role as
of the One. We are a group consciousness of Unity in Diversity.
Once you have committed to embody the Guardian Consciousness, (or it
is your blueprint) you may be required to play all of the roles if your
path is one of Stewardship. Stewardship and Leadership roles in the new
consciousness fields are now required to be a path of self energetic
This newsletter is servicing that smaller niche of cultivating Human
Consciousness through informed awareness and by supporting the energetic
integration necessary to be an embodied container of the Truth
Spark. This is a frequency requirement to participate as a Steward with
Shields through the Avatar of Ascension. One must have mastered the Self
degree that Inner Source Sustainability is embodied in the physical
Obviously the more embodied Stewards we have - the easier this process
ALL of US.
Polarity integration through life experience is
the Soul Transmutation Alchemy that is required to physically embody
Source Sustainability. One must transcend judgment through neutrality,
ignore the polarity of forces. Ignorance of these forces otherwise
spiritual righteousness, false glamour and its demonic delusion to take
Inner Source Sustainability means you
have no need to create attachment cords, control circumstantial outcomes
engage in karmic relationships that energetically feed off of something
This means you commit to not being
emotionally or energetically parasitic/vampiric to anything external to
yourself, and that you self contain your personal energies and attempt
completely responsible for them.
Our group planetary
consciousness has been traversing another in depth sensing of the
energies (through the portal of the Astral Plane) in order to heal and
collective emotional body of the planet, therefore reconnecting and
human being's group soul and its heart center.
In order to
heal, one must be able to "feel". (This is clarified by having an
access the soul matrix function of "Higher Sensory Perception" which
distinguishes between "Cellular Knowing" impulses, rather than the
Analytics" that characterize the 3D mental body functions) Emotional
distortions (2D and 4D Astral Plane Damage) needs to be first
"witnessed" in order to be "synthesized" into a higher frequency and
alignment. This is how individual and planetary DNA is recoded and
through the energy blueprinting architecture, through higher light,
frequency arranged in tones of scalar wave arrangements. This is the God
composition -- known as the "Music of the Spheres". Our God parent has
to show us how to create beautifully harmonically arranged music that
to merge with the Higher Kingdoms of God. This way we become in harmony
Universal laws and in harmony with ourselves. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musica_universalis
This is the Avatar of Ascension Unity Field, it
harmonizes conflict by holding the Power of One in the Core Being as the
Ultimate Truth. It is a group consciousness field that will support many
to move to higher levels of consciousness that have been limited through
or ancestral patterns buried in our flesh. It is the beginning of a
"re-encryption" process at the elemental vehicle level, ( physical
level of planetary raw material that makes our physical flesh. It is to
bringing the possibility of freedom to the flesh from the genetic
that has been controlling the elementals on this planet. This is being
by ES community projects and by the Ascension Hosts of Crystal Matrix
In the closing of
our lengthy transmission, we choose the archetypal principle of
meditate upon and serve as a reminder for our concluding timeline theme.
skill at neutrally applying "Temperance" is required through this
planetary Rite of Passage. Temperance is the Law of Verification that
the pinnacle, the crux of making a personal major life choice, in order
integrate fully what has been learned on the life journey. It forces us
hard decisions based on what we now know to be our personal truth.
tempering of Soul through its many challenges, we become increasingly
embody Soul (God) Essence. We have a choice to forfeit that knowledge
fear and if so -- we will continue to undergo more of the same static
of life experience until the learning is complete. It is that completion
through polarity integration) that alchemically molds you into the
the true nature of your God Essence. This is the task at hand.
Some questions to ponder this month : Can you remain on the pathway
despite challenges to your faith? What have you learned spiritually
can integrate neutrally and apply it practically to your life? Are you
to accept that in order to serve God - you will be continually
As a personal note it is my inspiration to serve what is
true humanity, that which is our birthright of sovereignty through Unity
consciousness. That which has happened to this earth is not human. I
challenge and provoke the reader's belief systems by sharing direct
from the Guardian consciousness perspective, of which is through the
of attempting to live in Harmony with the Universe. My human being
conflict and yet I have learned that in order to answer to Stewardship
Service - it is inevitable. I do not like to be in a controversial
but I feel a moral, ethical and spiritual obligation to my brothers and
to share all that I have been given. This is in order to break free from
constraints and controls that may be limiting the God Spark from
embodying. I do
not have Oath for everyone to Love me, I have Oath to Love and Serve
God. As a
result beings that choose this are controversial figures, provoking both
Love and hate in the amplified polarity of this distorted hologram.
which that supports your resonance to Own your Personal Truth, and
For those of you new to this material, I cannot tell
you what you want to hear and lull you to sleep in complacent dreams.
non-negotiable spirituality and you must rise to your internal and
responsibility to live your spirit in every way or you will have great
consequence. With all of my heart and might I choose to empower you in
pathway of integration, so that the brilliance of your internal light
can be fed
upon no more, and each can contain the divine birthright of infinite and
God Supply. Please read the entire Newsletter Series from inception if
looking to answer questions around this material.
to our growing and expanding Guardian Family willing to be disciplined
contained in order to embody the Power of the One for the All.
We are in this together and until next....Stay in the luminosity of
your Avatar Heart Path! Be Gentle with your hearts and each other.
This ES Monthly News Article reflects
the Guardian Perspective of the Ascension Timeline (2012 Timeline) as
both energetically and informationally, for the Galactic Families of
and the Indigo Races. This Spiritual Family has accepted the
to support the foundation of Cosmic Citizenship as an evolutionary model
this planet and humanity, and this is a level of earth based advocacy
for this specific group. There is absolutely no value difference given
role each being has chosen for its expression. The Guardian Groups
directive is rehabilitation of the hologram, repairing its energetic
architecture (dna), embodying the Ascended Human Protoform, supplying
informational context on Ascension dynamics and Exopolitic (ET) Agendas
reeducating both human and non-human's to be congruently aligned to the
Universal Law of One. Freedom, Fraternity, and the Sovereign Right of
to be a Knower of God Source is protected by the Collective Unity Vow
among our Universal Guardian Groups.
The Group Unity Vow
Decree Defender Warriors of Truth, Sovereignty, Liberation. All
races Serving the One. From Across All the Multiverses We Call Upon You
US Now. Our Unification Principle deemed as demonstrated in the waves of
Love - We Sound our Group Note to You Now. Our Group Template Updated,
Individually and Collectively, Renewed and Forever Perpetuated in the
Sustained Light. Our Alchemical Container is consecrated and dedicated
Purposes of One, and we endeavor to be the Knower of God to then be the
Shower of God. Sustain Us in the Eternal Power of our Consecration.
We have called for your Gatekeeping in order to hold our
community, our missions, our mutual highest purposes in Service to the
Light, Our Source, The Living Light Code. Our Intention is Unification -
Christ Principle - as an Energetic Reality, Here and Now.
We request the handshake of our community to fortify our
spiritual links through
the Universal Cosmic Triad, and into The Core of One, the Zero Point God
that which is the source of our Genesis. With deep reverence for all of
Dear God, Breathe your Life Codes into all created form. We set our
now to be Remembered to That Which We Are, fully completely and totally.
To State our Mutual Purpose as One, Resurrect All inorganic
patterns to the Organic Living Light Now. And to that we Say, Thank God
The Cosmic Christ!
And so It is. Lovingly Decreed.
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It's not that I've given up, far from it. It's just that it feels futile in the sense that I could fight it till Kingdom come, but then that's just what is happening, right? Kingdom comes, not in the sense that we're getting another absolute ruler, but rather in the sense that we're becoming the absolute ruler. And a ruler, especially an absolute one, needs to know when enough is enough. So yesterday I rigorously rewrote my diet, switched to stuff like fruit and yoghurt instead of my more 'normal' diet. I full well know that it might be a shock to my systems, but it feels like enough is enough.
Never mind what my ex says, she's still very much into the mass consciousness at sheeple level, or so it seems. No offense, but in these matters, nobody is more qualified than me, because I'm hardwired to this body that I've known for well over 47 years now. And I say it's time!
Likewise the occasional dry spells at moorelife.nl. Seems like channeling land is all working on other things most of the time, because my supply lines are regularly drying up, leaving me the choice of going to find more, writing more myself, or just calling it enough is enough. None of these is better than the other, all is as it should be. So now I'm writing, and telling you to 'Just do It!' like Nike popularized it all these years ago.
Yes, I am writing, writing like crazy. And it feels like the One Thing To Do. Not sure yet if I'm sculpting, unveiling, or just making my mind go overtime fantasizing, but what's the difference? It's all good anyway, and that's immensely how it feels. With Dear Denisa and others cheering me on, how could I not feel like a million doing this? 212 pages and counting, so look out Half Blodd Prince! J.K Rowling had her moment in the spotlight, but without undue proudness I can safely say that this feels like the most awesome thing I've ever done, whether anyone ever likes it or not!
Off to work in half an hour, and you'd think that my willingness to work would be far gone with a pet project like that. Nothing is more beside the point! I cherish the day of work, with it's machine-driven forced contemplation moments, that have me drifting right back into Make It Real again. By nightfall there will no doubt be plenty of ideas to mold into adventures for Sander and Seda and their friends. Thank you also for guys like Tinus, a boy who is a friend of my daughters, and who has remarkable deep insights into the workings of Life. We volley with the concepts of the story every now and then, and I've even written him in, not as a personal favor, but simply 'because it feels right'.
My bicycle has been retuned again, and with its chain tensioned and the gears readjusted he runs like a million. I guess I owed him that for years of faithful service. All part of the master plan, which is unfolding at a rapid pace as far as I'm concerned. No need to fret, fear, or fumble the ball, this game is rapidly gaining terrain, and the endzone is approaching fast. Not even time to worry about the angry mob of broad shouldered jocks trying to pull me down, because I'm way ahead of them, and that ain't bragging (but just honest observation). Touchdown coming up!
John's Mum said it: "The future is nothing but what we make of it!.....", and she was right. And if we all make our future the very best that we can possibly envision it, then our collective one has no other option than to follow suit, and be brilliant also! Just keep in mind to not willingly go against one another, and nothing and no one will be able to stop us. Sure, others may want you to do something, but since you're the one to do it, your voice in the matter weighs that much more. Just remember that it's a rigged game, rigged for your profit. It invariably pays out more quarters than you put into it.......
Today, I feel urged to to reveal a little of the novel I'm currently writing. Not sure what it will accomplish, but the urge is there, and it feels good. "Make It Real" is a so-called braided tale weaving three timelines into a timeless piece of reflection:
My 2007 past self, in the form of the novel Going Within, which I wrote back then. It's name turned out to be aptly appropriate, for it is now Going Within the new Make It Real novel.
My 2010 now self, which comments on things as I write this novel.
My 4444 future self, an android, who addly enough bears the name of 'Sander R.B.E. Beals', the 'author' of this book for those who don't know any better....
Comment I got from a fifteen year old as I told him the outline of the story: "This book is going to change a lot" and me, daft as I am, said "Why?, it is almost half finished" Turned out he meant that it would change many of those reading it.... And you know what they say about kids. And no, he wasn't one of my kids.......
Love your Light,
P.S. I still come up short on my list of E-mail addresses to present to the publisher as receivers of the mailing about that book. Especially since I do not specifically wish to invite my colleagues to join. This story might be a bit too close to home to involve them. However, if they pass the barriers I will be putting up, then their knowledge of it is apparently what should happen.
4444AD, Day 223, 12:34, Home
I'm flat on my back, relaxing as I'm working. The two by two meter vidcloth on the ceiling displays various windows, from various eras. Top left is my vision feed of March 12th, 2010. I have the accompanying audio on the speakers, and “Day sixteen: Loser” plays, not interfered by anything else in the vicinity. I just love seeing myself be busy creating. The video feed gets interrupted by the screen saver kicking in: photos of an intimately familiar lady fill that top left corner. I leave it be, and switch to another, apparently me in a train. Nobody in view, just empty seats opposite me.
I remember how I felt back then, being busy with the idea of the neural network I'd envisioned seeing myself create. I know I can't actually make myself achieve anything better back then, but I can make myself feel better about it. I flip open the plans of the quadrionic mind in my mind's eye, and study them for the next few minutes. By focusing the energy of that activity on my past incarnation, I can strengthen his belief in the fact that he will, in due time, achieve his goal. Just as I eventually did in 2042....
Seda steps into the bedroom, seeing me enjoy myself. She bounces onto the bed next to me, and immediately succeeds in getting my mind off myself. Hey, some people have that effect on me, what can I say? “And, where has my most favorite girl in all the world been hanging around?” I ask her. She tells me she's been walking around town, collecting interesting things from an antiques shop she frequents on a regular basis. Roberto, the antiquarian, told her he had some really nice needlework from around the turn of the second millennium. She jumps off the bed, and steps into the corridor, only to return with four almost square frames. They depict four angels, delicately embroidered on white linen. Two are relatively colorful, a third is done in distinct autumn-like colors. The forth and final one apparently depicts wintertime. A quick reference to the vidcloth on the ceiling gives the game away: the design is indeed a quartet, and these are called the Four Seasons. My vision enhancer highlights a slightly off-colored patch in the corners of the needle works. In icy blue, nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding whiteness, some sort of code is embroidered: MS2000. I now begin to appreciate the weird familiarity of the female foursome: I have seen them before! Rather than letting the raw power of the Google vision search loose on it, I'd rather let my mind do the work involved. The vision search is a descendant of the Google image search, which searches for imagery based on text. Vision Search does quite the opposite: based on a single image, it retrieves images of the same subject, or similar ones, to enable the user to gather context data on something they've only seen once.
And then it hits me: around 2000, my dad in that life embroidered these ladies, proud to have done it in only 555 hours! I flip over the frames, and indeed: one of them has a small label on it, specifying the name of the works, the period they were made in, and the telltale 555 hours.
It is always nice to find stuff from your own past. It reminds you of the timelessness and the interconnectedness of things, which reminds me:
While Seda goes down to the kitchen to make her famous macaroni with synthetic (but no less tasty) chicken and sweet & sour, I go with her and read some more in my manuscript, so attentively sent to me by Denisa.....
'From one marvel to the next'
Thinking back, I wonder why our hosts arrived on foot when they could just as easily have flown right to where we were standing. When asked, Mayra gives a simple explanation: “Two beings on foot pose much less of a threat than a flying saucer carrying the same two people. Hence our preference for walking the extra distance”. Now there’s a train of thought I can wholeheartedly agree with. I thank her for the explanation, and go back to my own thoughts, that wander to the design of the floater that we are in. Sure, its mind-controlled interface is spectacular enough, but otherwise it’s very minimalist in design: a large metal disc-shaped object, with a depression at the center. Around it, seven seats are placed. Come to think of it, it looks suspiciously like the wild water rides that we use on the outside of the globe. Only this one floats on air instead of water, and it’s a much smoother ride. It has no apparent roof structure, so I ask Kayim about it. He explains that inside, the weather does not have its ups and downs like outside, for there are no seasons. There is occasional rain, but the people here don’t really mind that, and the same force field that floats the floater also keeps out the excess water. As we approach the city, I take a closer look at it: it consists almost entirely of spheres of various sizes, some buried halfway in the surface. Lots of green in between, making it a great place to live in, I imagine. The spheres are different shades of color, giving the impression of soap bubbles from afar.
We land on the edge of the city, next to a modest globe. I can now spot an entirely glass surface surrounding it, which can be seen to be divided into six distinct levels. The top level seems to have no real ceiling, more like a greenhouse. We enter the structure at ground level, and step onto a disc that’s in the core of the building. You can look up and see all the floors, just like an elevator that has no walls. The disc starts to rise, and I see Melanie trying to scare me to death: she holds out her arm, and steps to the side of the platform to allow the next floor to chop it off. Her plan is foiled, because of some unseen barrier that won’t allow anything to cross the edge of the platform as long as it is moving. Mayra notices also, and laughs at my youngest.
We stop on the next floor, and find it divided into four quarter-circle rooms. “These are the working areas,” Mayra explains: “They are on the lower levels because of the frequent transporting of goods in and out of them. Because of their being on the lower half of the sphere, they are usually lit by artificial means”. I see what she means, but for the life of me cannot discover any source of internal light. Still, the rooms seem better lit than any I’ve seen on the surface. We get onto the disc again, only to stop briefly at the next level, which is divided into six pie-shaped rooms.
Each one has two discs on the floor, and two discs on the ceiling directly above them. One of the rooms clearly demonstrates the purpose of the discs: another Inner Earth person is suspended in between two discs. As we approach, he effortlessly swings into an upright position, and steps forward to meet us. “I’ve been waiting for you since I finished preparing our meal. My name is Sinan.” Further talking reveals that he is the mate of Mayra, and Kayim is their son. They live together in this house, which seems somewhat large for the three of them. Mayra explains that they have been appointed hosts of the access point that we came through, so they sometimes have guests from the surface, hence the six bedrooms. The seven of us step onto the central disc again, and ascend to the next level, which also has six pie-shaped rooms. “These are for various activities,”, Mayra explains: “Kayim has his musical studio in one of these”. Laura can’t wait to hear her new friend: “Will you please play us something?”, she asks in her sweetest voice. Kayim obliges, and takes the seat behind a desk that features various colored crystals. They light up the moment he sits down, and his hands above the array of crystalline light start making subtle movements. The end result is one of the sweetest compositions I’ve ever heard. All of us stand there and listen intently, until the spontaneous concert is finished. When it does, we outsiders all applaud Kayim, with Laura cheering as well. “Who wrote that marvelous piece?”, she wants to know. Kayim smiles, taking a bow: “I just improvised a little, so you could say I 'wrote' it...”, he says.
We go up another level, and come to another set of four rooms, with large, tilted windows all around the circumference of the building. Three of the four rooms are home to various plants, growing in shallow tanks containing a greenish, luminous substance. “This is our hydroponics area. It grows all of the fruits and vegetables we consume.”, Mayra explains. She goes on to tell us that the plants that thrive best on real sunlight are closest to the windows, whereas the more rugged plants get by on artificial light. Finally, the ones that don't require light, like mushrooms, are grown in a subterranean level at the base of the sphere. The one remaining room on this level is the kitchen, which has its own dedicated access to the dining table above, which we will see shortly. Sinan gestures towards the central disc again, to introduce us to the final level of the structure: the living area.
The four of us stand in awe of the sight we behold: a large circular floor, that is topped by an equally large glass dome. Basically, this dome is the top sixth part of the sphere, leaving the entire floor permanently lit by the smoky central sun. We can see the entire city, and the landscape that surrounds it. ”That's something different from the street view you get from your average city home.”, I say to Gea. She looks at me, and just smiles quietly. Mayra calls our attention to a round table, with a big gaping hole in the middle. As we look on, a plateau displaying the most delicious dishes surfaces, inviting us to the table. Around it we find simple but adequate stools, that automatically adjust their height to the size of the person sitting on them. We all sit down, when Sinan invites us to quietly contemplate the origins of the food we are about to eat. I look over the dishes, and realize that no matter how different they are from the foods of the outer world, their origins are the same: it is all part of the All, just as we are.
Sinan wishes us a healthy meal, and puts some food on his plate. As I ask him to hand me one of the green eggs that are in his vicinity, the central plateau of the table rotates, so I can easily take one myself. “How did you do that?”, I ask. Mayra explains that it is the same mechanism that controls the floater outside. She invites me to try it myself, because it isn't that hard. I notice a delicious piece of fruit across the table, and decide to give it a go. I concentrate on choosing the fruit, and the plateau revolves to the point where I can reach in and get it. Of course the girls can't wait to perform their own experiments on it. Unfortunately, they both formulate their requests at the same time, and the end result is that the table voices its objection against this conflict by a short somewhat irritated sound. Kayim laughs, and tells Laura to let her sister go first. Melanie, seated right next to me, chooses her food with care, and then mentions to me that Laura has already learnt her first words of Solara Maru, from Kayim. I look across the table, and see the two of them exchanging meaningful looks.
I ponder the apparent design choices of the Inner Earth people: their homes seem built for maximum efficiency. Distinguishing them from the houses of neighbors appears to be totally irrelevant. Mayra explains that the spherical shape has been chosen because it leaves a minimal surface for a maximal content, thus minimizing the exchange of energy with the environment. Not that they really need it of course, because the season-less weather keeps the outdoor temperature always around twenty degrees centigrade. “We prefer the beauty of optimal solutions to the aesthetics.” Sinan says. I state that even though aesthetics is not their main concern, they haven't lost their eye for beauty. When everybody seems to have had enough, the plateau slowly sinks back to the kitchen level. Mayra points out that the remains of our copious meal will be recycled into the substance that feeds the hydroponics area.
As we stand up, Sinan again draws our attention to the table. The plateau has returned, and the large circular surface becomes the scene where a scale model of the city appears. Even my untrained eye recognizes the configuration of spheres, some large and some small. But the differences between big and small are much smaller than between houses and office buildings up top. Mayra explains that massive office buildings are not needed here, as most of the people work from their homes. In fact, most won't call it work, because basically it is just doing what they love to do. The only reason things seem so out of proportion on the outside, is because there everything is controlled instead of trusting that nature will find the right way. “Call me an anarchist, but that reasoning doesn't sound half bad”, I thought. Since consumption here is on a much lower level than outside, big stores are also not needed. Life inside isn't all about money, certainly not. The necessities of life are provided for all, and to acquire luxury items, people trade instead of spending their days doing things they don't like.
With the model, Sinan wants to show us which sights we will be visiting tomorrow. On the left, he points to a fairly large globe, half buried in the forest. This is the city's swimming pool, that has been chosen as an item on our trip because it is markedly different from the surface swimming pools: you simply cannot drown there, because the “water” is far denser, causing you to float easier. “Like the Red Sea!” Melanie interjects. “But it isn't that salty” Kayim asks her. “Help, I didn't bring my swim gear!” Laura utters with panic in her voice. “Don't worry” Mayra says: “We can pretty much make you any apparel you find suitable.” So apparently, there's nothing to stop us from having a nice swim tomorrow. Sinan points out that this will happen tomorrow afternoon. The morning will be spent with the Elders, who will give us a bit of a history lesson.
I ask Sinan if there is a possibility to access the Web on the outside. I would very much like to update my site with a story of our exploits on the inside. Sinan leads me to a round seat, which envelops me with a spherical ‘screen’ the moment I sit down. It is projected around the seat, and is pressure sensitive. On the edge of the seat is a keyboard, which can be augmented by use of the dictation unit. It doesn’t take me long to get the hang of it. Once Sinan has shown me how to get to the outer web, I quickly find my own site, and am somewhat hesitantly typing and talking away to let our readers know how exciting it is down here.
As I finish, I notify Linda and Carlo. They are on holiday themselves, so I mail them, and send SMS-es to both their cellphones. I tell them something like “no matter what you hear, we're OK”. That ought to cover any rash actions by the hotel staff, or other people. Gea is up next, and takes the seat.
An hour or two later, even though the internal Sun is still high in the sky, it is the moment of sleep. Mayra leads us to the bedrooms a little lower, and gets us something to wear while in ‘bed’. I am very curious about the force field that acts as a mattress, will it be easy to lie on? We first go into the room designated to the girls. Mayra demonstrates how you can just walk onto the lower disc, after which you will be slightly lifted up to the levitation center of the field. After that, it is easy to position your body any way you like. The kids get into their nightly attire, step onto the pads, and immediately start doing rolls, and other tricks. I wonder how long they will be doing that before falling asleep. As for the lack of night, the windows have their own mechanism to remedy that: they slowly fade from transparent to dark gray, creating a great nightly look. Mayra, Gea and me leave the kids to their tricks, and go into two other rooms, one for Gea and one for me. After I’ve dressed for the night, it is my turn to try the ‘bed’. I step onto it, and feel myself being slightly lifted. It is a weird sensation, because there seems to be no extra pressure from below, like when you’re sitting on a bed. It is more the absence of weight, without the lack of oxygen normally found in outer space. But it also does not seem to be quite like normal weightlessness, for there is a certain friction between the force field and my body, that makes it easy to move around. I experiment a little, but it doesn’t take much time to find my optimum position. I doze off quickly, forgetting all about my peculiar surroundings.
But it doesn't last long. Not seven minutes later, I wake up terrified, because I just realize that I forgot my pills! I get dressed again, and think about why oh why I don't keep the bottle in my pocket at all times. Since our trip to the pyramids was only supposed to last a few hours, I'd plain forgotten about it, since I didn't need them till bedtime anyway.
I step onto the landing, and almost bump into Mayra. She sees the worried look on my face, and asks what is wrong. I explain the predicament of missing medication to her, and she looks me into the eyes: “Fortunately, we do have a remedy, a permanent one even”, she smiles. She leads me to the lower level, speaks some words I haven't heard yet, and grabs what seems like a futuristic motorcycle helmet from a closed container. “Here, put this on”.
I do, and Mayra pushes the shiny red button that is now on my forehead. A weird sensation, a tingling starts right below the button, inside my skull. “What is it doing,” I ask. Not that I'm scared or anything, because during my manic episodes I've felt similar sensations. “Basically, it does what you would call a defragmentation of your neural net.” Mayra volunteers. She goes on to say that where I come from, the Lithium would be used by the brain to perform a similar function itself. This just is more thorough, and will last me about a year. If needed, she can even have me taken to see a doctor, who will cure it permanently.... After that, I have no problem getting back to sleep. View Article Here Read More
This is an exciting time indeed. How
blessed are we to be participating in a rare and pivotal time with a
massive re-structuring of our earth, ourselves, and the cosmos? All
in preparation for a very new way of living and being in a very new
reality and dimension.
We may have been
able to tap into many of these magical and higher vibrating states
of living and being in times past, as vibrating higher always gives
any given individual access to a higher dimensional experience, but what
is different now, is that the entire planet is beginning the
process of this very new existence…and this also means that the
energy we are completely surrounded by will permanently sustain
the higher energies with absolutely no effort….yes, it is an
exciting time indeed. We have finally arrived and are completing the
This process, as most processes
with ascension, is occurring piece by piece and step by step. With
each earth change or movement of the earth at very deep levels, we
then begin to experience more of the higher vibrating energies. So
then, as the earth re-structures herself, she is then re-aligning in
order to be in alignment with and to receive these new and higher
frequencies. At the same time, everything in the cosmos is re-aligning
as well. As the beautiful and specific energies of the cosmos, its
planets, and the celestial bodies adjust, energy and movement then
ripple outward, and a wave of new vibration is created and secured.
As each Earth movement or change occurs as
well, a summoning then takes place, and the new energies arrive. But
at the same time, the newly arriving energies are creating the
earth movements. So which comes first, the chicken or the egg? As
with all of creation, everything happens all at once and meets in
the middle, culminating with a creation or movement and change.
“Everything” happens all at once at times when everything is ready and
willing, and thus, a massive plan or agreement at higher levels and a
very loving interaction is at the helm. Again, this is how creation
always happens, only this time, much of it is happening with
massive bodies of energy, or rather, the cosmos…and every living
thing at every level of existence will then have no choice but to
participate. This is what we have been waiting for…what a time for
So then, the first ripples of
the cosmic tsunami are beginning to be felt. This is a very
interesting and rare time, as this process is quite amazing, no
doubt. Much of the interesting part comes from the fact that we started a
new earth, or Earth Two (a dimensional overlay), and had to begin
with literally no foundation. In this way, we are creating piece by
piece, making this a slow process. This means that the equinox of
March 20th, will certainly have its effect, but the effect is
determinant upon how much of the new earth we have created so far.
Meaning exactly what?
If we were to look
out at an expanse of energy and creation timeline for the earth, we
would easily see that from March onward, everything looks very
expansive, linear, and simply reaches out for what looks like infinity
with no ups or downs, or rather highs or lows with creation. In
other words, there are no new platforms of new creation present. But
come June, everything changes, and we will then experience a
massive new “anchoring in” once again, along with huge
manifestations of new creation that take hold.
So then, the beginning ripples of the cosmic
tsunami are at hand, along with the energies of the March 20th
equinox. These situations are creating a lot of energy right now.
But they are manifesting in different ways. And how does this
movement affect us at our personal and experiential levels?
Because we have not created much quite yet, the
equinox energies are creating situations where there is a lot of
energy moving, but it can only interact with what is present at the
time. This means that we are needing to tend to things that are
already here, or that need our attention before we really anchor in
and move forward in June. For example, we may find that we are
suddenly having to fix things (but know as well, that when we move into
new spaces, we are no longer in alignment with much of anything, and
this frequently creates situations where everything breaks or needs
our attention for repair or replacement). In this way, we may find
that we are securing our foundation, or rather adjusting these
frequencies through repair or replacement, so that we will be firmly
ready and in alignment as more and more earth changes occur.
We may feel as though we are going in circles,
with lots of energy flowing, but not much being created. We are
simply experiencing an arrival of equinox energies that have nothing
much to interact with except what is already here. We cannot move
forward just yet, as the earth and cosmos are still adjusting and
remolding themselves so that they can better receive and accommodate
the higher vibrating energies that are arriving in slow and steady
So how might we be feeling and
experiencing all this strange rambling you just read? How are all
these changes or movements affecting many of us?
As the earth and cosmos re-align and adjust, so do
we, as we are all one. Body aches and the old familiar leg and foot
pain are still present. These uncomfortable experiences of our
lower extremities will continue to occur at intervals for quite some
time… simply because the new reality has a lot to do with grounding
into the new earth and claiming it as our true and rightful
heritage. Just wait until the solstice in June!
Sweating and hot flashes are still occurring for
many. We are burning off any lower vibrating energies within us as
we adjust. If ever I have a lower vibrating thought where I beat
myself up or do not honor myself, or if I have a fear or negative
thought that cannot exist in this reality, immediately, I will
become excruciatingly hot and begin to sweat. At least these hot
flashes and sweats serve as great barometers and training and
When we are in between
worlds, or rather when we do not have much to anchor into yet, we
become vulnerable. This manifests as having issues with boundaries
(as not much knows where it belongs just yet), having unpleasant
energies in our spaces, and feeling like we are naked and hanging
out there for the taking. This particular scenario can make some of
us want to stay home, or even encourage us not to be “out there” in
all ways. If you are one who is generally more sensitive to the
unseen world, you may have unwanted visitors in your space who are
not of your liking. According to one of my readers, many are having
experiences of cloaked figures peering at them in the night! I had
this experience once myself, and in times past, have noticed some
interesting visitors in my home on other occasions as they peer and
become curious about my guests. These experiences are temporary. I
simply tell these unwanted visitors to "get lost" and then I ignore
them and pay them no attention.
much energy moving of late, we may feel as though we are
hyperventilating and cannot sit still. We may have what feels like
nervous energy and feel that we need to be doing something all the
time, with an inability to settle down. Add to this an unusual or
strange craving for junk food and sweets, and we have a recipe for
nervous tension needing an outlet.
move into more of a permanent residency in a higher realms reality, we
begin to have the fun and beautiful things happen as well. Creating
the New Reality explains a lot of these experiences that seem
to occur all on their own. We are creating very rapidly now, and
simply having a casual thought can bring something into our spaces
in record time. In addition, as we begin residing in this new and
higher vibrating dimension, we very easily come to see that absolutely
everything is vitally connected and supports a whole. In this
way, we very naturally find ourselves in states of gratitude and
Another common occurrence
right now is in regard to our personal energy. We can easily become
aware of how we may have been running our energies in “out of
balance” or inappropriate ways, even though we usually do what we do
because we feel it is the “right” thing. The higher we vibrate then,
the more we are able to “see” from above, and know that we did our
best in our lower dimensional experience, but that this is not the
way it is in the higher realms. It is time to change our behavior,
as we come to see what it is that needs to change.
At other times, we may feel our energy suddenly
drop for no apparent reason and feel a distinct depression,
futility, and funk, but in a matter of hours or perhaps with the
onset of a very new day, we are once again flying high, connected to
the new energies, and experiencing the fun and adventure of the
process of arriving in a new reality. The more we progress in relation
to anchoring into and creating the new reality, the more we will
continue to experience the fun of it all, while these drops occur
less and less until they finally cease to exist.
All in all, we will continue to see-saw our way
into the higher vibrations, along with all of the cosmos, and as
always, come to know that everything is and always has been in
divine and perfect order.
With much love and gratitude,Karen
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