Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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A star that shoots cosmic rays

New data from the space telescope NuSTAR suggests that the giant star Eta Carina, expected to be a supernova sometime in the future, emits cosmic rays, some of which reach the Earth.

The cosmic rays are produced by shock waves resulting from the clash between the intense solar winds of the system’s two stars.

Go to the link to see a truly beautiful image of this star system. You will immediately see that it is a system exploding.

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  • Max

    Beautiful picture, interesting story. I think they made a few mistakes when referring to starlight (electrons) being accelerated to the speed of light. (Electrons already travel at the speed of light) They must of been talking about heavier particles like protons.
    If I pretend to know what is happening, I would say that the two massive stars share an intense magnetic field. (think of a very awkward but effective particle Excelerator)
    On our Sun, strong magnetic field’s force light in them to climb to ultra violet strength to escape the resistance field. (we do this every day using strong magnetic field making electron beams into UV light which is how the tube type TVs work)
    To our eyes it appears as a dark spot on the Sun when it is actually the brightest, most energetic light our Sun can produce. Our eyes are unable to see light in the UV and in x-ray range making sunspots “just look dark”.
    Magnetic fields like to twist until they explode and collapse. Now imagine two super massive stars with shared magnetic fields because of their close proximity (140 million miles, like the Martian orbit) The binary magnetic field’s taking on a repulsive then attractive force while the sun’s spinning motion causes the magnetic field’s to twist and snap with unheard of explosive energy that rivals a supernova looking like an hour glass.
    At the moment the magnetic field collapses, an electrical discharge between different potential’s, a massive lightning bolt, will heat up and accelerate atoms through the magnetic fields gaseous remains throwing off energetic particles like a particle excelerator.
    My point is, this is a good explanation, yet unverified, of where cosmic rays come from. Light from other stars being accelerated is unnecessary since both of the super massive stars have more than enough electrons and light that originate from that source.

  • Max

    I forgot to add a link to a picture that claims to be the first one of a planet orbiting a star.
    More massive than Jupiter at the orbiting distance of Uranus.
    It appears to me to be a binary star system with similar problems like the above article, just less energy involved.

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