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The author manages to combine this mix with serious questions about right and wrong, good and evil. This is what good SF is all about: to give credibility to the impossible. This is a book for people who understand Science Fiction, who are able to appreciate the immense creativity that went into the writing of this novel.

This is a terrific read from the beginning to the end: from where it starts in Arizona and concludes for the time being in Arizona. Hope you are working on the sequel, Jim Fostino. Nov 24, P. LaRue rated it liked it. When the Godhead, a group of multiple gods, decide they have not achieved perfection in the original ten universes they'd created, they set out to create another, The Eleventh Universe. The creation of the new universe, the spirits who are the primary characters for most of the book and the human population, is described in great detail by the author.

The pace of the book could have been quicker, if the creation period had been shortened. However, it was my impression that the author wanted to c When the Godhead, a group of multiple gods, decide they have not achieved perfection in the original ten universes they'd created, they set out to create another, The Eleventh Universe.

The story gets interesting when the spirits are sent to Earth to interact with the humans in order to further the human race in its ability to survive and thrive. View 2 comments. Aug 13, Marie Fostino rated it it was amazing. The story line and in-depth character development kept me glued to the pages wanting to know more. If you enjoy watching Sci-Fi and the Supernatural you will definitely enjoy reading this one with a little of everything for the true Sci-Fi aficionado; the supernatural angels and demons , war, celestial wonders, and a love triangle between three of the main characters —one of which is human.

I hope this will be a trilogy. Apr 11, Jessica Kong rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-and-reviewed , fiction , science-fiction. The Eleventh Universe by Jim Fostino was a great read. Finishing the book left me a bit disappointed because I do not have part two in my hands.

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Trivia About The Eleventh Univ No trivia or quizzes yet. As such, they were only able to see the star when it was in its final, blue supergiant phase. But with the help of the Murchison Widefield Array MWA — a low-frequency radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory MRO in the West Australian desert — the radio astronomers were able to see all the way back to when the star was still in its long-lasting red supergiant phase.

In so doing, they were able to observe some interesting things about how this star behaved leading up to the final phase in its life. For instance, they found that SN A lost its matter at a slower rate during its red supergiant phase than was previously assumed. They also observed that it generated slower than expected winds during this period, which pushed into its surrounding environment. As he stated in a recent RAS press release :. Our new data improves our knowledge of the composition of space in the region of SN A; we can now go back to our simulations and tweak them, to better reconstruct the physics of supernova explosions.

The key to finding this new information was the quiet and some would say temperamental conditions that the MWA requires to do its thing. Like all radio telescopes, the MWA is located in a remote area to avoid interference from local radio sources, not to mention a dry and elevated area to avoid interference from atmospheric water vapor. Now, by studying the strength of the radio signal, astronomers for the first time can calculate how dense the surrounding gas is, and thus understand the environment of the star before it died.

These findings will likely help astronomers to understand the life cycle of stars better, which will come in handy when trying to determine what our Sun has in store for us down the road. Further applications will include the hunt for extra-terrestrial life, with astronomers being able to make more accurate estimates on how stellar evolution could effect the odds of life forming in different star systems. Further Reading: Royal Astronomical Society.

The sediments were found to contain relatively high levels of iron, an unstable isotope specifically created during supernovas.

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Read more here. There are a few places in the Universe that defy comprehension. And supernovae have got to be the most extreme places you can imagine. Faster than it take me to say the word supernova, a complete star collapses in on itself, creating a black hole, forming the denser elements in the Universe, and then exploding outward with the energy of millions or even billions of stars.

But not in all cases. In fact, supernovae come in different flavours, starting from different kinds of stars, ending up with different kinds of explosions, and producing different kinds of remnants. These are the supernovae produced when massive stars die.

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Our eyes would never see the Crab Nebula as this Hubble image shows it. Hester and A.

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Stars, as you know, convert hydrogen into fusion at their core. This reaction releases energy in the form of photons, and this light pressure pushes against the force of gravity trying to pull the star in on itself. So once all the helium is used up, the fusion reactions stop and the Sun becomes a white dwarf and starts cooling down. But if you have a star with times the mass of the Sun, it can fuse heavier elements at its core. When it runs out of hydrogen, it switches to helium, and then carbon, neon, etc, all the way up the periodic table of elements.

When it reaches iron, however, the fusion reaction takes more energy than it produces. The outer layers of the star collapses inward in a fraction of a second, and then detonates as a Type II supernova. But if the original star had more than about 25 times the mass of the Sun, the same core collapse happens. But the force of the material falling inward collapses the core into a black hole. Extremely massive stars with more than times the mass of the Sun just explode without a trace. In fact, shortly after the Big Bang, there were stars with hundreds, and maybe even thousands of times the mass of the Sun made of pure hydrogen and helium.

These monsters would have lived very short lives, detonating with an incomprehensible amount of energy. Type I are a little rarer, and are created when you have a very strange binary star situation. One star in the pair is a white dwarf, the long dead remnant of a main sequence star like our Sun. The companion can be any other type of star, like a red giant, main sequence star, or even another white dwarf.

When the stolen amount reaches 1. In a Type Ia supernova, a white dwarf left draws matter from a companion star until its mass hits a limit which leads to collapse and then explosion. Since they know how much energy it detonated with, astronomers can calculate the distance to the explosion. There are probably other, even more rare events that can trigger supernovae, and even more powerful hypernovae and gamma ray bursts.

These probably involve collisions between stars, white dwarfs and even neutron stars. Elements like ununseptium and ununtrium. It takes tremendous energy to create these elements in the first place, and they only last for a fraction of a second. But in supernovae, these elements would be created, and many others. A supernova is a far better matter cruncher than any particle accelerator we could ever imagine.

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Next time you hear a story about a supernova, listen carefully for what kind of supernova it was: Type I or Type II. How much mass did the star have? Observational astronomy is a study in patience. Since the introduction of the telescope over four centuries ago, steely-eyed observers have watched the skies for star-like or fuzzy points of light that appear to move. Astronomers of yore discovered asteroids, comets and even the occasional planet this way.

Today, swiftly moving satellites have joined the fray. Now, a new and exciting tool named Starblinker promises to place the prospect of discovery in the hands of the backyard observer. Starblinker even automatically orients and aligns the image for you. Often times, a great new program arises simply because astrophotographers find a need where no commercial offering exists. Starblinker is a free application, and features a simple interface. This task could be simplified if someone already has a large set of images for comparison with one old image taken with the same instrument… a better method is needed to do this check, and then I started to code Starblinker.

I can see a few immediate applications for Starblinker: possible capture of comets, asteroids, and novae or extragalactic supernovae, to name a few.

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You can also note the variability of stars in subsequent images. Or how about capturing lunar impacts on the dark limb of the Moon? Just be careful to watch for cosmic ray hits, hot pixels, satellite and meteor photobombs, all of which can foil a true discovery. And here is our challenge to you, the skilled observing public. What can YOU do with Starblinker?

A new asteroid? Inbound alien invasion fleet? Think about this for a moment. If the halo extends at least a million light years in our direction, our two galaxies are MUCH closer to touching that previously thought. To find and study the halo, the team sought out quasars, distant star-like objects that radiate tremendous amounts of energy as matter funnels into the supermassive black holes in their cores. The brightest quasar, 3C in Virgo, can be seen in a 6-inch telescope!