Monday, June 04, 2018

Strange Things in Space


Something weird flew past Earth and scientists still don’t know what it was
Mike Wehner


BGR News•October 27, 2017

When it comes to the objects floating around in our solar system, scientists have a pretty good handle on what they all are. Aside from planets, dwarf planets, and moons, many smaller bodies — like comets, asteroids, etc. — have been tracked and studied for years, if not decades. Just days ago, something cruised past Earth and was launched out into space thanks to the gravity of the sun, and scientists still can’t say with complete certainty what it was.

The object was originally spotted by astronomers in Hawaii using the PanSTARRS1 telescope. It was careening through space at a speed of 16 miles per second, and it swooped around our sun, passed Earth at a distance of around 15 million miles, and then headed straight back out into space. It was, if you couldn’t already tell, an incredibly unusual event.

Originally thought to be a comet, the mysterious visitor came so close to our star that it should have likely burned up due to the intense heat, but it didn’t. Subsequent observations suggested that the object might actually be an asteroid and not a comet, which would explain its refusal to disintegrate. The most widely accepted current estimates put its size at somewhere around 500 feet in diameter, which is fairly small, but still large enough to do some serious damage to any celestial body it crosses paths with.

Whatever it was, scientists are certain that it wasn’t from our solar system. The object’s trajectory would have made absolutely no sense for something that is orbiting the sun, and the angle at which it approached actually points to it having come from a well known constellation. Unfortunately, the length of time it would have taken to get here muddies the water a bit in terms of predicting its origin.

Regardless of whether it was a comet, asteroid, or something entirely different, it was an incredibly rare event that has sent astronomers rushing to learn more. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center has issued a notification asking researchers to devote some time to figuring out more about the object.





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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

On Mother's Memorial

Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary of my darling mother, Sallie Canada's death. Thought I'd share a picture of her and I during brighter times. She's still around me, looking out.
-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Celestial Phenomena?


We Finally Know What That "Temporary Moon" Around Earth Is

Inverse•October 20, 2017

As we all know, Earth’s best friend is the moon. But in 2016, a strange object seemed to pass close enough to our planet that scientists wondered whether or not it was a “temporary moon,” which have been observed in the past. After much speculation, we finally know what this object is — and can confirm the Earth and moon’s friendship is still intact.

As Universe Today reports, back in 2016, astronomers identified what NASAcalled a “a quasi moon” or “near earth companion” orbiting the sun. Sometimes, the object — which was believed to be an asteroid called 2016 HO3 — became close enough to Earth that strong telescopes could pick it up. After it was first discovered, there was question over where the object came from, and whether or not it was truly an asteroid or just some space junk hurtling through the void.

But new research from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has finally put this debate to rest. Recently, astronomer Vishnu Reddy and his team announced that they’ve confirmed 2016 H03 is indeed an asteroid. In fact, it’s one of just a small group of known quasi-satellites around Earth. The team will present their findings this week at the 49th Division for Planetary Sciences Conference of the American Astronomical Society in Provo, Utah.

Using the Large Binocular Telescope and the Discovery Channel Telescope, Reddy and his team were able to make new observations about 2016 H03’s size and where it might have originated.

“While HO3 is close to the Earth, its small size – possibly not larger than 100 feet – makes it challenging target to study,” Reddy says. “Our observations show that HO3 rotates once every 28 minutes and is made of materials similar to asteroids.”

While HO3 occasionally comes close to Earth, it orbits the sun, not our planet. That said, it’s considered a quasi-satellite because of its unique co-orbital configuration. For those concerned, I can assure you that there’s no danger of the asteroid colliding with our planet — at it’s very closest, it drifts about “38 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon,” New Atlas reports. So don’t worry, we’re good.

Sure, HO3 might get cozy with earth every now and again, we all know nothing comes between Earth and its moon. They’re a match made in the cold, dark vacuum of space.



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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Announcement of My Upcoming Book of Poetry



My fellow artists and readers,

I want to make a brief announcement about my upcoming, yet-to-be published, book of poetry entitled Zen is Now.

As you already know, I've been on the New York poetry circuit for nearly 30 years and have read my works and have published them in several anthologies as well as numerous publications. I have even printed my poetry online at my blog site: Obsidianthemystictakesnewyork.blogspot.com.

However, never have I presented the bulk of my work for you to view. Zen is Now is just that. It is a compilation of nearly 30 years of my poetry material, many of which you might've heard and seen me perform on stage. Some of which you may not be acquainted with, since they were never read or submitted for publication. There are also a few new verses included as well.

Here is the story behind the making of Zen is Now.

After several years of productive writing and performances, I suddenly ran into a severe creative drought, in that I wasn't able to produce any subsequent material. As a result I pretty much disappeared from the poetry scene all together. However, after a span of four years I was suddenly struck with new inspiration and a flood of prose began to flow from my subconscious. Unfortunately, this recent creativeness was inspired by a succession of tragic events.

Shortly after my 50th birthday I was informed by my VA doctor that I had cancer, which required radical surgery and lot of recovery. Fortunately, I can say that I am cancer free and plan to be around for a long time. In addition, a year later I lost my precious mother after a protracted and exhausting battle with congestive heart failure. This was coupled with the unexpected death by suicide of a very close friend of mine, who took his life at the tender age of 30. To say the least, after these episodes I had truly hit rock bottom.

Oddly, what came out of these successive adversities was nothing short of a miracle, because these catastrophic events shocked me out of my creative dry spell. What followed was an unexpected opening of a well-spring of new prose. It also caused me to revisit and to rewrite a number of my older works. I felt this was appropriate in order to better express the ideas and emotions I felt at the time they were originally put to pen. I also intended to honor the live of my mother and the lives of so many close friends who traveled a while with me along the bard’s highway, before departing off into the great void.

In all, Zen is Now is the product of my personal, philosophical ruminations of this experience called life, as well as my contemplation of the future with the view to attaining the coveted state of Zen.

In regard to the chosen title, I like to draw attention to the word Zen. It seems whenever one considers this word it conjures up metaphors like inner
peacefulness, tranquility, as well as a profound sense of well-being. Not surprisingly, this is what I had in mind when choosing the book’s title.  I'm certain you will agree that reaching this state and maintaining it is not an easy task, especially when life is beset by so many hardships and a garden-variety of adversities.

Nevertheless, there always remains hope.

This is the theme I wish to permeate throughout the body of this collection. However, I have to admit there are times when my verses fail to reflect this kind of optimism, but are rather filled with unmitigated anger, frustration, an incongruity of humor and even righteous indignation. In spite of this, in the end the central theme of Zen can be found and the premise remains one of resolution.

Each poem reflects my inner voice in a variety of contrasting demeanors. Some are light and jovial. Others are dark and foreboding. There are even a few deep, metaphysical reflections. In all, I come to realize there are many disparate ways I have made my voice heard over the years, and that the path to enlightenment can be like a Sisyphean journey with many highs and lows along the way.

What is more, you will discover there is always the element of passion to be found in my work. I believe if you cannot add a little fire to your words than you ought to throw your prose into the fire!

This brings me to another issue I wish to touch upon. Since I have become known as a mystical poet, there is also the element of the sacerdotal. At this juncture I deem it necessary to clarify what I mean by the word "mystical," since I have been accused by some religious critics to be a practitioner of the magical arts. One would think I was being accused of something worse! Whenever I say "mystical" I am referring to matters which are close to the heart; such things as love, the pain of loss, the sort of things which make you reflect deeply upon the meaning of life and its hidden influences. To me these things are indeed a great mystery to be unraveled.

In addition, those of you who are familiar with my poetry might recognize some of the changes I have made in several of the older pieces. I made these adjustments because I felt it more accurately conveyed the thoughts I originally intended when the verses were first put to pen. I hope that you'll relish these modified stanzas as you have the originals.

Lastly, I believe you will discover Zen is Now to be a rare odyssey into the inner workings of my mind. It is my wish to take you into some of my more profound, esoteric ruminations. I hope you will also find it to be a celebration of the creative forces which shape our daily lives in this grand experiment. Zen is Now is an affirmation that no matter which road we travel, we will all meet at the same summit, at that eternal state of Zen.

I encourage you to sit back with your favorite cup of Joe and enjoy reading this collection. 



Sincerely,
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian



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To view a few sample pages or to purchase the books visit:

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You can also check out the comments I will be posting on these social media sites:

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If you wish to shoot me a personal note, this is my email address: lordlumiel@yahoo.com
I’d love to hear from you!
-Daniel Canada aka Obsidian