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8/30/15

Supermoon Trilogy

But will your eye see that the moon is bigger on the night of August 29? Well … it depends. Are you an incredibly careful observer? Have you watched the full moon over a period of months, leading up to now? If so, says Daniel Fischer in K√∂nigswinter, Germany, you can discern the extra-large size of the supermoon using just your eye.

The closest and largest full supermoon of them all will fall on September 28, to stage a total eclipse of the moon. Some will call it a Blood Moon eclipse.

In North America, we often call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon or Grain Moon. The August 2015 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2015. Previously, we had three new moon supermoons in January, February and March, 2015. The full moons on August 29, September 28 and October 27 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,836 kilometers (224,834 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the September 28 full moon, presenting a moon that’s only 356,877 kilometers (221,753 miles) from Earth.


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Coming Soon 
Stem Cells: The Future Is Now

Kaye

8/6/15

CME BLOW OUT SUN STORM




Wow! This is so interesting... 

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured a solar flare in multiple wavelengths of light. The X-class solar flare is the most powerful category of sun storm.

"Given the impulsive nature of this event, as well as the source location on the eastern limb of the sun, we are not expecting a radiation storm at Earth," scientists with the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. Despite the radio blackouts, the blast is unlikely to cause major issues here on Earth, researchers said.

CMEs are massive clouds of solar particles rocketed into space at millions of miles per hour. Solar flares, by contrast, are blasts of high-energy radiation. CMEs that hit Earth can trigger geomagnetic storms that can disrupt power grids and satellite navigation.

Scientists classify strong solar flares into three categories: C (weakest), M (mid-level) and X (the most powerful). X flares are 10 times more potent than M flares. Wednesday's outburst clocked in at X2.7, outranking the previous flare champion of 2015 — an X2.2 storm that erupted March 11 from a sunspot known as AR12297.

There could be more sun-storm action coming soon, SWPC researchers said.


7/29/15

REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY




I have several excerpts posted on the Soul-love Connections blog from

Remember Him Yesterday:  

Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love amid tumultuous times in 1960s Boston. Their soul-love ebbs and flows as they experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in different worlds, left bewildered and searching.

Excerpts:

Nick and Krista First Love - JUNE 27

Nick and Krista Heartache - JULY 4

Nick and Krista Letters Lyrics and YD3 - JULY 11


Nick and Krista Soul Love One Month Live - JULY 15

Nick and Krista Far Away - JULY 26



If you haven't seen these excerpts you may want to check them out and let me know what you think.

Kaye


7/25/15

Another Planet Earth?

Kepler

Is this great or what? A SF writer's dream! Just think of all the ideas and possible scenarios this discovery can generate. 

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth


NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. This video shows an artist's concept that depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b. 


For more information about the Kepler mission, visit HERE  For more information about NASA Ames, visit HERE

7/22/15

TENACITY




Life just does it to you sometimes doesn't it? Like all of us I have some really good days and some that could be better. Then there are those times that you just have to wonder what the hell is going on to cause your life to be so messed up all at once. Like characters in a story, if we did gaze into our future or past could we change a few things? Would we? 

Just sharing a rundown because the situation is keeping me out of creativity, and that all by itself can make me really edgy.

First up, the scariest one - remember back on the 4th of July I said I had a cold and didn't go river kayaking with friends? (Mentioned on the Soul-Love blog) Well that cold morphed into a monster. I should be thankful. Because my worse nightmare didn't come upon me... My head hurt so bad I couldn't see straight, was throwing up, and so dizzy it felt like I was on a merry-go-round most of the time. Could this be the head injury I suffered a few years ago as a dancer coming back to haunt me? Scary. Those kind of things do happen. 

I don't like docs I tend to be more of a naturalist. I called on my natural healing friends and they did their best. It helped but not enough. Back for those damn tests to see what was going on inside my head. No traditional doc ever stopped to think, oh maybe she has a virus-- until my cousin, a doctor who has spent time at yoga retreats and all kinds of wild new age stuff-- said maybe it is that virus that's going around. Wow! Still not back to normal but lots of antibiotics and I'm feeling better. (Thank you, M)

Number two coming up. During this sick scare time, my computers took a notion to crash. Yes I said computers. I'm a windows girl, everything connects, my laptop, tablet, phone all of it. I loved the way it worked. I could save docs and photos, etc. on one device and on all of them at the same time from remote places. (I know Macs are this way too.) Why did this happen? I'm not going into the details but suffice it to say it got fixed, for the most part. 

I'm not done yet. My car, yes it's older--I'm kind of retro that way-- has been in the shop more than it's been out lately. Spent lots just keeping it going. So much so that I'm now good friends with my mechanic and his wife. During the down time with being sick and crashing computers, my mechanic tells me my car is probably toast. Gone. No more. Oh good. I don't want a car payment, don't need a car payment. I just want my old car back and running again. I don't think that's  going to happen... Car-less. 

My new age buddies tell me I have a bunch of stuff I haven't dealt with that needs to be addressed and cleared out. All right... sure. Maybe when I have the time. 

Didn't stop me from screaming throughout the house and slamming doors though. ("Get away from me! Just get the fuck away!") And I said that to anyone who came close. Was I that bad? Yes I was. Bad girl. But hey in my defense consider what I was going through. 

Good thing I live in a small easy to get around place, though I have been thinking seriously about leaving here. I have a brother who is about an hour's flight away from me, near Atlanta. And another brother in Jacksonville. Maybe it's time for a change...    

The Sex Guru I  mention from time to time would say I need to be f***ed and f***ed good. Oh really? By whom? Dreams and fantasies don't work? Maybe I have to disagree... That's the way it is right now. 

My publisher tells me I have a few months before deadline on Remember Him Yesterday. Okay so Nick and Krista are going to catch the brunt of all this. They could use a few heavy scenes from my pent up emotions and frustrated, umm energy-- All I can say is look out guys.   

I'm resourceful if anything and I will figure this out.  I always do, always have. This crap is starting to feel like hilarity. Laughing about it. Me thinks things have got to get better on all fronts, right? How much better could it be?

Okay so I'm off to practice balancing my...(yeah) Chakras. Should I add a few crystals to the mix maybe? 

Until next time,   



Kaye

(cross posted to the Soul-Love  blog with different images)

7/17/15

Welcome Aurora Springer with Grand Master's Game

My special guest today is fellow SFR author Aurora Springer. Aurora is here to introduce her fantastic new book Grand Master’s Game, second in the Grand Master’s Trilogy, which releases today. You won’t want to miss reading this one! 

Welcome Aurora.


Aurora Springer’s latest release is GRAND MASTER’S GAME.

Blurb
Spin across the galaxy as Violet and her Grand Master hunt their enemies.
Cracks in the portal web threaten galactic civilization, and suspicions fall on the mysterious Grand Masters with their immense psychic powers. Once, there were twelve Grand Masters, humans and aliens, on the Council. Now there are eleven. One was killed when the young pawn, Violet, rescued her Grand Master, Athanor, from the Red Queen’s dungeon. The Red Queen fled the fight and now she lurks out of sight, regenerating her energies.
Athanor devises a risky plan to expose his enemies on the Council and force the Red Queen into the open. His strategy will employ Violet’s empathic skills as his secret weapon. Meanwhile, she wrestles with her erratic talents and doubts about their unequal partnership. In their search for revenge, they contend with the portal crisis, psychic traps and hostile aliens. In the inevitable battle of Grand Masters, Violet and Athanor each will face their worst nightmares. What is the sacrifice for victory?





Excerpt:
The Professor’s office was large, furnished with a desk, side table, couch and several chairs. Leather-bound books filled the shelves on one wall, while a landscape on the opposite wall attracted Violet’s interest.
Phineas stood up politely when they entered, and Violet hid her amusement at the contrast between the two men. Even disguised and shielded, Athanor exuded an air of authority tinged with menace, while the Professor was a bright-eyed academic brimming with curiosity. Phineas straightened and stared at his visitors. Usually, he was the authority in his office. He was both disgruntled and curious about the grim man examining his books. He noticed Violet gazing at the picture, and waved a hand at the landscape, saying, “It is a scene from my home planet of Phylox alpha.”
Violet was admiring the picture, while Athanor ran his finger over the spines of the books to read their titles, when they heard quick footsteps in the corridor.
Tessa stepped into the office and cried in her nervous high-pitched voice, “Oh, Phineas, I didn’t realize you had visitors.” Her beautiful face brightened on recognizing her friend, Violet, and Tessa ran to hug her.
Athanor frowned at the interruption and the door slammed shut, leaving an unnatural silence.
Tessa stared intently at his saturnine face, which radiated confident pride despite his disguise. Her eyes widened in shocked insight and she yelped, “Violet, he’s your Grand Master!”
They all stared at Athanor. His figure appeared to grow taller and darker. The room filled with psi pressure and blue rays flared from his unveiled eyes. Simultaneously, the clicks from the box sped up until their volume reached a shattering crescendo. Athanor’s gaze flicked to the box and the clicks halted abruptly.
Tessa gasped and clutched at her chest.
Violet called, “Stop! Mute your power or Tessa will faint!” The psi pressure lessened and his eyes dimmed to a faint blue glow.
The Professor paled beneath his tan. Tessa squeaked and fled to the comforting arms of her fiancé.
“It is all right, Tessa,” Phineas said in a shaky voice. “He does not mean to harm us.”
You’d be dead!” The Grand Master’s mental snarl reached Violet, and she restrained the urge to give him a mental kick. In her opinion, a friendly approach would serve him better. The two people trembling behind the desk were not the enemies he wished to crush in a blast of power.
The Grand Master pointed a finger at the metal box on the desk and demanded, “What is the purpose of that noisy contraption?”
Phineas gulped, “It’s my invention. An instrument for detecting psychic power.” He patted the shiny top of the box. “Did you break it?”
“You are fortunate. I merely located the off switch,” Athanor said. The blue beams from his eyes played over the box.
“How could you touch the switch from the other side of the office?” Tessa’s voice was shrill.
The Professor gulped again and muttered, “My dear Tessa, he is a Grand Master.”
“Just so. I suggest you keep your detector well away from Council Hall.” The room vibrated with the ominous undertone.
Violet giggled. She caught Athanor’s blue gaze and sent, “Show off!”
He tossed her an image of the box exploding on exposure to the full power of twelve Grand Masters.


Bio:
Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
Aurora has published science fiction romances in two series, two novellas and short stories. Her first series, Atrapako on Eden, describes the interactions of humans on the terraformed planet of Eden with scaled aliens from the hostile planet of Vkani. She has published two books in this series: The Lady is Blue and Dragons of Vkani. Her second series is Grand Master’s Trilogy. Book 1, Grand Master’s Pawn, was published in March 2015. Book 2, Grand Master’s Game, is available for pre-order and release on July 17th. Her short story, Gifts of Jangalore, is set in the Grand Masters’ Universe. Her standalone novellas are: A Tale of Two Colonies and Captured by the Hawk.

Media links:

7/2/15

STELLAR FIREWORKS COSMIC SPARKLERS






Cosmic Sparklers

While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster populated with many young stars that are less than 2 million years old -- a blink of an eye in astronomical terms for stars like these expected to burn for billions of years.

This new image combines X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Spitzer with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope as well as optical data from Mayall’s 4-meter telescope.

To make a detailed study of the X-ray properties of young stars, a team of astronomers analyzed the data of both NGC 1333, located about 780 light-years from Earth, and the Serpens cloud, a similar cluster of young stars about 1,100 light-years away. Then they compared the two datasets with observations of the young stars in the Orion Nebula Cluster, which is the most studied young star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy.

The bigger the stellar sparkler, the brighter it will glow in X-rays.




Rare Stellar Fireworks Encounter in 2018

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope swings by its companion star.


This was a fun post for celebrating the 4th of July!

Have a fun fireworks kind of day!

Kaye

6/26/15

Solar Flares And Alien Contact


I love following our sun's solar flare activity. Especially since I'm back to working on my SFR Books. The story I'm concentrating on right now is: 

AN ALIEN PRESENCE 

This book has a setting with a world on the brink of a CME (coronal mass ejection) extinction level event caused by its sun's extreme solar flare activity. Not to worry, a cool alien from an advanced tech culture is about to step in and render aid. Problem is, the race he is trying to help has no knowledge or belief that any kind of alien species exists.


Now on to what's happening on our world:

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare peaking at 2:23 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. At present harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through our Earth's protected atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

To see how this event may affect Earth, visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center at http://spaceweather.gov, the source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.

This flare is classified as a M6.6 flare. M-class flares are a tenth the size of the most intense flares, the X-class flares. The number provides more information about its strength. An M2 is twice as intense as an M1, an M3 is three times as intense and so on.

What is a solar flare?

For answers to this and other space weather questions visit:

From: 

Genna Duberstein

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
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Keep in mind my story, AN ALIEN PRESENCE, is a true Science Fiction Romance with emphasis on the romantic/sensual connection between two characters from different worlds. Stay in touch for more on this story.

And yes, I'm still working on the Soul-Love series too. Can't let Nick and Krista down! Updates on REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY are coming soon to the Soul-Love Connections Blog, and Website.

Kaye    

6/21/15

Celestial Lovemaking

If you’re looking to see a fantastic show this month, go outside at sunset and look west. Throughout June, Venus and Jupiter, two of the brightest objects in our sky, are converging They'll glide closer and closer to each other until they appear to form a single bright glow on the horizon.

Their slow dance started at the beginning of the month, with both planets visible low in the sky at dusk and early evening. On a clear night, you can’t miss them: after the Sun and the moon, Venus and Jupiter are the third and fourth brightest objects in the sky. Last night, June 20, the planets were just 6 degrees apart—and even more interesting, they were joined by the waxing crescent moon to form a celestial triangle. Looking at this apparent joining of celestial bodies with the naked eye was no doubt a thing of beauty.

Of course, in reality they’re nowhere near each other—Venus is 67 million miles from the sun and Jupiter is 484 million miles—but from our perspective, they will seem very close for a very short amount of time. On June 30 and July 1, the show culminates as Venus and Jupiter appear just one-third of a degree apart, which is less than the diameter of the moon when it’s full in the sky. They'll be so close, you'll be able to hold up your pinkie finger to the sky and cover both planets at once. This is the first occurrence since 2005.

NASA’s ScienceCast has a video about the phenomenon: The pair will go their separate ways after July 1 when the full moon rises. But keep your eyes on the sky, because July features a second full moon—known as a blue moon—on the 31st. Happy planet gazing!

Talk about a celestical lovemaking!

Thanks to Romance Author Linda Banche for discovering this first.

Read the new post on Soul-Love Connections blog: A SOULMATE KIND OF LOVE

Kaye

6/10/15

Changes Finally Changes


I walked away... 

Yeah I did. And it wasn't because RRP, my publisher closed its doors holding several of my manuscripts hostage, not entirely. Though that was not a good thing to happen it was only a part of it. Life happens and not always the way we want or plan. 

Am I making a come back? Can I do it? Am I ready? I will say this I finally have a whole new view after many losses. read on and see what you think.

When the dancer me took a fall from a high stage rafter, well that took me down a few notches to say the least. While healing from those injuries still another hit. My wonderful parents passed from this earth in the same year. 

More darkness. Upside down. Devastation. Broken heart. Hard times prevail. Everything suspended around me like a dangling participle, forcing the dancer to put away her pointe shoes. Causing the writer to drop her pen...

Yes I did write and publish several books and more were on the way, but... it just wasn't going to happen, not then. But here I am now, here I stand poised and ready to try this anew.

Does time really help? Well my injuries are mostly healed now including my broken heart. The dancer in me comes back from time to time and in her wake new found creativity emerges. Even though I have written a few books none of those words could touch my soul the way that dancer did and still does.

As I pondered what to write next I thought of my parents, how they were together even when they were apart. The depth of their love, of the soul level connection they seemed to share. A love that had no bounds.

Based on the love they had for each other, and laced with my love for the dance, as well as some tear-stained heart-felt songs, the concept for a  novel took shape in my mind. Out of a few ideas and musings a new series was born, it is different from my usual SFR books it's more poignant, more touching, more like soul level love yet with an ever present undertone of  a sci fi destined mates story. And it is now my new focus.

The first book in the series is set in 1960s Boston, amid war protests and a changing counter-culture. Nick and Krista find each other and fall in love. But something devastating happens...       



Blurb:   REMEMBER HIM YESTERDAY 

Musician Nick and dancer Krista fall in love amid tumultuous times in 1960s Boston. Their soul-love ebbs and flows as they experience the offerings of the counter-culture. Yet unknown forces are destined to pull them apart and away from each other. They become lost in different worlds, left bewildered and searching.

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There you have it. I will share more of this story on my new website for this series which I will link here as well as other places soon. Thanks to you who hang with me no matter what I do. I am aiming for a happy writing publishing experience. Hope to see you out there.

Kaye

3/30/14

Starship Captain on Cosmos: Engage!


Are you watching 'Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey' currently airing Sundays at 9 PM EST on FOX and on Mondays at 9 PM EST on the National Geographic Channel? The new series hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a re-tool of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' from 1980.

Episode 4 is titled "A Sky Full of Ghosts." It tells the story of 19th century British astronomer Sir William Herschel. He discovered the planet Uranus in 1809 and presented the concept that telescopes are in essence time machines. And guess who Cosmos cast as the voice of this revolutionary scientist? None other that Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Be sure to catch this intriguing episode featuring Patrick Stewart tonight (Sunday, March 30th) on FOX at 9 pm EST and tomorrow (Monday, March 31st) at 9 pm on National Geographic Channel featuring expanded footage.

Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey is a fantastic series not to be missed.



Ship of the Imagination from Cosmos

~Kaye

3/6/14

Melisse Aires at Kensington Lyrical

Refugees on Urloon by Melisse Aires is now available as an eBook. The new cover rocks and definitely reflects the steamy sensuality between Svana and Liam, especially present in the alien fertility festival. Another good SFR read by Melisse Aires. This book is Not-To-Be-Missed.



Blurb: 

Two weary refugees, two moons and a life-changing fertility festival. Watch out for a whole lot of sensuality.

Under normal circumstances, Svana, non-military maintenance crew, and Captain Liam Ringel, a highly respected military instructor, would never have crossed paths. A sudden anomaly, however, thrusts them into deep space where they are rescued by the inhabitants of an exotic and isolated waterworld, Urloon.

With no rescue forthcoming, the refugees can choose between adapting to the sea or farming the land. Svana is saddened when her budding friendship with Liam changes due to their different choices. However, when they are invited to an alien fertility festival, the Moonfest, they are given the opportunity to create a memory that will impact and intertwine both their futures.

WARNING: Alien fertility festival, aurora lights, dancing alien beasts, body paints and hot pheromones. M/F Sensual

37,678 Words


Purchase Refugees on Urloon from Amazon


For more about Melisse Aires and her books visit her Blog and Web Site.


3/5/14

Asteroid Near Earth Today Is Closer Than the Moon


An asteroid will sail close to Earth today, flying safely between our planet and the orbit of the moon. We can follow the space rock encounter live online at 



"This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California wrote in an alert. 

"Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 miles from Earth at about 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) [2100 GMT] on March 5." 

The average distance between Earth and its moon is about 239,000 miles.

Okay, that's close, really close. Go and watch. Then talk about what you think... 



Slooh

2/23/14

Ice Planet Earth?



This morning I heard something that was hard for me to believe. The Weather Channel said that January was the third (4th?) warmest January on record. Say what? Warmest -- are they kidding? For sure it was freezing to those of us living in the northeast and many other parts of the US. We froze here. I thought we'd go down as the coldest winter in history. Oh well, perception is everything. Since the US is a small portion of the entire Earth, it may well be true. Sure didn't feel like it to me. And then the new TWC headline was "Bitter Cold Returns in a Big Way." 

Hmm... living in the tundra.

Brings to mind a young talented SF author I know. Moving away from freezing on Earth and to a distant galaxy where humans also exist in the coldness of an icy planet...

"The idea of setting a story on a frigid ice planet has worked for authors in the past, but it can be tricky to make it realistic," I say to this young author.

"I think it can work," he says, with a confident excitement I remember possessing a long time ago. Back when the brush of exuberance at creating my first SF was a heady experience.



His idea sounds super cool, no pun intended. It has a youthful appealing air and right at home in modern SF. Since he has asked me to help him work on creating this story, I asked his permission to share his idea:

The working title is Dome City Rescue. The hero, Hunter, must infiltrate an alien occupied compound to rescue the heroine, Jesse who was kidnapped by warring aliens because she has info they want. Plenty of  action takes place under a Terra-formed dome on a frigid ice blue planet as the two battle the aliens until they blow the dome to smithereens with an illegal weapon. They barely escape with their lives. As they head toward the hero's spacecraft, parked outside the dome, they find it missing. Now they must survive on this frigid icy planet alone.

The Premise:

In the ravages of a solar system torn apart by alien invaders, two young warriors take a stand. Weapons specialist Hunter Jefferies and science tech Jesse Sykes lead a tattered band of youth who vow to defeat the evil Cektod race that destroyed most of the adult population on their planet. Growing up where the young are the only ones left to fight the ransacked battles these aliens brought down on them, they set out to save what is left of the once mighty Alliance.

I think as his working partner, I have my work cut out for me! No pressure. We already have a couple of publishers who are interested in the story. Nail biting time for me.

Kaye



2/19/14

Cool Andromeda





When I’m creating stories with SF elements I search for inspiration in many places. One such place is the European Space Agency or ESA. It’s a good venue to find research information and fodder for story ideas.

In this view of the Andromeda Galaxy from ESA’s Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet. Andromeda, also known as M31, is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way at a distance of 2.5 million light-years, making it an ideal natural laboratory to study star formation and galaxy evolution.

The image reveals some of the very coldest dust in the galaxy – only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero –  red in this image.

By comparison, warmer regions such as the densely populated central bulge, home to older stars, take on a blue appearance.

Intricate structure is present throughout the 200,000 light-year-wide galaxy with star formation zones in spiral arms and at least five concentric rings, interspersed with dark gaps where stars are present.

Host to several hundred billion stars, this image of Andromeda clearly shows that many more stars will soon spark into existence.

Following is a short excerpt; something I’ve been working on lately


     Karla remotely adjusted one of Starlab's telescopes and watched the screen fill with a dazzling light show. She maneuvered the controls for a wide angle.The distant spiral galaxy they were observing with its brilliant hues of color, whirling circles of light and dense arenas, came into view. Always awed by Andromeda, she sighed. If intelligent life did exist anywhere else, she just bet it would be somewhere in the Andromeda Galaxy.

This came from my ESA research. Just wanted to share it with you.


Kaye

ESA 

2/14/14

Day of Love

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

And oh has it been a l-o-n-g time since I've been here. But I decided that today the most romantic day of the year for lovers and also romance writers was a perfect day to make a reappearance. It is past time for me to be here and also to be writing again. I haven't written for an interestingly extended period. I do have lots of good ideas begging to be turned into stories. Not to mention those older unfinished ones that just refuse let me go


That said I want to express how much I appreciate all the old friends I made along the way in the past, and hope maybe some of those friendships can be rekindled. You guys are all great. 
Thank you for being there.

Changes are on the way...

Have a great V day and may you all be fabulous magnets for love.

Kaye

3/25/13

Solar Flares and Science Fiction



A long-lasting solar flare erupted from our sun early February 9, triggering an intense CME eruption aimed squarely at Earth. The solar storm didn't endanger  satellites or astronauts in space, but amplified auroras on Earth, NASA said. The solar eruption occurred during a minor, but long-duration, flare. It hurled a wave of charged particles at Earth at speeds of about 1.8 million miles per hour...

Are we truly safe?


Recently I've resumed work on a SFR featuring a fascinating premise: Could a solar flare or CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) be big enough or dangerously strong enough to cause a planet wide cataclysm? Set in a different solar system where humanoid life exists, the beings in my story are on the cusp of discovering light speed space travel. Something is happening to their sun. Extreme CME activity is increasing way too rapidly and too often.

Coronal mass ejections are eruptions of charged solar material that fling solar particles out into space. Aimed at a near planet, they can cause geomagnetic storms when they interact with the planet's magnetic field. Solar flares produce high energy particles and radiation that are dangerous to living organisms.

Earth has a strong protective magnetic field. But what if the beings in my story were no longer protected by their planet's magnetic field? Or an unknown anomaly causes their sun to go haywire and set off a CME extinction level event? Planet wide cataclysm. How could they save their world? Maybe, just maybe help could come from an unexpected source... 

The most serious effects on human activity happen during major geomagnetic storms. These storms, induced by CME's, usually are associated with flares, but sometimes no flares are observed when they occur. By the time the dangerous flares are discovered by the beings in my story, it may be too late.

The next maximum phase for our own sun is expected to occur this year, 2013. So are we safe from a true disaster? At the surface of the Earth are we are well protected from the effects of solar flares and other solar activity by the Earth's strong magnetic field.  

Lucky for us, our recent CME activity only amplified the northern and southern lights display over the Earth's poles causing beautiful views like this. 


Yet is Earth truly safe from serious solar activity and disaster caused by solar flares in the future? CME's can knock out our communication and satellite grids. But our atmosphere, so our scientists tell us, is intact and our world is safe. 

What are your thoughts?

Kaye

3/24/13

Rites of Spring Winners!


Congratulation to the winners...



The Rights of Spring blog hop winners have been announced:


1st Place: Kindle Fire

Entry #4 – Karl

2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift certificate

Entry #187 – Chum B.


The winner of the $15.00 Starbucks gift card from my blog, chosen by randomnumbergenerator.com is:

comment #14 - Diannewp.

All winners have been notified.

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed this blog hop and thanks for stopping 

by my blog. Come back again soon! 

Kaye

3/19/13

Rites of Spring!




There is a special place in my heart for spring. The Earth comes alive  and love blossoms. It is such a fitting time to fall in love. This blog hop, organized by Jessica E. Subject and Heather Long, is the perfect way for us to celebrate the Rites of Spring. 

Now for the fun part.  To enter the grand prize Giveaway follow the link below:


For more prizes and great posts by many other authors be sure to continue on with the Rites of Spring blog hop by following the link Here

Thanks to all who stopped by. Have a wonderful blog hop!

Kaye

1/22/13

BEST SPACE IMAGES



As seen from space...

  EARTH THE BIG BLUE MARBLE




Spectacular photos of space can be captured more frequently these days due to the latest state of the art high powered telescopes and satellites that can now find fabulous images. Here are just a few of my favorites from 2012.





This is a composite of the discovered EXOPLANETS, the ones that could possibly be habitable. Now that's something to ponder. (More details in later posts)










SOLAR FLARES, big ones. We are having an increase in gigantic flare activity lately. Do we know why? (More on this subject in a later post)
















Here is the CARINA NEBULA. Great name for a beauty like this. 
Can you tell what is actually going on here? (A good topic for later discussion.)



QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER as seen from Earth. Did anyone else catch this spectacular happening? 
Images like this can lead to great SF story ideas, don't you think? 






I'll leave you with this startling view of Hurricane SANDY as she rolled inland. What a storm that was, lest we ever forget. Enough said.









Special credit and thanks to NASA, Space.com and The Weather Channel without which I would have no photos and certainly not enough inspiration as a SFR author! 

Kaye