Your Once in a Lifetime Chance to see a Star Explode! It’ll happen any day now!

What, really?  See a star explode – go Nova or Supernova?  But aren’t those completely unpredictable?  How can we know when to look?
Like so much else that science shows us, it’s complicated.  The upshot is that some are very predictable, and brightest predictable one in the entire night sky in your lifetime is expected to explode before Samhain this year – literally any day now.  Here’s how to see it.

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Success! We did it! A Celebration of the Discovery of the Big Bang is coming on April 20! Can you be there? [Starstuff, Contemplating]

The celebrations on April 20th at the site of the Horn in Holmdel NJ begins with a ribbon cutting at 10 am, which will include Robert Wilson, who was one of the original discoverers of the Big Bang in 1964 (!).  Following that is the celebration of the discovery of the Big Bang by the Deeptime Network (preregistration is required for that as attendance is limited – register here before it fills up), with the rest of the day following.  If it works for you, this could be a great Naturalistic Pagan Pilgrimage.  

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News Flash! The bright star Betelgeuse will be occulted (eclipsed) by an Asteroid Tomorrow Night (December 11-12) – only visible in a narrow band, or online

For many of our Ancestors, eclipses were times of terror and dread.  Now we can forecast them with precision down to a fraction of a second, and understand well what is going on.  Plus, we can even predict events with a narrower path of view – like the once in a lifetime “eclipse” of Betelgeuse (the bright red star of Orion’s left hand) by an asteroid!

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Paganism is Different, Part 3: In Paganism, there’s less reverence for a human leader [Stardust, Contemplating]

Paganism is radically different from many huge religions, and that these radical differences appear to have a large impact on our lives, on the lives of future generations, and on our world.  In Paganism, human leaders are less often idolized. Paganism’s focus on our own actions aligns with Paganism’s strong thread of individual freedom. 

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Michael Dowd, who gave us all so much, has died [Starstuff, Contemplating]

All of that is just a start at the many ways that Michael will be with us all into the future.  I encourage all of us to discover the many, many life changing works he left us.  As when Carl Sagan died, I’m reminded again that times like this speak to us all, urging us to pick up the torch, and carry it into the future.

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Gratitude for Ancestors, and the Treasure Trove of Knowledge they gave us – Remembering W. Jason Morgan [Starstuff, Contemplating]

Every now and then, I am reminded of how incredible it is to live now.  So many things would not just be amazing to nearly all of our Ancestors (who are in my mind especially now with Samhain just around the corner), but often would be literally indescribable.  To think that we live, not just on a globe and not on a flat Earth, but that the continents move!  Dr. W. Jason Morgan was instrumental in giving us that knowledge – and I appreciate his life, which ended this year.

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