Thursday, October 27, 2011

As Above, So Below

Once upon a time, the gods built giant pyramid complexes in Egypt and Mesoamerica as stone markers, like a giant monopoly board. Along came Thoth who wrote his Emerald Tablets - As is Above, So is Below. Actually he wrote the entire story of this reality but this is where it all began.

Millennia passed ....

Then one day, at the end of the story ....

in the land of Quetzalcoatl where the Mayan Calendar was found ...

Introducing... the earth-scraper: Architects design 65-story building which plunges 300 metres below ground  

Mail Online - October 26, 2011

The stunning upside down pyramid in the middle of Mexico City is designed to get around height limits on new buildings in the capital. The subterranean building will have 10 stories each for homes, shops and a museum, as well as 35 stories for offices. The Earthscraper preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it. It is an inverted pyramid with a central void to allow all habitable spaces to enjoy natural lighting and ventilation. It will also allow the numerous activities that take place on the city square year round such as concerts, open-air exhibitions and military parades to go ahead.

CMEs, Planetary Magnetics and Auroras in Strange Places

and some great pictures

Dawn of the North Wind

The Aurora Australis from the ISS.

Earth's aurorae demonstrate the electrical connection between our planet and the Sun.

There is an electrically active structure called a magnetotail (or plasma tail) extending for millions of kilometers from Earth, always pointing away from the Sun. The flow of charged particles ejected from the Sun, called the solar wind, is captured by our planet's magnetosphere, collected in a plasma sheet within the magnetotail, and held together by our magnetic field. Energetic ions stream into Earth¹s magnetic field down into the poles, exciting atmospheric molecules to the point where they emit various colors of light: red frequencies from oxygen at high altitudes, green from oxygen at lower altitudes, and blue light from nitrogen.

Image was processed at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and

Oceanography Center Monterey CA, USA. Oct. 25, 2011

A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States. A US Department of Defense satellite photographed the crossing.

"This shows the auroras on Oct. 25th at 0140 GMT," says Paul McCrone of the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, California. He created the image using visual and infrared data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's F18 polar orbiter. DMSP satellites carry low light cameras for night time monitoring of moonlit clouds, city lights and auroras. Some of the auroras recorded by the F18 on Oct. 25th were as bright as the city lights underneath.

This "big picture" from orbit makes sense of what happened next. The bright band swept south and, before the night was over, auroras were sighted in more than thirty US states: Alabama, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Montana, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Arkansas and California.