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Orionid Meteor Shower To Light Up California Sky

The Orionid meteor shower is expected to light up the sky of California on the night between October 20 and October 21. The meteor shower is caused by bits of Halley’s Comet which enter the Earth’s atmosphere and flare up in fiery display, according to ABC News.

Astronomers and people who are passionate about stars can witness one of the most admired phenomena this weekend. The Orionid meteor shower will take place on the night between October 20 and 21 and will delight California residents with a fiery show caused by Halley’s Comet.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alaska, dozens of meteors per hour are expected to make their appearance in the sky during the 2012 Orionid meteor shower. Their visibility is, nevertheless, strictly linked to the weather conditions that will occur this weekend. Based on the recent researches performed by NASA, Cooke thinks the moon will not interfere with the “shooting stars” as the asteroid is going through its dark, “new” phase. 

Halley’s Comet produces two meteor displays in one year. In addition to the Orionid meteor shower, there is also the Eta Aquarid meteor shower which usually occurs in May. These astronomic phenomena are visible whenever the Earth passes through the dust cast off by Halley’s Comet. The heavenly body requires 76 years to complete one orbit around the sun.

The Orionid meteor shower was preceded by an equally spectacular display of light from an extremely large meteor hitting the skies of Northern California on Wednesday evening. The meteor made its appearance on the sky at 7:44 p.m., according to the data provided by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field. The bright fireball was located within the San Francisco Bay Area and scientists are now working on determining whether the meteor ended over land or ocean.

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  1. New and old Science
    A new and Progressive Science shows how Wavevolution, or the transformation from waves to atoms, is the connecting link that closes the circle of science to open new horizons never seen before.
    The bureaucracy of traditional science prevents the recognition of any event unless certain criteria are first met. The problem of this science is buried deep right in the compilation of these “laws” or criteria introduced by a few scientists in the name of all science and from their erroneous understanding of the relation between Space and Time. This antiquated system of rules also results in misleading theories.
    For example, the Space is not “curved”.
    In Einstein’s paradigm, a stone that falls on the ground from the window of a moving train also marks one parabola in Space. Although, this path is only apparent since also the Earth is moving and the Time spent by the stone to reach the ground has also changed to some degree that imaginary vertical line. At the Time of the initial Movement when the stone falls from the window it exists only one perpendicular Space which is not anymore the same as the stone continues to move until it hits the ground. If the scientist had known that the coordinates of Space in Time are unique and unrepeatable then all the rest would have also been “straight”. That perpendicular is straight but accounted as “curve” because of the limits of science unable to recognize the issue of simultaneity. In reference to each body on each moment in Time there are always only two coordinates in Space for one perpendicular.
    And with two coordinates there is no curve.
    The perpendicular changes in Time but Einstein believed that the concept of Space is independent from the concept of Time.
    Another example is in the special theory of relativity which denies all absolutes and meanings of truth. This is in regard to Einstein’s example of two beams of light hitting one same embankment of a railroad on two Points: Point A and Point B. In between the two there is also the middle point, Point M. If one train was running over that track then on the train we would also have Point A1 on the wagon of the train correspondent to above Point A and also one other corresponding Point B1 right above Point B. We would also have on the train the corresponding Point M1 above Point M. Einstein’s theory is that as for Point M (not moving because on the embankment) those two beams are simultaneous and equidistant instead for the passenger sitting on M1 and moving towards Point B1 (and also toward Point B) the two beams are not simultaneous because the beam in Point B1 is being approached by the moving train, therefore closer to M1. In this example, while Einstein’s concept of Time is rigidly kept unchanged in regard to the embankment instead the concept of Space is extended to also the next moment in Time when the traveler will move even if in that precise instant the traveler has not moved yet. Since the concept of simultaneity had been put aside, Einstein considered Time to be the same while Space instead had changed.
    Also, this same scientist erroneously believed that all colors in the light spectrum travel at the same speed.
    Much confusion comes from these approximations.
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