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What happened to nature?
Justin Ruckman (M, 37)
Charlotte, US
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    What happened to nature?
    How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature? The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and...
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    Sat, Jan 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: sun, transit, solar, kaleidoscopic
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    A reversed-polarity sunspot was detected today, marking solar minimum and the beginning of the 24th solar cycle (since humans first recorded the undulating pattern of solar intensity nearly 400 years ago).

    Solar cycles appear to last on average about 11 years, taking a few years to rise and fall between the peaks and troughs of solar activity. The next solar maximum is expected around 2011 or 2012, just in time for the beginning of the 14th b'ak'tun cycle, as measured by the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. To add to the synchronicity, David Hathaway (and colleagues) of the Marshall Space Flight Center are predicting this upcoming cycle will be one of the most intense ever measured.

    ARTICLE ["Sunspot is Harbinger of New Solar Cycle (...)"] (NOAA)
    LINK/IMAGES [solar cycle 24 prediction] (NOAA)
    ARTICLE ["Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle"] (NASA)
    IMAGE [graph of sunspot activity since 1870]
    ARTICLE [solar cycle] (Wikipedia)

    I'm currently sorting through gigabytes of solar satellite footage — sunspots, flares and filaments — with the hopes of rigging up a sort of VJ tool and audio visualizer using video of the sun. I should have a preliminary version ready for this year's Southeast US regional Burn, Transformus. I posted a very short rendering test a ways back, and am posting now my proposal for an art grant I was awarded just last week, which briefly outlines my ideas for the project.

    VIDEO [rendering test using lunar transit footage]
    LINK [grant proposal, "Flirting with Blindness"]

    Most of my video so far has come from the STEREO and TRACE archives — if anyone knows any other good sources I'm all eyes, and would be more than grateful.

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    "A Dyson sphere (or shell as it appeared in the original paper) is a hypothetical megastructure that was originally described by Freeman Dyson as a system of orbiting solar power satellites meant to completely encompass a star and capture its entire energy output. Dyson speculated that such structures would be the logical consequence of the long-term survival of technological civilizations, and proposed that searching for evidence of the existence of such structures might lead to the detection of advanced intelligent extraterrestrial life." 
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