Free Astronomy Magazine –January-February 2022 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: "How did you do it? How did you evolve, how did you survive this technological adolescence without destroying yourself?" Jodie Foster as Eleanor Arroway, Contact (1997).

The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (January-February 2022) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at www.astropublishing.com.

We return to our astro-centric selection of excellent articles and original content with a perspective on climate change that, I think, cuts down the less-spoken middle of the debate. Yes, climate change is real. Yes, the climate has changed many, many, many times in Earth's history. Yes, it isn't affecting major economies fast enough yet for the developed world to propose an Apollo-like approach to solve the problem (Because we haven't! Go look). Yes, the overall increase and wild swings in damaging weather patterns we're experiencing as of late will most likely continue for years and decades to come. Yes, it was "-0 F" this morning according to my Apple Watch. Yes, you should wonder where the energy is coming from to push that much cold air down from the north to make such an event occur several years in a row. Yes, the trend is for the coastal areas to suffer considerable economic hardships that tax dollars and massive spending projects are going to try to resolve/mitigate whether any individual taxpayer likes it or not (and not just because the U.S. Department of Defense itself is planning how to deal with this issue and the instabilities therein. See climateandsecurity.org and Tackling The Climate Crisis for sample examples).

Like the frog from low-boil, we will adjust slowly and reactively as our species is want to do, complaining about the inconvenience all the way, adjusting to the new normal with some of the frog historians remembering the good olde days of pleasant soaks.

That said, Earth doesn't much care. The damage is only to our current comfort level and standing as the self-appointed shepherds of life currently sharing the planet with us. It should make us collectively disappointed that the civilizations who considered the seventh generation were nearly eradicated by the civilizations more concerned about progress for the 1/7th generation, but this post is being written on an Apple product that stopped being the "newest" and "best-ever" such product only five years ago despite the last model being fully-capable of performing the tasks needed to draft and post.

Alternative take – "The planet is fine…" George Carlin, Earth Day (Getty Images). The important other half of that quote continues on youtube or at, for instance, American Digest in its transcribed entirety.

The issue (climate change) is made more pressing now that I consider it as a parent, knowing the generational solutions, whatever they are, are going to burden my kids and alter the world they're going to inherit in ways that no one yet knows how to prepare them for – and that includes knowing they (in particular) may not directly experience the changes in detrimental ways as they grow up simply because of the otherwise idyllic, seasonally-varied, and fresh water-engorged location we now finds ourselves in (although, yearly news cycle after yearly news cycle, we've been happy each of the last five years that we didn't buy the lakefront house and the accompanying exorbitant insurance policy).

Michele's take is well worth the read – as is the rest of the issue.

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Free Astronomy Magazine – November-December 2021 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: The highly-updated (spiced up) banner image for Amazon Prime's provision of the UFO TV Series.

The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (November-December 2021) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at www.astropublishing.com.

The magazine rounds out the year with a bit of a change from the usual assortment of astronomy and space science news, instead providing a lengthy article the harkens back to the olde days for readers of a certain age/scifi enthusiasts of a certain historical bent. This month, Michele Ferrara considers the scifi classic "UFO" (wiki) – a mostly down-to-Earth (pun intended) series about aliens and our secret protection from them.

Having started my foray into the genre at the perfect placement of first-airings of "Star Trek:TNG" and my local PBS affiliate's (WCNY) showing of Tom Baker-era "Dr. Who" at 7:30 M-Th (perfect for pre-night-night Lego'ing), I was a good 10 years away from ever even having a chance to see UFO on the tele. Like all of those series of that time, watching it "now" vs. "then" makes you realize (1) how good special effects are today than they were yesterday and (2) how philosophical writers of those past times could also be and how, once you've been properly brainwashed by a solid Liberal Arts education, it's possible to come away from an episode with more to think about than just the timeline of the series.

The same is true of the "Golden Girls." You've had to have lived a little before you understand what your yia yia and great aunts were laughing about so much while watching when you were 8 or 9, even if you then wish you didn't know that they got that particular humor while rewatching at 20 or 25.

And, with that, enjoy the issue, see what the writers predicted correctly about the state of technology in the few decades or so ahead of the time that the series was written, and be ready to be brought back away from Earth in 2022.

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Jump to the PDF download (16.8 MB): November-December 2021