We have an enchanting and grandiose star parade! All significant stellar magnitudes and stages of thermonuclear life are presented here. Some participants are very small in size and temperament – brown dwarfs. And here are the hot supergiants – move away slightly, only a dozen of astronomical units, to see them in their entirety. Here we have a group of compact stars, among which are cute little white dwarfs and their opposites – dark and treacherous neutron stars. Unfortunately, we did not wait for an answer from the black hole, it seems that the information could not go beyond its event horizon... But these beauties – Wolf-Rayet stars – can be recognized from thousands by their emission lines. Just look how the bright candle of the accretion disk has flashed aside – nova began pulling the substance from its large red companion. And our defile completes with the procession of one million of universal space laborers – the stars of the main sequence... The nature of the universe is inventive and resourceful, and so far the tasks of all this amazing variety of star forms are unknown.
The failure at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is one of the most dramatic and tragic pages of the 20th century. This catastrophe is a symbol of the destructiveness of human delusions and the arrogant selfish worldview. Man allowed himself to think that he made nature work for himself, but nature has shown its true indomitable character. This incident also showed the depravity of the socialist authorities, which for a long time tried to hide the real scale of the disaster and the threat of radioactive contamination. This last drop became fatal for the majestic colossus on the clay feet called the USSR, which rapidly began to fall apart before everyone’s eyes. The whole world has learned a difficult lesson, which further led to a slowdown in the construction of new nuclear power plants and forced many developing countries to opt for environmental green technologies. From a social point of view, humanity has begun to rely more on international institutions that carefully monitor the situation around the world to try to avoid similar events. But as we know, this has already been repeated again... However, we should not despair, but it’s worth any experience, first of all negative, to adopt into service. This is the hard way on the stairs of progress.
The Universe is calling, brave rangers of the Soviet Space! You are going to be the first to conquer the space, and to say for sure, this event responds with pride in your hearts! This most important task will require maximum dedication, conscientious work and an inquiring mind – we have high expectations on you, all of humanity is looking at you! Researchers, scientists and experimenters: you seek to know the boundless abode of the sky – honor and praise to you! Combine your aspirations, so that together and harmoniously – with one united team – to break into the boundless starry ocean! The whole world will be in front of you, and you can check all the most daring assumptions about how it looks from the side, and see how beautiful our planet is in reality! The results of all your observations and impressions of the flight will be documented in detail by the on–board computer, and on Earth processed and transformed into musical pieces that will allow all of humanity to touch this magnificent achievement!
What feelings does autumn open? It appears they are mixed: first come the sadness and the rainy weather, and then the golden time and the quiet rustle of fallen leaves follow. To feel deeply this special season is to breathe the good memories of warm sunny days with a light longing in the soul. Listen to the golden tones: what are they whispering? Probably that everything has a beginning and an end, and autumn ends the cycle with a final chord before the winter interval. The motley colors of the trees are like ritual garments at the World’s ceremony that celebrates its death, preparing for a new birth. We are her silent pastors that obey the holy order of mother nature. We keep her melancholy in ourselves that saves us from the torments of the heart every time, and gives the hope for life.
This saga is about a very young, prehistoric solar system. We explore it to understand what the planets are like now and how they originated. But between these periods there was a completely mysterious time... What were our planets in the first two or three billion years? These were different paths of life, full of grandiose changes that led each planet to its present form. In the second part, we will discover the secret of the Phaeton died in the gravitational grip... We will fly further and see that the grandiose Jupiter was too small to light up and become a star... Let’s watch the dance of the Saturnian cloud that formed the rings. We will visit Uranus before it falls into a dream and lies down with its axis of rotation into the plane of its orbit. And let’s see how Neptune was originally located closer to the Sun than Uranus. And who knows, maybe our journey will continue...
This saga is about a very young, prehistoric solar system. We explore it to understand what the planets are like now and how they originated. But between these periods there was a completely mysterious time... What were our planets in the first two or three billion years? These were different paths of life, full of grandiose changes that led each planet to its present form. In the first part we will be on the terrestrial planets, and we will begin with the primordial cradle from which they are born. Mercury could once have been a satellite of Venus, but collisions with other objects and the strong field of the Sun pushed it away from its orbit and sent to a lonely voyage for searching a stable orbit in the hot embraces of the native star. The ever-rainy Venus will plunge us into deceptively calm dreams – after all, it is waiting for the accumulation of greenhouse gases, and the surface will forever become inaccessible for life... We will be on Earth long before its prehistoric period, when volcanoes were boiling everywhere, asteroids were falling, we would hear the sound of protoplasm in the primordial soup. And the deserted Mars will tell us about the most ancient civilization, whose unmerciful attitude to the ecology of the planet led to the catastrophe... For a long time, science will figure out what the planets were like in their youth. But what we already know is worthy of fantastic stories.
A man broke into space and reached the Moon, while his automated spacecraft are exploring other planets of the solar system or have already left its limits. At the same time, regions almost inaccessible to research remain on Earth, one of which is the mesosphere. It is impossible to fly to it by plane or aerostat, research probes do not reach it, because the air at this altitude is too thin for their flight and at the same time too dense for the long-term presence there of instruments, launched on a ballistic trajectory. We know very little about this atmospheric layer, mainly by circumstantial evidence of its impact on radio signals, launched spacecraft and meteorological rockets, as well as on the behavior of the mysterious silver clouds which occur only there. It is assumed that there are kilometer-long waves and powerful vortex flows at these altitudes, as a result of which their unique silhouette is formed, resembling a cosmic nebulae. And at this moment, we, having reached the planets and their satellites, passionately trying to find the edge of the Universe, are standing, glaring at this fascinating spectacle unable to break away, and remembering that we still don’t know all the secrets of our home planet, or rather, we don’t know a damn much... But we will definitely get to know!
Imagine yourself an entity of light... You are born in the radiant worlds and get into the place most attractive for you – the realm of glass, crystal and mirrors... The real game of optical illusions begins. Refraction, bundle into many colors and scattering on thin and sharp edges. You are so fascinated... You turn into myriads of self copies, shine and spray in all directions with sunbeams. Looking at your own reflections, you find strange memories in the depths of your bright memory: you flew for a long time across the boundless space, skirted the galaxies and played a ghost penumbra under the tree crowns on the unknown planets. Or it was not you, but your brothers bearing the light, with whom you are inseparable, like the light is inseparable and complete in the Universe... Or maybe it all just seemed to you in this strange world – in a world of specular loomings...
One day we put on the headphones, turn on the music and... find ourselves in a parallel dimension. The picture of reality begins to change, the space is filled with unknown boundless waters of sound passages and melisms. Consciousness resists at first, trying to grasp the usual material patterns, but the element of sound is inexorable. Images from dreams, abstractions and unseen landscapes engulf the traveller’s mind. Ambienaut. The one who knows a secret: how to use music to open a portal into the inner sea... Where did the idea of this mystical music come from? Could it be that the first ambient was recorded by a supercivilization that lived at the dawn of the Universe? And the memory of it remained in the world information field. Or, one day, in an abandoned space laboratory, devices and computers with artificial intelligence left in the switched-on state continued the research program... and perceived secrets of the Universe, having expressed them in sound. But who is destined to discover this knowledge for mankind? We will visit different worlds in the universe of music of ambiance and find out why only ambienaut will cope with the task like that...
“I love this place. Here, there is a unique atmosphere at any season. On that chilly summer evening when I came here with my friend Alexey, the air was especially thick and filled with bittersweet wettish freshness. Here, you fall into a special state, sitting on the recently scythed grass and looking down from the hill at power lines stretching away. It is here where several little worlds come together: a forest to the left and the right, a tiny village living its hasteless life under the hill, and the slight noise of a bustling city coming from far behind. And above, the steel giants of power line towers soaring against the darkening summer sky, which soon will be cut across by the Perseids. It is here where you take a rest from the hustle, and music itself fills your mind to later find its material form.” — Nickolay Fedorenko, 27 August 2017