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Crab Nebula
Poems in Posthuman Akkadian


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written by General Totleben
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Antennae Galaxies
The Antennae Galaxies are undergoing a galactic collision. Located in the NGC 4038 group with five other galaxies, these two galaxies are known as the Antennae Galaxies because the two long tails of stars, gas and dust ejected from the galaxies as a result of the collision resemble an insect’s antennae. The nuclei of the two galaxies are joining to become one giant galaxy. Most galaxies probably undergo at least one significant collision in their lifetimes. This is likely the future of our Milky Way when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy.

Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula is the shattered remnant of a massive star that ended its life in a supernova explosion. Nearly a thousand years old, the supernova was noted in the constellation of Taurus by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054 AD.
The nebula is about 6,500 light-years away from the Earth, and is 5 light-years across.
At the centre of the Crab Nebula are two faint stars, one of which is the star responsible for the existence of the nebula. It was identified as such in 1942.The region around the star was found to be a strong source of radio waves in 1949 and X-rays in 1963,and was identified as one of the brightest objects in the sky in gamma rays in 1967.Then, in 1968, the star was found to be emitting its radiation in rapid pulses, becoming one of the first pulsars to be discovered.
Pulsars are sources of powerful electromagnetic radiation, emitted in short and extremely regular pulses many times a second. They were a great mystery when discovered in 1967, and the team who identified the first one considered the possibility that it could be a signal from an advanced civilization…

des mouches significatives / devant les yeux – FR
mouche [muʃ] = fly
significatif,-ive [siŋifikatif, iv] = significant, revealing, meaningful
devant[d(ə)vɑ̃] = in front of
œil [œj], pluriel yeux – eye

душевные порывы – RU
душевный (du’ʃɛvnɨj) – soulful, psychical, mental, warm-hearted, internal
порыв (pa’rɨf) – air-blast, gust, scud, elan, impulse, urge

ψυχή – GR
The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūkhē) was “life” in the sense of “breath”, formed from the verb ψύχω (psukhō, “to blow”). Derived meanings included “spirit”, “soul”, “ghost”, and ultimately “self” in the sense of “conscious personality” or “psyche”.

im Krebs /allein/ gang – DE
something between “im Krebsgang” and “im Alleingang”
Krebs = crab
Krebsgang – Crabwalk, (fig)retrogression
im Krebsgang gehen – to regress, to go backwards
Alleingang – (figurative(= Tat) solo effort
etw im Alleingang machen (figurative) to do sth on one’s own

freesound.org, archive.org, hubblesite.org, cdli.ucla.edu, Wikipedia, Britannica, nasa.gov, Florent Renaud /Simulation of the Antennae galaxies. Movie by B. Thooris, CEA/IRFU/, Antennae Galaxies, Crab Nebula

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