Monday, October 02, 2006

Space Vampires

Is a novel by my favorite angry young man of modern philosophy; Colin Wilson. It was made into the Sci-Fi movie Lifeforce, by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper. Great book, great film. The novel is a pastiche of H.P.Lovecraft's Cuthulu Mythos, with the usual dash of Wilsons Faculty X, magick by any other name. And lo and behold if one day in the far distance of cold space a real space vampire appears. One that cannot be countered with crosses and garlic.

Astronomers have found possible proofs of stellar vampirism in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae.

Blue stragglers are unexpectedly young-looking stars found in stellar aggregates, such as globular clusters, which are known to be made up of old stars. These enigmatic objects are thought to be created in either direct stellar collisions or through the evolution and coalescence of a binary star system in which one star 'sucks' material off the other, rejuvenating itself. As such, they provide interesting constraints on both binary stellar evolution and star cluster dynamics. To date, the unambiguous signatures of either stellar traffic accidents or stellar vampirism have not been observed, and the formation mechanisms of Blue stragglers are still a mystery.


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