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Monthly Archives: April 2017
Chuck and Woodchuck is a new picture book by Cece Bell. Huh. That name sounds familiar…. OH! She’s the author and illustrator of El Deafo, the Newberry-winning graphic novel! I love this book, and so when I first saw Chuck and Woodchuck, I grabbed it and started reading. This story follows a boy who brought a woodchuck to school […] Continue reading
In a black hole, spacetime is curved infinitely. Light cannot escape. Black holes have fascinated mankind for years, but what would happen if you actually reached the event horizon? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? It’s likely you would be pulverized by other objects, burn via light radiation, experience spaghettification, or … Continue reading Blog 8: What If You Fell In A Blackhole?Continue reading → Continue reading
Where is everybody? That is essentially the question asked in the Fermi Paradox. Compared to Earth and our solar system, the universe is extremely vast and extremely old. Surely there must be intelligent life somewhere within the depths of the unexplored universe? The Drake Equation (written as N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • … Continue reading Blog 7: Wait But WhyContinue reading → Continue reading
Although intelligent life has yet to make its debut for us, extraterrestrial life may be a little closer that we typically think of- specifically Martian life. No, no, not little green men or facehugger kind of Martian life, but microbial life. And not just on Mars either! The three likeliest candidates for elementary life in […]Continue reading → Continue reading
As some of you may know, there is an upcoming Total Solar Eclipse that will be visible in Nashville, TN! The last total solar eclipse visible from the United States was back in 1998, so it’s been a while, but it’s finally back! On August 21st, the eclipse will be visible at 1:27 PM local […]Continue reading → Continue reading
While the concept of black holes has become a cultural phenomenon thanks to movies such as Interstellar, it still seems like the general public knows very little about them. In order to help clarify any misunderstandings, welcome to a brief introduction on black holes. In essence, a black hole consists of a massive amount of mass […]Continue reading → Continue reading
“Where are they?” asked Enrico Fermi to his colleagues in 1950. Where is all the life that, by all rights, should populate our galaxy and the rest of the universe? The Fermi Paradox arises from the knowledge that the whole of human history is but a blip in the cosmic calendar. If we have so […]Continue reading → Continue reading
A stone carving at a major archaeological site suggests a comet struck Earth thousands of years ago and started an ice age. Göbekli Tepe is an archaeological site located in modern-day Turkey. Built before Stonehenge, it served as an ancient temple site and religious center where multiple people would gather, but it also seemed to have been an astronomy … Continue reading The Comet Time Forgot… Until NowContinue reading → Continue reading
You may have heard of the Drake equation before, and you may have heard that it can “predict” the number of aliens we may one day face (or fight?). Well, you’re not too far off. The Drake equation allows astronomers and scientists to estimate the number of civilizations that exist in the deep vast space […]Continue reading → Continue reading
Scientist have tried to take a picture of a black hole by creating a massive telescope. This telescope used radio wave based telescopes connected all over the world to create an earth sized telescope which may have the power to actually take a picture of a black hole. While this picture will not truly be […]Continue reading → Continue reading