Monthly Archives: April 2018

Infinity into infinity OR an edge never to be discovered?

It’s been known for a while now that the universe is expanding, but the real question is, what is it expanding into? Well, the answer is no body really knows. Einstein’s theory of relativity makes it possible for the universe to be expanding into anything, including into itself. Because of the vast size of the … Continue reading Infinity into infinity OR an edge never to be discovered? Continue reading Continue reading

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Why We Haven’t Been Invaded by Aliens

As we learned in class, the Drake equation can estimate that the existence of life should exist. The universe is huge, its been in existence for a very long time, and there is no foreseen limit to what can exist, especially life off Earth. Fermi’s paradox is super cool, creepy, exciting and puzzling all at … Continue reading Why We Haven’t Been Invaded by Aliens Continue reading Continue reading

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Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay One of the oldest and most influential justifications for the study of literature is that such study makes us better human beings.  While this is not necessarily true, the literary texts students have studied in and outside class present ethical conundrums, which force us to rethink our relationships with others, ourselves, and the […] Continue reading

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Dark Matter

In the early 1990’s, astronomers hypothesized that as the universe grew in size gravity would eventually slow down the expansion process as time progressed. Further research showed that the universe’s expansion rate is actually accelerating, and this prompted researchers to look into Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Research found that Dark Energy composes approximately 68% … Continue reading Dark Matter Continue reading Continue reading

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On This Day in Astronomy History…

  On April 27th, 1961, fifty-seven years ago, NASA launched Explorer 11 into space. This satellite held the first gamma-ray telescope to go into space. Gamma rays are the wavelength of light with the highest energy levels. These wavelengths can originate from sources such as supernova explosions, supermassive blackholes, and solar flares. While scientists had […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation is meant to predict the number of civilizations comparable to Earth out in the Milky Way Galaxy .  It was first proposed by Dr. Frank Drake in 1961. However, because we don’t currently know how many stars are actually in the milky way (we can only use a number from the observable … Continue reading The Drake Equation Continue reading Continue reading

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Given that NASA is a government agency, it’s a little worrisome how it’s funding can be pretty wantonly taken and given as the government sees fit. (That’s why privatization of the space industry through companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX is so necessary) However, Nasa is currently budgeted .5% of our national budget- that’s 18.4 billion-so […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Fermi Paradox

After already having done research on the Drake equation and its implications for extra-solar life, the next question begs to be answered. If there really are so many earth-like planets out there that may have evolved intelligent life, why haven’t we heard from any of them? This is the underlying question that lies behind a […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Voyager Golden Record

  NASA launched the two Voyager missions in 1977. On these two missions was something different though. Voyager 1 and 2 both possessed a record and a record player as a way to contact with any potential intelligent life that the missions come across. So what exactly is on these records? The answer is a … Continue reading Voyager Golden Record Continue reading Continue reading

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White Holes

You’ve heard of black holes, right? Well, how about white holes? White holes are theoretically the exact opposite of black hole, and scientists think that they could make up a large portion of the dark matter in the universe. Where nothing can escape a black hole’s event horizon, nothing can enter a white hole’s. It … Continue reading White Holes Continue reading Continue reading

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