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While I intend on continuing this blog in the future, for my last blog post in Astronomy 201, I will be taking a more serious approach. I will touch briefly on the relationship between religion and science by examining the image shown below of the Earth as a tiny speck of light in the distance, […] Continue reading → Continue reading
The Pioneer plaques are a pair of gold-anodized aluminium plaques which were put on board the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecrafts in the early 1970s. They contain on them a pictorial message of the civilization that exists on Earth in case either of these spacecrafts are intercepted by intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Collision: col·li·sion (kəˈliZHən) – noun: an instance of one moving object or person striking violently against another. Now imagine the outcome of a collision between Andromeda and the Milky Way which, according to the dictionary definition, should be a violent impact between two massive galaxies with millions of stars hurtling towards each other 2000 times faster than a […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Rappers these days seem to emphasize how they ‘make it rain’ with money, sex, and drugs. But the gas giants of our solar system seem to have one-upped these ‘young upstarts’ (as my grandparents would say) by making it rain diamonds. Yes, literally, diamonds. According to findings by Dr Kevin Baines, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Every teenager can confess to that one time when they saw a girl and thought she was the one. She was absolutely perfect, in looks and in personality. Let’s be real, it was only the looks. But when she got acne, that aura of divine beauty around her suddenly disappeared for you. You found it […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Whilst it is true we have a lot more to discover about the Universe, we have dramatically increased the knowledge we have on the Universe in recent times. Indeed, just my astronomy textbook is about 750 pages. All this learning, yet we can never know enough about the Universe. It just makes me think sometimes, […] Continue reading → Continue reading
X-Ray vision. Sounds pretty cool right? In a discussion of which superpower one could have, it would rank right up there as a people’s favourite. The reality however is a bit of a letdown. Most things in everyday life like people, clothes and houses do not emit X-Ray vision which means you would have very […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was important to astronomy because he was a master mathematician and calculator. He worked in conjunction with Tycho Brahe who, through his brilliant eyesight made a lot of readings. Kepler used these readings to make deductions of how the solar system and the universe work. His three laws still hold true today: […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Have you ever accidentally stumbled upon something amazing? Like that burger joint you stumbled into when you were out late on Friday night and found out they served the most amazing cheeseburger? Finding out about Stellarium last semester had something of a similar effect on me. While previously I was left swooning over magnificent pictures […] Continue reading → Continue reading
To say the Universe is big is a bit of an understatement. The monster truck parked outside is considered big, the girl sitting next to you in class is called big by some people in bated breath, the Big Mac is supposed to be big (says so in the very name). When we’re talking about […] Continue reading → Continue reading