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This picture is a screenshot of the night sky view on January 19th, 2020 over Nashville through the lens of Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a website that allows anyone across the world to see the names and locations of various stars and planets they might see in the sky. In addition to a nightContinue reading “Star Atlas” Continue reading → Continue reading
Light speed travel has been a staple of popular culture for years. I first became aware of the idea of light speed from watching Star Wars as a kid. But would we ever be able to actually travel at the speed of light? What would happen if we were able to achieve light speed travel?Continue reading “What would happen if humans could travel at the speed of light?” Continue reading → Continue reading
From Chapter 2, we learned about how the zodiac symbols are derived from the constellations that are along the ecliptic. As the Earth orbits around the sun, different constellations are visible. The Babylonians set the zodiac signs over 3,000 years ago in correlation with their 12 month calendar. While we still use the same timeContinue reading “Blog 1- Ch 1&2: The Zodiac” Continue reading → Continue reading
This past spring I interned at a company that developed educational documentaries about interesting topics such as nature, history, and space. The owner of this company had a history of creating planetarium footage, and he managed a successful YouTube channel called SpaceRip. This channel compiles fascinating footage of our solar system and explains many ofContinue reading “The Revolutionary Hubble Legacy Field” Continue reading → Continue reading
It never fails to boggle my mind whenever I think about how vast and endless our universe truly is. Our cosmic address in the universe, beginning on Earth, to within our solar system, within the Milky Way Galaxy, within our Local Galactic Group, within the Virgo Supercluster, and within our Local Superclusters, is unbelievably microscopicContinue reading “Unfathomably Insignificant” Continue reading → Continue reading
The speed of light in a vacuum is around 300,000,000 meters per second (for those more accustomed to freedom units, that’s 186,282 miles per second). Thanks to Albert Einstein and many other prominent scientists, we believe that only massless particles like photons are able to achieve this speed. This implies that it’s theoretically impossible forContinue reading “The Speed of Light: Can We Go Faster?” Continue reading → Continue reading
What is the Cosmic Calendar? Carl Sagan, a famous astronomer, promoted this idea of the cosmic calendar, that essentially is a tool used to help people visualize and understand how far apart events in the Universe are. Sagan has chronologically arranged the hallmark events of the Universe’s 13.8 billion year life span into just aContinue reading “The Cosmic Calendar” Continue reading → Continue reading
Growing up, I fantasized time travel and if it would ever be possible. I watched cartoons and movies that made time travel seem so real. Of course, I got a little older and realized physical time travel would be a thing of the distant future, if it ever comes to fruition. I let the fantasyContinue reading “And We’re Off, To the Past” Continue reading → Continue reading
Light is definitely the single most important measure for scientists to study our universe. Since universe first became transparent 380,000 years after the Big Bang, thanks to its incredible properties, light has enabled humans to learn a great deal about universe as far as 45 billion light-year away from earth. Therefore, it is crazy toContinue reading “At the Edge of Knowledge” Continue reading → Continue reading
This isn’t your everyday Milky Way time lapse video. This video, captured by Eric Brummel, is sky-stabilized with the Earth in view to show our planet’s daily rotations. It’s amazing, isn’t it? We don’t think about it often during our daily lives, but every single second, we’re moving vast distances across space. Your glass on … Continue reading Feeling Dizzy Yet? 💫 Continue reading → Continue reading