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The Cosmic Calendar

The Cosmic Calendar is the life of the universe condensed into a calendar year. It begins on January 1st at midnight and ends on December 31st just before midnight. The noteworthy time on this calendar is 8pm on December 1st: the start of human life. The universe is approximately 14 billion years old, so humans … Continue reading The Cosmic Calendar Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cosmic Calendar

The Cosmic Calendar is a method used to visualize and better understand the timeline of the universe. Midnight, January 1st, is when the Big Bang occurred, and December 31st, 23:59:59, is modern time. On the Cosmic Calendar, the early development of the universe ranged from January 1st to September 6th and the first known biotic … Continue reading The Cosmic Calendar Continue reading Continue reading

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The Amazing Cosmic Calendar

  Recently in our reading, we learned about the cosmic calendar (pictured above) – a cool concept I’d like to share a little bit about on my blog. The cosmic calendar is the idea of what it would look like if we took the entire existence of the universe, all fourteen billion years, and compressed it into … Continue reading The Amazing Cosmic Calendar Continue reading Continue reading

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First Galaxies Formed Today

…according to the cosmic calendar. The cosmic calendar is a visualization method to help comprehend the age of the universe. This calendar puts the beginning of the universe at the start of the first of January, and the end of December 31st at our current point in time. In this demonstration model, January 22nd (today!) … Continue reading First Galaxies Formed Today Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog 1- The Cosmic Calendar

The Cosmic Calendar is an interesting way to conceptualize the history of the universe.  The Cosmic Calendar was invented by astronomer Carl Sagan (source), and condenses the chronology of the universe into a single year.  The Big Bang occurs on January 1st, and current history is at the very end of December 31st.  I think that…Continue reading Continue reading

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Our Miniature History, the Cosmic Calendar, and Understanding One’s Place

When considering the greater span of history, starting with my first Astronomy class taught by Professor Weintraub “How Old Is the Universe?” the concept of the nature of time in space has fascinated me. I think part of this relates to the fact that I am a history major and a history buff, and therefore … More Our Miniature History, the Cosmic Calendar, and Understanding One’s PlaceContinue reading Continue reading

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What’s Next?

Wow. In these last few months, we have gone over the entire cosmic calendar. The last topic of the class, life elsewhere in the universe, covered stuff that hasn’t even happened on this calendar yet. In this class, I really believe I’ve learned a lot of material, rather than memorizing a lot. Studying for this upcoming… More What’s Next? Continue reading Continue reading

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Life as a .05 Second Year-Old

In the novel, In Desert and Wilderness, Henryk Sienkiewicz remarks, “…he began to fear whether in the presence of far greater events, all his acts would not fade into insignificance, just as a drop of rain disappears into the sea.”On the Cosmic Calendar, the average human life span is only about two tenths of a second, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Cosmic Calendar

The history of our Universe is extremely vast, and therefore might at times be a bit difficult to comprehend. In order to better take a look at the expansive history of the Universe, we can condense the large time period onto a single calendar year. This allows us to really grasp the amount of time […] Continue reading Continue reading

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One of Last Week’s Mass Extinctions

When people talk about the Cosmic Calendar – the entire history of the universe, from the Big Bang up until this very moment, plotted onto a Gregorian calendar – we often focus on the infinitesimal space that human history has taken up. According to the Cosmic Calendar in our textbook, modern humans as a species […] Continue reading Continue reading

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