GUYS GUYS GUYS I FOUND A THING
Is it just me or does the telescope in the new ep look a hell of a lot like the one from Tooth & Claw???
COMPLETE WITH WEIRD MOON THING
Idk it’s obviously not exactly the same but it looks really similar imo.
I am so glad someone made this cuz I’ve always wondered how the movement of the solar system might look as a whole….
BUT LOOK HOW EPIC THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS GUYS
PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY WE’RE NEVER IN THE SAME PLACE ONCE.
I WASN’T FUCKING KIDDING.
Dairine’s frame of reference suddenly became huger than the whole Earth and the space that contained it, so that her planet seemed only one moving, whirling point plunging along its path through a terrible complexity of forces, among which gravity was a puny local thing and not to be regarded. …Earth spins at seventeen thousand miles an hour, plows along its orbital path at a hundred seventy-five thousand; and the Sun takes it and the whole Solar System off toward the constellation Hercules at a hundred fifteen thousand miles an hour. Then the Sun’s motion as one of innumerable stars in the Sagittarius Arm of the Galaxy sweeps it along at some two million miles an hour, and all the while relationships between individual stars, and those of stars to their planets, shift and change.
It all meant that any one person standing still on any planet was in fact traveling a crazed, corkscrewing path through space, at high speed: and the disorientation and sickness [of personal worldgating travel] were apparently the cause of suddenly, and for the first time, going in a straight line, in a universe where space itself and everything in it is curved….
(High Wizardry, 1990)
The Moon, newly risen, perfect over a flowing blanket of cloud.
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I remember going to an observatory once when I was in grammar school for a field trip. It was during the day, so we didn’t get to look through a telescope or anything, but we saw the film on the domed ceiling.
It did spark my love of astronomy, though, which led to me taking two classes in the subject when I got to college. I love the night sky (especially during winter), and hope to own my own telescope one day.
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The Earliest Stars and the Universe at Age 750 Million |
As far back in time as astronomers have been able to see, the universe has had some trace of heavy elements, such as carbon and oxygen. These elements, originally churned from the explosion of massive stars, formed the building blocks for planetary bodies, and eventually for life on Earth.
Now researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California at San Diego have peered far back in time, to the era of the first stars and galaxies, and found matter with no discernible trace of heavy elements. To make this measurement, the team analyzed light from the most distant known quasar, a galactic nucleus more than 13 billion light-years from Earth.
These quasar observations provide a snapshot of our universe during its infancy, a mere 750 million years after the initial explosion that created the universe. Analysis of the quasar’s light spectrum provided no evidence of heavy elements in the surrounding gaseous cloud — a finding that suggests the quasar dates to an era nearing that of the universe’s first stars.
“The first stars will form in different spots in the universe … it’s not like they flashed on at the same time,” says Robert Simcoe, an associate professor of physics at MIT. “But this is the time that it starts getting interesting.”
Simcoe and his colleagues have published the results from their study this week in the journal Nature. continue reading
The BBC: 10 actors, 12 props, and the budget’s so small that one of the shows is all filmed inside a dude’s eye.
These photos were made possible by CSI’s image technology:
I found this too amusing
I almost choked on a carrot
The orbits of the moons and planets form a 4-dimensional fractal helix in spacetime.
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Welcome to Platform 9¾
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"Wit beyond measure
is man's greatest treasure"
"It is our choices that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities."
- Albus Dumbledore