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Earth and us ….. past, present and future ….. connected?

TED Tuesday: Future of SETI September 22, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,biology,future,space research,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
The SETI Institute’s Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.


Weirdest cosmological theories September 17, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,space research,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
Stephen Battersby of New Scientist gives a primer on the 10 most weird cosmological theories put forward by various individuals over the centuries.
  1. Clashing branes
  2. Evolving universes
  3. Superfluid space-time
  4. Goldilocks universe
  5. Gravity reaches out
  6. Cosmic ghost
  7. It’s a small universe
  8. Fast light
  9. Sterile neutrinos

Reading through these titles would have probably stoked your curiosity enough to click on the link above and read the whole article.


TED Tuesday: Fly me to Saturn August 25, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,biology,optics,space research,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft’s recent sweep of one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon’s icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.



TED Tuesday: Our "queer" Universe August 4, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,evolution,genetics,TED,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for “thinking the improbable” by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.



Hubble sees "bubble" July 30, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,optics,space research,technology,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
[Image source: New Scientist, Caption reads: The “Cygnus Bubble” nebula may actually be a cylinder that is being seen from one of its ends. This image was taken with the Kitt Peak Mayall 4-metre telescope in Arizona (Image: Travis A. Rector/U of Alaska Anchorage/Heidi Schweiker/NOAO)]

IT LOOKS like a soap bubble or perhaps even a camera fault, but the image at right is a newly discovered planetary nebula. […] The bubble, which was officially named PN G75.5+1.7 last week, has been there a while. […] “It’s a beautiful example,” says Adam Frank of the University of Rochester, New York. “Spherical ones are very rare.” One explanation is that the image is looking down the throat of a typical cylindrical nebula. However, it is still remarkably symmetrical, Frank says.


TED Tuesday: Shedding light on Dark matter July 28, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,future,mathematics,mystery,TED — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can’t be directly measured, but their influence is immense.


Sunday Spotlight: The Virtual Telescope July 26, 2009

Filed under: astronomy,optics,space research,sunday spotlight,technology — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
A few days back I got an invite to join a group on LinkedIn. It was called The Virtual Telescope Project, a name that interested me enough to go ahead and check out what was this all about. And once I was on the website, I knew I had to write a Sunday Spotlight on this particular service provided by the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory.

The homepage beckons you to enter the website with the message, “Enjoy the real Universe from your desktop, live!”. It is available in English and Italian. This project/telescope is a participant in the IYA2009 activities. The website is created and directed by Gianluca Masi. Here you will find out what makes Virtual Telescope a unique case in the world. The Virtual Telescope offers live shows and astronomical Labs, in real-time or with archived material (the latter being free).

I am very much looking forward to participate in their next live show on Monday 3rd August, which is in Italian. But … the fascinating beauty of the deep space is beyond spoken word.