• The Stephen Hawking Legacy

    The Stephen Hawking Legacy

    He was perhaps the greatest genius of our time. Stephen Hawking peered behind the curtain of reality and glimpsed the true workings of the universe, he inspired all of us to pursue our curiosity no matter the obstacles. However, his true legacy is his work. He made profound contributions across physics from quantum theory to cosmology. Our tribute is to bring you Stephen Hawking’s most famous discovery. Soon after Einstein revealed his great general theory of relativity in 1915, physicists realized that allowed for the possibility of a catastrophic gravitational collapse in places of extreme density, like the dead core of a massive star. Space and time could be dragged…

  • Looking Inside The Sun

    Looking Inside The Sun

    SpaceRip has put up a very interesting video about Dr. Robert Stein, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, who has long envisioned a day when he could use supercomputer programs to “see” through the roiling surface of the sun and glimpse its dynamic interior. He describes his quest and offers ideas about what drives the violent outbursts known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, known to disrupt the electrical systems that power our civilization. Here are some of Dr. Stein amazing words and commentary: “I was looking to understand what the process of convection is, what the structures look like and how things behave and evolve. I didn’t…

  • Gravastar - Alternate Gravitational Vacuum In Space-Time

    Gravastar – Alternate Gravitational Vacuum In Space-Time

    The name chosen by John Wheeler for the gravitational pull of a region of space so strong not even light can escape was coined a black hole. Unfortunately this name also brings up a lots of confusion about what the type of object really is and how it behaves. As always in science, different human minds are at work, there are always those who question the theories and throw something new to the table that makes us think about. An alternative to the black hole theory by Pawel O. Mazur and Emil Mottola assumes limits and conditions that were not taken into account or just didn’t existed when black holes…

  • Ross 128b - A Nearby Earth-Sized World

    Ross 128b – A Nearby Earth-Sized World

    Ross 128 is what astronomers call a red dwarf star, and around it, the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) instrument at the European Southern Observatory, discovered an Earth-sized planet, just 11 light-years away. HARPS make its predictions and discoveries by measuring the wobbles that happen in stars when its planets influence their position in the sky, pulling on them. Red dwarf stars are commonly known for their violent eruptions of radiation, strong enough to sterilize their own planetary system. But looking at the data from the European Southern Observatory, so far Ross 128 seems to be quiet than most red dwarfs. Closer to us is Proxima Centauri b,…

  • New Horizons Anniversary and Next Target

    New Horizons Anniversary and Next Target

    Relive the historic Pluto flyby with NASA released maps and videos. The New Horizons team commemorates the two-year anniversary of Pluto and Charon flyby on July 14, 2015. The Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera images have been enhanced and composed from compiled images taken by the spacecraft’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager. The videos intend to recreate the topography detail of Pluto and its moon, Charon, showing flyovers across the nitrogen ice plains, craters, and over the highlands of the dwarf planet. The Serenity Chasma canyon and the curious Mordor Macula polar region of Charon can also be seen in the video. New Horizons next target is the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69,…

  • "Planet 10" Before "Planet 9”?
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    “Planet 10” Before “Planet 9”?

    Astronomers are nicknaming a “Planet 10” before even finding a “Planet 9”. The reports are based on the study of gravitational influences on objects in the Kuiper belt. Around 600 objects were tracked in a different plane of the solar system main 8 planets, their different orbits might be imposed by an object the mass of the Earth orbiting the Sun at around 5 billion kilometers away. This put “Planet 10” way closer than the previously announced “Planet 9”, leading to even more confusion. Beyond Neptune there is a lot of material, called the Kuiper belt. There has been discovered bodies with enough mass to be considered dwarf planets, like…