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Physics is hard.
I’m sorry, let me elaborate: physics is really hard. The sharpest minds of our entire species have been hammering away at the fundamental rules of our Universe for the past several hundred years, and while they’ve discovered an incredible lot about the tiniest bits of things that make up… well, everything… it’s still hard. There are still a lot of questions, and a lot to learn and find out, and all of it is just terribly scientific and mathematical and counter-intuitive to anything you might think you know about how stuff works.
Thankfully, author and physicist Dave Goldberg is here to explain it all… or at least give you a working familiarity with the basics. And yes, there are basics. (Even in physics.)
UPDATE: Read on to find out how to win a free copy of the book!
Do you need a new calendar? Of course you do, the year’s almost over. (And if you’d forgotten, well.. you’re welcome.) Of course if you’re reading this post you’re most likely a fan of space exploration, and so you’ll need a calendar that’s going to entertain your fascination about space for a whole year.
This one is it.
If you can’t see the annular eclipse occurring tonight from where you are, you can watch it LIVE here on LITD! The feed above (providing it’s not over capacity) will be aired from Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, beginning at 9 pm Eastern time — right in prime U.S. viewing location! You won’t need to purchase plane tickets or any special eyewear to watch the eclipse safely from your own computer.
Viewable from the western US, the Pacific and eastern Asia, the eclipse will feature a “ring of fire” at totality created by the Moon passing in front of the Sun — but at a distance where the Sun is not completely covered. (As a result there’s still a lot of UV radiation coming from the Sun, so as always don’t observe the Sun directly without adequate protection.. find out how to safely view eclipses here.)
The video is provided by LiveStream, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Find more links to live eclipse feeds on Universe Today here.
Can’t see the video below? Click here.
Here’s a new video from the folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD that will make you fall in love with the Universe…for the first time, or all over again.
It’s a good reminder that, even though the shuttles are retired, NASA still has its eyes set on the stars (and planets, and moons, and asteroids, and of course on our own little blue world!)
NASA dreams big science. Come for the cool, stay for the music, take away a sense of wonder to share. It’s six minutes from Earth to forever, and you can see it here!
This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10958
Can’t see the video below? Click here.
If you’re a fan of space, you may have seen the BBC/Science Channel series “Wonders of the Universe”, hosted by the award-winning physicist Brian Cox. Professor Cox’s natural enthusiasm for astronomy is nothing short of infectious, and his explanations of far-out concepts help bring the amazing mysteries of our Universe down to Earth for anyone to understand and enjoy… and now he and HarperCollins UK are bringing it to your iPad and iPhone!
Twitter released the video above today to promote the latest version of its mobile browsing app. I’m not sure why they made a new version, whether it’s to compete with other social media platforms or just offer up a change of scenery, but one thing I know for certain: the video recognizes its community of space fans and shows just how cool we really are. It even includes astronaut Ron Garan’s (@Astro_Ron) latest video from the space station! So cool.
Thanks Twitter, for helping bring us all together… fans, scientists and astronauts alike. You’ve really made a lot of dreams come true.
Can’t see the movie below? Watch on YouTube here.
Here’s an enchanting video by the European Southern Observatory highlighting the discoveries of their Very Large Telescope (VLT) array, high in the mountains of the Atacama Desert in Chile. The Atacama is the driest place on Earth, far from the light pollution of major cities, and thus provides the clearest, darkest skies allowing these massive telescopes to peer deep into the universe. The discoveries they have made have been nothing short of groundbreaking.
The skies over the ESO sites in Chile are so dark that on a clear moonless night it is possible to see your shadow cast by the light of the Milky Way alone.
The images are beautiful, the music – James Newton Howard’s score from Lady in the Water – is beautiful, even the telescopes themselves are beautiful, with their futuristic, spartan geometries and perfectly engineered forms. They look like another generation’s science fiction but they’re very much science fact, for this generation and hopefully many more to come.
Also check out ESO’s recent video from their VISTA telescope, zooming into the Sculptor Galaxy…read more on Universe Today.
Originally posted on June 19, 2010.