Tomorrow the moon will be painted the color of the fire. It will be possible to witness a rare phenomenon, which some argue to herald the “end of the world”.
The astrological phenomenon, which takes place every 500 years, is called “tetrad” and involves four consecutive lunar eclipses, among which there will be six full moons.
Lunar eclipses happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned and the sunlight is refracted, giving the moon bright red color, like blood. Continue reading
Space “elevator” is one of the oldest dreams of science fiction, but the possibility of actual construction has been considered for years as it will greatly facilitate the activity in space. In the case of LiftPort Group (Seattle), such a concept is considered for transporting goods to and from the Moon.
According to a report at space.com, such a program should be built using the existing technology and based on simple principles. The basic idea is a “vehicle” which will move up and down on a wire connected to the surface of the Moon, making landings soft and smooth.
In particular, the vision of LiftPort Group includes the missile launch from Earth in a special space station (PicoGravity Laboratory) located in a … read more
Any arguments on the subject of extraterrestrial intelligence have always triggered a lot of assumptive statements. Whether they exist. Whether they are advanced. Whether they are intelligent. Whether they have reached the stage of civilization and technological progress. Whether they have been developing in the same way as we do on Earth … One way or another, our planet gives us the only known example of existence of life so far, and having no precise data about other life forms, we can only speculate about extraterrestrial life.
But if we rely on all of these assumptions, and accept that extraterrestrial life exists in Continue reading
October 7, 2013 Draconid meteor shower
Northern hemisphere is the best place to observe Drakonids. Contrary to the most other meteor showers, Draconids are best seen late in the evening, than early in the morning. Most of the time, this meteor shower is not very intense, although sometimes there are bursts when several hundred meteors per hour can show in the sky. Moon is not expected to interfere with observations, so be ready to watch Draconids in the evening of 7 and 8 October. Continue reading
Despite science has made significant discoveries on issues about our planet and the space around it, we do not know everything about it. After so many years since the idea that the Earth is flat was abandoned, most of us probably believe that now we have all the necessary scientific knowledge about our planet. Well, check out the following statements:
1. The origin of the word «Earth»
All other planets in our solar system are named after Greek and Roman gods, except our planet. The English word «Earth» comes from the Anglo-Saxon word «Erda», which means “land” or “soil”. Ironically, 71% of the Earth is covered by water and is the only known planet that has this ‘precious’ matter in liquid form. Continue reading
Earth is constantly changing. The future of our planet is going to be more than interesting, but also full of chaos. The following list shows the top ten events that are likely to happen to the Earth in the distant future.
1. New ocean (10 million years)
The Afar depression is one of the hottest places on Earth, where the surface is only 20 km away from a boiling hot magma, and the ground is slowly thinning due to tectonic movements. In 10 million years from now, when the geological activity ceases, Continue reading
We all have some views based on personal experience, education, media and opinion of those around us. We accept many of the ideas associated with science as a fact, although they have long been disproved. Here are some of the most common science myths that we all face.
1. North Star is the brightest star
Polaris (North Star) is not the brightest star in the night sky, as many people believe. Approximately, it is in the 50th place in the ranking of stars by brightness. Polaris is easy to see since the Earth’s axis is almost directed at it. At night, the North Star remains in the same point and points northward all year round. The brightest visible star (after the Sun of course) is Continue reading
What would happen if…
1 …the Earth was twice as big?
If the diameter of the planet was 16,000 km, its mass would be 8 times as big, and the force of gravity would increase twice. All the existing plants and animals would have died under the weight of their body weight, and new species would emerge. Continue reading
Sometimes it may seem that our natural satellite approaches us, but the truth is that it slowly gets away from our planet. Once the Moon was very close to the Earth, but it does not approach more because the gravitational interaction and the angular momentum between the two planets have resulted in the transfer of energy from the Earth to the Moon. So our satellite’s orbit constantly gets larger at a speed 38 mm per year. Continue reading
According to British experts, the belief that the full moon brings us to “madness” is a myth.
The full moon of August 31 was the second full moon of the month and is an event that occurs about every 2.7 years. The next ‘twin’ moons are expected to illuminate the summer sky in 2015.
So some people recommend staying at home at the full moon night to avoid social interactions and possible conflicts, but experts say that the full moon’s effect on human psychology can not be verified scientifically. Continue reading