Earth 2.0 – Plan B for Mankind

Looks like there might just be a Plan B for when we eventually gas ourselves out of our own planet or those apocalyptic zombie films finally make good on their promise to obliterate mankind. Astronomers have discovered a planet that – upon preliminary investigation – would appear to be so similar to our own that there’s a very real possibility it could be fit for human habitation. This comes as great news, because by the time we are forced to move planets (and the technology for interstellar travel has been invented), local asteroid-defeating hero, Bruce Willis, will be long dead. Hooray for Plan B!

Video Source: “Could we move to Earth 2.0?” uploaded by Science Channel to YouTube channel https://youtu.be/fdksRkeBcNU

“The First Man In Space” – a NASA Parody

This video was submitted to me a few days ago by one of Why? Because Science‘s enthusiasts, Lena Brooks. It’s a funny short by her sketch comedy group called Naptime Comedy and I thought it was so amusing (and well done) that it deserves a share…

Video Source: “The First Man In Space” by Naptime Comedy on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2WJdjJfcNM&feature=youtu.be

Pluto is Avenged: Evidence of Ninth Planet Found!

Just when you got over the news that Pluto is no longer considered a planet, comes the compelling evidence that our solar system may indeed have a ninth planet that is considerably larger than Earth! The reason we haven’t picked up on its presence yet is because it lies a staggering distance from the sun and has an orbital period (time it takes to bumble its way around the sun) of 20,000 years! Check out the very interesting findings and discussions of the team at Caltech…

Video Source: “Evidence of a Ninth Planet” uploaded by caltech to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=6poHQ2h00ZA

Cool Things Col. Hadfield Taught Us About Space Livin’

Colonel Chris Hadfield is pretty much the modern face of space exploration. In this video and others that have been uploaded to YouTube, he demonstrates the awesomeness of zero gravity and the various peculiars of space living, answering age-old questions asked by children everywhere: How do you sleep in space? How do you wash your hands? What food do you eat?

Video Source: “Cool Things Col. Chris Hadfield Taught Us About Space” Uploaded by Mixtape Master on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy50lRbOpW8

How Black Holes Are Born

In this cool video, we learn how black holes are created from the death of massive stars, leaving behind a collapsed star so dense and with such skull-crushing gravity that not even LIGHT can escape it! Here’s a cool fact… if you were floating towards a black hole, the atoms in your feet would accelerate towards it faster than the atoms in your head and so effectively, you would be instantaneously ripped apart. Fun!

Video Source: “The Birth of a Black Hole” Uploaded by Alexander Guseff to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=8grTbzAo0PA.

If The Planets Took The Place of Our Moon…

Ever wonder what the view of Mars would be if it were as close to us as our moon? Would it glow a belligerent red in our night sky and confuse moths the world over? How about Neptune: would it cast a seductive blue glow over the body of your lover as she lies recovering from a delicious round of rodgering? Now imagine Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet with moons that are twice/thrice the size of ours… what would they all look like if they had to take the place of our moon, without cataclysmically affecting life on our planet? This video answers that question…

Video Source: Uploaded by yeti dynamics to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=usYC_Z36rHw

 

 

View Of Our Night Sky in 3.5 Billion Years (give or take a year)

Beautiful view of the night sky

7 Ridiculously Cool Pictures of Space

# 1: Earth’s true distance from the moon. It takes a space shuttle about three days to cross this yawning chasm of space, which measures approximately 238,900 miles or 384,400 km across.

enhanced-buzz-wide-2723-1420723206-7Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Earth-Moon.png

# 2: A view up Jupiter’s skirts. Here we see Jupiter’s south pole and the many concentric rings that represent the planet’s different atmospheric pressure zones. The transitional areas between these zones feature great instability and are the source of Jupiter’s notoriously vicious and persistent super storms, called “hypercanes.” That’s like a hurricane on steroids. The most famous of these hypercanes is the “Great Red Spot,” which has been raging on for many centuries, although apparently it is decreasing in size.

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute / Via nasa.gov

# 3: Every single dot you see in this picture is a galaxy. Makes you feel small, doesn’t it?

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team / Via hubblesite.org

# 4: Sunrise from Mars. It’s interesting to see the size of the sun from the perspective of Red Planet, as opposed to from Earth.

Amazing sunset on MarsImage Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU / Via jpl.nasa.gov

# 5: The thickness of Earth’s atmosphere. Just a thin blue blanket of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and other trace gases is all that separates us from the vacuum of space.

Beautiful Earth from spaceImage Source: NASA / Via lasp.colorado.edu

# 6: When two spiral galaxies collide… the greatest show on Earth (as seen through a super powerful telescope, of course). In a few billion year’s time, our own galaxy is predicted to collide with our closest galactic neighbour, Andromeda.

Amazing galaxy picturesImage Source: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

# 7: View of Earth from Mars. I.e. no view.

Amazing space picturesImage Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU / Via jpl.nasa.gov