This is quite a long read but that is both appropriate and relative because the Universe's lifespan is also long, I mean LOOOOONG. Never has the phrase "as old as time" been quite so appropriate as it is when talking about the age of Universe. It would be fair to say the Universe is long... Continue Reading →
How we know there are HUNDREDS of alien civilisations in our galaxy.
In 1961, the first meeting of SETI was called. If you are unfamiliar with SETI, it stands for the 'Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intellegence' and it does what it is says on the tin really, searches for extraterrestrial intelligence or aliens. Now the problem was where to start, the Universe is huge, the galaxy even is... Continue Reading →
With a bang or a whimper? How the Universe will end.
The fate of the Universe ultimately depends on how much stuff is in it, how fast it is expanding at the moment and scientists favourite fudge factor, dark energy (otherwise known as the cosmological constant). Now the nature of dark energy, or similarly dark matter, is unknown. In fact whether they exist at all has... Continue Reading →
Why Venus is the odd kid on the block.
Our solar system formed from a huge cloud of dust and gas, that was probably a remnant of a huge star that decided to opt for bang rather than whimper in leaving this universe. As this maelstrom a star guts began to collapse in on itself under the relentless pull of gravity it started to... Continue Reading →
Easy ways to create artificial gravity on a spaceship
I use the word easy based on the fact that if you have successfully built a spaceship the next steps should be a doddle. If you've never even built an IKEA bookcase then you may need another adjective. First out of the blocks we could simply use another force in place of gravity. Electromagnetism is... Continue Reading →
Is the Earth really round…?
Scientists would have us believe that the Earth is round, but is it actually round?
Can we travel to a planet orbiting another star?
Your life is falling apart, your carefully laid life plans have gone awry and you're feeling blue, very blue. You had hit rock bottom only for a social media earthquake to reveal that "rock bottom" was in fact only about half way down. You need a new start, maybe a new country? A new country?... Continue Reading →
Is inflation a successful theory in explaining the issues not answered by the standard Big Bang theory?
The Big Bang model of our early universe has been widely accepted in the scientific community since the discovery of cosmic background radiation in 1965.[ However, certain aspects of our universe, whilst not in direct conflict with the big bang model, are not explained by it; the horizon problem and the flatness problem. Inflation was... Continue Reading →