The Observable Universe

Pablo Carlos Budassi created a dazzling logarithmic visualization of the observable universe in 2013:
Observable Universe in One Image

Observable Universe in One Image. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi/Wikimedia Commons

The illustration features our solar system at the very center, followed by “inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge,” according to Wikimedia Commons.
What do you think, does the image make you feel big or small in the grand scheme of things? I think it’s beautiful.
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Pluto Flyby

In anticipation of the Pluto Flyby by the New Horizon’s spacecraft on July 14; NASA is encouraging people to take and upload selfies with the hashtag #PlutoTime :

Pluto Sunlight

Pluto Sunlight

Pluto is 30 times further away from the Sun than Earth; so you can calculate how bright a day on Pluto is, based on your noon-time with NASA’s new app. Calculate your Pluto time here!

The Sun only rises every 6 days on Pluto; and it’s light is 1000 times fainter compared to it’s brightness as seen by Earth. I guess there wont be a market for sunglasses there…

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Our Oceans resemble Outer Space

Julie Gautier has directed a video called ‘Ocean Gravity’ which showcases her husband – and free diver – Guillaume Nery riding a rip current in French Polynesia’s famed Tiputa Pass:

Ocean Gravity

Ocean Gravity

Nery does not make use of any oxygen or diving equipment in the video. The rip current shows him being dragged over what seems to be a cold, lifeless, rocky planet. It is very dark and eerie, which is intentional.

Oceans resemble Outer Space

Oceans resemble Outer Space

See the full video here! 

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Superimpose Saturday #12

Japan has designed an underwater city! Over-population will be a problem in the near future; and if we can no longer build up; then we must build under:

Infra Spiral and Blue Garden

Infra Spiral and Blue Garden

Would you be concerned living in a city under the sea? I would love to visit an under-water city, but with Japan being in the earthquake/tsunami zone; i’m not sure that my stay would be permanent:

Inner Atrium and Promenade

Inner Atrium and Promenade

I’m sure the above design was inspired by some of our favorite fantasy/sci-fi water cities. Here are my top 3:

1. Rapture:

Thank you Andrew Ryan for this architectural masterpiece:

Rapture

Rapture

2. Otoh Gunga:

On the planet of Naboo the Gungans have some sophisticated bubble buildings:

Otoh Gunga

Otoh Gunga

3. Atlantica:

This magical kingdom can be found beneath the Atlantic Ocean. You’d need gills to live there, but hey 🙂

Atlantica

Atlantica

Which is your favorite underwater city (it can be from outside of my list). I bet Numenor has some cool underwater buildings since it sank 😎

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A New View of the Sun

I am one of those silly people who sometimes looks at the Sun. I know it’s bad; i don’t stare for long. It just has to do with my fixation of space. Here are some new beautiful images of our Sun taken from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

SDO Sun Images

SDO Sun Images

The ultraviolet and x-ray images received by the SDO craft are helping scientists to understand the internal motion of the giant ball of burning gas:

X Ray of Sun

X Ray of Sun

If you would like to see more stunning images of our star; including timelapse videos; then please follow this link.

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Immortality on the Horizon

Wouldn’t it be great to be immortal? Think about it; there are going to be so many inventions/discoveries/events in the future that we will never see. In the greater scheme of things we are bound to a minuscule lifespan.

There are some creatures in nature that can heal themselves after being damaged; or they even age backwards! If we can bio-engineer a way to fuse their regenerative genes with ours; then maybe we can live longer, or forever! The creatures are:

Planarian Flatworm:

These worms are able to restore any damaged vital organ, including their brains. Experiments suggest that the enzyme responsible for the flatworms’ effective immortality is one known as telomerase. The telomeres are the protective “caps” found on the ends of chromosomes. As cells divide over and over, the telomeres start to fray (in humans). And when they get too short, the cells can no longer divide and replicate. This decay process is at the biological root of death of old age. An immortal animal (like the flatworm) is able to maintain telomere length indefinitely so that they can continue to replicate.

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Turritopsis Dohrnii:

This immortal jellyfish is only the size of your pinky fingernail when fully grown. When starvation, physical damage, or other crises arise, instead of sure death, this jellyfish transforms all of its existing cells into their juvenile polyp state. Their tentacles retract, their bodies shrink, and they sink to the ocean floor and start the cycle all over again. Among laboratory samples, all the adult Turritopsis observed regularly undergo this change. And not just once: they can do it over and over again.

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The Chinese tried to invent the elixir of life. They ended up with gunpowder (a happy accident that is responsible for taking life and not restoring it – how funny).

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The Matrix is Real?

My friends and i have debated weather or not the Matrix is real. Have you ever had a moment where you’ve zoned out on ‘auto-pilot’ mode; and then realized you’ve been in that state for like 20 minutes? You might just brush it off as day dreaming. But how about deja vu? It’s a horrible feeling when you think you’ve experienced/seen something before, yet you cannot recall any true memory to legitimize this claim. In the film; deja vu is actually a glitch in the Matrix. This forces the question; is the Matrix real?

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In the film; the world is a reality perceived by most humans, which is actually a simulated reality called “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.

This Is How Researchers Are Testing If The Matrix Is Real:

  • Just like a computer has glitches; a simulated universe would also have glitches. This means that; for example; static things in nature would drift from their constant values (the speed of light should always be the same; the orbital path of planets around the sun should more or less stay the same. If great changes were detected in the known values/measures of such things – it would raise a red flag as a glitch).
  • Most physicists assume that space is smooth and extends out infinitely. However; physicists modeling the early universe cannot easily re-create a perfectly smooth background. If space is continuous, then the direction of cosmic rays should come in from every direction equally. If we live in a simulation based on a lattice, however, then we wouldn’t see this even distribution of cosmic rays. The sad news is that astronomers need much more cosmic ray data to answer this question one way or another.

This cosmic ray test may help reveal whether we are just lines of code in an artificial Matrix, where the established rules of physics may be bent, or even broken. But if learning that truth means accepting that you may never know for sure what’s real — including yourself — would you want to know?

There is no turning back, Neo: Do you take the blue pill, or the red pill?

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