Sunday, June 24, 2012

Most Amazing Space Facts!

Welcome back to Galactic Astrodub! Today I bring you the natural wonders of space.

It's normal to think as space as boring, the planets in our solar system appear to be empty rocks or balls of gas; you'll find a whole lot of nothing before you get to the next star while in the meantime Hollywood is making it seem like there's monsters and aliens that probe. When the real space is actually much; much weirder.

1.  One of the universe biggest showoff actually used to be a star, it started off life as one of two parts of a binary star. The larger twin made like an atom bomb and supernova-ed. What was left behind was just a pulsating star (Pulsar) and a white dwarf. The dwarf stabilized just far enough away from its brother to lose matter to it but kept it's carbon core. Carbon is a ton of heat and pressure away from becoming a diamond. On Earth this happens naturally with underground pressure. In this particular spot in space the conditions were just right for the entire interior of the former star to harden, crystallize and turn into a planet sized gem.

2. Scientists have found a huge pool of water floating freely out in the cosmos. This massive reservoir of floating space water vapor is the biggest collection of water in our galaxy. It's 100,000 times larger than the sun and holds 140 trillion times more water than all of our oceans combined.

3. For a while scientists have known that lightning isn't unique to Earth because they've observed lightning on Mars and Saturn. What they didn't know is that lightning can hit anywhere in space with a force equal to a trillion lightning bolts. Imagine a bolt of lightning 50% longer than the milky way galaxy.

4. One of the very first lessons you learned about the cosmos in school was that the sun is hot. The surface of the sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and several thousand times hotter at the core. Recently scientists discovered that not every sun is hot. They found one that is 20 degrees hotter than a cup of coffee and even weirder they found one that is only 80 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning we could land on it in space helmet and shorts. It's known as a brown dwarf and these little guys begin their lives like a normal star but lack the mass to undergo hydrogen fusion, which releases energy from a star in the form of heat.

5. One of the most difficult parts about space is grasping the sense of scale since it really is so unique we see something that size in its entirety. Our sun is 109 times larger than earth and if you gathered all the mass in our solar system; the sun would still contain 99% of that mass. Now imagine a star that is as big compared to the sun as the sun is to the Earth. It is almost impossible to show the scale because the solar system wouldn't even take up a pixel next to this sun. VY Canis Majoris is a red hypergiant roughly 1.7 billion miles in diameter which means it takes eight hours for its own light to travel from one side to the other. It's also a million times brighter than our sun and it's so far away that scientists haven't had much time to study it.

6. We used to be taught that we were a form of time travelers. We're told that the sunlight all around us is from over eight minutes ago, and by glancing up at the sky we are viewing the past. Telescopes have continually progressed and with progression comes new data and images; and their getting stranger and stranger.  The random blob floating around space is made up of gas (we think). The galactic gas cluster spans across 200 million light years; and it took nearly 12 billion years to reach our retinas, meaning that it is essentially a chunk of whatever blew off from the big bang. Inside this gas bubble lays galaxies that are clumped together, four times closer than the rest of the universe.

I hope you all enjoyed the read!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Oz Pinoy has a great, unique perspective on life; Your mind is like a fertile garden, whatever you think is what you plant in it; what you think is what you are and if you don't maintain the garden it will start to grow weeds (negativity) so you must fertilize the positive thoughts with sunshine and water and food (positive friends). He also mentions that the mind will sub conciously eavesdrop on actions and words that you make so thinking positively only goes so far; you also need to act and be positive and then you will start to fertilize your goal.
Remember to think positively!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Easter Island Mystery Cracked + 2 New Planets!

Hello and welcome back to Galactic Astrodub!

Scientists have discovered 2 new planets with NASA's Kepler Mission. Each planet shares nothing with the other as densities and compositions are completely different and are locked in close orbit so the other planet would appear much bigger than the moon appears to us (would make for one hell of a sunset). One of the planets is rocky and about 1.5x the size of earth while the other is a lot like Neptune and is consisted of gas and is 3.7x the size of earth located 1,200 light years away.

Scientists have recently figured out how the statues of Easter Island actually got to the coast.. Turns out they walked.

RedBull Zipline + Paraglide + Winch

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One of the greatest ideas and most amazing videos. There's so many possible risks that were nearly missed. RedBull never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Amazing Space Chart!

Welcome back to Galactic Astrodub & Happy Go Skateboarding Day!

This chart always opens my eyes to possibilities of other life in this galaxy or possible other homes for earthly residents. We only have discovered and really researched a fraction of planets in our solar system; to think that we know of the existence but not the enviroment to each. With better telescopes that will change.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Most Astounding Fact (Neil Degrasse Tyson)

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I find Neil Degrasse Tyson to be one of the most inspiring and influential speakers I've ever had the chance to listen to. I am a graphic designer and art is about portraying emotion; in this case Neil's art is his intellect and ever expanding mind and in this video he definitely portrays emotion about how connected to the universe we truly are.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012