The good news on Star Wars in the real world does not cease. After one of the Mars rovers clearly spotted the Mos Eisley Cantina Band, it now also seems like a planet like Tatooine might actually exist.
Tatooine famously orbits a binary star (see header image) and it was thought that binary stars could not have planets because the gravity of the binary star would prevent planets in the habitable zone from forming. But now it seems that our telescopes have actually spotted evidence which hints at the existance of rocky planets around binary stars in their habitable zone.
Yes, Tatooine might be out there, but so far, things are not as great as they sound. but the gentleman here can explain this much better than I can:
In today’s episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast I have the great pleasure of chatting with one of my oldest international contacts in the Steampunk scene: Jo Lima from Portugal. Since we have known each other for quite a while, a lot has happened and Jo is no longer active in the Portuguese Steampunk scene.
Real life has „forced“ her to become a planetary scientist (to my everlasting envy) and she is currently working on her PhD thesis in Madrid.
Our chat mainly concerns astronomy and planetary science, please enjoy!
Well, well, 2017… You are hardly four weeks old and from a very personal perspective, you have already had a major impact on my life. In a good way.
Let me take a few steps back in time to a time before I started this blog, before I had heard of Steampunk but was already a Cthulhu cultist, as this thesis paper (German) clearely shows.
Back in those days, I worked as a teacher but had to leave teaching for a reason that was beyond my controle. I went into the more tech-related side of online marketing, first more focused on newsletters, then SEO. I have been doing SEO for nine years now but not anymore.
I have come full circle and will be a teacher again, which I have been wanting to do for the past four years but only now got the opportunity.
The subject matters I will teach will be different, I will no longer be requiered to teach accounting (which I hate) but will instead teach sociology and politics. I will still be teaching English (yay!) and will also be teaching IT (even more yay!).
Now, this of course means the whole STEAM vs STEM debate I contributed my own thoughts to is going to haunt me, since IT is part of the STEM cluster. Obviously, I will do my best to teach not only the skill but also the art of coding (or at least try to). My time to do this will be limited, since IT is not a big topic in the schools here, but I can always offer extra lessons after classes ended, do something like a coding club or maybe I can come up with something really creative.
This also means that I will have to do some teacher training again, also afeter school which means in the near future, the update frequency of the blog will decrease (at least for the next 1 1/2 – 2 years) but it will hopefully not go dormant entirely.
At least you know I am engaged otherwise doing something I love.
I would like to recommend the Youtube channel of Isaac Arthur to you. It concerns itself with various aspects of futurism, tackling everything from technological utopias, eco-friendly archologies and transhumanism to interstellar colonization and megastructures.
All videos cover their respective subject in depth and carry lots of information, and they are all extremely fascinating.
Here is the playlist for megastructures (i.e. Dyson Spheres and the like). Please enjoy and have your minds blown:
Bill Nye, head of the Planetary Society and all around excellent guy has put out a call to the members of the society to reach out and share there love for space with the world in general.
Using the hash tag #SpaceLoveStory the members should just share exactly that: The story of how they fell in love with space. I have been in love with space for a very long time and the love only grows. After all, we are all connected with the rest of the universe in some way and we are literally the children of a super nova. Yes, that is true. The elements our planet and we are made of can only be formed in the very heart of a supernova. So thank a long forgotten dead star for your existance!
Doomsday scenarios are a common trope in science fiction of all media types and most of us can list a few of them out of the top of our heads. Common ones are:
Global war of one sort or another (nuclear, biological, a mix of it all)
The sun goes nova prematurely
The sun turns dark prematurely
The Maya calendar malfunctions
I could go on.
Most of those scenarios are pretty localized in scope, i.e. destroying (in order of growing magnitude) human civilization, mankind as a whole, the Earth, the entire Solar System (or at least making Earth and/or the Solar System uninhabitable for humans). The Solar System, however, is where things usually end on the apocalypse scale.
Now, in comes science, painting a scenario that could possibly be the end of THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. I am not talking about the Cold Death of the universe when all the stars have vanished and the last black hole has evaporated due to Hawking radiation. This ( in about 102500 years, just think about that number. The current age is 1.4 * 1013years). The Cold Death actually means the universe still exist but the temperature would for all purposes be absolute zero (0 Kelvin, −273.15 °C, −459.67 °F ) but it would still be there.
There is another scenario, that would actually simply annihilate our universe (and could theoretically be going on right now in some distant part of it already). This scenario assumes that the vacuum state of the Higg’s Boson is a false vacuum. If this is the case, we are all doomed sooner or later.
If you are confused now, because of all these weird terms, watch this video:
Rosetta, ESA’s 12 year mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has come to an end with an epic finale. The Rosetta probe has crash-landed on the comet and thus joined the lander Philae, it successfully deployed there on November 12th 2014.
One of the most ambitious space missions in human history has come to an end and I raise my glass to taost everyone involved and especially the Philae lander and the Rosetta probe.
This is the video of the final moments of the mission, you can watch it with a heavy and a joyful heart at the same time:
A few weeks back I already hinted at me delving into the matter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) versus STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) as an educational paradigm.
I have since done some research whcih has gone into the podcast, so please, have a listen!
Special thanks to my friend and now Patron Bonsart Bokel of Radio Retrofuture. Please consider becoming his patron, he is really putting an incredible amount of work into his channel.