Tag Archives: UNIVERSE

DEEP OR FAR SPACE NEWS (a)

A) APM 08279+5255 – The Largest Water Mass In The Universe (So Far) Astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe in a quasar called APM 08279+5255 – enough water to fill Earth’s oceans … Continue reading

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ANCIENT HELLEENES ASTRONOMERS 3

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  6/06/18) Aratus (/əˈreɪtəs/; Greek: Ἄρατος ὁ Σολεύς; c. 315 BC/310 BC – 240) was a Greekdidacticpoet. His major extant work is his hexameter poem Phenomena (Ancient Greek: Φαινόμενα, Phainómena, “Appearances”; Latin: Phaenomena), the first half of which is a verse setting of a lost work of the same … Continue reading

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What is Astronomy? (x)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  28/06/18) The Lives of Stars How do you figure out the life history of stars? How can we determine the typical history of a person? We could watch a person live out their whole life. But that … Continue reading

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SYSTEMS OF THE UNI-VERSE / СИСТИМАТА ТОУ СИN-ПАНТОС / ΣΥΣΤΕΜΙ ΒΣΕΛΕΝΝΟΗ (c)

(being continued from 20/06/18) The Aztec Universe THE AZTEC WORLD-PICTURE (Plate XXXIII) is the first sheet of the “Night Side” of the Codex Ferjérváry-Mayer, an old Mexican painted book now in the Free Public Museums at Liverpool. The foundation for … Continue reading

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THE REASON FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO EXPLAIN IS THAT ANOTHER THEORY MUST BE INVENTED

A radioactive isotope one billion times older than the Universe! A radioactive isotope one billion times older than the Universe!An international team of researchers, including six scientists from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), … Continue reading

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BLAZARS bl (lacertae object) + (qu)asar

BLAZARS There’s a list out there somewhere of the most extreme things in the Universe. Blazars must certainly be on that list. Astronomers used to think that blazars were variable stars, but strangely, they didn’t change in brightness in any … Continue reading

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ANCIENT HELLEENES ASTRONOMERS 2

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  30/06/17) Agrippa (Greek: Ἀγρίππας; fl. 92 AD) was a Greekastronomer. The only thing that is known about him regards an astronomical observation that he made in 92 AD, which is cited by Ptolemy (Almagest, VII, 3). Ptolemy writes … Continue reading

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What is Astronomy? (ix)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  11/06/17) Solar Neutrinos Stars and their Properties Distance Use trigonometric parallax (triangulation) for nearby stars. Parallax = angle subtended (i.e., covered) by 1 A.U., the distance from Earth to the Sun. (1/2 of the diameter of Earth’s … Continue reading

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SYSTEMS OF THE UNI-VERSE / СИСТИМАТА ТОУ СИN-ПАНТОС / ΣΥΣΤΕΜΙ ΒΣΕΛΕΝΝΟΗ (b)

(being continued from 2/06/17) The Square Earth of Cosmas Indicopleutes ONE OF THE STRANGEST OF WORLDS is the Square Earth of Cosmas Indicopleustes, an Egyptian monk of the sixth century A.D., who expended an astonishing ingenuity upon the development of … Continue reading

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SYSTEMS OF THE UNI-VERSE / СИСТИМАТА ТОУ СИN-ПАНТОС / ΣΥΣΤΕΜΙ ΒΣΕΛΕΝΝΟΗ (a)

WHEN THE GREEKS IN THE SIXTH CENTURY B.C. took up the study of the universe, its systems multiplied. The order of the orbits of the heavenly bodies, above all, their disorder, fascinated the Greek mind. Eclipses occurred, but how? A … Continue reading

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ANCIENT HELLEENES ASTRONOMERS 1

The true woman who possesses exceeding wisdom,She consults a tablet of lapis lazuliShe gives advice to all lands…She measures off the heavens,She places the measuring-cords on the earth. poem ‘Exultation of Inanna’ EN HEDU’ANNA,astronomer priestess of the Moon Goddess (circa … Continue reading

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What is Astronomy? (viii)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  15/05/16) Forces The Standard Model predicts that there are Four fundamental forces of Nature. Each of the forces is moderated by a Boson. Gravity is by far the weakest of the forces, but because the 2 nuclear … Continue reading

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What is Astronomy? (vii)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  15/07/15) The Sun: The Nearest Star Photosphere: The Sun’s visible “surface”. It’s the lowest level of the Sun’s atmosphere. Its diameter is about 1.4 x 106 km (0.5° in the sky). In the core the temperature is … Continue reading

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THE DODEKA–HEDRO UNIVERSE IS A REALITY

Universe is Finite, “Soccer Ball”-Shaped, Study Hints What is the shape of the universe? The question has tantalized humankind since civilization first gazed toward the heavens. Theories about whether space is finite or infinite, flat or curved have blazed in … Continue reading

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What is Astronomy? (vi)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 18/01/14) IV: The Solar System Lecture 8 Telescopes Analysis of light is by far the major way in which astronomers gather information about the Universe. So, we need to collect as much as possible and study it … Continue reading

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