Arthur Clarke once wrote: Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Maybe that is why we are so vigilant and always ready to consider any object of a slightly unusual shape on the Earth or in the space for the aliens or their spacecraft. The news about the “evidence” of the aliens’ visit to the Earth fly the Internet almost every day, but they hardly represent real interest. Nevertheless, this time the situation is a bit different.
To date, about 750 thousand asteroids and comets have been found but all of them, presumably, originated in the Sun’s orbit and never flew away from it really far. But the observations of this object showed that it moves along an unclosed hyperbolic trajectory (the image below), this means that the object flew from outside of our Solar system and will soon leave it. The space object was first discovered on October 19, 2017. The name Oumuamuawas chosen by the Pan-STARRS team who discovered the asteroid, in Hawaiian it means something like the stranger who arrived first from afar, and the letter I in the full designation 1I/Oumuamua was introduced for the first time and stands for interstellar. So, Oumuamua is the first and so far the only interstellar space object discovered in the Solar System. Continue reading →
Dedicated to International Observe the Moon Night on October 28th
I have a non-scientific conjecture that the Moon appeared at that moment when the first man appeared on the Earth. Why not, it is quite possible to imagine how the God created the Moon after Adam had been departed from the Garden of Eden, with words: Keep it, it will be useful if you are starting a separate life now…
However, the first known images of the moon phases on stones are about 15K years old. In the Babylonian clay tablets, the Moon is also constantly mentioned as “…Moon is our great mentor… a measure of our Time…” In ancient Babylon the Moon was so revered that it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year. Maybe that is why the age of the people in prehistoric time can number hundreds of “years”. Continue reading →
Am I the only one here who likes Valerian and the City of a thousand planets? 🙂 Objectively, the film’s rating is not very high… But without any special sense, I just like it visually. I generally like sci-fi films, they are interesting in that they give an opportunity to observe how the human brain develops. According to the recent studies, the human brain cannot invent something by itself, in its activity it uses only the information that already received, like the computer. Everything that your brain shows you in a dream or real life, you have somewhere seen or heard. For example, you have a nightmare with a horrible stranger… Make no doubt, you saw his face, maybe on the street, or in a film, or in a picture in a book… Maybe many years ago… but your brain fixed this image and now, you are welcome, it offers you to take a look. So that, our brain invents nothing but it can manipulate images; probably, it is the best manipulator in the universe. As a matter of fact, due to these manipulations it can develop, learn something new and make discoveries. The absolutely weak point in our brain is that in most cases the brain practically cannot comprehend what it has never met before. Continue reading →
No solid theoretical explanation underlies the Titius–Bode law, but so far this regularity remains one of most curious in Astronomy. Besides, it has a rather interesting story.
Strictly speaking, the first mention of a series approximating the Titius–Bode law was found in David Gregory’s The Elements of Astronomy published in 1715. In it he says, “…supposing the distance of the Earth from the Sun to be divided into 10 equal parts, of these the distance of Mercury will be about 4, of Venus 7, of Mars 15, of Jupiter 52, and that of Saturn 95…” Continue reading →
…After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X”…
…Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto. In addition to “Planet X,” the body had garnered other nicknames, including “Nemesis” and “Tyche”… Continue reading →
October 30 Black Moon belongs to the most common type of Black Moons – 2nd New Moon in a single calendar month, they occur quite often, about once every 29 months. Another question, that Black Moon on the eve of Halloween with Moon itself in Scorpio… It is a bit weird, isn’t it? 🙂 Perhaps it is just a kind of “celestial performance” that Cosmos loves showing… Although it is worth saying that according to some sources (and I share this opinion) Moon in Scorpio is a very strong Archetype in Astrology (a thoughtform, or a combination causing the context for thinking on a certain subject and influencing our behavior) mainly associated with a major Arcanum in Tarot – the Fool, sometimes XXII, sometimes None. Continue reading →
From the astrological point of view our life can be described simply as a chain of events with a certain length. Events, in their substance, include Place, Time and some Actions; all three components are a must, otherwise events are not formed. In this triad I would describe Time as a unique impulse supporting the transfer of an element of information. From the astrological point of view any event in the material world looks like a bit of information per second/minute/hour…
The origin of Time is not quite obvious. Seems to me, Time is a flow of impulses, covering the space, while here on Earth we perceive it as a fixed cycle. We consider Time as uniform, though, by the way, the process of motion around the axis or around the Sun can be uneven… Try to imagine that your clocks sometimes move faster or slower 🙂 to avoid mistakes we have unified Time with the absolute links Continue reading →
There are several different ways to calculate eclipses, so some sources are listing August 18 event as a penumbral Lunar Eclipse. In fact, final calculations show that the Sun, Earth and Moon will be very closely aligned on this day but actually there will be no lunar eclipse, please have a look at the image. It is a very curious and unusual celestial case that may be conventionally called Almost Lunar Eclipse. Or may be Eclipse without Shadow, viewers on Earth will not be able to see the Earth’s shadow on the Moon. But the nearest Lunar Eclipse will be available for us 🙂 on September 16th, 2016. Source:http://www.timeanddate.com