Astronomers from WISE say that with the new infrared observations, Baptistina is not the responsible party leaving the Origin of the Asteroid a mystery to scientists. Immediate Impact on Earth The asteroid which collided with Earth 66 million years ago immediately created a deep hole, known as the peak ring, with an area of 100 kilometres wide and 30 kilometres deep, leaving the crater mainly under sea. Just after the impact deep granite bedrock, in liquid form, rebounded up to 10 kilometres tall before falling into a circular ridge. Next, the peak ring was enclosed in a layer of rocks, called a breccia, that contains bits of broken rock and impact melt. The Chicxulub asteroid originally landed near the town of Chicxulub which is where the asteroid got its name.
Space exploration has long been a debated topic. From the days where there was controversy between whether the universe revolved around the Earth, because god made humans special, to whether Copernicus’s idea that the Earth and the other planets of the solar system revolve around the sun was true. Then there was the space race where there was a dilemma based on what was ethical to be produced and sent to space (such as weaponry during the cold war). The more contemporary problem involves the exploration of space and the danger that space debris poses. We must accept however that space is our back-up plan if we were to exploit the Earth to such an extent that we could no longer survive here.
This encounter will be a precedent for all UFO sightings in the future to live up too. This encounter is known as the “The Roswell Incident.” The Roswell incident deals with the U.S government, much deception, deceived Nevada citizens, and one thing for certain a crashed object from the sky. Although some would disagree, the Roswell Incident was the result of the government covering up extraterrestrial activity. To begin with, the most
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors would look up at the stars glowing in the night sky wondering what lies beyond our small, self-contained little world and to this day “Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims” (Wells n.p.). Many people did not understand the world during that time period so they tried to make an understanding of the world through religion. During this time period, religion shows resemblance to early cosmology as “Both dialectical dualism and eschatological dualism have a basically cosmological function - explanation of the structure of the universe” (Dualism n.p.). Many civilizations all across the world worshiped gods that came from the sky or stars. What if these gods were actually
Everything in the celestial hemisphere was monitored and recorded by the Mayans; they were considered to be astute astronomers. They believed that they could understand the force and the activities of the Gods with their signs influenced in the sky. They also believed the Moon was a Moon Goddess. I will be discussing how the Mayans use Moon observations to develop their calendars, to understand and watch the Gods and how the Moon even influenced
John Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781 while searching for double stars. There had been recent developments in Newton’s mathematics that would allow astronomers to calculate the orbits of celestial bodies and he wanted to learn more about the physical nature of stars. When he first saw Uranus through his seven-foot reflecting telescope, he thought it was a comet. Very few astronomers believed there was a possibility of more planets, other than the five they knew of, the moon, and the sun. It wasn’t until a Russian astronomer calculated the orbit of the “comet”, following a slow moving path, that it was determined that it was a planet.
Artemis, Goddess of the Moon In the midst of an otherwise completely black sheet of darkness, lies the existence of what we call the moon. This massive, gray sphere of a rock has inevitably woven itself to become an essential part of human lives. Quite frankly, it is impossible for life on Earth if the moon was not orbiting the planet, and for centuries, people have acknowledged its importance. Supernatural beings were created to be associated with it, beings that people called gods. The ancient Greeks for example, also had a patron over the moon.
Astronomers have identified and cataloged numerous asteroids in close proximity to the earth’s orbit that have the potential of causing a catastrophe to our planet. William Burrows an American scientist, author, and journalist certifies that “ Since they [astronomers] do not doubt that several [asteroids] are headed in our direction, advanced knowledge could make it possible to destroy or deflect an approaching asteroid or comet.” (Burrows, 2003). With an objective of avoiding an impending doom, the NEO (Near Earth Objects) program coordinates NASA-sponsored efforts with the astronomical community in their goal of detecting and tracking these asteroids, in which some have been identified as PHA’s (Potentially hazardous Asteroids). Let us not forget that in 1908, an asteroid was reported to have
Everyone in elementary school learns about the moon and knows that Neil Armstrong, in 1969, was the first man to lay foot on the moon. But what if he wasn’t the first person; what if no one ever landed on the moon and the landings were all a big scam? Many people believe this theory for many reasons. For starters, in the pictures and recordings it shows the American flag is flapping as if there’s wind, but in a vacuum, there physically can’t be any wind. Scientists oppose this idea by saying that it is, in fact possible, and add on by stating that the astronaut who was holding the flag was moving it.
Their purpose for building these massive structures was to serve as tombs for the deceased pharaohs and queens. In their culture, death was viewed as a new journey into another world, and the pyramids are assumed to have been the passageway to heaven, or to their afterlife. “Death meant no rest for the pharaohs of old kingdom Egypt.” According to prayers that were carved into the stone which made up the pyramids, the pharaoh ascends to the sky among the stars, and “by joining these eternal stars, the pharaoh becomes eternal. The tomb in which he was buried was the point of his departure for the sky,” according to Edwin Krupp. Today, the pyramids are not perfectly lined up with these stars simply due to precession.