Out of this World

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been somewhat fascinated with outer space to some degree. Even those who have spent their whole life in the light polluted cities still have a tendency to look up and wonder.

If you haven’t seen some of the pictures the Hubble takes, you are truly missing out. It has been up there for 20 years and still discovers new things all the time. The images are always stunning. I was lucky enough to get into the packed astronomy class my sophmore year of college. The school has a small observatory with a projection room that shows a replica of the nightsky up (for when we couldn’t use the actual telescope due to weather). They incorporated Hubble images into the display and the teach could zoom into different parts of the sky so sudden a galaxy could be right above you. Definitely the coolest class ever.

And then there is always the question of if there is life out there. Just given the staggering number of stars, even when you narrow it down by stars with planets, and planets that match the details of ours and you still have a lot of chances that there could be life out there. There’s even speculation that it could be as close as a couple planets away (or more specifically inside something circling a planet just a couple over). Yeah, inside. Jupiter has a moon made of ice. Jupiter’s gravity pulls so much on this moon that the ice on its surface is constantly changing and it is thought to be liquid inside. Given the extreme conditions we find life thriving in on our own planet, it’s not hard to imagine that inside this moon could be a quite the surprises.

Things like this is what science fiction lives on. It explores all the what ifs and runs with them. Colonies on other planets, far flung space stations and encounters with this so other and then again just same enough to show us something about ourselves.

And did you know you can actually follow Nasa on Twitter?

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The Antithesis Progression – Kind of like the American Revolution in space.

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Escape Pod – Audio science fiction anthology (just passed their 200th episode not to long ago)