Space is big, and when I say big it's really really big. The size of the observable universe is 93 billion light years. To put that in perspective consider this: light travels at a speed of 299,792,458 m/s. So light can circle the equator of the Earth 7 times in one second!! A light year … Continue reading Icarus: The farthest star from home
In the last post of this two-part series, we visited some of the strongest and biggest storms ever seen in the Universe. When you thought it couldn't get any worser, some more storms show up and blow everything off the charts!! Get ready, as we journey through some of the weirdest and strongest storms supposedly … Continue reading The mightiest winds in the Universe: Part 2
The Sun is the central star and the holder of the Solar System. The Sun's gravity is what drives this system. It accounts for 99.86% of the mass in the entire Solar System. And most importantly, the Sun is the reason for the emergence of life on Earth. However, when we look at the big … Continue reading The Sun
Some of the most destructive forces on Earth are storms. Tornadoes, hurricanes, cyclones, supercell are some of the nightmarish events one can dream about. The very sight of these monsters is of great majesty and power. But what if I told you that the storms we experience here on Earth, is just a light morning … Continue reading The mightiest winds in the Universe: Part 1
When we look out into the vastness of the void, we are overwhelmed the sheer size of it. Tucked away into a little corner, is us, on a small blue marble, suspended in a sunbeam. The Sun and the family of 8 planets, stranded in a forgotten corner of the Milky Way galaxy is what we … Continue reading Our Solar System
There are many 'end of the world' scenarios that are commonly discussed. Like a meteor crash on Earth, we humans nuking ourselves to death, alien invasion and so on. But a meteor, we can destroy, nuclear war, we can avoid and aliens, they ain't travelling far and wide for war right? While most of these … Continue reading Vacuum decay: The end of everything
We start our new year with a rather strange star (the name itself is rather strange). Those of you who like tongue twisters, may have your go at pronouncing its name. Its called Przybylski's star. Go on, try it. If you succeeded then you are a superhuman, if not, you are normal. Let us make … Continue reading Przybylski’s Star: An alien garbage dump?