For centuries, the nature of light has been a source of much wonder and study. The fascinating nature of light lends the spectacular vividness to the natural world that our senses perceive. The colour of the sky embellished with bluish and reddish hues, the glittering mosaic of rainbow layers bejeweled with iridescence, and the glamoring […]Read more "A Brief History of Light"
As transient lifeforms, we are normally not fully equipped to apprehend the unimaginable stretches of space around us. This is largely due to the limits of perception imposed by our own brains. What our senses define and register is nothing but a mere figment of the entire vastness of the universe around us. As time went on […]Read more "How Big Is the Universe?"
Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction masterpiece Rendezvous with Rama opens up with the words: “Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. …In those days, there was nothing that men could do to protect themselves against the last random shots in the cosmic bombardment that had once scarred the face of the Moon. The meteorites […]Read more "The Threat of Asteroids"
Mark your calendars! An astronomical phenomenon of great significance will occur this Monday on May 9th. Mercury will cross the sun for the first time since 2006. The transit of Mercury occurs when Mercury passes between the sun and the Earth (inferior conjunction), since of course Mercury is closer to the sun than we are. […]Read more "Transit of Mercury On May 9th"
“What a delightful irony it will be if the real age of sail has yet to dawn – not only on the oceans of Earth, but also in the far wider seas of space” This is how Arthur C. Clarke envisioned the future of interstellar exploration in the great anthology of essays, poems, and essays […]Read more "A Sail Through the Cosmos"
I am writing this post to being awareness to a recurrent Mars hoax that keeps resurfacing every year on social media. Today, I came upon this Facebook post which was shared more than 40,000 times. This classic perpetually recurring hoax keeps presenting itself rather inconveniently every year. It is complete nonsense. Mars has already made its […]Read more "A Recurrent Mars Hoax"
This is Van Gogh’s Starry Nights – A magical painting alive with dazzling stars, moons, and nebulae. So magnificent and overwhelming that they render the houses insignificant and inconspicuous. A wonderful piece of work that presents us with a distorted view of the landscape so as to choose the sky as the most dominant area […]Read more "The Starry Night"