9. The Universe, in Brief

Oct-26-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: Douglas Adams said it best, as usual, Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” A trio of pieces try to convey some of the awesome (in its original meaning) nature of our world.

* Putting the Size of the Observable Universe in Perspective Twisted Sifter

* Temporal Distortion Vimeo (Thanks, Oriah)

Featuring an original score by Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Eureka, etc) Thanks to Bear for taking the time to do this!

* Why Is The Sky Dark At Night?   Bad Astronomy  Discover Magazine

One thing educators like to say is that there are no stupid questions. I disagree, mildly: unasked questions might fit that category. Still and all, even basic questions are worth asking, and sometimes can lead to profound insight.

For example, one of my favourite questions is also one of the simplest: “Why is the sky dark at night?” The wonderful folks at Minute Physics took this query on, and show you why this question is so very important



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