People are generally wrong. So don’t be afraid to stand out on your own with your own crazy theory on how this here world and the universe around us exists (let’s not get too conspiracy crazy though). Here are 5 ideas that were totally crazy at the time but actually turned out to be right. Like how the Earth is round…
A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image.
It can be hard to get your head around the long and complex history of the Universe. But this new timeline by Slovak graphic designer Martin Vargic does a wonderful job of describing the last 13.8 billion years of space—and what might happen in the next 10 billion, too.
The EAGLE Project isn’t some neo-Nazi project to bring a cloned Hitler to life; rather, it’s trying to simulate a universe inside a supercomputer. Yes, it’s exactly as complicated as it sounds.
I woke up today and had already seen this stunning video of space before I even saw it in real life because I’m 100% sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn’t, it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. But seriously, this digital recreation of space is what every kid imagines when they look up at a…
Previously, Kurzgesagt attempted to explain where all the aliens are by touching on The Fermi Paradox. This time around, the video explainer comes up with some possible reasons for why we haven’t found any aliens yet. We might be communicating with them wrong. They might be extinct. Maybe our technology isn’t there…
Like a celestial Rorschach test, I can see so many things when I stare at this wonderful photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s like static on a TV. Or like a crowded future city lit by buildings stacked on buildings. But what it really is is even cooler: it’s the first time pictures have been taken of…
A team of cosmologists is creating an enormous map of how dark matter is distributed across the Universe—and this is the first section to be completed.
Remember that time when you first realized that the Universe was an incredibly gigantic place, when you felt humbled and fortunate at the mere thought of existing in this vast cosmic arena? Listen to Professor Tom Burns, of Ohio Wesleyan University and Director of Perkins Observatory. He still feels that way.
The visual effects team that made Gravity look so God damn great is planning to "tell the story of the universe," using Magic Leap's augmented reality technology to create an immersive live show next year.
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. I read his books and watched the movies adapted from his books—Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 is a must watch—but I've never heard him talk. This video illustrates the audio from a 1974 interview where he shares his thoughts about science and the universe.
It's been a long time since I craved a computer program, but now I want Space Engine so much that I'm ready to buy a PC just to be able to immerse myself in it. Developed by Vladimir Romanyuk, Space Engine is a complete sandbox simulation of the Universe with mind-blowing graphics. Check this out:
The myth: You can't fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough—and enough energy—you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously.
Pour yourself a whiskey and think about this before going to sleep tonight: "What you perceive as a conscious perspective is actually a bunch of little particles banging into each other and swerving around based on the same rules that form stars, nebulae, and black holes...
You're looking back in time. A long, long, long way back in time. This is an image of a star exploding just after the Big Bang happened.
NASA has unveiled "the most colorful view of the Universe" ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Part of a study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, it's "a composite of separate exposures taken in 2003 to 2012 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3."
Hold on to your time machine seats and dive into this neat visualization of the future Earth and the universe—from one hundred years from now to 10^100 years, when the universe should shut down according to the theories based on the evidence gathered so far.
The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What's inside a black hole, how do we know the age of the sun—did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses?—and how big is the Universe.
If you're still a little confused about why everyone is talking about The Big Bang and gravitational waves and cosmic inflation and space and twists of light and so forth, it's okay. Much smarter people are taking care of answering those questions for humanity. But it's a big effing deal so us less wrinkled brain…
According to very real and totally verifiable scientific research, we might live in a multiverse. No, really. The same research that revealed the first-ever direct evidence of Big Bang inflation earlier this week also suggests the presence of alternate universes.