By Sky trackers and Astronomy researchers club, Bhopal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My Fantasy and Reality of Space Exploration

I have always had an interest close to my heart for astronomy and space exploration.

As long as I can remember, I would imagine exploring the vast universe.

As a kid, my milk and cookies was star gazing. In my early teens, I made my own star charts. Boy, do I miss that notebook.

In first grade, our class had to write a short story. Most little girls write about princesses, mermaids and whatnot. I wrote about an alien abduction and zipping through space.  I had detailed illustrations of the aliens, spacecrafts, and objects in space. I wish I still had this little booklet to share with you all, but unfortunately I do not.

My fantasy as a kid was an idea of space exploration…an idea that insinuated that space exploration would be fast tracked as I grew older.  Our technology has improved drastically, but I thought we would be a little farther than we really are today in terms of our limitations here on this planet.

Through the years, my observance and studies have amplified from fantasy to reality.

While I expected humans to be on Mars by now, today’s reality with our rovers and other cute space bots perplex us with some of the most gorgeous photos of local and far away planets as well as the distant galaxies.

I cannot get enough of the rovers we have landed on Mars, especially the Curiosity Rover! I love that little -ahem- big guy!!

It is so awesome that our world has this capability – I hope to see a thriving community on Mars before I die…just maybe!

True Color of an Alien Planet Revealed for the First Time

I’m so excited about this news!!!

Say hello to “Beautiful Blue” (63 light-years away) – HD 189733b…this wonderful world doesn’t rain water..oh no. When it rains..it is glass! Can you imagine??

The day and night temperatures of this amazing place have a 500 degree difference that cause 4,350 mile per hour winds! That could rip all the skin off my bones! Yikes!

Even though this planet may look like Earth, it is nothing like it. It is suspected to be a gas giant that orbits very close to its star. These are what scientists call “Hot Giants”.

You can read more at Space.com!

Lost in a Grain of Sand in the Vastness of Our Universe

Our world is such a small place in this infinite thing we call the universe.  Who knows – there could be alternate universes that just make us all the more insignificant. Did I make you feel small?

I know I do.

Astronomy is one of my favorite subjects to chime on about and I have some interesting things to share. But, first…check out this video!

To even come close to understanding how big the universe truly is, check out Scale of Universe.  This interactive activity shows you the scale of our world and universe.

If we can only partially observe the universe, how do we know that it is that much of an area that we can observe? I know the big bang theory may support how fast objects are moving from a point in which we could make an estimate on the area of the universe. But, science has been wrong before; hence, it’s just a THEORY.  I ponder on this idea once in a while and wonder if there is really multiple planes of universes and do they co-exist or new ones appear after other universes have disappeared?

Look at this picture below and tell me they don’t look like similar!! I’ve always found this observance interesting.  Is our universe…a brain??

http://www.flickr.com/photos/catr/2446650870/

I want to know, will we ever know how the universe really works?