“A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space,” wrote Einstein in 1950. “He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical illusion of consciousness.” It’s a brilliant and fascinating perspective, and science tells us that it’s true. Our eyes inform us that there is a definite boundary between us and the world around us, and so we perceive ourselves as entities separate to the wider universe—as individuals just making our home in this vast place. But when we take a step back, we can see that we’re molecular machines built from a specific arrange
ments of atoms—atoms that existed before we were born and will continue to exist after we die. They were recycled from the dust of dead stars, and we’re only their temporary custodians. Fundamentally, each of us is just a tiny individual expression of an enormous singular entity—so we are the universe perceiving and studying itself. The idea that the individual and the universe are inseparable is a humbling, counter-intuitive and ultimately awe-inspiring idea—there’s a mad kind of beauty in knowing that we do not live in the universe, but rather we are the universe. As Feynman wrote: “I…a universe of atoms…an atom in the universe.”
This animation of radar images shows the
Tiangong-1 space station tumbling out of control on March 27th, 2018. The re-entry will be on or around April 1st, located somewhere
between 43°N and 43°S. It is expected that at least some of the 8.5 ton spacecraft will impact the Earth’s surface.
Jupiter’s atmosphere is full of enduring mysteries, and its poles are no exception. Instruments aboard the Juno spacecraft have gotten a better look at Jupiter’s North and South poles than any previous
mission, and what they’ve found raises even more questions. Both of Jupiter’s poles feature a central cyclone ringed by other, similarly-sized cyclones. The North pole has eight outer cyclones (top image), while the South pole has five (bottom image), shown above in infrared. Despite being close enough that their spiral arms intersect, the cyclones don’t seem to be merging into something like Saturn’s polar hexagon. For now, scientists don’t know how this arrangement formed or why it persists, but the longer Juno can study the vortices up close, the more we’ll learn. (Imag
e credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM; research credit: A. Adriani et al.; submitted by Kam-Yung Soh)
Ok, so SpaceX and Elon Musk launched Tesla Roadster into space. What a time to be alive,
but imagine what can happen years into the future. Here’s my little tribute to that successful Falcon Heavy demo flight :)
“Sir, our scans indicate it’s a… ehmm, a car?”
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