Humans Interest in Space and Its Secrets
Outer Space as we know it is not changing visibly much, yet in the distance much father then we can see; activity is ongoing. Suns are collapsing, planets are forming, and space is expanding all around us far beyond our wildest dreams. Humans strive to learn how, and why the sun explode, and how the planets formed.
Humanity has long longed to the stars with wonder and amazement. Using the stars for everything from understanding our purpose, to finding our way when lost in the night, space is a large part of our daily lives. Within the last 100 years, our technology has allowed humanity to search deeper into the space surrounding our planet earth. Most people have shown more desire than others to explore the limits of our galaxy.
In the 1967 the first space flash was witnessed, and being curious humans focused on finding the reason behind it. The faint flash witnessed was the first recorded sighting of a gamma-ray burst. (Gehrels, Piro & Leonard, 2002) Something so powerful, that human could witness it 9 Billion light years away. It took upwards of 35 years of scientific and space exploration to decide on an infinitive answer for the flashes of light.
Bright Explosions in Space
Bright bursts of light seemed to coincide with supernovas and the disappearance of visible light and x-ray radiation and radio interference. It is now believed that the blinding bursts of light are solar stars imploding, but the light that is given off is misleading. Due to unknown yet reasons, some stars give off short bursts of radiation, some give off longer duration amounts. These supernovas distort their surrounding solar systems and the visible light of the gamma-ray bursts bypass us as an observer...
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...tem, all of them terribly cold. Although Pluto is too far from the Sun to ever warm to room temperature, it has organic compounds locked away inside the frozen ice makeup of the planet. As Pluto travels farther away from the sun, its atmosphere condenses and becomes harder to study. Pluto orbital period around the sun is 248 years, and its closest was back in 1989, so the period to observe Pluto is slowly closing for the next century.
Humans desire to learn the inner workings of the entire universe leads astronomers on a magically long interesting trip through our galaxy. In the desire to learn, astronomers have discovered Suns in distance solar systems growing, imploding, and shaping the solar systems around them. Pluto and the Kuiper belt allow astronomers to examine organic compounds that are left over from the beginning of our own solar system forming.
Some people call Space “The Final Frontier” but at one point all land west of the Mississippi was considered the frontier. Humans are curious people, sometimes too curious for our own good, but when we find something new we always explore and why would it be any different with space. When we explore the out reaches of space will no longer seem so small or insignificant. The idea of one day unlocking all of the Universe’s secrets, solely through our own advancements as a people, is what gives me that sense of
Space, an entire universe of planets, stars, and galaxies have sat out on earths horizon since the beginning of time. Every day we further our progress into this massive dark abyss, and consequently by furthering our technological reach we also take that next big step. We extend the range of the human race. With great power must come great responsibility, that is why The National Aeronautics and Space Administration more commonly known as NASA has officially created and filled their latest position, Planetary Protection Officer.
The theory of how quasars are created is based on the idea that the universe is expanding. Among astronomers, the popular consensus is that the Earth is in an expanding universe in which the laws of physics will hold true beyond this planet as well. G. Mark Voit, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, believes that the beginning of the universe was a time when many galaxies would be visible to the naked eye b...
Although Pluto was discovered in 1930, limited information on the distant planet delayed a realistic understanding of its characteristics. Today Pluto remains the only planet that has not been visited by a spacecraft, yet an increasing amount of information is unfolding about this peculiar planet. The uniqueness of Pluto's orbit, rotational relationship with its satellite, spin axis, and light variations all give the planet a certain appeal.
When considering this topic, one might ask themselves why explore space? We explore space to compare other planets with the earth and to study the sun, to explore the universe while finding if intelligent life exists, for satellites to improve communications, weather forecasting, navigation, resource monitoring, and “to create a focal point for a new intellectual renaissance” (Ruzic).
When you look up in the sky what do you think and what do you see, well i see hundreds of light years of exploration. We should focus on this because it could save us from asteroids.I think we should focus on space explosion because it could save us from a asteroid, it could help us learn more about the galaxy and how it works , and finally it could solve big problems on earth.
Human fascination with the stars is as ancient as Babylonians and has been suggested to be older than Stonehenge. From “be fruitful and multiply” to “live long and prosper,” the instinct to protect and propagate the species has manifested in religion, art, and the imaginations of countless individuals. As human understanding of space treks out of the fantastical and into the scientific, the realities of traveling through and living in space are becoming clearer. Exploring, investigating, and living in space pose an expansive series of problems. However, the solutions to the problems faced by mankind's desire to reach beyond the horizon, through the night sky, and into the stars are solutions that will help in all areas of life on Earth.
“Why should we go into space? What is the justification for spending all the effort and money on getting a few lumps of moon rocks? Aren’t there better causes here on Earth?”- Stephen Hawking. Space is the everlasting, ever growing place where we happen to reside. From the beginning of intelligent life here on Earth, we have wanted to learn. Whether it be simply constructing a fire, or solving the riddles that still puzzle us to this day. Many of the questions we still have are pertaining to space. Are we alone? How did we get here? Where are we going? Many answers can come from exploring space. Getting a “few lumps of moon rock” can answer so many questions we asked ourselves for millennia. Can we truly belong in a place we do not know about? Space exploration will better us now and in the future for several reasons.
The first person to ever observe the Milky Way was Greek philosopher, Democritus, who said the galaxy may consist of distant stars. In 1610, Galileo Galilei used a telescope to study the Milky Way and came to the conclusion that it was composed of billions and billions of faint stars. Then, in 1750, Thomas Wright c...
One thing us as humans have never been able to fully understand is astronomy. Always having an unexplained mystery, astronomy also has served as a way to keep time and predict the future. The word “astronomy” is defined as the study of heavenly bodies, meaning anything in the sky such as stars, galaxies, comets, planets, nebulae, and so on. Many people, if not everyone, is amazed by the night sky on a clear, moonless night.
Some may think exploring outer space is simply a human’s curiosity. This is true but on the contrary, people explore to learn about things they may have never known and touch on the essence of the creation of the universe. Another reason for exploring this uncharted area is the technological advancements people have made and immense amount of innovation they have achieved in this field (Wood). Lastly, scientists study the other planets just in case one day humans need to relocate after overwhelming damage has been done to Earth. Suffice to say, it is a vital part of today’s day and age to research outer space (Rothery).
“Sheltered as we are by Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field, which deflect lethal radiation from space, we are like coddled children who have never ventured into a tough neighborhood” (Folger 2). Humans have been fascinated with space since the beginning of our time. Just like children and rough neighborhoods, we have tackled obstacle over obstacle to make it home again. In the end, we have a better knowledge and strength than before. The future of space exploration can assist us in answering the everlasting question of how the universe came to be. The more we explore the infinite galaxies, the more we can scientifically discover and create new technologies as science advances. As we continue to discover, we can create new fields and occupations for aspiring young students like myself.
An Astronomy topic that has always been intriguing is space travel. The ability to rocket into space, look down on Earth, and “…explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before” (IMDB) is an adventure that people dream of experiencing. On July 20, 1969, an estimated six million people watched Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the Moon (Nixon Library). Presently, people are paying Virgin Galactic $250,000 to reserve a seat on a spaceship that is expected to tour suborbital space in the near future (Virgin Galactic). Although space travel continues to be of interest, there is also some controversy. Controversies include: the allocation of government resources for space exploration, government verses commercial spacecrafts, and the need to colonize other planets for the survival of humanity. The intrigue and the controversy of space travel are the reasons for this Astronomy conversation.