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9.3.12

It's almost that time again. Coming up soon are the Lyrids. These swift and bright meteors often produce luminous trains of dust that can be observed for sevral seconds. April 21-22, I'll keep you posted.

The universe is vast, astonishing and frankly a little terrifying..the earth is but a spec in this unmeasurable macrocosm. Enjoy these interesting facts:

There are bends and curves in the sky?
 As Einstein postulated, matter bends space, the way a heavy weight in a bed will warp the mattress. Light traveling though empty space will move in a straight line, but if matter is warping space, light will travel along the bent space as well. Imagine light from a distant galaxy is on its way to us. But between this galaxy and us is some large mass, like a clump of dark matter. The light from the galaxy will bend around the matter, and when it gets to us it will be slightly distorted, just as if the light has passed through a lens. This process, in fact, is called gravitational lensing

SuperFluid Water? What how?
Astronomers have discovered an extremely hot, steamy world with far more water than Earth, which they are calling a completely new type of planet.The high temperatures and high pressures would form exotic materials like 'hot ice' or 'superfluid water', substances that are completely alien to our everyday experience," said Zachory Berta, the lead author of the study, in a statement.

New planet discovered to be most similar to earth! 2011
New planet discovery excites scientists: the discovery of a new planet 600 light years away with roughly the right temperature for plant and animal habitation is causing a buzz in the science community. Though much larger than Earth, scientists haven't ruled out the possibility of life being discovered.

And lastly....one of the scariest and fascinating things out there for me....the black hole.... This link is a must must must read!!! http://www.crystalinks.com/black_holes.html

Catch you all later !
references
cbc.ca
blogs.discovermagazine.com
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