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BANG!

May 6, 2009

Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started, wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!

“Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
A fraction of a second and the elements were made.
The bipeds stood up straight,
The dinosaurs all met their fate,
They tried to leap but they were late
And they all died (they froze their asses off)
The oceans and pangea
See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya
Set in motion by the same big bang!

It all started with the big BANG!

It’s expanding ever outward but one day
It will cause the stars to go the other way,
Collapsing ever inward, we won’t be here, it won’t be heard
Our best and brightest figure that it’ll make an even bigger bang!

Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
Debating how we’re here, they’re catching deer (we’re catching viruses)
Religion or astronomy, Encarta, Deuteronomy
It all started with the big bang!

Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
It all started with the big bang!
It all started with the big BANG!

Barenaked Ladies – “History of Everything”

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For the Other Science Nerds Out There

March 25, 2009

All 13 Episodes of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ series are now available for viewing at hulu.

http://www.hulu.com/cosmosSagan

Woot!

Oooh Mercury!!

October 7, 2008

Check out these new pictures of Mercury taken yesterday by the Messenger spacecraft on its second flyby of the planet.  These are amazing!  These are the first “close up” pictures we have gotten of Mercury in over 30 years.  THIRTY YEARS!  We have never seen such detailed pictures of the Sun’s closest planet.  In a couple more years, and after another flyby in 2009, Messenger will become the first spacecraft to go into orbit around Mercury.

This stuff is really incredible. Messenger was launched in 2004. Since then, it has performed 2 flybys of Venus, 2 flybys of Mercury, is set to perform another flyby of Mercury, and will then go into orbit around the planet.

It’s really mind-boggling. We, as in ‘intelligent humans’, myself not included, can launch an object into space, swirl it around the solar system a few times, and put it into orbit around a planet 57 MILLION miles away.  And all of this with only a few course corrections along the way.  The precision and timing required for projects like this would melt my brain into a puddle of goo.

Here is a link to Messenger’s timeline.

And a link to The Bad Astronomer who explains this stuff a whole lot better than I can.