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Rasmussen College Week 7 – Black holes   Leave a comment

Black Holes

I recommend reading particularly what Steven Hawking has found.

In this TED talk Andrea Ghez talks about black holes and about looking for the giants – the supermassive black holes.

Update: Feb 9 2012

Illustration courtesy M. Weiss, CXC/NASA
In the following news from National Geographic, our very own black hole may be snacking on asteroids, and we may be observing that.
LINK

As always, let me know if you have questions!

– drplim

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Rasmussen College Week 7 – The Origin Of The Universe   Leave a comment

This week we are looking at the origin of the Universe (or trying to).

Hello Students of the Universe!

When studying the Earth our observations are immediate, our thoughts are more grounded, out theories are more easily tested.  Now when speculating upon the origin of the Universe there is a lot of science that has been done, both observational and theoretical, but we are more in the realm of philosophy than western-science.

This week’s discussion is less than a few hours young and there is already a first post and that first post goes straight to the most sensitive topic: Science vs Creationism, or Big Bang vs God.

God, Evolution and the Big Bang is written by a physicist so it looks at these topics from a scientific point of view.

And here is the opinion of Pope John Paul II on the issue of evolution:

“Today, almost half a century after publication of the encyclical, new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis.  It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge.  The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory.”
I have not found the original reference for this quote but I do know that it is a translation from french.

And of course, the talks that I have listened to and that talk about these topics:

-drplim

Rasmussen College Week 7 – The Death of All Stars   Leave a comment

Hello Students of the Universe

-drplim

Posted July 1, 2011 by brunoplim in Uncategorized