Tag Archives: light

Determining an Exoplanet

Check out this recent report from NASA on an exoplanet named Fomalhaut b, which orbits a 200-million-year-old star [10+08] called Fomalhaut, every 872 years [10+02]: “A second look at data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named [...]

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The Shortest Time Interval Ever Measured

According to The Times of India, in 2010 a group of German physicists claimed “to have measured the shortest-ever time interval by discovering the tiniest duration an electron takes to leave the atom.” The scientists found that “when light is absorbed by atoms, the electrons become excited and get ejected from the atom if the [...]

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1.3 (million cubic yards of earth)

A 2002 view of the Crater’s Eye, at the center of the bowl. Photo from Florian Holzherr in New York Times ————————————————- From the Roden Crater website… “(James) Turrell’s work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind to heighten awareness. ‘I want to create [...]

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(Atomic number) 36 (Krypton and the history of the meter)

Photographs of Krypton Gas and Krypton Plasma: From Jefferson Lab Left – Krypton gas in a sealed glass tube. Center – A Tesla coil is used to excite the atoms in the gas, creating a plasma. Right – A longer exposure of the plasma with all of the room’s lights turned off. —————————————————————————— Of course, [...]

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(M) 59 (& M60)

M59 & M60, which are also known as Messier 59 and Messier 60, are two of four galaxies observed in the Virgo cluster.  Billions (10+12) of stars are in both elliptical galaxies – which are estimated to be about 55 – 60 million light years away (10+23) while the asteroids observed are in our solar [...]

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77 (Million Paintings by Brian Eno)

The North American premiere of 77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno was presented through the Long Now Foundation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California in 2007.  The evolution from Eno’s original drawings to the digitized versions took a team of specialists several steps including scanning and AdobePhotoshop (10-4) to [...]

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