Procrastination Destination: SPACE!!!!!!!!!!

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Finals are dumb. You know what isn’t? SPACE.

Thinking about the cosmos, the origins of life, and everything in between is the perfect way to procrastinate because you end up feeling smart and profound while what you’re actually doing is yelling, “duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude…” at the top of your lungs in Olin.

So, as we set off, watch this:

Yeah, Neil deGrasse Tyson is pretty dope. You need more of him.

Watch Cosmos. All of it. It’s so great. It’s like Magic School Bus for adults.

Oh damn, did someone say Magic School Bus?

Watching that episode as a not-fifth-grader, you realize that Ms. Frizzle’s a pretty terrible teacher. She takes her kids to space and then just leaves them to find their way home. Also, Arnold commits suicide by taking his helmet off on Pluto! Actually, he survives. But he shouldn’t have. Kids, keep your helmets on in space.

In less terrifying space news, we recently found an exoplanet (a planet outside of our solar system) that could support Earth-like life! Here’s a video tour of a whole lot of exoplanets. Basically, the exoplanet we’ve found is about the size of Earth and it’s in a part of its solar system that should allow water to exist in a liquid form on the planet’s surface. So, there could be aliens there. But here’s the kicker–if there are aliens, they’re gonna be really irradiated. As the star in this system is smaller than the Sun, it’s likely that it’s more active in sending out radiation. Thus, there could be crazy life on this planet that’s evolved to live in water like we did–only with tons of mutations. Here’s my best guess of what life there could look like.

What’s even cooler than the potential existence of aliens that look like characters from bad prequels? The Black Hole Multiverse Theory.

Yeah, that’s right–multiverse. Basically, the idea is that we have no idea what’s in black holes. Because light can’t escape their gravitational pull, there’s absolutely no way for us to see in to them. Some people have theorized that there could be entire universes inside of black holes. Thus, we live in a multiverse. Our universe could be inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe that’s inside of a black hole in another universe. We have no way to test this theory, so it’s pretty uninteresting scientifically. Still, whoa.

Now that you’ve spent almost half a day watching videos about space (yeah, I know you’ve watched all these videos instead of writing your paper about the socially constructed gender and sexual norms of the residents of Djibouti in 1405), I’ll leave you with one last thing.

We think about space in terms of what’s out there. Planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, and other objects grab our attention and are easy for us to conceptualize. However, the reality of space is that most of it is just that–space. It’s a mostly monotonous void with the occasional large object. This simulation is a really great way to express the cast emptiness of our solar system. Now, it may take a while to load, but it’s really remarkable. There’s just so much out there.

Space is great.

3 thoughts on “Procrastination Destination: SPACE!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Wet Blanket

    “Thus, there could be crazy life on this planet that’s evolved to live in water like we did–only with tons of mutations. ”

    ^ Assumes that life on this planet arose (hath risen?) from a material that can acquire “tons of mutations” (read: nucleic acid strands). The building blocks of life on earth are specific to our location in the cosmos and do not necessarily translate cleanly to exoplanets. Jus’ sayin’.

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