For centuries the full moon has held significant supernatural power over mankind. Biologists, artists and poets have all pondered the effect of our 29.5 day lunar cycle and how it has a physiological effect upon the Earth. So let's talk about our Moon, which interestingly doesn't even have a name considering all other solar system … Continue reading Does The Moon Affect Our Mood?
For as long as I can remember, the concept of infinity has mesmerized me. Georg Cantor's diagonality proof that some infinities are bigger than others completely transformed my way of thinking. The idea that something truly infinite exists in nature underlines what physicists search for every day, to explore the never ending infinity no matter … Continue reading Beautiful Infinity
The news has been dominated by the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea has been criticised by the international community for testing nuclear weapons in recent years, prompting Donald Trump to play the most dangerous game of "poke the bear" mankind has ever … Continue reading Nuclear Winter
At the instant of the Big Bang, the universe began its inflation. Expanding outwards in all directions faster than the speed of light before cooling and forming all the bodies we can observe now. For decades it was assumed that the velocity and distribution of galaxy clusters should be pretty even across the universe with … Continue reading Dark Flow
A year is 365 days, one full orbit around the Sun. A day is one full turn on the Earth's rotational axis. So what would happen if the Earth's rotation just suddenly stopped? If the Earth stood still suddenly, everything not attached to the crust of the Earth would just be swept up into the … Continue reading The Day The Earth Stands Still
In the mathematics of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, black holes are predicted and astronomers have proven beyond all doubt that they exist. The centre of our own galaxy harbours one of these monstrosities and so do nearly all galaxies observed. In the same mathematical models which predict black holes, there are predictions for entities which … Continue reading White Holes
On a clear night with the naked eye, we see what we believe to be stars scattered in every direction across the sky. With binoculars or a small telescope, we can see some of these "stars" are not actually stars at all but star forming regions. The prettiest of these is also our nearest, the … Continue reading The Orion Nebula