Last month Indian Space Agency ISRO put a Space Observatory AstroSat around the Earth’s orbit. It was ISRO’s first scientific mission aimed at deeper understanding of the universe by observing the cosmos. However, India’s interest in space science is not a recently developed passion. From the monumental Sanskrit treatise on astronomy, Aryabhattiya, to the impeccable sundial, Jantar Mantar, India’s affair with astronomy has a fascinating history. Post independence, Indian researchers have been taking forward this legacy with renewed vigor. And they have been doing that with massive telescopes of varied kinds aimed at the cosmos.
Here’s a list of ten fabulous Observatories in India
To call our universe, Big, would be an understatement. The Earth itself, where humans evolved, invented tools, developed science, built telescopes… is nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the colossal scale of the universe. It is apparent that universe cannot be comprehended in terms of our usual idea of distance. Hence, Astronomers understand the universe in terms of – Light.
According to the fundamental laws of physics, nothing travels faster than light. Our Sun is 150 million kilometers away from the Earth and Continue reading →
Ever wondered how reality spans out? We observe that our daily life does follow a certain pattern. We know that if you jump from a skyscraper, you’ll hit the ground with your body strewn across the sidewalk, that dead women don’t walk around in white saree singing songs, that exposure to gamma radiations will not turn you into Hulk, instead will kill you instantly. But we still observe things happening around us that are seemingly impossible which make us go ‘Oh! maii Gawdd!!‘.
Now, if everything follows a set of rules, why are we so shocked and surprised at certain incidents? Why some incidents seem so impossible that it leaves us dumbfound? Scientistsresearching in field of Quantum physics realized that reality is much more erratic and indeterminate. Continue reading →
World of quantum is as stupendous as a Salman Khan film directed by Sajid Khan. Common sense is a far away thing in Quantum Universe. It is even more bizarre when you try to understand the concept of Quantum Entanglement.
Entanglement as the name suggest is ability of a particle to become involved with another one at a quantum level. Remember how Jaya Bachchan detects the presence of her son nearby telekinetically in the Bollywood epic titled K3G… It does have a plausible scientific explanation if you consider quantum physics. Her brain waves were entangled with SRK’s psyche at quantum level. True dat!
Allow me to posit an hypothesis that might put even the best of you in an existential crisis. This world could just be a computer generated simulation… and your conscience might just be a product of an advanced computer intelligence.
If you have seen the film Matrix, you might be familiar with what is called as Simulated Reality. In the movie, after winning the war against the human race, highly intelligent machines with their exceptional computational power, have created a Simulated Reality for the humans by harvesting them for bio electricity. In the Reality they have created, world goes on as normal for everyone but for select few who observes glitches in the matrix and realize that they are indeed surviving in a simulated reality.
In 1972, a meteorologist Edward Lorenz published a paper titled ‘Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?’ where he coined the phrase ‘Butterfly Effect’. An interesting title, I must say.
What’s it say?
The paper described the chaotic nature of the universe. It states that a system (lets take weather, as an example of a system) is very sensitively dependent on the starting conditions.
In latest Superman movie, Man Of Steel, (Spoiler alert) General Zod, the villain, attempts to Terraform earth, that is change the biosphere of Earth to revive that of Krypton in order to make Earth habitable for Kryptonites. An epic objective, I must say.
The instrument used to Terraform Earth in Man of Steel. Source: dccinematicuniverse.wikia.com