01 April, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge: A Stands For: Astrophysics

Astrophysics is:

"The branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties (luminositydensitytemperature, and chemical composition) of celestial objects such as galaxiesstarsplanetsexoplanets, and the interstellar medium, as well as their interactions."

Solar System Planets.Image via Wikipedia

Fascinating stuff, astrophysics.

Especially once you start thinking about just how many discoveries that could still be made about the universe. We know practically nothing about dark matter and dark energy (aside from the fact it exists); there are countless stars that could have exoplanets (and, therefore, the potential for alien life); black holes (which could be at the center of every galaxy in our universe); star-forming regions such as nebulae (which are sometimes also the leftover matter from exploding stars); and the galaxies themselves, which collide and interact (as the Milky Way will with Andromeda, some billions of years from now).

And who knows, maybe in the future people will be exploring the universe beyond this solar system, traveling to other stars, exploring satellites and creating a new frontier in space. There's no telling what could happen if Earth becomes one of two, or several, or many other planets that could sustain human life and we have the technology to take us there.


Can you tell I read and write and love Science Fiction?


And if you want some videos to watch to learn more about astrophysics:

Monster of the Milky Way NOVA Program
Hunting the Edge of Space NOVA two-part series
Origins of the Solar System NOVA Program 



What do you think of astrophysics? Do you think any major discoveries about the universe will be made in the near future?

-----The Golden Eagle

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li said...

I love NOVA. And, yes, I think we're due for a major discovery within the next 10 years. Technology marches on, with new equipment/methods which will enable us to discover more and more.

Kim said...

Wow, so far yours is my 9 year old son's favourite post! Thanks for sharing.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love these photos. Astrophysics boggles my brain, but I admire people whose mind can follow and untangle all of it. Who knows what we'll learn tomorrow - or even today. It's a wondrous world.

Happy Friday.

Margaret Hall said...

G'Mornin'~!! Your topic is mesmerizing...Love the study and awe of space...Would love to see another Earth-like planet pop up!
Your presentation was great..thanks for sharing...

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Love astrophysics! It's mind boggling to think of all the things left to discover, but I do not think we'll discover anything really "breakthrough" in our lifetime. Nothing beyond the norm, anyway.

Alleged Author said...

Ah, the universe is ever expanding. I would love to study something like this.

Tiger85 said...

I find astrophysics very interesting. I do believe that there will be major discoveries within the next few decades. =)


Hannah Kincade said...

I love astrophysics. Fascinating stuff and a great A.

Jessica Bell said...

When I was a kid, I wanted to get a job with NASA. :o) Great post!

Old Kitty said...

I don't generally think of atrophysics but when I do (like now) all I can say is WOW!!! It's an amazing and absolutely fascinating area of science!! I love it!! More please!!! Take care

mist of the blossom rain said...

I actually have never heard of astrophysics before this. How interesting! The universe is an incredible place. I think we will make many more discoveries, but not until we develop our technology a little more. They make predictions that are children or grandchildren will be able to take field trips to the moon and such. I'm not so sure about that though...;)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Love the thought of more discoveries - just then opens that door to even more possibilities ...

I too love the photos - brilliant pictures .. a great "A" - Cheers Hilary

AlexOngNYC said...

Alex from Breakfast Every Hour was here.

Eliza said...

I love the photos. I've been watching the series "Wonders of The Universe" by Professor Brian Cox. It explains it for the simple minded like me, and the filming is fabulous.

Susan Kane said...

My husband and I are science geeks, which means we dvr every physics/astronomy/geological/natural disaster film going. Heck, we even re-watch our ample DVD collection. Over and Over. Loved your topic. Keep looking up!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I've ALWAYS believed in other life forms. How can there not be? It would be very trite of us to think we are the only living beings in the zillions of miles of universe.

It might take some time, but I am sure in the next 50 to 100 years something will be revealed.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love to imagine what lies beyond the confines of our planet. Don't get me wrong--I love Earth, but there is so much to explore and discover. Great A post!

Ann said...

Great visuals! I read somewhere this morning there was little to explore anymore. I made the small point there were universes of discovery out there.

baygirl32 said...

I like the astro part, the physics part hurts my head.

stopping by from the a to z


Holly Ruggiero said...

Great photos and yes, I think there are still discovers to come.

A-Z Fellow Challenger
Holly Ruggiero’sPOV

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love the photos and the links! Astrophysics boggles my brain, but I enjoy the ideas that get stirred around due to this amazing science of discovery.

Lauracea said...

Happy A to Z. You've started with a booooom. I knew nothing about astrophysics until now and you've made it fascinating. What wonderful pics.

Murees Dupé said...

Wow! I am learning a lot. Great post.

Flying high in the sky.... said...

loved your post!!! i am very very drawn to the mysteries and creation of the universe!! thanks for sharing this with us ..

Misha said...

I did astrophysics at school for my A-levels. Absolutely loved it. Yes, the universe is so big that the odds are that there has to be some new discoveries.

Can't wait.


Clarissa Draper said...

Great A! If I had a few billion years, I would definitely take up astrophysics.

Madeleine said...

Great post. Yes the idea of travelling the universe is quite awesome. :O)

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Thank you so much for the post inspiration! I'm excited and terrified at the same time, thinking about A POST A DAY!!!

Following you back!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

Ah I love this post!! Of course I write scifi too!

M Pax said...

I think astrophysics is fascinating. I've read several physics books and have seen Alex Filipenko speak in person.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love reading nonfiction stuff about the universe. Great pictures.

Jo March said...

I just found this photo/article, and it reminded me of your blog. Enjoy the gorgeous picture! http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/31/6379845-high-schoolers-are-dancing-with-the-stars

The Words Crafter said...

First, thanks for explaining what astrophysics is! Made me feel good that I knew what you were talking about (sci/fi fan).

I love watching science channels when they do anything dealing with space. The birth of stars, the black hole in our own galaxy, Hubble....

Fascinating post!!!

Arlee Bird said...

It's fascinating stuff and a great topic to know if you're writing science fiction that deals with this sort of topic.

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Gail M Baugniet said...

Oh, physics, you made me think on the first day! Great choice of topic. Look forward to your other alphabet posts

Matt Conlon said...

Loved this post! Haha, I'm such a geek!

Liz P said...

I love this stuff. I'm always so fascinated by the vastness of our universe, and wondering if and when we will reach the unreachable.

There just has to be other planets out there that can sustain life. And if that life is intelligent like us, and do they think as we do, wondering if there are others elsewhere in the universe?

Jules said...

It's a cool place but I do not want to go there, besides I'm still made they took Pluto from us. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

N. R. Williams said...

I don't know about the near future, since we don't have the technology to go far. But you never know. Cool pictures.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Charles Gramlich said...

Whoa, cool imagies.

Trisha said...

I LOVE astrophysics, I actually dreamed of studying it. And yet I knew I never could because my brain just doesn't work that way. I'm not a scientist, even though science fascinates me.

ali said...

Um, yeah. I think *maybe* (and I could be wrong!) you *might* like science, or, erm, astrophysics.

Of course, I could be wrong. ;)

Great post ~ sure loved the pictures!

laughingwolf said...

hawking's my main man! :)

Talli Roland said...

Fantastic A word! I love the photos - beautiful.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Not sure of what science will discover. But it's great to know that you love reading science fiction!

Rekha said...

Science - fact and fiction is intriguing...lovely start to the challenge.
We may not be around to see it but I believe, one day, "to journey where no man has gone before" will come true..

The Golden Eagle said...

Li: NOVA is awesome. :D

Can't wait to find out what people discover!

Kim: Wow. I didn't expect that!

You're quite welcome!

Carol: Glad you like them!

It is. :)


Margaret: There is evidence of "Goldilocks" planets, although nothing's certain since they're so far away!

Thank you! You're welcome for it.

Varmit: Me, too. :D

Well, you never know. Which part of the whole coolness of the thing.

Alleged: I would, too!

Tiger85: That would be awesome!

Hannah: Thank you!

Jessica: I wouldn't mind having a job at NASA. :D


Old Kitty: Check out the links--the NOVA site (unfortunately, people outside the USA can't watch the videos! Boo.) has a lot on the subject! :)

Emily: Glad you found my post interesting!

It would be cool, though, even if it is rather unlikely. :)

Hilary: Exactly!

Thanks! I'm glad you liked the pictures.

Alex: Hi there! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Eliza: Glad you like them! :)

That sounds awesome!

Susan: Cool! The only science shows I watch are NOVA, Nature, and the occasional PBS special broadcast.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Michael: I used to be rather skeptical about the idea of alien life--but now I know a little more about the actual statistics I do believe it's out there.

Tricia: I agree! Earth is a wonderful planet--but there are so many potential worlds out there.


Ann: Thanks!

Someone said that? I'm surprised--there are SO many potential fields for discovery! :)

Baygirl: I love the astro part, too. ;)

Thanks for coming by!

Holly: Thank you!

We'll just have to wait and see what comes up in the years ahead!

Tyrean: Hope they come in handy! :)

Lauracea: Happy A-Z to you, too!

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Murees: Thank you!

Flying high: I'm glad you liked it!

You're very welcome!

Misha: Neither can I. :D

Clarissa: Thanks!

LOL. It does take some time for things to unfold in the universe.

The Golden Eagle said...

Madeleine: Thank you!

I'd love to do it. :)

Donna: You're welcome! I'm sure you'll nail this challenge--there are so many possibilities. :)

Thank you for the follow!

Sylvia: Glad you enjoyed it!

Awesome. Another SF writer!

M: I've never heard of Alex Filippenko--hang on, Googling him!


Wow. I recognize him by sight--you are so lucky to have heard him speak!

Susan: Thank you!

Jo: Thank you for the link! That's a great picture. :)

The Words Crafter: You're welcome!

I do, too. It's so interesting!

Arlee: I love SF--and since it's the genre I write in the most I figure I should know at least something about the science part. :)

Got it!

Gail: Thank you!

Matt: I'm glad you liked it! :)

So am I. LOL.

Liz: So intriguing. Imagine if we make contact with another form of life who wondered what we wonder . . . and it's not even impossible!

Jules: I miss Pluto, too--it was a nice planet. Although I have to agree with Neil DeGrasse Tyson in that it's probably happier with its brethren in the Kuiper Belt.

The Golden Eagle said...

Nancy: True. Our technology is still getting there--but it's making progress!

Glad you liked them!

Charles: I love images of space--and they fit in well with this post!

Trisha: It's too bad you didn't decide to study it!

Ali: Just, you know, a bit.


Thank you!

Laughingwolf: I've never actually read anything by Hawking--except for the MG fiction George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt.

(I really should reading something else . . . LOL.)

Talli: Thank you!

Glad you enjoyed them!

Jeffrey: It's my favorite genre. :)

Rekha: Thanks!

Who knows what will happen if that day does arrive!

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