end

Comets of the centuries

In the fall of 2020, after Amateur astronomers Vitaly Nevsky and Artem Novichonok first observed the comet ISON, astronomers had expected that she would become a “Great comet” − a rare visitor, perhaps the brightest comet of the twenty-first century.

Alas, severely battered during the close approach to the Sun in November of this year, ISON no longer promises such a bright future. To the naked eye from the Ground to see it would be impossible − but hopes not worth it to lose. Somewhere in the dark depths of space, probably unnoticed by anyone else is racing the comet, which will deserve the attention and present us with an unforgettable sight. This has always been the Large comets appear about once a decade, and every century one of them was especially bright.

Comet ISON

We will tell you about these “comets of the century”, since the sixteenth century. It is interesting that they flew as a rule, in the second half of your century, and has had an average of once every 97 years. Given this, we can calculate that if the comet of Ikeya-Seki (C/1965 S1) visited the Earth in 1965, following a visitor, you can wait until 2029.

However, to predict what particular impossible: a Big comet can appear quite unexpectedly, at almost any time. The message we may hear tomorrow.
Continue reading

There is a space of 40 Nations

Recently the world celebrated the first 50 years of human space flight. And now, after half a century, this date should be remembered, because in space, traveled more than five hundred people from many countries, including from Ukraine.

Fidel Pavlenko said Oleg Fedorov, Director of the space research Institute of NAS of Ukraine, whether to continue to consider, on 12 April an outstanding day in the history of mankind?

Space activity is not profitable. It is of course. But we understand that there is a space of 40 Nations with a space program, and even in the crisis public investment has not decreased, as far as I know. This suggests that many countries consider that such activity for us today it’s not profitable, but, as the Americans say – investing in the future.

It seems to me that every civilized man, who forgets the beginning of its activities or the activities of its predecessors, not like this. So one who is engaged in space activities, even for him this is not only a celebration, an occasion to reflect every time on what you do today, what path was and what is waiting for you. Therefore very important for us because this date is once again to think over the strategy. Continue reading

10 famous spacecraft in science fiction

We are not the passengers of the ship named “Earth”. We are his team.

Marshall McLuhan, canadian philosopher

What would happen if you put together all the fantastic ships, coined by science fiction of the 20th century, and a formula of a starship? Rusty titanium case with a sign “Millennium machine”, solar sail (and in the case of wind — solar paddles), the dark matter generator, and calico colored toilet paper, as well as managing all this mess Artificial Intelligence models Windows 2050 with delusions of grandeur and a pleasant female voice, counting down the time before the explosion of the ship’s reactor.

Oh Yes, it would be a good ship. One-legged cyborg-the boatswain, not parting with a jar of deuterium, would include the night side lights (so we don’t crash into someone at subluminal speed, and FTL — us), and the captain nervously poked a finger at the colorful buttons on the command panels of the bridge and shouted: “Where’s the lighter?”. Continue reading

Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko are two comets stuck together The researchers of the mission "Rosetta" said the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquired its form as a result of collision at a low speed…

Continue reading →

How does Halley's comet
Halley's comet is a bright, unique comet with a period of return to the Sun of about 75-76 years, which is visible even to the naked eye. The official astronomical…

Continue reading →