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Unexplainable astronomy? Part 2: Of pigeons and cosmic uniformity - By Sam Jarman Ask just about any scientist, and they will tell you that the very best discoveries they can make are the ones which force us to change how we think about the world completely. That’s exactly what happened…
G is for Gravity - By Siobhan Fairgreaves “Gravity pulls everything down” Wrong! Now we know what gravity doesn’t do- let’s take a look at what it does. Before I get too stuck in I’m going to clarify- we’ve all heard of gravity right? Just…
Unexplainable Astronomy? Part 1: The Wow! Signal -   By Sam Jarman Monday was dragging for Jerry R. Ehman, in a way that only a volunteer astronomer at the SETI project could truly understand. The frequency data printed out by the IBM 1130 computer was, as always, infuriatingly…
B is for Black Holes - By Siobhan Fairgreaves In our last post we looked at atoms and their subatomic particles. That’s the tiny end of physics, this time we look at something at the other end of the scale- black holes. Ooooo, now this is…
Space is Big - By Jonathan Farrow from the Thoughtful Pharaoh I didn’t grow up by the sea, so every time I’m faced with an ocean, I get a true sense of awe. The sheer magnitude of the thing in front of me leaves me…
stephen hawking right about nasty aliens Vegetarian aliens could save our bacon - By James Riley Bacon is tasty, very tasty. It’s so tasty that my moral objection to the industrial-scale murder of sentient animals dissipates with each and every ketchup-soaked bite. This is a weakness on my part. I’m theoretically ethical but…
M is for (exo)Moons - By Jonathan Farrow of the Thoughtful Pharaoh With this post, rising-ape.com is now caught up with my website, thoughfulpharaoh.  From now on, I will be posting articles simultaneously on both sites, on Wednesdays. Thanks to everyone for following along and…
K is for Kepler - “Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.” Johannes Kepler These words, written by Johannes Kepler in 1611, are profound.  At the time, Galileo had just discovered the Galilean moons (including Europa) in Florence but was being…
J is for Jupiter’s Great Red Spot - By Jonathan Farrow from the Thoughtful Pharaoh If you look up in the night’s sky and point even a simple pair of binoculars at Jupiter, like Galileo did with a rudimentary telescope 405 years ago, you will see what he…
G is for Gravity Waves - By Jonathan Farrow from the Thoughtful Pharaoh Deep in Antarctica, right on top of the geographic South Pole, there is a research station that peers back in time to the very beginning of our universe. Named the Amundsen-Scott Station, it…
E is for Europa - By Jonathan Farrow from the Thoughtful Pharaoh Galileo Galilei is quite a famous astronomer but many of the discoveries he’s known for are just extensions of the work of others.  For instance, he didn’t come up with the idea that the…
The sun has got its spot on, hip-hip-hip-oh-no! - by James Riley Imagine having a giant spot moving across your face, making its way around the back of your head over a 27-day period. I’m sure most of us might start thinking about contacting the doctor (or even consider…