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Universe Guide Blog Articles Archive 18


Earth in possible collision course with objectJune 10, 2009, 9:21 pm

Just when you thought that it was only meteors/ asteroids/ comets to worry about, along comes a report that Earth could collide with a different object all together. The object in question is Mars but it won`t happen for millions or billions of years so you`re safe. The prediction came from Professor Laskar of the Observatory of Paris, France. Other collisions are also possible, Venus and Mercury smashing into one another. Mars and Jupiter are another which would have an even bigger impact. Mars would go flying off into space rather than smashing into pieces. More info could be read at the BBC which includes a video clip to watch.



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New Doctor Who's Assistant RevealedMay 30, 2009, 10:27 am

The BBC has announced who will play the part of the new Doctors assistant. Her name is Karen Gillan, a 21 year old Scottish actress. Karen`s character will be Amy Pond. She had appeared in the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who as a soothsayer but you would`ve had to know who to be looking at to spot her. She was heavily disguised. Its not the first time that a minor character went onto play a major role in the series. Colin Baker played a guard in one episode of the series then later came back to appear as the sixth doctor.



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British Astronaut SelectedMay 20, 2009, 4:54 pm

Timothy Peake, 37, a British army helicopter pilot has been selected by ESA to be one of their future astronauts. ESA also choose five other people to be their astronauts. The surprise is that the Briton was chosen because the British Government has refused to finance human space travel, prefering to send robots and satiellites into space. Sending non-humans is safer and cheaper and believe the amount of information that can be gained from non-humans is more than what humans could obtain. Lets hope they now change their mind.



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Star Trek Prequel Film ReleasedMay 8, 2009, 4:54 pm

Like many other franchises (James Bond, Batman and Incredible Hulk), the Star Trek franchise got a reboot due to its flagging popularity. The adventure tells the story of Capt. James Tiberius Kirk first mission to the stars. Jokingly named by people as `When Kirk Met Spock`, it features their first encounter. Early reviews of it has been positive and some are describing it as the best Star Trek movie ever.



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Blue MarsMarch 2, 2009, 9:03 pm

According to those boffins at Brown University in Rhode Island, Mars had water flowing over the planet. It was also recent, a mere 1.25 million years ago. When you consider the universe has been around for 13.5 billion years, its not that long ago. That begs the question, did Mars have life on the planet but something went horribly wrong? The water somehow retreated back to the polar regions which we see as large white areas. For more information on what the scientists say, read it in the Geology journal. Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7919113.stm .



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Giant Rocky Planet DiscoveredFebruary 3, 2009, 8:47 pm

The COROT (COnvection ROtation and Planetary Transits) space project has discovered a planet which is believed to have a rocky surface. The project led by the French space agency in collaboration with other organisations. It is a space telescope that scans the stars for wobbles that might suggest evidence of a planet orbiting. It was announced that they discovered an Exoplanet, 1.7x the size of Earth encircling a star in the constellation of Monoceros that had a solid surface. The planet raced round its star every 20 hours and is too close to the star to sadly support life. Previous exoplanet discoveries had been of planets that were made of gas like Jupiter.



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The Eleventh Doctor Who is revealedJanuary 3, 2009, 6:23 pm

In a bid to prevent from being beaten to announce who will be cast as the new Doctor Who, the BBC announced who will take over as The Doctor. The BBC announced the new Doctor as soon as they cast him. The new actor is Matt Smith, a relatively unknown actor. He is also the youngest at 26, beating Peter Davidson by three years. They`ll be accusations of them trying to bring a little romance to the character but it won`t be harmed by his age.



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International Year of Astronomy BeginsJanuary 1, 2009, 2:17 pm

To mark the 400th anniversary of the creation of the telescope by Galileo Galilei, the Italian Astronomer, the International Astronomy Union has announced that this year is to be the International Year of Astronomy. It will be marked by a number of events held throughout the world.



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British UFO Files releasedOctober 20, 2008, 8:47 pm

The British Government has made nineteen documents available online about UFO sightings. The most publicised one is the story of the Alitalia pilot who reported a near miss with a cigar shaped UFO over Kent in 1991. No explanation could be found as to what the object was. Another story is about a U.S.A.F. pilot ordered to shoot down one of those objects. The UFO managed to escape which is lucky it did. Also covered is a story from a woman who claims to be from the Sirian Solar System who landed during the Second World War. Investigator took notes then ignored her story. To read more about the sighting reports, visit The National Archives. The truth may very well be contained in those documents.



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Aliens exist, the Vatican announceMay 14, 2008, 8:48 pm

Contrary to what some people think, the Vatican have said that they do believe that life exists out there including Mars. Although they don`t believe in Martians, they are talking about viral lifeforms. This was announced in the Vatican newspaper in article written by Father Funes, who is the director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome. To show their scientific credentials, they are hoping to host a conference marking the birth of Charles Darwin, the main enemy of creationism.Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7399661.stm



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