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First Han Solo Movie Trailer Released

You wait ages for a trailer then two come along at the same time. The first trailer was released during the Superbowl where the Philadelphia Eagles took on the New England Patriots. If you're interested, the Eagles won for the first time and it was a shock as many expected the Patriots to win. Back to Star Wars. During the half time, a number of trailers were released, some sci-fi such as Solo - A star Wars Story and others such as Mission Impossible : Fallout.

We got to see a minute snippet of the film where we got to see Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. We also saw Thandie Newton's character but we aren't sure of her role and character name at the time of writing. New characters were Tobias Beckett who is Han's mentor and business contact. It is Tobias that first hires and gives Han a job.

We see that the main female lead is Qi'ra pronounced Kira played by Emelia Clarke. In the trailer, we do see the Millennium Falcon and how pristine it looks compared to how it looked in other films. Although we see the Imperial Navy and a Star Destroyer chasing the heroes, its unlikely we'll see Darth Vader like we did in Rogue one.

A theory on the film is that Han fails the Imperial Navy examination, gets kicked out. Han meets with Chewbacca and they go off adventuring together. Along the way, they meet Tobias and Qi'ra who offer a job which involves the Kessel Run which he completes in 12 Parsecs presumably being chased by the Star Destroyer. A Parsec is 3.26 light years and not time.

Han Solo Movie Trailer

Comments05/02/2018 07:05

Han Solo Movie Trailer

Promotional picture of the Han Solo Movie

Its not long now, five months to go before the next Star Wars movie is due but still no trailer. The film has had a chequered past, the original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the production with Ron Howard taking up the mantle to finish the film. There were reports that Alden Ehrenreich needed acting lessons because his acting was so poor. Movieweb

There's very little in the way of shots from the movie and hardly any promotionals except the odd Lego pictures. Here at U.G. won't be surprised if the film is pushed back, it won't be cancelled, there's too much interest in the film to cancel it. Besides, Disney has to make a healthy return on the $4 Billion that it splashed out on the film franchise.

An official synopsis has been released but it doesn't tell you much. The now official picture virtually confirms that Qira as played by Emelia Clarke will have a substantial or an important role especially as the lead female. The synopsis along with the now official picture is below. The synopsis doesn't give away a lot. What we guess though will happen is Han Solo will meet Chewbacca and will win the Millennium Falcon off his best friend, Lando Calrissian.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story,
an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy,

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld,
Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian,
in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Everyday there's a new story that the trailer is coming but our hopes are dashed. U.G. hopes that when the film does finally arrive, its as a good as Rogue One, the other un-aligned prequel.

Comments25/01/2018 20:40

The Universe's Most Important Question Ever Asked Answered

Astronauts and Cosmonauts are well known for answering questions about the space and what is it like in space. N.A.S.A. has produced a pamphlet on the subject to answer some of the questions such as :-

However when one strange question was asked, Cosmonaut decided to answer it tongue firmly in cheek and answer it. Is it possible to fly a vacuum cleaner in space? Well, the answers in the video.

The <a href=/fact/universe>universe</a>s most important question ever answered.

Comments24/01/2018 19:55

What are the Largest Moons in the Solar System?

You'll be surprised to hear that the largest moon in the Solar system is not the Moon that orbits Earth. The largest moon in the solar system is Ganymede which orbits Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun.. Ganymede's radius is 2,631.2 km which is larger than our Moon which is 1737.5 km. In comparison, the Earth's radius is 6,371km so roughly it is a third the size of our planet.

Our Moon is the largest in comparison to the planet it orbits. Ganymede when compared to the Jupiter which is 69,911km, it is considerably much smaller comparably than our moon. Below are some moon facts of other planets.

Top 20 Largest Moons in the Solar System, Largest First

PositionMoonRadius (km)PlanetPlanet Equatorial Radius

As for what is the largest moon in the galaxy. We've not got many contenders outside the solar system so we can't answer that yet. As for the universe, we could never know what is the largest moon in the universe as we could never see and measure every moon around every planet around every star in every galaxy. You could say at the moment, the largest moon we know of in the galaxy and the universe is Ganymede.

Comments23/12/2017 11:28

What is the Largest Planet?

The question is very ambiguous as there are a number of different types of planets, there are planets in the solar system, gas planets, exoplanets etc. So below is the largest in each group of planets.

Comments22/12/2017 16:26

Why are there no moons orbiting Mercury and Venus?

The only planets that are in orbit round the Sun that don't have moons are the two innermost planets of Mercury and Venus. If you've ever wondered why, here are some reasons why that might be the case.

Comments20/12/2017 18:41

Is the Earth Slowing Down?

Before the answer is given, you must realise just how slow slowing down is. It won't mean an abrupt stop today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The rate at which the Earth is slowing down is miniscule, you won't even notice it. We're talking in the magnitude of millionths of a second. It would take 140 million years before the length of the day became a 25 hour day, we'd be long gone unless of course this website has been archived for life and still read.

The Moon is moving away from us at about 3 cms a year and the moon has been a stabalising effect on us. The moon was discovered to be moving away when N.A.S.A. conducted an experiment by placing mirrors on the moon and then timing how long they took to be returned. The Moon is said to be a factor in why our planet is slowing down.

At the very beginning when the Earth was very young. The Earth would've been rotating very fast, talking a few hours or so. Fast forward a few (cough, hundreds) million years to the age of the Dinosaurs. When the dinosaurs ruled the planet, the planet was rotating at a speed that is greater than it is today. A day would have been longer than 21 hours but less than 23 hours. Either way, the day for a dinosaur would have been shorter than it is today. A.B.C.

If you go back further in time, say 620 Million Years ago, the day would have been about 21 days. 620 Million years ago equates to the Vendian Period when there was life on the planet but not as we know it. In the Vendian Period, there was only microscopic bacteria and algae according to fossilised records. Berkeley

There is a theory and it is only a theory that says next year (2018), the Earth will experience a lot more earthquakes than it did the previous year. In 2016, there were 14,421 geological earthquakes. Most of those earthquakes were so minor that they were never reported in the media. The only way you would know about them if you weren't from the quake community is from the media. Being, not from the quake community, i got the figure from Wikipedia.

The Earth day is extending by 1.7 milliseconds a 100 years. If the Earth continued onto forever, the Earth would stop spinning in about 1.9 trillion years. The Sun is expected to have gone supernova in five billion years and life on Earth will have been wiped out in a billion years time when the Sun starts to turn into a red giant as it depletes it hydrogen fuel and moves into the next stage of evolution. Hopefully by that time, we'll have moved off and colonised other planets. Whats Up With That?

Comments20/12/2017 17:49

What is the Alien "WOW" signal?

In 1977, the Big Ear observatory was listening to the stars when it recorded a signal that would later be known as the WOW Signal. The Big Ear Observatory is run and controlled by the Ohio State University in the United States. Its site is a bit basic to look at and hasn't been updated since 2008 according to a note on the page. The actual telescope was demolished in 1998 by land developers.

The signal was noticed by Jerry Ehman on August 15th, 1977 when he was pouring over the information that had been received. Jerry noticed successive values of intensity and circled them and wrote WOW on the print out hence how it got its name.

Decoding the WOW Signal

Signals were encoded in numbers and letters so that they could be deciphered easily enough. A 1 is any value of intensity between 1.0 to 1.9999 and then following that 2 meaning 2.0 etc.... etc... When the numbers were exhausted, they turned to letters so A meant any intensity between 10.0 and 10.9999 and so on up the alphabet. The "U" was the highest intensity ever recorded. There was nothing for over 35 which would have been for Z.

The signal was identified as coming from a three star star cluster that included Chi Sagittarii in the constellation of the archer, Sagittarius. This is the same constellation that contains the Galactic Centre, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the milky way.

The signal was only heard once, it was not heard of again. Scientists and astronomers all listened in on that area of space but nothing was heard again. Some joked that it might have been Aliens telling us that they aren't interested and they don't want to hear from us again which would go some way to explaining why we only heard from them the once.

Aliens -The Exotic Explanation

The record set off a chain of events that went round the world. Some people saw it as being a sign that aliens were out there and they were communicating back. Our radio signals have been travelling through space since roughly the beginning of the last century and maybe an alien race had picked them up and responded. People were hopeful that it was a sign that there was intelligent life out there who had responded back to us.

Comets - The Mundane Explanation

In 2016, a new explanation was put forward, one that ruled out aliens. the explanation was that the signals came from hydrogen gas encompassing two comets that were found to be in the vicinity of the star at the time. The comets were 266P/Christiansen and P/2008 Y2 (Gibbs). Both of these comets were discovered in 2006 and 2008 which why they were identified as a possible source back when the news first broke.

Christiansen will next come close (Perihelion) in April 2020 when Professor Antonio Paris is hoping to have a radio telescope trained on the object to see if it creates the same sort of noise as it did in 1977. He started a crowd funded venture but when it was checked, it no longer existed. Christiansen has been and gone (Jan 2017) but Gibbs is expected on or about the 7th January 2018 but probably won't be visible to the naked eye sadly. If anyone knows of any results or anything, do share by putting comments it the box below.

WOW Signal

Further Reading :- The Guardian, New Scientist

Comments20/12/2017 15:11

Star Wars - The Last Jedi Review

*Spoilers*, before you read further, you should know there will be spoilers which if you hadn't seen the film already, you shouldn't read. This film take place immediately after the events of Star Wars VII- The Force Awakens where the Resistance had successfully destroyed the First Order's new Death Star style weapon which was in fact a hollowed out planet that drew power from a nearby star and then ejected it to destroy any solar system that they wished.

The previous years film, Star Wars - Rogue One was a prequel to the first film to come out and is not part of the new trilogy. One of the big criticisms of the previous episodic film (TFA for short) was that it was a clone of sorts to the original films in particular Star Wars IV - A New Hope with an orphan realising that he or in this case her could effect the future of the galaxy far far away. The main criticism of that film also applies to this one too.

The film is similar to Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back when you step back and look at it.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it but it felt like Empire Strikes Back 2 rather than the prequels. Although people diss the prequels, at least they had original storylines. Ok, with the Phantom Menace, a lead character died in the first film like a lead character also died in Star Wars IV - A New Hope and also in Force Awakens.

Some of the rumours of the film that I had heard about,

Its a lot funnier than the previous films. In all, its a good film but just don't go expecting originality. The Porgs, the cute bird-like creatures don't ruin the film at all, they're just a gimmick in the film.

The Last Jedi Poster

Comments16/12/2017 11:25

Asteroid Visitor from Another Solar System

Most asteroids that orbit our Sun are left over debris from the early days of the solar system. They were born and have lived their whole lives within the confines of our solar system. There could be some that were passing by and caught by the Sun's gravity but there are none that we are aware of. It has been announced that an asteroid has been spotted that is from another solar system. The asteroid was probably spat out from its solar system if it got too close to its star in the constellation of Lyra. Hindustan Times

The name of the asteroid is 1I/2017 U1 but it has a more common name for which is better known. The asteroid is also known as Oumuamua, a Hawaiian word that translates to messenger from afar. The asteroid was spotted by astronomers from the Pan-Starrs1 telescope in Hawaii hence its name.

In addition to the shape and path of the object, the shape of the object has also caught people interest. When you look at asteroids in our solar system, they are ball like but this one is different, it is long and thin. The asteroid is estimated at being 400 meters long which is roughly about a quarter of a mile and is said to be ten times as long as it is wide. N.A.S.A.

Oumuamua has a reddish colour and rotates about every 7.3 hours The asteroid is travelling at 85,700 miles an hour, something we can't do yet. The New Horizons space probe that went to Pluto in comparison travelled at 36, 373 miles an hour. New Horizons took ten years to get to Pluto, this asteroid if it were to travel in that direction would do it in a third of the time. As it is travelling too fast, it won't be captured by the Sun's gravity and pulled into orbit round it. At a rough calculation, the New Horizons would take 78,000 years to get to Rigil Kentaurus a.k.a. Alpha Centauri, our second nearest star. The Oumuamua would take 26,000 years. Neither New Horizons or Oumuamua are going in that direction.

Some people have considered whether the asteroid is just asteroid or is an alien craft instead. Radio telescopes were trained on the object to listen for anything that might suggest that is anything other than an asteroid and..... Silence, nothing to indicate that the asteroid is anything other than an asteroid.

If aliens were inside that asteroid, they would be hibernating or dead given the length of the journey that they would have had to undertake to get here. Were they inhibinating, the rock would have slowed down unless their target was elsewhere in the Pegasus constellation. It will reach the orbit of Saturn just over a year from when it was discovered. C.N.N

N.A.S.A. artists impression of the Oumuamua asteroid.

N.A.S.A. artists impression of the Oumuamua path through our solar system.

Comments08/12/2017 10:19

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