The Western Lines

September 21, 2010

The Future of the Milky Way

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,The Milky Way Galaxy — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the future fate of our home galaxy – The Milky Way.

The Milky Way Galaxy, commonly referred to as just the Milky Way, or sometimes simply as the Galaxy, is the galaxy in which the Solar System is located. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy that is part of the Local Group of galaxies. It is one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe. Its name is a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, referring to the pale band of light formed by stars in the galactic plane as seen from Earth.

Enjoy this Discovery Channel Documentary about the past, present and the future of our galaxy.

The Future Of The Milky Way


September 19, 2010

The Universe – Total Eclipse

Copyright David A. Hardy

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present episode seven of the fifth season of the History Channel’s outstanding documentary series – The Universe.

In this instalment we look examine an astronomical phenomenon that has inspired awe and wonder throughout the ages – The Total Solar Eclipse.

Once they were dreaded and thought to be dragons eating the sun but, modern science has dispelled mythology and we now look forward to total Solar Eclipses as one of the most spectacular phenomena in the heavens.

A look at the movements of the Earth, the sun and the moon during solar and lunar eclipses; how humans, if alone in the universe, may be the only intelligent creatures to witness these events; and how astronomers discover planets in other star systems that partially eclipse their stars.

The Universe – Total Eclipse

September 10, 2010

Planets from Hell

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,Edge of the Universe,Exosolar Planets — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we are going to explore some of the most hellish exosolar planets discovered to date.

Since 1995, astronomers have announced the confirmed detections of four hundred and ninety such planets.

Planets from Hell tells the intriguing and exciting story of the discovery of these hostile new worlds and explores the tantalizing possibility of one day finding a planet like Earth.

Edge of the Universe: Planets from Hell

September 5, 2010

The Universe – Asteroid Attack

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the sixth episode of the fifth season of the highly acclaimed documentary series “The Universe” currently airing on the History Channel.

The latest instalment of the series looks at the asteroids and the impact they have or had on life now and before. What can spacecraft tell us about these vermin roaming through the solar system? Will human civilization one day colonize the Asteroids and use them to voyage to the stars?

We have all heard of massive boulders hurtling toward our planet, but could we be heading straight into one instead? Find out whether President Obama is sending the next manned space mission to an asteroid.

Author’s Note: In the past year there have been three separate impact events on Jupiter.

The Universe – Asteroid Attack

August 2, 2010

The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,solar system,The Universe — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the fifth season opening documentary of the History Channel’s highly acclaimed documentary series The Universe with a grand tour highlighting the magnificent “Seven Wonders of the Solar System”.

In this newest instalment of the Universe we take a close look at seven of the most astonishing wonders of our solar system, such as the geysers of Enceladus; Saturn’s majestic rings; Jupiter’s awe inspiring Great Red Spot; and scale the heights of Olympus Mons on Mars.

The Universe – The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

July 11, 2010

Cosmic Odyssey – Twenty-first Century Cosmos

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,Cosmic Odyssey,Cosmology,William Shatner — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present another exciting episode from the documentary series “Cosmic Odyssey narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner.

Our perception of the universe has changed dramatically over the centuries from thoughts of a starry, unknown realm to knowledge of the countless galaxies that surround us, yet the scale of the cosmos remains a mystery. How old is the universe? How much matter and energy does the universe contain?

“Twenty-first Century Cosmos” probes these central questions of cosmology with international astronomers to refine our understanding of how stars and galaxies are formed, if the universe is flat or curved, and how and why the universe will continue to expand.

Cosmic Odyssey – Twenty-first Century Cosmos

July 10, 2010

Cosmic Odyssey – Stellar Evolution

Each of us, in the immortal words of the American poet Walt Whitman, “…are the journeywork of the stars, no less than the leaves of grass.” As Carl Sagan would put it later in the twentieth century – “Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the stars… We humans have seen the atoms which constitute all of nature and the forces that sculpted this work… and we, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, have begun to wonder about our origins… star stuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms, contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet earth… Our loyalties are to the species and to the planet. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos ancient and vast from which we spring”.

Today on Discovery Enterprise we trace this stellar legacy with a documentary series that has not graced our illustrious pages since last December. We present Cosmic Odyssey narrated by the veteran actor William Shatner.

If we could watch the night sky over a period of millions of years, we would witness the stars undergo an astonishing sequence of transformations. Thanks to a new generation of telescopes we can follow the unfolding life story of a star from the moment of its first gestation as a prostellar object forming in a majestic cosmic nebula, through to the moment of birth.

Astronomers have developed the telescopic equivalent of ultrasound, a camera sensitive to infrared light which monitors prenatal suns incubating inside clouds of hydrogen gas and the first fleeting moments of a newborn protostar as it announces its arrival on the cosmic scene with a copious flux of ultraviolet energy.

The science of our epoch has allowed us to follow the life after death of a star and follow its reincarnation from the moment of its tumultuous death to the formation of new generations of stars, and at least in our nook of the galaxy, the formation of planets, life and sentience.

Cosmic Odyssey – Stellar Evolution (Lives of the Stars)

June 23, 2010

The Known Universe – Decoding the Skies

Today on Discovery Enterprise we are going to take a foray into the field of Archaeoastronomy and explore how our ancient forbearers decoded the night sky and built the foundations of civilization. Not with the help of ancient astronauts but through their own perseverance and innate intellect.

Our ancestors’ relationship with the heavens led to some of humankind’s ancient discoveries and greatest creations. The ancient Greeks discovered Earth was round; the Polynesians used the sun and stars to navigate vast oceans in simple canoes; some think amazing structures like Stonehenge were designed to observe the sky. Now, Known Universe examines mankind’s first observations of the cosmos to understand how they put us on the path to modern discovery.

The Known Universe – Decoding the Skies

June 21, 2010

The Known Universe – Stellar Storms

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present another exciting episode from the National Geographic Channel’s awesome documentary series “Known Universe”.

Brace yourself for a storm of stellar proportions.

Never mind the pesky blizzards and mudslides we deal with. Imagine dodging frozen methane raindrops, or winds of 11,000 mph. Take a trip around the cosmos to see some of the universe’s most extreme weather. Travel to Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system, where temperatures scorch at 900 degrees. Witness massive dust storms that rage for months on Mars. And, head to the Space Weather Prediction Center to see how weather on the sun affects us.

The Known Universe – Stellar Storms

June 10, 2010

The Known Universe – Final Frontiers

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present an episode of the National Geographic Channel’s outstanding documentary series “The Known Universe” that deals with two endeavours very dear to our hearts, the exploration and eventual settlement of the new frontiers of sea and space. These are the main goals of the organization we are closely associated with – The League of New Worlds.

The League of the New Worlds, founded in September of 1989, intends to establish a permanent human presence in the oceans. In so doing, we will engineer the habitats, procedures and processes for the space frontier. This formal engineering process is called: Space-Ocean Analogs.

Our all volunteer staff of engineers, ocean and space scientists, scientists, aquanauts, students and others all seek the same goal – to build the new outposts, colonies and cities of the New Worlds.

If you are interested in discovering more about us and our program, please follow the link below. We also invite you to join us in our quest, either as an active volunteer on one of our expeditions or as a contributing member by lending your support to our Oceans 911 funding drive to establish to an intelligent ecological monitoring platform (which now does not exist anywhere) to investigate and understand in detailed scientific terms the full impact of humanity on the ocean environment. The major benefit of this long term project is the preservation of our planet’s most important, largest and most fragile ecosystem. The time has come to kick-start this important endeavour.

In today’s video feature we will see how the exploration of our planet’s last great frontier is closely linked to the exploration of the vast new ocean of space.

More than 70 percent of Earth is covered in water, but we’ve only explored roughly 5 percent of it. We’ve roamed even less of our solar system. Now, armed with some of the latest advances in technology, we join scientists on a voyage into the unknown – from the far reaches of space to the extreme depths of our oceans – where new discoveries have experts questioning everything we know about the universe, and ultimately ourselves.

The Known Universe – Final Frontiers

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