The Moon is not always a friend of terrestrial astronomers. The light it casts, especially during its full phase, deprives the night sky of the darkness needed to observe other celestial bodies. This must be frustrating. Along with those clouds that sometimes completely block our views of the heavens. And don’t get anyone started on the Sun.
Astronomers use the Roche Limit to calculate how close an object – like a moon – can orbit another object – like a planet. This is the point where the difference between the tidal forces on the “front” and “backside” are large enough that the object is torn apart, and if this sounds familiar you might want to look up “spaghettification.” This is all based on the radius of the planet and the density of the planet and moon. If the moon got close enough to the Earth, around 18,000 km, it would pull apart and be shredded into a beautiful ring. And then the objects in the ring would enter the Earth’s atmosphere and rain down beautiful destruction for thousands of years.
And still on the topic of time travel, while it may not be possible to construct a machine that allows travel through larger periods of time, such as weeks, years, or decades, shorter spans such as a single minute might be.
The ability to jump back into the past by that sort of interval, may still be enough to change the outcome of future events, as it were. That scenario is certainly possible in the aptly titled short film, One-Minute Time Machine, directed by Devon Avery.
There is, needless to say, a price to be paid for such convenience though…
We all know dwarf planet Pluto used to be one of the planets proper, as it were, but does anyone know how Pluto actually became part of the troupe so to speak? Here’s a version of the story that not too many of us are familiar with…
The truth is they’re both pretty lousy, but together they’re better than all the others… with apologies to Keith Richards. Presenting The Carbonite Maneuver, a fan made trailer that blends elements of both realms. Non-canonical, obviously.
Here’s a blast from the past… The Unisex, Omnisexual Purity Test, something I remember taking, or beginning to take, in 1999. I don’t know how many people would have completed the test, given it consists of five hundred questions, but it likely gets right to the core of one’s modesty when that happens.
There is now a slightly easier to take version of the test. In the late 1990s we had to record our answers on paper. Paper? Talk about cruising the electronic frontier that was the information superhighway, hey?
An office worker films the mundane tasks that are part of his job… might this though be a sign of things to come? Rather than placing online and print adverts for jobs, employers could make trailers for vacant positions instead.