Sunday, March 28, 2010

National Geographic Channel "Known Universe" Premiere

National Geographic Channel comes through again with a six part mini series highlighting profound mysteries of our known universe. Really the only fault I can find with any of these shows is the fact that they only show in the US, sucks if you live any where else. Computer Generated Imagery, time lapse sequences, slow motion footage, everyday examples and expert's input all go towards great cosmic TV viewing.

Known Universe: Cosmic Collisions

Thursday, April 1, at 10 PM ET.

Apophis a 230 meter near earth object is slated to come between Earth and it's geosynchronous satellites December 2029, it will just miss us but if it happens to enter what they call the keyhole, an area 600 meters wide above the Earth, the Earth's Gravity will alter it's orbit which will put it into a collision course with us on it's return trip April 17, 2036, fatalities estimated at 10 million. We are in a shooting gallery and it is not a question of if but when we get hit by one of these near earth Objects. Using Computer Generated Imagery you'll see, various cosmic collisions like a major asteroid hitting the north pole of Mars, removing the Martian crust and creating the Lowlands, covering almost half the planet. An asteroid hit Venus so hard that it changed it's direction of spin, you'll see 2 neutron stars collide creating more energy in a micro second then our Sun will produce in it's entire 10 billion year lifetime.

Known Universe: Stellar Storms

Thursday, April 8, at 10 PM ET.

Start off with seeing the worst, tornadoes, earthquakes, lightning/thunderstorms, heatwaves the Earth has to offer then travel to Jupiter to visit the Great Red Spot, a storm 3 times the size of Earth that has been going on for maybe 1,000s of years, with winds up to 500 mph, which btw would rip into wood, Earth's fastest recorded wind is 300 mph. Head to Neptune's Great Dark Spot, a storm the size of Earth with winds of up to 1000 mph, then off to exoplanet HD80606B (image above) with storm winds of up to 11, 000 mph. Saturn's Moon Titan coming in at around -300 F has methane showers and lakes, exoplanet Corot-7b with temps of 3,000 F has rivers and lakes of molten minerals and liquefied zinc showers. See dust storms on Mars that cover the whole planet, you'll visit these places and more with the aid of cool CGI

Known Universe: Alien Contact

Thursday, April 16, at 10 PM ET.

The age old question, is there other intelligent life out there somewhere in the Cosmos? Did God create the heavens so we could take pictures of cool things like galaxies just so we could use them as wallpaper on our desktops? I personally think there is other intelligent life out there, I mean there are billions and billions of galaxies, and billions and billions of stars in each of those galaxies, with the majority having planets orbit them, odds are there has got to be a few with intelligent life on them. You'll learn of the Kepler Mission to hunt out Earth like planets, visit SETI, travel to Saturn's Moon Enceladus, Jupiter's Europa, both ice wolds that may have life beneath their surface.

Known Universe: Decoding The Skies

Thursday, April 29, at 10 PM ET.

What we take for granted, and rarely even look at anymore, our cosmos, was what the ancients used and decoded for survival. Being able to understand the stars was key in developing, clocks and calenders, gave the hunter gathers of the time the ability to know when the best time was for planting crops, giving them the power to adapt, therefore they could advance from hunter gatherers to settlers and better make use of their time to solve more of their day to day problems. You'll see some of the most magnificent and largest monuments ever built, such as the Pyramids and Stonehenge how they are related to the heavens and if maybe the ancients had a little help with the construction from alien visitors. Just a cool fact, one of many in this show. The Dogon tribe in North Africa worshiped a star Sirius B back in 3200BC, the thing is it wasn't even discovered till 1862, how did they know about it, simple, they said they had visitors from there, well I'm not saying it's true, I'm saying it's kind of cool, the Ancients if nothing else have very interesting histories.

Known Universe: Final Frontiers

Thursday, May 6, 10 PM ET.

The two major frontiers left to explore, Deep Space and our Deep Oceans, we have only explored 5% of our oceans and less then that of space. Blind shrimp, albino crabs, huge clams, giant tube worms, with human like blood, up until just a while ago we never knew these things ever existed here on earth, deep in our oceans. The ability to stand and thrive in extreme pressures with no sunlight, life was more adaptable and creative then we could ever have imagined, life elsewhere in the universe became a whole lot more probable. This gave scientists who are looking for alien life a better understanding of how life on other planets might thrive and where to go looking for it, like the ice moons of Enceladus and Europa . Interesting fact, there are 2 million animal and plant species, living on the Earth, 200,000 living in our oceans, some scientists are saying there might be as many as 25 million more marine species to be discovered. From Deep Oceans to Deep Space, you'll learn how our universe is expanding and why. Ninety Five percent of our Universe is made up of stuff we do not know the nature of, Dark Matter and Dark Energy may be the cause of it's expansion.

Known Universe: Cosmic Fury

Thursday, May 13, 10 PM ET.

Volcanoes and Earthquakes have killed 75 million people in recorded history, can you imagine if we had planet wide volcanoes like Venus, at any one time, Venus has 1600 major erupting volcanoes and up to 100,000 smaller ones. Io, one of Jupiter's Moons has 300 going on at the same time , with eruptions 100s of miles in the air. Being so close to Jupiter the tidal forces at work are such that during it's high tide the surface is actually stretched 330 ft in the air. Our Sun has solar flares thousands of miles into space, when they break they snap down onto it's surface creating a Sun quake, 11.3 on the Richter scale, 100 times more powerful then our largest ever recorded Earthquake. Talk about Cosmic Fury, Magnetars, a type of Neutron star, their flares can cause quakes of 32 on the Richter scale, that would turn Earth's crust inside out.

Well there you have it, some cool shows coming your way the next couple months. I'll leave you now with a preview of the first in the series Cosmic Collisions.


FishHawk said...

Sounds like a great series of shows to watch! As in regards to it only being shown in the U.S. for now, are we not the only ones who really count, anyway?

Bob Johnson said...

Would seem so Fishhawk,lol.

Marvin the Martian said...

Wish I got NGC!

Astro-Nuts said...

Cool post Bob. Makes me glad I just got the NGC. Oh wait, I'm in Canada; guess I'll have to wait till next year to see it. Looks really interesting though.

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad Marvin, next time you're in town drop by and see the preview screener dvds,:)

Bob Johnson said...

Oh well Colin, I'll have you guys over to watch em over here.

kml said...

I do so wish we were able to get that channel. We love all those types of shows, and watch what PBS manages to show, which aren't as good, but we never miss them!

David Tamayo said...

I spend most of my TV time on NGC, Discovery, or the news. I try to get my children to watch these channels as much as I can also. Great post by the way and beautiful site. ;o) Thanks for the visit and the comment about "Earth Day". We had a BBQ and sat outside talking the whole time. Very enjoyable. Take care my friend.

Lynda Lehmann said...

I love NatGeo.

You speak of unfathomable powers that are fascinating, and scare me half to death!

I'm comfortable thinking about string theory--and about the universe maybe being shaped like a loaf of bread. But when we get to cosmic collisions, I'm stricken (not to make a pun) at the very thought.

But I will watch the series if I can. I'm sure they'll do an excellent job.

Interesting post, Bob!

I was wondering if you've seen "Avatar"?

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad Kathy, they do filter their way down to the Discovery Channel if you get that.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks David, what a cool way to spend Earth Hour, outside enjoying nature and a couple of my favorite things, BBQ and family.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Lynda, the cosmos is both beautiful and scary at the same time isn't it and don't even think of getting me going on about string theory, could go on for hours, a very cool topic,lol.

Yes I have actually seen Avatar a couple times, great fantasy, probably my new favorite movie or at least tied with "Star Wars A New Hope".

Peter said...

Hi! Well if I can't get NGC the next best thing is to come here.

Now, I realise NASA has "Asteroid Watch" but if the poos going to hit the fan, can they do anything to stop the world from being wiped out?

Take Care,

SWUBIRD said...


Super cool post and great imaginary. I will definitely catch that show. Sorry about the limited distribution, old buddy. Maybe I can put in a good word for all of you guys up there in Canada. It only seems fair.

Of course, I definitely believe in ET, especially the panspora theory. Why not? It seems perfectly logical to me. After all, think of all the galaxies, and stars and planets that are much older than our own? When you look at the big picture, it's the only theory that really answers the question: Are we alone? No way, I say.

Take care, thanks for the tip, and remember . . .

Happy trails.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Peter, there are a few things they can do, but nothing that has been tried yet, like exploding bombs on the surface to either blow it up and push it out of it's hit trajectory, but that would create a bunch of little asteroids.

Or attaching some sort of solar sails or rockets on it to push it out of harms way, work somewhat in theory but again not ever tried, who knows, by then they might have come up with something more concrete.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird for putting in the good word for us, :).

The whole thing about intelligent life on other planets is whether or not they would survive from killing themselves off before they were able to either communicate or travel to other planets, we are heading for total destruction, our choice of spending our resources on the military instead of going to the Moon is a perfect example.

Roger said...

Coool I need to watch!

Bob Johnson said...

Great Roger, you'll like.

Ruth said...

Thanks for sharing all this information with us.

I think there is intelligent life out there, has to be.

Glad you found the earth-moon gadget, yay! It certainly belongs here at B & A.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks and right on about you thinking there is life out there and thanks a lot for having the Earth Moon gadget on your blog giving me the idea to have it, very cool Ruth.

Max Coutinho said...

Hey Bob,

Yes, I am one of those "unlucky" ones who live outside the American continent and thus will not be able to view this show...*nodding*...

If there is Alien life, then it was created by doubt about that.
I also think we haven't found out everything there is to be found on Earth...there is yet a lot to be learned.
What would be interesting to know is what is the purpose of those constant eruptions on Jupiter and Venus: what will be its result? It's the prelude of what? What will be generated there?

Have a blessed weekend, my friend :D!


Bob Johnson said...

For sure Max, God created everything.

The constant eruptions on Io are the result of all the heat energy created by the expanding and contracting of its surface during it's low and hide tide phases caused by the immense gravitational pull of Jupiter.

Venus is just frigging hot,and the volcanoes that are still active provide an escape for its hot interior. Have a great Easter weekend Max.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Austin.

Anna said...

Hey Bob, nat geo is excellent channel, thanks for the updates.
Hope all is well with you.
Anna :)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Anna, everything is great with me, hope all is well with you.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

WOW!!! Excellent photos and shows to look forward to!!! Must visit my in laws and ask if I can watch their cable channels!

Have you seen the sun today, Bob?
I think it needs a scolding. :D I won't say what kind of weather we are having because I might have to pull the blinds. LOL

Hugs, JJ

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, no I haven't seen the Sun today, cloudy and expecting snow, sucks!

Livingsword said...

Hi Bob!

When you say keyhole your talking about the “gravitational keyhole, or resonance keyhole, is a small region of space that could alter the course of a passing asteroid due to Earth's gravity in a way that could cause such an asteroid to collide with the Earth on its next orbital pass. The word "keyhole" contrasts the vastness of space with the relatively tiny region through which a body might pass, and is no reference to its shape.” Correct? So couldn’t we simply use a tractor beam to alleviate the problem? Thus locking the door… ;)

Hey our local spa offers molten minerals and liquid zinc showers! Instead I take them in vitamin pills…

Interested in intelligent life in space then you may like my new blog:

Ah yes Deep Space 9 a favorite of mine….I remember the firs time that “dark matter” went public they called it “invisible dark matter”…its just not right that Darth Vader gets it all right turning to the dark side…

If anybody is interested I volcanoes I recommend Yellowstone National Park it is sitting on top of a whopper!

Cool shows I would not have known of if not for you my friend…I have to live vicariously thru you as I don’t get these channels…

Bob Johnson said...

My great friend Livingsword, thanks for dropping by and doing such a super job in explaining the keyhole,since we don't have tractor beams they have thought about the idea of attaching a solar sail on to the asteroid and letting the Suns solar wind move it just enough to put it out of harms way, so few think of outside the box ideas to save millions.

I will definitely visit your new blog, you have such a unique way of looking at things. Again thanks for dropping by my friend.

Livingsword said...

Great to hear your voice Bob…I can picture you sitting in Starbucks!

A solar sail on the asteroid! Now that is an interesting idea…

I am pleased to have impressed everybody with my Wikipedia clip and paste…actually I looked it up because I knew that there are surveillance satellites called “keyhole” so my interest was perked up.

Could we get CERN to throw one of its singularities in the path of the asteroid? ;)

I linked Star and Dragon to Blackholes and Astrostuff (Bob what a great name for a blog it always makes me shake my head at your coolness, you are the man)…

Bob Johnson said...

ooh Livingsword, I like the singularity idea compliments of CERN. I linked you as well, cool site.

Anna said...

Hey Bob where are you, lol?
Just checking if you still blogging.
BTW have you seen newest images of the sun Nasa was able to capture, if not check this out:

Anna :)

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Anna,yes I did catch the videos and pics. About the blog, making some critical decisions lately, where do I see myself and this blog in a year from now going forward on my new adventure, sometimes have to make tough decisions for the greater good. I will always be in touch with you.I'm mostly on facebook for now.

Anna said...

Thanks Bob! Appreciate. Anna :)

Bill said...

Some of this stuff is quite scary Bob. Oh BTW hi. LTNS. and "I'm back" hehehe. :-) Been in transition.

I'm linking to this post. Very good stuff man.

Good to see you and I like what youve done with the blog. Very nice.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Bill, you too, this transition stuff is harsh, good to see you back again!

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