Gravity behaves how Sir Isaac Newton described it: You jump up and gravity brings you back down to the ground. You reach the brow of a hill and gravity accelerates you down the other side. Simply put, gravity is a force that affects and changes the motion of things. Or at least that’s what it… Continue reading Gravity, or The Force That Makes Physicists Curse
What a question, right? In addition to personifying the Universe, this kind of interrogation exposes a premise that plays a lot with our human intuition. We can't be blamed for that, given how easy it is to assume that our sensory perceptions are right. But I do admit that cosmic complexity exceeds any common sense.… Continue reading Universe, Why so Dark?
When looking at the immensity of the known universe and imagining everything found in and out of it, to the proper mind one question becomes obvious: Why is there something instead of nothing? Yet, I am afraid that the answer to said question cannot be deduced by simple means given the laws of physics that… Continue reading Existing Makes No Sense (or so our Physics Say)
About 13.8 billion years ago, everything we know took shape right after one of the greatest events in universal history: a singularity we affectionately named the Big Bang. And what a bang it was! Although I am afraid that we were unable to appreciate such a tremendous occurrence, because, in the universal youth, we did… Continue reading We are Star Stuff
The astronomical objects we call stars are luminous spheroids whose matter is held together by gravity. And, except for our Sun, their visibility only becomes apparent during the darkness of the night. Being then that most of them look like bright spots fixed in the sky, lacking the abstraction of Van Gogh's paintings. But it… Continue reading The Marvel in Our Stars
We used to think that the Universe was made of small, invisible dots of energy, pushing, turning around and buzzing altogether. And that, through the particular arrangements these took and they way in which they'd bounce against each other, all sorts of physical matter could be produced. Artistic impression of an atom. Later on we… Continue reading A Look Into the Fabric of Space-Time
Everything we know started with a bang. Not the usual bang that we regularly associate with the firing of a gun or fireworks, given our limited perspective. Rather this was a cosmic bang. Which means that, instead of exploding, something began to expand. And boy, oh boy, did that something really expand! Graphic representation of… Continue reading The Something Before the Nothing
Throughout all my life, I have always been the kind of girl that would ask many questions. Some for genuine interest’s sake and some others for the sake of boggling the minds of adults. What can I say? I’m also quite the jester. However, this article is not going to expressly speak about said mannerisms.… Continue reading A Subversive Take on a Physics Mystery