A Smashing Touchdown

A common theme in movies is a meteorite or asteroid streaking down from the skies and blowing up a sizeable portion of the earth then causing a catastrophe wiping out a significant fraction of humanity if not its entirety.

No tsunamis, earthquakes or gigantic explosions in this one though. If a featured AFP news yesterday is true however, a meteorite, which crashed somewhere in southern Peru, afflicted villagers with a mysterious illness. The said villagers reported “headaches and vomiting brought on by a ‘strange odor,'” according to the report.

A more recent AP article reports however that experts did confirm the crash but are still investigating the claims on the “illness” the crash caused.

Wait a minute! Didn’t venom originate from a meteorite from outer space as well?! 😛

Proof of Dark Matter

Another NASA article involving astronomy and physics the other day had me writing this entry. This time, the article involves the dark matter of one of the lot of theories in physics.

It is pretty interesting to note that while astromers believe that the stuff comprises majority of the known universe, they know so little about it. The discovery of a hazy ring of what’s supposedly dark matter then is more than welcome in the move to shed light on the subject. Now whether it does actually count for concrete evidence or not is another thing to watch out in subsequent editions of Physics books.

A New Frontier?

 Potentially Habitable Planet Found

About 3 days ago, a yahoo tidbit caught my attention as I was checking my mail. Apparently a potentially habitable planet was found.

So starts the said article, (from which the image here is also taken:)

For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for “life in the universe.”

The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But the star it closely orbits, known as a “red dwarf,” is much smaller, dimmer and cooler than our sun.

While I won’t get the chance to visit the place in this lifetime, it sure is interesting to see mankind set its eyes on a whole new and different frontier in this one.