So last night Mars was supposed to be the closest to Earth that it comes in it’s orbit around the sun. It was said this could be visible last night, unfortunately that doesn’t really matter when it’s overcast and snowing (yes, snowing, but that’s another problem for another post).
However, two great space related articles came up on my tumblr dashboard this morning. If I can’t get a glimpse of Mars, at least I can read some interesting stuff that’s happening in the universe.
First, from the National Post:
Scientists said they have gotten even closer to proving the existence of the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” that supplies mass to matter and would complete Albert Einstein’s theory of the universe.
Next up, from National Public Radio:
They’re too important to leave it at that. So, let’s look at the “whys” and “wherefores” of the Dark Duo. With today’s post, I’m going to begin this exploration with a simple fact and its cosmic (literally) interpretation.
Let’s start with a very important distinction. Dark Matter and Dark Energy have nothing (as far as we know) to do with each other. The only thing they have in common is that evocative adjective “dark,” which, for astrophysicists, simply means we can see an effect but we can’t see the cause. -Adam Frank
Click the headlines to read more from each story.
- Dark Matter, Dark Energy And The Shadow Universe (npr.org)
- 10 Weird Stories About the Higgs Boson (io9.com)
- Are dark matter and dark energy the gods of physics? (theskepticalteenager.wordpress.com)