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    • Mysteries of Deep Space: Supernovae

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      This is part of a series of documentaries that explores the deepest mysteries of space. It is presented with the use of live-action sequences, as well as high quality and advanced computer animation. The images are also taken from the captures of the Hubble Space Telescope, providing viewers with an almost ideal, and perfectly stunning view of what the world is like up there.

      This series has been presented on the Science Channel.

      Mysteries of Deep Space: Part 2 of 6

      To some there is no vision more reassuring: the cycles of the sun and the moon, the heavens ceaselessly turning. The night sky is unchanging and eternal — Or so it seems. But modern astronomy has given us a much different vision: a universe that roils and vents its rage… In fierce radiation jets that erupt from newborn stars. In netherworlds where matter billions of times the mass of our sun collapses to a single point. In the most violent explosions since the Big Bang… The supernova.

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      Published on May 20, 2010 · Filed under: Astronomy, Space, Cosmology, Physics, Science, Technology
    • Robbyou

      I’m digging this, but I need this explained… At around 2 mins he describes the explosion. He states that in those 3 seconds it releases more energy than all of the rest of the universe combined. How is that possible? wouldn’t there be some universal repercussion tho alter the reigion and the rest of space? Or is the standard answer that the universe is just “THAT HUGE” that it seemingly is a drop of water in a proverbial ocean correct? any ideas? I am having a hard time visualizing it or wrapping my head around it.

    • Boom!

      It’s all about E=mc². This shows us that matter can be turned in to high amounts of energy and vice versa.
      The mass of exploding star turns in to energy just like nuclear bombs do.

    • Majid

      Very nice Raza. A divine book indeed.

    • Ben Blanton

      Guys,

      Why did you allow this interesting conversation about the energy expelled by supernovae, E=mc^2, and the big bang theory, to transform into something cruel and distasteful? Cut the guy some slack! Yeah, if he does nothing but talk about the quran, then that’s not cool, but there are better ways to approach it.

      I believe in God, Frank; granted it’s not the same god as Raza, but none the less (and I’m an astrophysics student)

      Don’t tell us we’re wrong until you have explicit data that confirms otherwise. Isn’t that what science is all about? Until then, kindly keep your prejudice to yourself.

      Now, if you have anything else to discuss about the topic at hand, let’s talk about that.

    • Tiago C.

      @Ben Blanton.

      I completly agree with you.
      But don’t forget that other people also have right to think differently than you and Raza, and just like Raza, also have the right to express their opinions.

      As to me, I believe in exactly what a great scientist that also believed in God said, and Raza wrote: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”
      (and that doesn’t make me any more correct than anyone else regarding this subject)

      To me, this Einstein’s quote is in fact dead on.
      In my opinion, science and religion don’t necessarily have to completly exclude eachother off. In fact religion was a form of primitive science, and actual science was born out of religion. If you look at ancient civilizations you will see that the same people that studied the stars also worshipped them, also, more recently, in the middle ages many scientific discoveries that are still considered correct by science today, came for clerk members.

      So just like I wrote on another post on this site:
      “I’m not saying there is a god…and I’m not saying there isn’t. What I’m saying is that from what we know…we just don’t know.”

      Because, and also quoting myself, “No matter how advanced our science is or will be in a near or maybe even far future, there is still a HUGE gap that leaves space to God, that gap is still so huge beyond our comprehension that we still need a God to explain it.”.
      And by that I don’t mean I don’t believe (at least not yet) in the inability of science to explain reality, I mean that science still has a lot of unexplained reality to account for.

      And also don’t forget (quoting someone else’s reply to my post): “abscence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

      So about the subject of the existence of God or what “It” is, what I think describes it best, is the fact that from what we know, we just don’t know. About this subject everyone’s entitled to an opinion. And because we can’t prove or disprove any of them, no one can be considered any less or any more correct than anyone else.

      Of course this only applies to the unexplained things, and not the things that have already been proven (otherwise or likewise) ;)

      Reality is really something awe inspiring when you look at it. Not only when you just try to understand how it works, but especially when you ponder on why and how it exists.
      Watching this doco, to me, raises these questions even more, how can something like this (our Universe) exist? What started it all? and why?

      So finally to finish this long post, I do think science should open it’s eyes a little more to religion (and in my opinion is in fact already doing so, to some point), and religion needs to start to accept the need to change some of their views and concepts about reality by looking a bit more at science and it’s new (and also, not so new) discoveries.

    • robbyou

      Well thought out, and stated. I agree with your premise, but feel paragraph long inflamitory qoutes from religious books do little than cause inflamitory reactions.

    • Tiago C.

      Yea I can understand what you mean.
      As for me I just skip those comments or laugh about them a little. But I do understand that somethings can hit a nerve sometimes.
      And everyone’s entitled to an opinion and to share it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that as long as it’s a respectful opinion. Otherwise we’d all be better off by refraining from sharing it.

      In this case I’m referring more to Frank’s comment, when he compared Raza’s belief (and generalized to all religious beliefs) to a mental illness.
      Even though I myself find it funny on one side, that comment was completly disrespectfull of the other person’s opinion.

      Basicllay what I’m saying is that there’s nothing wrong wih trying to make other people see your point of view, but things often go wrong when you try to make them change theirs.

    • Chloe

      Let’s just keep science and religion away from each other. Whenever they try to mix, it always end in debate.

      Before the advent of science, people needed to “believe” in something or someone other than themselves, to guide them, to give them hope, so they feel ‘protected’ by some great being. There are still people like that. Then there are those who can only believe in something after they see evidence of it. Which ever path floats your boat, it’s cool, just don’t force what you believe in onto other people.

      I realised that religious fundamentalists of ANY type of religion truly believe in their faith so there’s no point in me trying to make them see my view. It would be the same for them to force their views onto me, I would resent it. So I’ve given up on wasting my time on explaining things to them.

    • Amir Bengali

      amazing documentary
      thanks

    • (just a) FROG on the LOG

      I know what the “C” that follows Tiagos name stands for -COOL! Thats a fantastic comment, dude!

    • Tiago C.

      hehe thx you’re not so bad yourself ;)

    • Leo

      Ben Blanton…..

      Astrophysics student…. hmmm… and? Is the fact that you were brought up with a certain set of beliefs supposed to be any more true to anyone else because you say that you’re an astrophysics student? I think a better point would be HOW MANY astrophysics students are religious on average vs. how many of them understand that religion/God is NOT what science is about. Not to mention that i can get on the internet and say that i’m a brain surgeon or Ed Witten’s towel boy… the bottom line is that a lot of people like to make claims like that to further their cause when on a medium like this it is meaningless.

      Oh and by the way, IF you truly were an astrophysics student you would understand something about this quote you made….
      “Don’t tell us we’re wrong until you have explicit data that confirms otherwise. Isn’t that what science is all about? Until then, kindly keep your prejudice to yourself”

      Let me explain what i mean… in science you don’t get to go around and say… I believe SO and SO is real and so do other people. Now… it’s up to YOU to prove us wrong.
      That right there is why i don’t think you kind sir are involved in any real way in the field of science because anyone can make a claim but in science if you make a wild or amazing claim THE BURDEN OF PROOF IS ON YOU!!! NOT EVERYONE ELSE!!!!
      Substantial claims require substantial EVIDENCE. Keep that in mind MR. Astro.

      I do believe that ANYONE has the right to believe whatever they want and if they want to believe in some sort of higher being… hey … no prob… BUT .. when you go round and pervert the way real science is done and confuse those that are either uneducated or miseducated in modern science (as way too many are) i’m sorry but i gotta call you out!!
      Again…. you don’t get to say something then ask “Hey, can you prove me wrong… NO??? Well then shut up about it”
      As i said the reason is that the burden of proof is on the party that is making the claim that is currently OUTSIDE of what current science addresses.
      So have you’re beliefs but i’m just commenting on the generally accepted practices in science itself not religion.

      As for this site and these docs… MAN… i REALLY wish that soooo many people i know could take a couple of mins out of their day and walk away from the E! channel or US magazine etc… and if they’re not gonna go and read or take a class or two to understand the world around them … perhaps they could come to a place like this cuz’ there really is quite a bit that the average person could learn on a site like this so THANKS! to those who keep this site up and keep the doc’s coming! :)

    • Leo

      LKB…. lol…. YOU BEAT ME TO IT!!! :)

      i was typing that post for like 30 plus mins and hit submit and there you are makin one of my main points and alot quicker i might add lol !!!!
      But bravo bro.

    • Kashif

      ”Please remember to keep the discussions respectful.”
      but seems like robbyou is an imbecile fuck who goes around making fun of people’s religion and religious personalities, like islam in this case. u can make fun of jesus, which btw is frowned upon by muslim communities when u do, but when mentioning our prophet u will be respectful!!!! so better watch ur fucking mouth….
      i havent read what ‘raza’ wrote, but there are dumb fucks in all sects of life. Science is an appreciation of religion, end off…
      this forum is for science related discussion, not slanting off religious personalities so ROBBYOU, FUCK YOU!!!