May 14, 2012

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Radiolab: Is There an Edge to the Heavens?

Edward Dolnick tells an escape story involving God, humanity, and a huge rewrite of cosmic laws. It began in 1665. A plague hit Cambridge University. All of the students were sent home. One of them is a twenty-something Isaac Newton, who spent his forced summer vacation solving “the problem of the moon” and explaining why that heavenly rock will never be free. 

Sucks for the moon. But Newton’s mental leap ultimately lead to humanity leaving the confines of planet Earth. And as producer Lynn Levy explains, we’re about to reach yet another new frontier. The Voyager probe (which we talked about in our Space episode) is about to become the first human-made object to leave the solar system. And the information it’s been sending us along the way has upended what we thought we knew about our little corner of the universe. Merav Opher is an astronomy professor at BU and a Voyager guest investigator. Ann Druyan is one of the creators of the 1977 Golden Album traveling on the Voyager probe. Together they describe how Voyager continues to surprise us.

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    Not only does the Sun have twirl factor, but at the edge of our solar system, the Hedge really does exist! Guys, listen...
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    That was the best explanation I’ve ever heard of how Isaac Newton figured out gravity and orbits, building on the work...
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    No. There is not.
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    amazing.
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    The scope of this message is so grand… it gives me goosebumps.
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    I just listened to this whilst tending to my plant and had a shockwave of inner thought going on that felt really...
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    Is There an Edge to the Heavens?
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