Monday, December 28, 2015

The New Twilight Zone - Paladin of the Lost Hour



Today on Far Future Horizons we present an episode of “The New Twilight Zone” titled “Paladin of the Lost Hour” which was one of the last television appearances of veteran actor Danny Kaye.


Monday, December 21, 2015

The Universe ~ The Search for Cosmic Clusters

The Pleiades star cluster (which is an example of an open cluster)
Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed History Channel series The Universe, concerning the Search for Cosmic Clusters.

Cosmic clusters are the one-stop-shopping places for learning all about the nature, variety and evolution of stars in the Universe. 
A Globular Cluster

They are unique, because in clusters, all the stars were born at about the same time, from the same material and all are at the same approximate distance from Earth. This means we can be sure that any differences among them are due to their true natures and not distorted by different distances from Earth and other factors.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Universe - Space Travel


Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to look at some revolutionary ideas about travelling in space, from spaceship designs to innovative methods of propulsion such as solar sails and laser beams. We will also take a look at antimatter as a power source and the possibilities of faster-than-light travel that could make the greatest dream of science fiction a reality. 


Our video feature for today is History Channel’s outstanding documentary series The Universe ~ Space Travel.




Saturday, December 19, 2015

Storm Worlds

A Raging Storm in Jupiter's Atmosphere 

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series Naked Science which examines the most extreme weather conditions in the cosmos.


Friday, December 18, 2015

400 Years of the Telescope




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the landmark PBS documentary “400 Years of the Telescope” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is a celebration of Galileo's first telescopic observations of the cosmos in 1609, and the resulting journey of discovery for humanity that has transpired over the past four centuries.


This documentary features interviews with leading astrophysicists and cosmologists from the world's renowned universities and observatories, who explain concepts ranging from Galileo's act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including startling new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy — a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Titan, a sense of déjà vu?


Today on Far Future Horizons we focus our sights on Saturn’s mysterious and mesmerizing moon Titan. Titan is a moon shrouded in a thick orange red atmosphere which, like the planet Venus, hides its surface from the gaze of terrestrial astronomers. To paraphrase the great Winston Churchill, Titan was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. And, our puzzlement over Titan only deepened when we pierce its veil and obtained our very first pictures of its surface.



So much so, and quoting directly from an upcoming article in Scientific American titled “The Moon That Would Be a Planet”:


“….. On the morning of January 14, 2005, at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, the pictures caused jubilation and puzzlement in equal measure. None of us expected the landscape to look so Earth-like. 




As Huygens parachuted down, its aerial pictures showed branching river channels cut by rain-fed streams. It landed on the damp, pebble-covered site of a recent flash flood. What was alien about Titan was its eerie familiarity”. 



And, it is this sense of déjà vu that prompts us to ask the question is Titan, A Place Like Home?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Universe - Cosmic Apocalypse

BIG RIP : Dramatic end of our universe




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the ultimate "End of Days". The Year is Twenty Billion AD and there is something gravely wrong with the Universe. The Universe as we know it is condemned to death. Space, matter and even time will one day cease to exist and there's nothing we can do about it. 



  
Harsh realities are revealed about the future of our Universe; it may collapse and burn or it might be gripped by a galactic ice age. Either of these scenarios are a long way off. 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Big Bang and Beyond


Today on Far Future Horizons we examine perhaps one of the most profound questions of all time: How did the Universe come into being?



In this stunning documentary, we take a historical odyssey and examine how some of the greatest minds of our species have probed the unknown in search of order, logic, and the answers to how the Cosmos, life and consciousness came into existence. 





Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Universe - The Most Dangerous Places in the Universe

Magstar



Today on Far Future Horizons we will be taking a tour of the cosmic hot zones -- black holes, galaxy mergers, gamma ray bursts and magnetars. Super black holes can literally lasso Earth out of the solar system.


Galactic Cannibalism


A clash between two galaxies can result in a ritual called galactic cannibalism. Magnetars are a cosmic magnetic force so strong it could wipe out data on every credit card.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Universe ~ The Wildest Weather in the Cosmos

A World of Iron Rain

Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to take a guided tour to locales far removed from our home planet where the weather is distinctly inclement. Imagine a tornado so powerful, it can form a planet or how about rain made of iron.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Brief History of Time – The Documentary




Today on Far Future Horizons we present "A Brief History of Time – The Documentary".


This is a movie about Stephen Hawking’s ideas as outlined in his best selling book “A Brief History of Time” and about his life.



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tutankhamun's Fireball



Today on Far Future Horizons we join a team of interdisciplinary scientists in a solving a scientific detective story worthy of Sherlock Holmes.


Our mystery begins in Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities when an Italian mineralogist discovers a mysterious green gem in the center of Tutankhamun's necklace.

A gem compose of a bizarre form of glass whose origins can only be traced to a time well before the dawn of Egyptian civilization and the fiery heat of a nuclear conflagration. The game is afoot when we go on an intrepid odyssey into the heart of the blistering Sahara desert in search of Tutankhamun's Fireball.






Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Secrets of the Solar System



Today on Far Future Horizons we present another fascinating documentary from the acclaimed BBC science series Horizon.

In this installment of Horizon, we look at the most recent discoveries in Astronomy and how they are forcing us to rewrite the entire story of our solar system’s origin.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Prophets of Science Fiction ~ George Lucas



Today on Far Future Horizons,  in breathless anticipation for the upcoming  Los Angeles premiere on December 14th, 2015 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we present another exciting installment of the acclaimed documentary the Prophets of Science Fiction.

This episode focuses on the life and work of the film director and producer George Lucas.


From Luke Skywalker's light sabre to Darth Vader's Death Star, the Star Wars franchise is one of the defining science fiction works of the later 20th century. George Lucas' prolific imagination has already inspired two generations of scientists and engineers to push the envelope of technology. By introducing computers into the filmmaking process, he changed the way movies are made, and the way we all see the future.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Star Wars Legacy



Today on Far Future Horizons,  in breathless anticipation for the upcoming Los Angeles premiere on December 14th, 2015 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens .we present a documentary that will interest all fans of the Star Wars saga - “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed”.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Star Wars Tech



Today on Far Future Horizons,  in breathless anticipation for the upcoming  Los Angeles premiere on December 14th, 2015 of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we will take a close look at the science behind George Lucas’ epic science fantasy saga – Star Wars.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Red Giant ~ Swallowed by the Sun



Today on Far Future Horizons we present a horrific scenario. What if our life-giving Sun were to suddenly begin expanding into a Red Giant? A stellar Rip Van Winkle effect.



Something the Sun was not supposed to do until five billion years from now when it exhausts all its hydrogen fuel in its core and leaves the Main Sequence stage of its life. 


The current size of the Sun (now in the main sequence) compared to its estimated maximum size during its red-giant phase in the future


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Aftermath - When the Earth Stops Spinning




Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the dire consequences if the Earth were to gradually stop spinning on its axis.


In this catastrophic scenario the spin of the Earth starts slowing down dramatically and is estimated Earth would stop spinning in as little as five years. The first effect is the isolation between the Global Positioning System satellites and ground-based atomic clocks. Then the all-day, all-night stock markets crash because the day is longer than 24 hours.




Over billions of years, our planet has developed into an intricate ecosystem, capable of sustaining life. But what would the outcome be if we were confronted by scenarios of apocalyptic proportions? Aftermath examines how we would cope in the event of various natural and man-made happenings on an epic scale. Imagining extreme scenarios, this four-part series looks at how the entire world would prepare for the end of time.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dark Matters Twisted But True - Episode 1




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the first episode of the documentary series Dark Matters,the twisted but “true” tales of science gone amok.


Personally I would classify many of the tales here as pseudoscientific.


Dark Matters: Twisted But True, is a television series takes you inside the laboratory to profile strange science and expose some of history's most bizarre experiments. Hosted by science fiction actor John Noble, of Fringe, Lord of the Rings fame, get ready to delve into the most unusual research ever conducted.