March 1, 2020 0

These Are 9 Future Astronomical Events! (With Insane Curiosity Channel)

From things that happen in the sky to the
birth of many new things in the universe, join us as we explore 9 future astronomical
events. 9. Halley’s Comet
If you’re looking for an event that you can almost plan to the month or day, then you
have to look for something that is a part of the natural order of the universe, and
something that can be timed due to orbit or other factors. That’s true for Halley’s Comet, and it’s something
that can be timed, but only for one in a lifetime. Why do I say “around once in a lifetime”? Well that’s because Halley’s Comet is known
as a “short period comet”, as it circles the confines of space, and then arrives back at
Earth every 75-76 years. So if you’re lucky, you could see it twice
in a lifetime. This feature of the comet has actually made
it one of the most popular things in the universe, as you can literally see it in the sky above
without much issue, especially in places like the countryside or areas without light pollution. If you’re curious about when it’ll show up
at Earth next time, you do have a bit of a wait. The last time it appeared around Earth was
1986, which means that it’s estimated to return to Earth around 2061. The fascinating bit about this though is that
Halley’s Comet has been documented in historical texts from as far back as 240 BC. And multiple nations, including the Chinese,
Babylonians, and even Medieval Europeans took note of the comet from where they were. Which makes it not just a cool object, but
one that has been noted in the annals of history. But it was only in 1705, when English Astronomer
Edmond Halley noted its periodic nature that the comet was truly “noted” by science. And thus why it’s called “Halley’s Comet”. The comets fame is known worldwide, and while
it’s still another four plus decades from “meeting” the Earth again, if you’re around
at that time, you’ll be in for a very special thing. 8. The Birth and Death of Stars
If you really think about it, there are a lot of “natural phenomena” in space that happen
all the time and we just don’t notice it. One of the biggest of these things is the
birth and death of stars. Stars are of course one of the most important
things in the universe as they bring light, warmth, and are an anchor point for many solar
systems and galaxies thanks to the gravity they exert. But what they also are in the universe are
one of the greatest example of rebuilding after death. You see, with many stars, the force that causes
them to die is also the force that can cause them to be reborn. Granted, not all of them happen instantly,
and some stars die so violently that they actually create black holes, but in most cases,
when a star dies, it creates a new star in its place. Sometimes they even birth new kinds of stars
beyond what they were before like Neutron stars or Pulsars. These events happen all over the universe,
we just don’t notice them because of the distance, but when they do happen, they leave quite
a mark, and scientists love to find that mark. 7. Asteroid Flying By Earth
While it’s true that space is a place that is full of awe and wonder, many know that
it’s also a place full of dangers. And one of the biggest dangers out there is
the threat of asteroids. Despite what sci-fi films tell you, if an
asteroid big enough to destroy the Earth heads directly for us, we honestly don’t have much
that could stop it. What’s even more scary though is that there
have been many cases throughout history where asteroids have had “fly bys” with Earth. Meaning that they fly right past us or get
REALLY close to us. And another one of those fly bys is coming
soon. In less than a decade, on April 13th, 2029,
one such fly by will happen. The asteroid itself was discovered all the
way back in 2004, and it was named 999 apophis. When it arrives near Earth on 2029, it’ll
literally fly between the Earth and the moon. What’s more, when it was projected flight
path wise in 2004, it was deemed that there was a possibility that it could hit Earth. And given its size, it would’ve had quite
an impact. However, further study rendered that theory
false. Though not by the margin you might think. The margin it’s going to miss Earth is only
about 31,000 kilometers give or take. Which is a significant distance, but not one
that is so far out of reach that we wouldn’t be scared by it. There are actually satellites out in orbit
around the Earth that are farther out than this asteroid will be when it arrives. Still, at present, we don’t have any danger
of this asteroid hitting the Earth. And given the size of 999 apophis, scientists
are going to be eagerly studying the rock so that they can learn more about asteroids
of this size. Before we talk about more events that’ll be
happening in space in the immediate and far future, be sure to like the video and subscribe
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videos. 6. The Earth Poles Shifting
From an event that is about 10 years away to an event that is 13,000 years away, it’s
believe that at this point in the Earth’s life, the actual poles that the Earth is balanced
on…will shift. While that may not seem so bad at first, it’s
actually really…really…bad. You see, there are a LOT of forces that keep
the Earth as it is right now, and one of those things is the magnetic poles that keep the
Earth both balanced, safe from radiation, and help determine the weather patterns for
the planet. If you’ve ever wondered why the seasons for
the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are so different, that is why. So now imagine what would happen if the poles
of the planet switched? Yeah, the weather of Earth would fall into
disarray, and the changes would be more than the seasons swapping. Though to be clear, that is one effect that
would happen. The way the seasons would go would be shifted
severely, but that’s only the first layer of what is going on. You see, another reason the seasons happen
like they do is based on the Earth’s composition. So because of the Northern hemisphere having
more land, seasonal variances happen a lot more often, and with the polar shift? Yeah, the seasons will get a LOT more extreme. The summers getting hotter, the winters getting
colder, and life on Earth won’t be as nice and balanced as it is right now. 5. The Exploration Of Space By Man
I’m sure you’re looking at this one and going, “Uh…didn’t we already do that?” And to an extent, you are right, humanity
has already embraced the stars in a certain way and have explored it to a certain extent
via telescopes, probes, satellites, and more. We’ve even reached an area of interstellar
space that we once dreamed would be impossible to reach with our current technology. So we have explored space, but man themselves
haven’t explored space yet. We have not gone onto ships to colonize other
worlds, or boldly went where no man has gone before…or at least we haven’t done that
since 1969 when we landed on the moon. The point here is that when it comes to space
exploration, this is something that humanity is longing to do in many ways. We’re already setting our course for Mars
in the next decade and aim to have a colony set up on it by the year 2030, if not sooner. But what happens after that? Where do we go from there? That is the question that many people are
asking, and as time goes on, that answer is going to be much, much clearly. So if we’re talking about future astronomical
events, let’s start thinking about where humanity will be amongst the stars in the next 100
years or so, or 200 years, or in 1000 years. Sure, it’s fair to believe that we’ll likely
be in our solar system still for 100 years, but can we say that for the next 100? Technology is advancing rapidly, so it’s possible
that we’ll only be needing one big breakthrough in order to go farther, faster, higher, and
of course, deeper into space. Imagine a humanity that has truly embraced
the stars, one that has taken root on every possible planet that we can live on, or even
transforming planets to fuel our needs. It’s not impossible, it’s just a matter of
time and technology. 4. Solar Eclipse
Technically speaking, a solar eclipse is not a “rare” phenomenon. The key factor that you have to take note
of is where you live in the world. Because depending on where you are, solar
eclipses can happen as frequently as every year or so. But in terms of Earth-wide solar eclipses
where the sun and moon crossover in the same spot, those are a little more sporadic. In August 2nd, 2027, certain parts of the
world (mainly those close to the Prime Meridian) will be able to witness not just a solar eclipse,
but one that will last for over 6 minutes. Which will make this particular eclipse the
second longest one of the entire century. While six minutes of light may not seem like
a lot in the grand scheme of time, you need to remember that this is an event where the
sun is blocked by the moon almost entirely. Meaning that the light that hits the Earth
is blocked by the moon itself. So for that to happen for six minutes or longer
is actually a pretty substantial astrological occurrence. And one that will no doubt be witnessed by
many people who want to see this long event. Now, as mentioned, there are some areas that
will be able to witness the eclipse much better than others. That’s because when it comes to events like
this, the path of the sun, moon, and Earth are all paramount in witnessing something
like and eclipse. Britain via Gibraltar, parts of North and
Southern Africa for example will be the best witnesses to the event. But don’t feel bad if you’re not along that
path, smaller eclipses will happen in your lifetime if you’re in the right spot. 3. Lunar Eclipse
To contrast a solar eclipse, let’s talk about a Lunar Eclipse, which doesn’t happen very
often and is one of the more curious things that happens because it’s kind of the opposite
of the Solar Eclipse in many ways. For example, when the former happens, the
moon blocks out the sun, creating a really cool effect. But when it’s the moons turn to get blocked
out, the Earth does that. You see, the moon quite literally gets lost
in the shadow of Earth. It’s a really weird thing, but it’s something
that is kind of cool to see happen. It gives new meaning to “Dark Side of the
Moon” am I right? Anyway, another big difference between a solar
and lunar eclipse is that when the latter happens, it stays that way for some time. You can see it from anyplace on Earth that
it’s currently nighttime, and it’ll last for nearly two hours. The next one is scheduled for June 9th, 2123,
and it’s expected to go about 106 minutes. That’s a long eclipse. 2. The Finding Of Dark Matter? There are many mysteries in the universe,
but one of the biggest ones by far is the question of Dark Matter. Many prominent scientists believe that Dark
Matter not only exists, but that it’s a key part of the universe as a whole. To the extent that it’s part of the reason
why the universe is always expanding. The problem is that this “matter” is quite
invisible, thus making it very hard to detect. Because of that, Dark Matter is still a theory…at
least for now. With the growth of technology, it’s incredibly
plausible that scientists will be able to make a device that’ll allow them to detect
Dark Matter and thus prove that it is real. The next step would be to make a way of capturing
Dark matter and proving its effects on the universe at large. Though it’s unclear when this kind of discovery
will be made, should it be made we’ll be able to learn more about the universe as a whole,
including finding out why the universe acts like it does in certain ways. 1. Planetary Alignment
Remember what I said about planets and their orbits? Well, another byproduct of those unique orbits
is that they’re rarely, if ever, aligned perfectly. You know, as in you can make a straight line
from Mercury to Pluto (it’s a planet!!)? Yeah, that rarely happens, but it does happen
occasionally, and it’s going to happen again soon. Or at least…in part. Scientists estimate that in 2040, there will
be an alignment of many of the major planets, including Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and
even our moon. So while it won’t be a full planetary alignment
(that one actually happens in the 25 century), it’s still going to be a pretty epic and rare
event. One that you’ll definitely be able to see. Of course, if you can find a way to live until
the 25th century and see the full alignment, power to you. It’ll be a great sight for sure. Thanks for watching everyone! What do you think of these future astronomical
events? Are there any on this list that you personally
would want to see? Do you know of other astronomical events that
will happen? Let us know in the comments below, be sure
to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

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