Kepler-452b: The Importance and Reality of the “Earth 2.0” Discovery

Yesterdays announcement by the NASA Kepler mission confirmed many new exoplanets discovered by the impressive telescope. Among these is the press self-proclaimed “Earth 2.0” or Kepler-452b. There are reasons to both get excited and be hesitant about these announcements. The raw facts released in the paper published to Astrophysical Journal – http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/ms-r1b.pdf – suggests that this…

Physics Horizon to Begin Regular Posts Very Soon!

Hi Readers, Physics Horizon has been very much stagnant for a while now, but I am still very thankful for such a constant stream of readers who seem to really enjoy even the now archival new articles. With my final examinations for my degree coming to a close in just under a months time, I…

Looking at the Dark Matter World

Hi readers of Physics Horizon. It has been a few months since there was the last news post! The reason for this is I have been working hard on my 4th year at University. I hope to be able to bring you more regular news in the coming weeks and I am really glad that…

Bad News for Cosmic Inflation

A paper released today after careful analysis of the CMB (cosmic microwave background) map captured by the Planck satellite have revealed that contrary to the claim by the BICEP2 telescope of polarisation in the photons from the CMB this could be purely due to unaccounted for galactic dust. The original BICEP2 evidence released in support of polarisation…

Spotlight #1: The Big Bang

Welcome to the first of the Physics Horizon Spotlights, what better way to start than with the most accepted theory about how our Universe began! I will start by testing your brain to see whether you are superhuman, I ask you to close your eyes and imagine a zero dimensional space-time region, no space, no…