This Tuesday, we will be taking a look at space myths with a fun and factual debunking by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, then we will take a deep dive into the Orion Constellation.
Here is one space myth to whet our appetites until this Tuesday:
Why you shouldn’t get your facts from Hollywood.
1. We explode in space
Like many of the myths that will follow, this idea was mostly created by Hollywood. Oftentimes, moviemakers aren’t really that concerned with the facts. They will readily take liberties with reality in order to make a scene look more interesting. From movies, we know that the instant a human is exposed to outer space without a protective suit, he’s a goner who, most likely, will explode in a splatter of blood and guts (depending on the rating of the film).
Exposure to space will definitely kill you, but not instantly and not in such a visceral way. A human being can survive exposed to space for about half a minute with no permanent damage. It won’t be pleasant, but it’s not instant death. You would probably die of asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen. There is one movie that got this right – Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Source: IFL Science)
An in-depth look at the Orion constellation.
Orion [The Hunter] is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. (Source: Wikipedia)
Our telescopes will be operating. Successful telescope viewing assumes a cloudless sky. Saturn will be the only worthwhile object to view, and that will be late in the evening as sunset will be at about 8.15pm. The sky will still be quite light until at least 9pm. The moon won’t be visible. Mars is in the sky but it will not be worth viewing.
Space myths & the Orion constellation
at our Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga
on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm.