Can we see the end of the universe?
The greatest discoveries in science often sprung from outside of the box thinking. It could be said that both Newton and Einstein came up with their ideas initially simply by taking a fresh look at how we describe our universe. What’s currently important is that fresh ideas get looked at and debated. That’s innovation, and it’s all around us currently from SpaceX revolutionizing the aerospace industry to murmurs of private efforts to harness fusion.
But what else might we do? My guest Dr. David Kipping has come up with an idea for a new type of telescope, not using mirrors or lenses per se, but the earth itself perhaps eventually giving us an entirely new way to view our universe.
Professor David Kipping speaks with John Michael Godlier about a solution for turning the Earth into a “Terrascope”, an earth sized telescope. Also discussed were the SETI implications of using the Terrascope as well as using it to send signals out or if alien civilizations and technosignature implications.
Using Black Holes to Traverse the Universe with Dr. David Kipping:
Turning Earth Into a Telescope | The Terrascope:
Kipping, David (2019), “The Terrascope: On the Possibility of Using the Earth as an Atmospheric Lens”, PASP, accepted for publication:
Cool Worlds – YouTube:
Intro music courtesy of Aerium: