Special Halloween Edition

Hey Space Bloggers – Sorry, but I have to interrupt Space Game this week to bring you a special report:

It all started when these scientists started talking about this weird neutrino (very, VERY small particle) that supposedly goes faster than the speed of  light (186,000 miles a second, that’s EVERY second).

At first I thought, who cares, right? I mean, so this tiny thing goes really fast? What’s the big deal?

Well, I asked Dr. Spaceman  that question and he told me that it is a VERY BIG DEAL because it breaks the law! Well, technically it breaks a theory, but it’s practically a law because its been proven right like a gazillion times. Of course, I’m talking about Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (probably the most famous theory ever!)

Photo acknowledgement: Institute for Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt, Germany

According to this theory, nothing–not a bullet, or a plane, or even a tiny neutrino–can go faster than light. If it could, well lets just say things could get bad – or cool – depending on whether or not you like the idea of .     .     .

Crazy, huh? I mean, if you think about it that means that you could  turn a corner one day and run into a flesh eating pterodactyl taking a vacation from the Mesozoic era, or maybe a curious robot from the 27th century coming back to dissect primitive humans like us.

But I wouldn’t think about that if I were you,  especially not tonight when you’re out trick or treating with all those ghosties and goblins. I’m sure none of them are real live monsters from our primordial past. It’s not at all likely they could be alien zombies who invade Earth in a hundred years and then come back to get US.

I mean, don’t worry.  It’s just not possible. Albert Einstein said so and–

HEY, who is that old guy across the street with the frizzy white hair, big nose, and funny mustache??? It couldn’t possibly be….I mean, he died a long time ago…unless… Excuse me, Space Bloggers. I have a few more questions for Dr. Spaceman.

But before I go, there was something I wanted to tell you… Oh, yes! For the exciting conclusion to Space Game: Where in the World is Destination Eleven? be sure to check back next week, or will that be last week? I am so confused!

About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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6 Responses to Special Halloween Edition

  1. Judith says:


  2. Judith says:

    The thought of something traveling faster than the speed of light…

    It’s always exciting when our assumptions are proved wrong, but this one is really a bit unnerving. It calls into question reality itself.

    Also, if someone comes back from the 27th century to report that they’ve cured old age, can I hit him? Hard?

    • Nice to hear from you, Judith! Yes, reality seems to be a little shakier than usual these days, and spookier. I like your comment about questioning our assumptions. Hmmm, desert before dinner… talking in the library… October vacations… that raises a lot of possibilities!
      But about that hitting thing — still frowned upon.

  3. Good for you, Archimedes, for taking a stand on Saturn – although it’s impossible to actually ‘stand’ on Saturn, taking a stand is a very fine thing to do whether it’s on Saturn or some other planet, so . . Well, let’s just say that you’re position is noted and appreciated!

  4. archimedes says:

    Your neutrino talk has me really spooked now.

    I don’t know if I am getting hints from the future or what, but I am ready to take
    a stand on Destination Ten. My guess is that friend of the Titans, Saturn.

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