The physical processes of our natural world are on constant display. They shape our surroundings on scales large and small. Across the Universe, Nature does the same.
This series helps us better understand cosmic phenomena by looking and studying what we see close to home. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS HERE, HAPPENS THERE, AND EVERYWHERE.
Atoms, the building blocks of matter, are constantly in motion, moving around at speeds that are thousands of miles per hour at room temperature, and millions of miles per hour behind a supernova shock wave.
You are relaxing with a book on a nice sunny day when a friend leans over your shoulder and the page goes dark. "Hey, you're blocking my light!" Any time an object blocks the light from another source, it can form a shadow.
On Earth, winds can blow briefly during a storm, and over long time scales, as in the jet stream. Winds have also been detected on other planets, in the space between stars, and in galaxies.
Electric discharge can occur wherever there is a large build-up of electric charge, and can create spectacular displays of sudden energy release on Earth and in space.
Bow waves are familiar sights in front of boats, and can be also formed in the atmosphere and in space when objects move more rapidly than the speed of waves in their liquid or gas environments.
When the path of a light ray is bent, the image of the light source becomes distorted. For example, light paths can be bent through the lenses of eyeglasses or through the warping of space by a cluster of galaxies.
"Here, There, & Everywhere" (HTE) is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant NNX11AH28G issued through the Science Mission Directorate.