posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 08:25 PM
reply to post by Vandalour
Great documentary but it would have been helpful had you mentioned gamma-ray bursters in the OP somewhere so we know what your topic is. I
almost didn't watch it because of the lack of description provided. That may also be part of the reason there's so little feedback on your
The gamma ray bursters are truly amazing. However parts of the documentary seem to defy credibility, like the claim that scientists thought they might
have to abandon E=mc^2 as a formula. You might notice it's only the announcer who says that, the scientists they interview don't say that's what
they were thinking, though they do admit they were struggling to find an explanation.
I had no idea of the drama taking place on May 9, 1997 as they were making measurements to solve this mystery.
How does that saying go...The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we CAN imagine. It just took some more creative
thinking about how to explain these gamma rays without violating E=mc^2.
It certainly seems possible a gamma ray burst could doom life on Earth but life on Earth is doomed whether that happens or not because we think all
the water in the oceans will boil away after a billion years or so. So that's a near certainty, (barring something like humans changing the orbit of
the Earth to move it further away from the sun), the gamma ray bursts are only a small possibility because if they were happening frequently, life
wouldn't have evolved this far on Earth due to repeated mass extinctions.