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This Is The Real Reason We Haven’t Directly Detected Dark Matter
You can’t get mad at a team for trying the improbable, hoping that nature cooperates. Some of the most famous discoveries of all time have come about thanks to nothing more than mere serendipity, and…
astronomy  physics 
4 weeks ago by basemaly
How We Could Build a Moon Base Today
We actually do have the technology and current estimates from NASA and the private sector say it could be done for $20-40 billion spread out over about a decade. The price is comparable to the International Space Station or the budget surplus of Germany in 2017.
moon  astronomy  video  storyResearch 
8 weeks ago by basemaly
Astronomers discover a nearby free-range planet with incredible magnetism |
A bizarre rogue planet without a star is roaming the Milky Way just 20 light-years from Earth. And according to a recently published study in The Astrophysical Journal, this strange, nomadic world has an incredibly powerful magnetic field that is some 4 million times stronger than Earth’s, which generates spectacular auroras that would put our northern lights to shame.

The new observations, made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), provide not only the first radio detection of a planetary mass object beyond our solar system, but also mark the first time researchers have measured the magnetic field of such a body.
astronomy  science  storyResearch  scienceFiction  physics 
august 2018 by basemaly
Space Engine – the universe simulator
“Billions of galaxies, each filled with billions of stars. Each star has its own unique planetary system that can be visited. Volumetric galaxies and nebulae are rendered in real-time. Real scales and distances, from rocks on a planet’s surface up to the incredibly huge cosmic voids: you have never imagined how vast the Universe truly is.”
videogames  simulation  astronomy 
june 2018 by basemaly
Prof Stephen Hawking's multiverse finale - BBC News
In his last paper, the Cambridge physicist tackles multiple universes and a cosmic paradox.
reality  astronomy  research 
may 2018 by basemaly
Putting Civilization in a Box Means Choosing Our Legacy
SpaceX launched a high-capacity, super-robust archive into space atop the Falcon Heavy rocket. The feat highlights the challenges of communicating across deep time and forces us to consider what we want to leave as a legacy.
storyResearch  memory  history  astronomy 
february 2018 by basemaly
China’s Race to Find Aliens First - The Atlantic
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
scienceFiction  astronomy  storyResearch 
november 2017 by basemaly
At Least One Star Will Have a Very Close Encounter With Our Sun
The Sun is good. Without our hot, gas ball of a friend, we’d all be dead. More accurately, we would have never been born! So it’s a good thing that our Sun has escaped some very close encounters with other stars throughout its lifetime. But the danger isn’t over yet.
astronomy  scienceFiction  storyResearch  worldbuilding 
august 2017 by basemaly
Ask Ethan: Can Two Planets Share The Same Orbit? - Forbes
Not only is the answer yes, but there are three separate ways it could happen. Which one would you bet on?
astronomy  story  moon 
november 2015 by basemaly

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