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“Staggering” –The Implications of Infinite Space (2019 Most Popular)

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

 

“If space is truly infinite,” observes Dan Hooper, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in At the Edge of Time, “the implications are staggering. Within an infinite expanse of space, it would be hard to see any reason why there would not be an infinite number of galaxies, stars, and planets, and even an infinite number of intelligent or conscious beings, scattered throughout this limitless volume. That is the thing about infinity: it takes things that are otherwise very unlikely and makes them all inevitable.”

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“It’s Just Not Possible” –Cassini Mission to Saturn Discovered Something Astonishing (2019 Most Popular)

 

Cassini Mission Finale

 

“For a long time, I assumed there was something wrong with the data interpretation,” said astrophysicist Duane Pontius, who developed a theoretical model that played a role in the discovery of geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. “It’s just not possible.” How does an entire planet change the speed of its rotation in 20 years? That’s the sort of change that takes hundreds of millions of years. Even more mysterious was the Cassini Mission’s detection of electromagnetic patterns that suggested the that Saturn’s rotation is different in the northern and southern hemispheres.

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The Ultimate Mystery? –“Consciousness May Exist in the Absence of Matter” (2019 Most Popular)

ESO Observatories Chile

 

“The universe and the observer exist as a pair. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of the universe that ignores consciousness,” says Stanford University’s Russian-American theoretical physicist, Andrei Linde in his paper, Life Universe Consciousness, about the central mystery of our time, concluding that consciousness may exist by itself, even in the absence of matter, just like gravitational waves, –excitations of spacetime– that may exist in the absence of protons and electrons.

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“Great Unknown Question ” –The End of Spacetime (2019 Most Popular)

 

Early Galaxy NASA

 

“Is our universe extremely unnatural, a weird permutation among countless other possibilities, observed for no other reason than that its special conditions allowed life to arise, or, are the properties of the universe are inevitable, predictable, that is, ‘natural,’ locking together into a sensible pattern?” This is the question, the great unknown, that preoccupies theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, N.J.

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“One Trillion Times Age of the Universe” –The Rarest Thing Ever Detected (2019 Most Popular)

 

Abel 2597 Galaxy Cluster

 

“We actually saw this decay happen. It’s the longest, slowest process that has ever been directly observed, and our dark matter detector was sensitive enough to measure it,” said Ethan Brown, a particle physicist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, about a mind-boggling process that takes more than one trillion times longer than the age of the universe, advancing the frontiers of knowledge about the most fundamental characteristics of matter. “It’s amazing to have witnessed this process, and it says that our detector can measure the rarest thing ever recorded.”

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“Outburst” –Gargantuan Black Hole Punches Two Holes in the Cosmos

 

Gargantua Black Hole

 

The outburst was equal to 1,038 nuclear bombs. “This is an extreme case…” said Michael Calzadilla, at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) of a massive black hole explosion in galaxy cluster SPT-0528 so powerful that it punched two holes in the cosmos. Even though the outburst happened billions of years ago, before our solar system had even formed, it took around 6.7 billion years for light from the galaxy cluster to travel all the way to Chandra, NASA’s X-ray emissions observatory that orbits Earth.

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The Cone Nebula

 

A spectacular cosmic Christmas tree? Actually, it’s the Cone Nebula, seven light years tall. The origin of this amazing geometric object remains a mystery. The upper 2.5 light-years of the nebula, equals 23 million round trips to the moon. The Cone Nebula resides 2,500 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.

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Planet Earth Report –“World’s Largest Undersea Mining Operation About to Begin With Unimaginable Consequences & More”

Earth from the ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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