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27 Sep 2019 09:46:01
27 Sep 2019 06:19:43
Scientists have observed a Star being devoured by a Black Hole for the first time.

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23 Sep 2019 08:52:25
23 Sep 2019 06:06:27
Another interstellar visitor has been discovered!

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29 Aug 2019 23:26:08
29 Aug 2019 23:23:17
2021 looks to be a big year for space exploration and potential new discoveries.

Nasa plans to send 3 major projects into space, 2 being new Mars rovers (ExoMars and an unnamed rover) and the last one being the James Webb Space Telescope.

Personally, unless they find something huge on Mars, like an underground lake, or some form of microbial/ bacterial fossils, I'm not overly interested. Although we haven't explored nearly 1% of Mars surface, I just can't seem to find any reason to be massively interested.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is something that I have genuinely been looking forward too, ever since they announced it in 2011. I just really hope it doesn't become an enormous disappointment.

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29 Aug 2019 23:54:50
Sorry correction, ExoMars is a collaboration between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos (Russia) .

25 Jul 2019 18:30:24
25 Jul 2019 18:24:59
Lightsail 2 has officially been deployed in Space.

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31 Jul 2019 06:46:17
just seen that. That'll be a big smile on my face for the rest of the day.

01 Aug 2019 17:12:01
The first step into intersteller travel. I too had a big smile on my face.

01 Jun 2019 08:33:26
01 Jun 2019 05:41:02
Read this yesterday and yes, I know, Vanity fair. Face palm.

Space Force?

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02 Jun 2019 17:24:28
I think the footage they are referring to in that article is the Nimitz Encounter.

28 May 2019 23:05:20
28 May 2019 22:49:55
Anyone watch that BBC documentary called Planets with Professor Brian Cox? Pretty interesting what he was saying about both Venus and Mercury.

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04 May 2019 00:23:38
03 May 2019 19:43:38
Let's open a discussion on the future of mankind and space exploration.

I am personally of the opinion that the human race will never leave Earth permenantly and build a colony on another planet. I think that the effort and finances that would be needed, would be far too great for us to ever achieve it.

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19 May 2019 18:05:57
Think it's inevitable mate. Perhaps through necessity with world government financing it or maybe through private venture. we've just seen SpaceX launch rockets and land them ready for re-use for a fraction of the price it costs NASA and the idea of having mineral and commodities extraction or even 'space' homesteaders is still sci-fi but not as much as it was even 10 years ago. We do seem to have this desire to explore new frontiers hard wired into us. and yes, I am a Trekkie.

19 May 2019 18:53:36
You're definitely right about it being hardwired into us. However, I just think there are too many hurdles to get over for us to do it.
To start we've yet to develop a means of travel that wouldn't take thousands of years to get somewhere. Yes we may end up harvesting our own solar system, but there isn't anywhere suitable for us to colonise here. Terraforming Mars has been mentioned a few times, but let's be real here, Mars has little or no magnetic field, so we'd end up living in domes as the planet simply can't support an atmosphere. Then there is the fact that Mars has a 3rd of Earth's gravity.

Going further out to places like Proxima Centauri would currently take hundreds of years, and even then if we find a suitable planet in that star system, we'll find ourselves looking at a whole new spectrum of problems. New diseases/ viruses, new poisons in the plantlife, the atmosphere may end up being toxic to us in the long term, the gravity will be different so we may end up suffering from muscle and bone atrophe, then there is the stength of the magnetic field, which could cause issues.

We'd also have to study the patterns of objects within the solar systems, such as asteroids, comets and planetary orbits. We may have miscalculated the Star's lifespan, or maybe someone got there before us?

I just see too many problems and dangers for us to actually do anything.
That's my personal view anyway. It makes me a little sad to be honest.

20 May 2019 11:21:47
All good points brother. The most problematic for me being the development of a propulsion system that gets us where we need in a reasonably safe and speedy way. This and the other issues you highlighted are significant and currently we may not have the answers but you got to think they're being looked at by some bright spark somewhere. Have you seen Taylor Wilson, young chap with some exciting ideas. He and people like him give me the hope that we're not as messed as a species as the constantly negative news cycle would have us believe. Guess time will tell but for sure, as soon as any advancement is made, we'll give it a go. we're reckless that way.

A bit out there I know, but maybe in line with this site, do you think we've had contact/ have access to non Earth based intelligence?

Promise, no tinfoil hat.

20 May 2019 11:52:07
Also bro, check this for some of the innovation that's happening right now.

futuristic spacecraft

20 May 2019 17:14:04
"A bit out there I know, but maybe in line with this site, do you think we've had contact/ have access to non Earth based intelligence? "

No I don't believe so. I'm open to the idea, but I just don't think so.
I personally believe we're one of the first technologically advanced lifeforms. Not the first, but one of the first. I'm of the opinion that the way life happened on Earth is almost too complicated for it to be a common occurance, maybe 2-3 star systems per galaxy can hold life, maybe more, maybe less. But the way it happened on Earth is basically 1 in a billion.

It may make me sound like a skeptic but I prefer to look at it like that, because if we don't find anything in my life time, I won't be too disappointed. But if we do find something then I'll be elated.

Some of those spacecraft look interesting and not too far out of reach. I think our best chance of getting something is if SpaceX and Jeff Bezos work together. I can't see government ventures going much further than they've already gone, they're too busy figuring out how to make bigger and better weapons.

We need another space race/ cold war scenario for governments to really pump money into space again.

21 May 2019 17:39:47
Well, looks like I was totally, totally wrong lol. Nasa has plans to start building a moon base by 2028 according to a leak.

22 May 2019 13:49:29
Brilliant mate though given building a wall is giving them bother, i'm not too confident.
Also been looking at a couple of talks about the future of space travel. The guy Ryan Weed is interesting. He's talking about Antimatter and its potential for fueling an engine and goes on to explain time dilation as we accelerate at 1G and approach light speed. He recons that at a 1G acceleration we could reach Alpha Centauri in around 5 years. not too bad really.

22 May 2019 18:32:17
It's very interesting indeed. Although Anti-Matter is somewhat expensive to create at the minute, and we don't currently have a method of mass production for it. But that could all change of course.

I've recently come across a couple of channels which may interest you.

Isaac Arthur

John Michael Godier

Event Horizon - John Michael Godiers's second channel.

23 May 2019 06:58:24
Cheers bud, I'll take a look.

29 Apr 2019 14:11:58
Big thanks to Ed033 for setting this page up! Hope for some interesting discussions!

Speaking of which, did anyone see the first ever image of a black hole? picture linked to larger image:

black hole

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25 Apr 2019 20:13:55
Not really a conspiracy (but you could spin it to be one), but I'd like to open up a discussion on something which I find rather interesting.

I'm sure many of you remember in 2015 there was a strange star discovered, it's name is KIC 8462852 aka "Tabby's Star". It was being reported by many that this Star was the first to "show signs of a Kardashev type-3 civilisation" as it had a rather unusual flickering effect going on, which could have possibly been caused by a mega structure known as a Dyson Sphere.

The scientific explanation given by astrophysicists was galactic dust, but they've admitted it's not conclusive.

Now, there is another star that has been discovered which bares striking similarities to Tabby's Star. This new one is known as VVV-WIT-07.

What do you guys think?

Also, Ed033, could we possibly have a page dedicated to space and astrophysics?

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25 Apr 2019 20:21:17
Nice topic mate. i found this interesting if you'd like to take a look.

Frontiers in Artifact SETI: Waste Heat, Alien Megastructures and Tabbys Star.

{Ed033's Note - I can create a page on here dedicated to space and astrophysics.

25 Apr 2019 20:24:22
hsf, as much as I want to believe/ know a civilisation could build a Dyson sphere (blows my mind just thinking of the logistics) I'm of the thought, that it is something we have yet to understand/ discover the truth of. Much like most of the Universe.
I can not wait for the James Webb telescope to be finally launched rather than the mofos keep pushing the date back. I know it will just create more questions (which is good) rather than answers though.

Ed033- A space / astrophysics page would be great, mate. Will you be explaining EVERYTHING for us? ;)

{Ed033's Note - Yes, i could explain; life, the universe and everything, but i think you already know the answer.

29 Apr 2019 13:29:12
I'm definitely excited for the James Webb Telescope and have been following it's progress for a while now.

JWT Recent Accomplishments

You're also correct about the Dyson sphere, we literally have no idea how it would work, any explanations, usually come from Science-Fiction imo, but we'll see. I don't think it will be that much longer until we're exploring further into space and with great detail, when you consider it's taken humans 300 years from the Industrial Revolution to get to where we are now.

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