The Fermi Paradox and Where It Leads Us

Guest article by Andrew Fain. Enrico Fermi was a theoretical and experimental  physicist  known for his work on the first nuclear reactor, contributions to quantum theory, particle physics and statistical mechanics.  He won the nobel prize in 1938 and was widely known as the father of the atomic bomb along with Robert Oppenheimer. Enrico Fermi [...]

Next Tourist Destination to Become Outer Space

A space hotel built by the Russians in 2016 may be a possibility. It would be built by a commercial firm and would be a space station with an orbit about 350 km above the Earth. It would be pretty exclusive with only seven passengers living in capsules. To get their two-day trip they would [...]

In the Breaking Bad Series Would a Large Electro Magnet Turnover a Truck?

In the breaking bad series some information that needs to be erased is erased by a large electromagnet on the back of a lorry. This would be overkill if the magnet and laptop were in the same room but as the laptop is on the other side of a wall in a police office this [...]

New Research Gives More Information on Mercury’s Surface

Mercury is different from the Moon and Mars. Mariner showed that the planet was covered by smooth plains and cratered planes but their origin was unknown. So what were they formed by? Scientists studied the surface to see if the planes were formed by volcanic flows or material ejected from Mercury’s impact basins. New images [...]

Planet Formation Theory Threatened by Hubble Find

A new planet may be being built, not by aliens (well who knows really?), But in a cloud of gas and dust around TW Hydrae about 176 light-years away. This dust and gas cloud is in the constellation Hydra and was spotted by the Hubble space telescope. A Gap has been detected and current theories [...]

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Space Recycling Could Be Near.

Recycling in space is not that far away. United States Department of defence says it is trying to find ways to recycle the space junk that is at thousands of miles above the Earth. There is some valuable junk up there and it could produce lots of valuable new satellite parts. At this time, there [...]

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Carnival of Space 219

Hello and welcome to this weeks carnival of space. If you fancy contributing and have a blog or website to do with space then please follow this  guide on how to participate in the carnival of space which as you can see is well worth it. Even if you have a small blog please contribute. Discovery [...]

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A New Telescope Called Alma Produces Its First Superior Images

A new telescope is starting to look at the universe. ALMA is the most powerful millimetre/submillimetre wavelength telescope in the world. These are longer wavelengths roughly about 1000 times longer than visible light wavelengths. Using these wavelengths ALMA allows astronomers to study really cold objects in the universe such as dense clouds of cosmic dust [...]

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Higgs Boson or God Particle May Explain the Size of the Universe

This particle could explain a lot of things but could it explain the size of the universe? This particle mainly explains why most particles possess mass. This and the verification of the data by the Planck satellite would clear up a few questions about the universe’s past and future. The universe wasn’t born correctly. Because [...]

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Extreme Weather on an Alien World Found

The hurricanes that we experience on Earth are nothing compared to other alien worlds. Astronomers have observed extreme changes in brightness on a brown dwarf not that far away. These changes may indicate a storm that is bigger than seen on any planet so far. Brown dwarfs and giant planets have similar atmospheres and therefore [...]

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Carnival of Space 213

Vegaoo posts about the relation between the entropy from the Sun and the life on the Earth [In Spanish] This post by the Lounge of the Lab Lemming estimates the probability of finding a solar system like ours based on the Kepler planetary candidate database. Nuclear fission reactors in space? Think less “building sized” and more “suitcase [...]

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The Plan for the Search for Life on Mars

Scientists have been meeting to talk about the prospects of finding life on Mars. Questions still linger positively or negatively about whether life exists on Mars because the right instruments haven’t been available. The instruments needed are being developed now and  are being refined for future missions. The main challenge is to get them on [...]

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A New Method to Predict Solar Flares and Sunspot Activity

Using acoustic waves to catch sunspots in the early stage of development can give as much as two days warning of disruptions to communication systems, air travel, power grids and satellites and prevent astronauts from getting fried in space. Sunspots develop in active solar regions of concentrated magnetic fields. The magnetic flux gives rise to [...]

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Chinese Experimental Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit

A Chinese experimental satellite failed to reach its orbit after it’s rocket malfunctioned. Orbiter SJ-11-04 was propelled by a long March II-C rocket on Thursday. It has been speculated thatChinawas about to use the satellite as part of an operational early warning defence system but this cannot be confirmed. This is believed to be the [...]

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A New NASA project started to See if microbial life Could Exist on Mars

A new large million-dollar NASA project started by theUniversityofMichiganaims to find out if microbial life could exist on Mars. Recently flowing water has been seen on Mars as reported in this weirdwarp post. Beads of water were first photographed on the Mars Phoenix lander’s legs about three years ago. Water could mean life, not little [...]

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Opportunity Rover Pictures From the Edge of the Endeavour Crater on Mars

The Opportunity rover has reached the crater Endeavour and is now sitting near its edge, looking across at the bowl and hills around its rim. Images from the Rover are shown below. (Don’t forget to click on them to make them bigger).      

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Best Evidence yet for Flowing Water on Mars

Where there is water there should be life. NASA has been looking for water for a long time in its long quest searching for life in the solar system. It looks as though now the Mars reconnaissance orbiter has found flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down [...]

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An Experimental Chinese Satellite Launch Later This Week

China is getting to the forefront of space technology as theUSAbacks down. An experimental orbiter that is to launch on Thursday is another step forward for the Chinese. The orbiter, SJ-11-02 , will be carried into space byChina’s Long March II-C rocket. At the moment the satellite and rocket are waiting for the right conditions [...]

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A Different Volcanic Area Found on the Far Side of the Moon

A hot spot on the far side of the Moon has turned out to be a small volcanic area created by the upwelling of magma. Because of the volcanic areas location and the composition of the lava being different to normal it gives clues to the moon’s thermal history. The hotspot is actually a concentration [...]

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Largest Amount of Water Found in a Quasar

The farthest and largest Amount of water has been found in a quasar in the form of vapour. The quasar is one of the most powerful objects in the universe with energy output of 1000 trillion suns. The power of the quasar comes from matter that spirals into the centre where there is a supermassive [...]

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Hubble Celebrates One Complete Orbit of Neptune around the Sun

Neptune  was discovered 165 years ago. In that time it has made one complete orbit of the Sun and is now in exactly the same place as when it was discovered all those years ago. The Hubble space telescope has taken anniversary pictures to celebrate this event. Neptune, as you probably know if you paid [...]

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The Best Evidence yet Is Found for Enceladus to Contain a Salt Water Ocean

For the first time it has been shown that the Cassini-Huygens probe’s sampling of icy spray shooting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus contains large salt rich grains. The spray was sampled by Cassini in 2005. The plumes were coming from the so-called “tiger stripe” surface fractures at the moon’s south pole. These tiger stripes are thought [...]

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A New View of the Galaxy Centaurus A by Hubble

Hubble has used its wide field camera 3 to give the most detailed view of this Galaxy ever. The image shows detail that has never been seen before in the dusty portion of the Galaxy. Centaurus A is also known as NGC 5128 and is a relatively nearby galaxy in astronomical terms. It is close [...]

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5 New Projects to Look for Alien Life

Five new projects have been announced by the NASA astrobiology science and technology for exploring planets program (ASTEP). ASTEP promotes the search for life on other planets and supports research and exploration of the Earth’s most remote places. New technology is used by ASTEP to seek, identify and characterise life that exists or did exist [...]

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New Rocky Type Planet Found by Kepler

The Kepler telescope, which has been looking for planets outside our solar system, has found a new rocky planet a bit like a scorched molten Earth. It orbits around a sun like star called Kepler-10 in only 45 days. It is so close to its parent star it is not expected to have any liquid [...]

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