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Carnival of Space 273

Lots of varied articles this week including black holes, nuclear rockets, beam propulsion and quasars. One of the lowest mass black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy has been identified. By the Chandra Blog. Who would sign up for a 40-year journey, especially if it turned out to be a one-way trip? Thoughts [...]

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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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Plank Finds New Galaxy Clusters and Unidentified Objects

The Plank space observatory has just released its first scientific results from the Plank spacecraft. The findings look at the coldest objects in the universe and our galaxy and out to the edges of the universe. The Plank Observatory is looking to put together a picture of the evolution of the cosmos and these findings [...]

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New Study Shows That Moon Has an Interior like the Earth’s

The moon is more interesting than it looks. The interior could hold clues about our distant past. NASA researchers have found from analysing old data in new ways that the moon has a core. This has been theorised for some time but never proved. These findings were published on January 6 in science and shows [...]

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Black Holes Grew Earlier and Faster Than Predicted

A paper that is about to be published from the Tel Aviv University will show that the most massive black holes were  growing when the universe was about 1.2 billion years old and not as previously thought when the universe was 2 to 4 billion years old. They are also thought to grow at a [...]

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Carnival of Space 181

Lots of links from astronomy and space blogs including a little science.

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Supernova Explosions Aren’t Quite What We Thought

Supernovas are exploding stars which, depending on their type explode in different ways and for different reasons. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on the way you look at it new evidence has been found that these theories aren’t quite right. An instrument called the solar mass ejector imager has given extra information. Data from the imager, [...]

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Latest Update on Exoplanets Lecture (July 2010)

The latest on the search for planets in other planetary systems. .

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Where Should We Look for Alien Artefacts?

There is a problem with our approach at the moment when looking for alien civilisations. SETI looks for signals that are sent by the electromagnetic spectrum and their are a lot of frequencies to search. If you pair this with the size of the universe you can see how SETI is really looking for a [...]

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How to Talk to Aliens

Lots of signals have gone into space such as TV, radar and radio. The signals have been betraying our presence for 60 years and have passed over about 6000 star systems and are reaching new systems every day. This would seem to be enough, even though we haven’t received anything back yet, but what if [...]

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A Debate on the Existence of Intelligent Life

The great debate is held at Berkley university and this one is on SETI, it’s worth a listen. SETI debate

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Flying Telescope Takes to the Skies

Nasa’s stratospheric Observatory for infrared astronomy (SOFIA) or if you don’t want to be smart airborne telescope, took its first flight yesterday. As you can see from the image a door opens in the 747 so that the telescope can see the sky. It may sound odd to be flying around with a telescope hanging [...]

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The Meaning of Life Discovered, No Just a Little Step Closer

When the universe was made it was not made equal however it was made. It should have consisted of matter and antimatter in equal quantities but this would have meant annihilation for our wonderful universe. Luckily for us there is just matter to worry about. The Fermilab (obviously trying to beat the LHC to the [...]

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Evidence for the Theory That Half the Normal Matter in the Universe Is Found in a Gas

Scientist’s embarrassment may have been spared by the discovery of a large amount of gas lying along the edge of some galaxies about 400 million light years from Earth. Results were needed to support a prediction that about half of the normal matter in the universe is found in a gas. There is no point [...]

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Best Of The Week Podcast- SETI and the Universe

Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A great lecture with slides from the Royal Society. Join the [...]

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Best of the Week Podcast- Why Don’t Supernovas Explode When They Should Do?

Supernovas don’t explode. Why is that? The nuclear fuel runs out and it begins a collapse under its own weight and there should be a massive blast, but nothing happens. Something is being missed but a new space telescope should resolve this problem. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/story.mp3[/podcast]

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Carnival Of Space #123

Normally I write an article on physics or space but sometimes I will be going through a few links of a few blogs that are quite good for all sorts of things about space and physics. This is called a carnival and if you look on the Internet you’ll find a lot of other links [...]

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Are There Other Universes Just Beyond Our Fingertips?

Parallel universes have always been used in science fiction as a great tool, but, as science fiction has a funny way of turning into fact (see Arthur C. Clark’s predictions) having parallel universes is getting very close to being a fact although they are theory at the moment. But how can our universe (or the [...]

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Does Something Unknown Lurk at the Galactic Center?

It may be a bit of a long way away (26,000 ly)  but it is an interesting place to go.  At 26,000 light years away it would take  26,000 years as measured by clocks on Earth at the speed of light, and no time at all as measured by your watch. Time is relative, not fixed. [...]

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Blow Up Your Brain With Quantum Physics, Or Perhaps Not?

Quantum theory is bizarre and daft and if somebody told me about this in the pub then I would laugh them outside,  and then drown myself in beer.  In order to try and understand, we need to forget everything we know about what causes things to happen and what effects are caused. You also need to [...]

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