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THe Galaxy Report

Your free twice-weekly fix of  stories of space and science –a random journey from Planet Earth through the Cosmos– that has the capacity to provide clues to our existence and add a much needed cosmic perspective in our Anthropocene epoch.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –NASA’s “Epic” Ingenuity Helicopter to Milky Way’s Ancient K Stars

Quantum Physics

 

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The Great Unknown –“Is Dark Energy New Exotic Matter or an ET Force Field?”

Dark Energy

 

Welcome to the biggest mystery in physics: one of the great known unknowns of the universe is the nature of dark energy, an antigravitaional  force field making the universe expand faster. Current theories range from end-of-the universe scenarios to dark energy as the manifestation of advanced intelligent life. It is the proverbial elephant in the “cosmic” room. (more…)

A Tiny Wobble Shakes the Foundations of Physics

 

muon

 

Findings from a seminal experiment point to unknown forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the Universe. The long-awaited first results from the Muon g-2 experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory show fundamental tiny subatomic particles called muons –similar to an electron but far heavier, is an integral element of the cosmos–appear to be disobeying the known laws of physics predicted by scientists’ best theory, the Standard Model of particle physics when shot through an intense magnetic field at Fermilab.

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Primordial Black Hole–“The ‘Missing-Link’ Detected, Formed Before First Stars”

Black Hole

 

“This newly discovered black hole could be an ancient relic—a primordial black hole—created in the early Universe before the first stars and galaxies formed,” said Eric Thrane from the Monash University School of Physics and Astronomy and Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). The discovery of a ‘Goldilocks’ black hole is part of a missing link between two populations of black holes. “These early black holes may be the seeds of the supermassive black holes that live in the hearts of galaxies today.”

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Eerie Implications of Hawking Points –“Corpses of Black Holes from Before the Big Bang”

"Hawking Points" --The Corpses of Black Holes from Before the Big Bang

 

“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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