Hunt for Alien Life Top Priority for U.S. Astronomers to Strange Object at Andromeda’s Center (The Galaxy Report) 

 

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The Cosmos yielded another week of  intriguing news from the origins of gravity may explain the existence of dark energy and the accelerating expansion of our Universe to NASA’s 7-step plan to confirm if we’ve actually discovered alien life.
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The Standard Model – “Cannot Possibly Be Right Because It Cannot Predict Why the Universe Exists”

 

The Universe

 

From the afterglow of the Big Bang to the world’s premier particle accelerators to mystery particles beaming up from the South Pole, physicists are chasing down promising hints of new phenomena that would extend the standard model — a remarkably successful but incomplete physics theory that describes matter and forces.

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Interview with NASA’s Chief: “We are Not Alone in the Universe, or the Multiverse” (The Galaxy Report)

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Another amazing week of news from the Cosmos: from the New York Times’ Carl Zimmer on the origins of life and how it may have evolved on other worlds to the the creeping suspicion, that there is something substantial missing from our standard model of the Universe to Albert Einstein’s demon-haunted quantum world.

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Planck’s Star –A Primordial Object the Age of the Universe

 

Planck Star

 

“The final stage in the life of a star,” observes physicist Carlo Rovelli in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, “where the quantum fluctuations of space-time balance the weight of matter, is what is known as a ‘Planck star’. If the sun were to stop burning and to form a black hole, the event horizon would measure about six kilometers in diameter. The black hole’s event horizon is not a physical barrier, but simply the boundary where the black hole’s gravitational field becomes so intense that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light. Nothing, not even light, can escape the event horizon.

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China Building a Miles-Long Spacecraft to How Big is the Quantum World (The Galaxy Report)

The Galaxy Report

 

 

Another amazing week in our Universe beyond –from a new type of habitable planet to China’s plan for a spacecraft 30 times the size of the ISS to the new reality of UFOs and the detection of gravitational waves that could be from dark matter particles.

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Before the Big Bang -Vestiges of a Prior Universe?

 

Big Bang

 

“Eliminating the singularity or Big Bang– which has its origins in the late 1920s when US astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that almost all galaxies are moving away from each other at ever-faster velocities– brings back the bouncing Universe on to the theoretical stage of cosmology. The absence of a singularity at the start of spacetime opens up the possibility that vestiges of a previous contraction phase may have withstood the phase change (between contraction to expansion) and may still be with us in the ongoing expansion of the Universe,” said Brazilian physicist Juliano Cesar Silva Neves.

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