“The Wandering Earth” –China’s Sci-fi Blockbuster: ‘Dawning of a New Era’

Jupiter Planet

 

China’s new sci-fi feature film The Wandering Earth -adapted from a novella of the same name by Liu Cixin, author of the Hugo Award-winning The Three-Body Problem– opens with a crisis of unprecedented proportions: the sun has become unstable, and within a hundred years, it will expand to consume Earth.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Harvard’s Alien Spaceship to Kepler’s Sweet Spot”

 

NASA Exoplanets

 

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“The ‘Lost Hubble’ to Galaxy-Threatening Black Holes”

 

ESO Observatories Chile

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“Something Never Seen Before” –Mystery Outburst in a Distant Galaxy

 

The Cow Mystery Object

 

Is it a monster black hole of epic size or a first-of-its-kind supernova? A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, has baffled astronomers and astrophysicists around the world. The event – called AT2018cow and nicknamed “the Cow” after the coincidental final letters in its official name – is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source. “We saw features in the Cow that we have never seen before in a transient, or rapidly changing, object,” said Raffaella Margutti, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University.

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“The Big Bang Created a Second Anti-Universe”

Black Hole Dark Matter

 

The Big Bang didn’t just result in our familiar universe, according to a bold new theory presented by physicist Neil Turok and colleagues at the Perimeter Institute- it also created a second “anti-universe” that extended backwards in time, in a mirror image of our own that could explain the existence of dark matter.

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“What Resides Within?” Hubble’s Epic Image of the Triangulum Galaxy

This wide-field view shows the Triangulum Galaxy — also known as Messier 33 — as seen from the ground. The extent of the new huge mosaic created with the NASA/ESA Hubble

 

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope  image of the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years, inspires the question: “What amazing life forms reside there?” The NASA/ESA Hubble image is the most detailed image yet of a close neighbor of the Milky Way —  This panoramic survey of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies shown below provides a mesmerizing view of the 40 billion stars that make up one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.

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