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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Strange Dark-Energy Objects to Unknown Physics”

Dark Energy Survey

 

 

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The Ultimate Mystery? –“Consciousness May Exist in the Absence of Matter”

 

Dark Matter

 

“I have a much easier time imagining how we understand the Big Bang than I have imagining how we can understand consciousness,” says Edward Witten,  theoretical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey who has been compared to Isaac Newton and Einstein.

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China Fine-Tunes Earth’s Largest Radio Telescope — “Amazing Discoveries Ahead”

Crab Nebula Pulsar

 

“Some strange signals have been found, but it’s hard to confirm their origins, because these signals do not repeat,” says Li Di, chief scientist at FAST, China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, the world’s most sensitive listening device. “We look for not only television signals, but also atomic bomb signals. We’ll give full play to our imaginations when processing the signals,” Li states. “It’s a complete exploration, as we don’t know what an alien is like.”

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“Unknown Physics” –Darkest Mystery of the Cosmos Deepens

Spiral Galaxy

 

In an interview with The Atlantic, Noble Prize winning physicist Adam Riess said: “I have absolutely no clue what dark energy is. Dark energy appears strong enough to push the entire universe – yet its source is unknown, its location is unknown and its physics are highly speculative.”

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“Interstellar” –Second Object Detected from Beyond Our Solar System

Oumuamua

 

NASA’s Scout system, which is located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, flagged a newly discovered comet object as possibly being interstellar. if confirmed as interstellar, it would be only the second such object detected. The first, the infamous ‘Oumuamua, was discovered by researchers from the University of Hawaii -supported by the NASA Astrobiology Institute- on Oct. 19, 2017, more than a month after it passed its closest point to the Sun. They named the object after the Hawaiian word for “scout.” In the months that followed it’s detection, ‘Oumuamua’s behavior baffled astronomers leading some to view the cosmic prodigy as an alien probe.

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“Don’t Panic” –Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Awakens

Milky Way Galaxy

 

“The first image I saw that night, the black hole was so bright I initially mistook it for the star S0-2, because I had never seen Sagittarius A* that bright,” said UCLA research scientist Tuan Do, the study’s lead author. “But it quickly became clear the source had to be the black hole, which was really exciting.

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“Unrecognizable” –Andes Icons Mount Chimborazo & Quelccaya Ice Cap

Quelccaya_Glacier

 

Climate change is wrecking havoc with two of our planet’s icons: Ecuador’s glacier-studded Mount Chimborazo -the highest spot on our planet- and Peru’s Quelccaya, which until recently was the world’s largest tropical ice cap.

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“A Hubble First” –Exoplanet Hosting both Water & Temperature That Could Support Life

Hubble Super Earth K2-18b

 

K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only exoplanet known to have both water and temperatures that could support life. The discovery is the first successful atmospheric detection for an exoplanet orbiting in its star’s ‘habitable zone’, at a distance where water can exist in liquid form.

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