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Red Coffee

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  1. If it doesnt run into anything will it reach another star before eroding? I'm curious as to its final destination?
  2. Will Voyager rot away in space or drift on for eternity?
  3. I like this theory, it makes sense.
  4. Given the recent news that there are an estimated 160 billion planets in our galaxy and an estimated 200 billion galaxy's in the universe there has to be without doubt life elsewhere. You would have to be very naive to think otherwise. The world should now pull together and focus all of its efforts on locating earth like planets, measuring their atmospheres, and building large enough telescopes to actually spot signs of intelligent life. Manned missions to Mars and Moon are now a waste of time and resources. Spending billions proving that bacteria once thrived on Mars is no longer life changing.
  5. Assuming voyager gets there within 5 years what will we gain from it?
  6. Thanks stargazers. I suppose I don't want to buy a telescope, look through it and think 'is this it'. There are some great shots at Amateur Astronomy. How long does it take and cost to achieve this?
  7. If I buy my first telescope how many different objects can I reallistically expect to see and if any what will be in colour? I know it's a basic question but what level of detail can I really expect? Moon craters? Jupiter in colour? Comets and asteroids? Other galaxies not blurred? Nebulae and new star formations? Etc etc
  8. I don't really relate to the marble theory or microscope story noted above. If things were that simple the universe would be far more chaotic and volatile. On a grand scale things are fairly stable as billions of years pass by.
  9. If you could travel outside the universe and look back, what would it look like from the outside. Round or flat, Black or white, Dark or light? Do we know the answer? and where does our galaxy lie within it?
  10. Like this theory Has ET evolved to be discreet? An evolutionary tendency for inconspicuous aliens would solve a nagging paradox – and also suggest that we Earthlings should think twice before advertising our own existence. As physicist Enrico Fermi argued in 1950, unless the evolution of life is unique to Earth, there must be many intelligent species out there. So why have they neither phoned home nor been detected by us? "It's a real paradox," says Adrian Kent of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In order to explain the Fermi paradox, Kent turns to natural selection – and suggests that it may favour quiet aliens. Violent universe He argues that it's plausible that there is a competition for resources on a cosmic scale, driving an evolutionary process between alien species on different planets. Advanced species, for example, might want to exploit other planets for their own purposes. If so, the universe would be a violent place, and evolutionary selection may favour the inconspicuous – those who lay low on purpose, or who simply lack the skill or ambition to venture forth or advertise their existence. "This is an interesting idea," says alien hunter Seth Shostak of the SETI institute in Mountain View, California. "If I let the cosmos know I exist, then I might be subject to extermination." However, he is wary of assuming a "straitjacket" on the activities of intelligent species, who might not be able to resist the intellectual pull to develop advanced technologies detectable by others. "If interstellar violence is possible, the bad news is that all societies are required to constrain their endeavours to activities that could never be detected at a distance," says Shostak. Voyager danger Kent acknowledges that his hypothesis is speculative. But he also warns that it could have real consequences for the near future: vehicles such as NASA's two Voyager probes, which are hurtling away from the solar system, may alert imperialist aliens to our existence and require retrieval, he says. He adds that it may not take much for a truly advanced civilisation to wipe us out pretty quickly. "The hyper-advanced aliens might not have to send their interstellar battle fleet to conquer Earth," he notes. "It might only take three bored undergraduate aliens with borrowed lab equipment."
  11. Hi guys. Sorry I wasn't clear enough at first. I was referring to the likes of Slooh, NSN, worldwidetelescope, etc. I can't really access clear skies and expensive equipment so my best shot at the night sky is online.
  12. Does anyone know which is the best one to use? There are so many its hard to know.
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