As a space-faring species, we’ve done a fair job of exploring and exploiting our local neighborhood. We’re pretty good at putting people and machines into orbit, but our galactic-scale signature is pretty tiny. Our radio signals areShow More Summary
"... pretty much violent, evil sociopaths. I wouldn't mind if they were all rounded up, put in a space ship, and sent on a one-way trip to Alpha Centauri.... What happened in Charlottesville isn't us. It's just a small group of real bad people. Show More Summary
Image Courtesy of Zac Manchester Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri. The project, called Breakthrough Starshot, is focused on launching lightweight 'nanocraft' to the stars at rip-roaring speeds. Show More Summary
Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million project to send tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, successfully operated a mini-satellite in orbit for the first time
With filming of the 2017 Christmas Special now underway, the reality of Peter Capaldi’s departure is setting in. It is really sad, but it is also a time of enthusiasm as the season reaches a crescendo. Despite the fact that it reused...Show More Summary
You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […] The post ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Friend of the Week: Alpha Centauri appeared first on Geek.com.
Video Game Description: It was supposed to be a short test run - a quick flight to Alpha Centauri and back. But when mankind’s first experimental jump drive goes wrong, a misfit crew finds itself... For more, visit our blog !
Hannah Devlin explores the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, which aims to use lasers to propel spherical sails to Alpha Centauri - our closest star system - over four light years away Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom,...Show More Summary
NASA says it could study distant exoplanets by using the sun as a giant gravity lens revealing (if it was Earth) islands, rivers, parks, Great Walls, freeways, cities, and so on. Imagine an alien spacecraft sitting at the gravitational focus...
While one of the most important challenges for future interstellar travel is to how send a probe to another stellar system relatively quickly, another issue that needs to be resolved is how to successfully slow down such a spacecraft once it gets there. Show More Summary
A curious aspect of the UFO phenomena is why more people aren’t curious about it. I don’t mean regular people. A Newsweek poll shows most Americans (54 per cent) believe UFOs are visiting Earth from Alpha Centauri, or Sirius A, or Krypton, or some other place with...
There is an interesting paper with press conference participants Sara Seager and Michael Gillon among the authors in 2015 "Hubble Space Telescope search for the transit of the Earth-mass exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb" that says results from exoplanet surveys indicate...
A clue to the discovery NASA will reveal tomorrow might well be the presence of Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium; Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC; and Sara Seager, professor of...
That's Alpha Centauri on your left.
21ST CENTURY QUESTIONS: Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri.
Like gravitational boosts, but brakes, and using light.
How do we make sure the tiny satellites of Breakthrough Starshot don't sail on past Alpha Centauri? Also in this issue: touchscreen-friendly space suits, a shiny new coronagraph at the Keck Observatory, and a Congressional homework assignment for SpaceX. The post This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites appeared first on ExtremeTech.
The Breakthrough Starshot project plans to send small spacecraft to Proxima Centauri, and it could use the light of Alpha Centauri it get there.
Last year, Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner hatched an ambitious plan to send a tiny probe to the Alpha Centauri star system. Travelling at 20 percent the speed of light, the researchers weren’t entirely sure how the probe was supposed to stop once it arrived at its destination, or whether it would… Read more...