“Because practical applications are so remote, many people assume we should not be interested. But this quest to understand the world is what defines us as human beings.” -Yuri Milner
It’s been another big week here at Starts With A Bang, with stories covering the Universe near and far. First off, thanks to our generous Patreon supporters, we have a brand new podcast live today, on whether the Big Bang was really the beginning of the Universe.
It’s 19 minutes of your life well spent, trust me. There are lots of amazing things that happened, including a candidate for “story of the year” (so good it got two articles out of me) on the finding of a potentially Earth-like world around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. Here’s what went down:
How many stars visible in the night sky still exist? (for Ask Ethan),
Viewing the Earth from space celebrates 70 years (for Mostly Mute Monday),
How the last great american eclipse almost shocked Einstein,
What an Earth-like world around Proxima Centauri would (and wouldn’t) mean,
How science could learn more about Proxima b and all Earth-like worlds, and
NASA’s revived STEREO-B could save us from a trillion ...