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Comments of the Week #126: from Earth’s demise to the Big Bang’s predictions

11 Sep 2016, 19:48 UTC
Comments of the Week #126: from Earth’s demise to the Big Bang’s predictions
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“With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” -Aaron Satie, Star Trek
It’s been a remarkable week at Starts With A Bang, and I’m especially proud of the stories we’ve run on Proxima b, Hubble’s limits, the dream of Warp Drive and the Cosmic Neutrino background. If you missed any of them (or any of the others), here’s what the past week has held:

When will the Sun make Earth uninhabitable? (for Ask Ethan),
What is the biggest black hole as seen from Earth? (for Mostly Mute Monday),
Ten ways Proxima b is different from Earth,
Why Hubble will never see the first stars,
Star Trek’s warp drive might become a reality, and
Cosmic neutrinos detected, confirming the Big Bang’s last great prediction.

An illustration of the concept of Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations, which detail how large scale structure forms from the time of the CMB onward. This is also impacted by relic neutrinos. Image credit: Chris Blake & Sam Moorfield.
Some new things are also on the horizon:

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