Stephen Hawking Aliens Theory: We Won't Find Them Soon

Stephen Hawking is one of the smartest guys on the planet. The popular theoretical physicist and cosmologist has done several groundbreaking work in the field of science and is considered as one of the great minds today. Hawking has long been fascinated with space and with possibility of extraterrestrial life and recently he has made a statement that while he believes that aliens may actually exist man won’t likely find them anytime soon.

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According to a report from Discovery News, Stephen Hawking made the prediction earlier this week during the announcement for the Breakthrough Starshot in New York City. As reported by Wired, the Breakthrough Starshot initiative is an idea to launch small spacecrafts into space that can travel to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri to try and find extraterrestrial life. While normally that feat would take tens of thousands of years, by using a ground-based laser to propel the small nanocraft into space, it can reach Alpha Centauri in just 20 years.

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Hawking is one of the people behind Breakthrough Starshot together with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, as reported by Business Insider. He answered several questions during the event, one of which is asking how likely it will be for scientists to discover intelligent life in the next two decades. Hawking replied, “The probability is low, probably”.

While Stephen Hawking predicts that it may take some time before such a major discovery is made, he does mention that there are “billions of habitable planets in our galaxy alone” and as such it seems likely that “there are others out there”. According to the Discovery News report, Hawking has previously predicted that intelligent aliens could be a threat to mankind and when asked again during the Breakthrough Starshot event he said “We should hope that they don’t find us.”

Be sure to check back here for more news and updates on Breakthrough Starshot as well as other trending stories in the world of science and technology.

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Solar, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse To Dim Sky; Jupiter, Mars To Put Celestial Show This Month

If you are a big astronomy enthusiast or if you simply enjoy watching some amazing sights in the sky, March 2016 is going to be a month that you should watch out for if you are living in Australia. This is because later this month will mark several unique and beautiful celestial events, which will surely leave you in awe and utter amazement.

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According to ABC News, several spectacular celestial events can be witnessed in Australia in the month of March. The report cites that on March 9 there will be a partial solar eclipse which can be seen by people who live in the northern part of Australia. On this day, people can witness the moon partially cover the sun which will start well after sunrise.

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People in Indonesia are even luckier as they can get to see a total solar eclipse. According to The Guardian, thousands of tourists have already flocked to the archipelago in hopes of catching a glimpse of the only solar eclipse happening in 2016. If you plan on watching the solar eclipse, just make sure that you watch it through special solar sunglasses for protection.

The ABC News report also states that there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23rd. In this celestial event, you can see the moon glide through the outer part of the shadow cast by our planet Earth. As compared to a total lunar eclipse, you will only get to see a slight darkening of the southern part of the moon on March 23.

If you are a big planet buff, then you are in luck as the same news report says that Jupiter will come closest to Earth on March 8 and will thus be clearly visible using binoculars or small telescopes. Not to be outdone, Mars will also be featured this month as it will be shown in the claws of the Scorpius constellation for the first part of the month.

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If you are really into astronomy, be sure to watch out for those dates and prepare your gear as March is undoubtedly going to be a very busy month for all science and astronomy buffs.

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Watch Live: International Space Station Cargo Ship Heads Back To Earth And Burns

If you’ve always wanted to see a real ship departing from the International Space Station (ISS), you can do so now. On Friday morning, roughly at 7:30 a.m. EST, the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship will be undocked from the ISS, and sent to its fiery death upon reentry into the earth’s atmosphere.

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Orbital ATK’s cargo ship, the Deke Slayton II, went up in December of 2015 to deliver supplies weighing 7,000 pounds to the space station. This signaled the company’s resumption of shuttling services to the ISS. Back in 2014, Orbital had to stop sending supplies up to the station due to an explosion in one of its previous models.

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The Antares rocket being used to launch the previous ship had exploded a mere 15 seconds before launch. This mishap grounded the company’s flights to the station indefinitely, and the ship, the original Deke Slayton, was lost.

While the Antares design is undergoing some changes in order to arrest the problems that caused the explosion, the Slayton II was successfully launched using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The cargo ship then spent a record of 72 days docked at the International Space Station. Its original mission was to spend 60 days docked at the station. However, the crew is currently loading it with trash before sending it back to orbit for its final planetary approach.

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Frank deMauro, CEO of Orbital ATK, can’t be any prouder. NASA Space Flight says he “…characterize[s] the OA-4, the mission, and the performance of the vehicle as really tremendous.” OA-4 is the Slayton II’s official designation.

The cargo ship will be controlled via the ISS as it disengages from the station, and begins approaching Earth. Controls will then be handed to Orbital ATK control in Virginia, which will guide the spacecraft to a burn-up reentry into the atmosphere over the Pacific.

Sadly, you probably can’t get a good view of the Slayton II as it burns up in reentry. However, a live Ustream from the good people at NASA Public will allow you to watch as it disembarks from the International Space Station. You can find the video in this Pop Science article.

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Stephen Hawking & Mark Zuckerberg’s Starshot Project: How Nanocraft Will Land Us On Near Star

Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Starshot project are planning to take us to Alpha Centauri. There are plenty of problems to tackle, however. What would it take to reach the closest star? How much time will it take, how much money will it take us, and the billion dollar question is: can we even do it?

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A bevy of movers and shakers in the world of science and technology think so. That’s what the Starshot project is. If we were to describe the project in brief, we’d say that the Starshot project was a proposal to send millions of probes into the next neighboring star system in our local group.

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The project is led by Russian philanthropist Yuri Milner, who is an investor of many of the names we commonly see in the internet today. The man is investing $10 billion on the project, which is estimated to take the better part of the next half century to bear fruit.

The Independent reports that Facebook CEO Zuckerberg is also in for the ride, and is one of the financial backers of the project. He will be part of the project’s board of directors, along with Mr. Milner.  

The catch here is that Alpha Centauri is 4.37 light years away. That’s where renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking comes in. He was the one who formally announced the project last April 13, 2016, and he will be leading the scientific team in figuring out the solution to covering that distance efficiently.

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According to the New York Times, the initial plan involves shooting nanocraft drones through space via lasers. The science is still hazy—hence the half-century roadmap—but Starshot is planning on sending probes propelled by lasers shot from Earth.

If successful, the method could potentially help the probes cover at least 600,000 miles within two minutes. Even at that speed, the probes would still likely take twenty years to get to Alpha Centauri, but that’s still a fairly good improvement to the spaceflight technology we have today.

If Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Starshot project pans out, it could mean a big step forward in conquering the next big frontier in human history. If it doesn’t, we could still very well make theoretical advances in spaceflight technology in the process.

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And while none of the current heads of the project will likely see their efforts bear fruit, a project of this scope and magnitude will likely have repercussions throughout history.

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Stephen Hawking & Mark Zuckerberg’s Starshot Project: How Nanocraft Will Land Us On Near Star

Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Starshot project are planning to take us to Alpha Centauri. There are plenty of problems to tackle, however. What would it take to reach the closest star? How much time will it take, how much money will it take us, and the billion dollar question is: can we even do it?

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A bevy of movers and shakers in the world of science and technology think so. That’s what the Starshot project is. If we were to describe the project in brief, we’d say that the Starshot project was a proposal to send millions of probes into the next neighboring star system in our local group.

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The project is led by Russian philanthropist Yuri Milner, who is an investor of many of the names we commonly see in the internet today. The man is investing $10 billion on the project, which is estimated to take the better part of the next half century to bear fruit.

The Independent reports that Facebook CEO Zuckerberg is also in for the ride, and is one of the financial backers of the project. He will be part of the project’s board of directors, along with Mr. Milner.  

The catch here is that Alpha Centauri is 4.37 light years away. That’s where renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking comes in. He was the one who formally announced the project last April 13, 2016, and he will be leading the scientific team in figuring out the solution to covering that distance efficiently.

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According to the New York Times, the initial plan involves shooting nanocraft drones through space via lasers. The science is still hazy—hence the half-century roadmap—but Starshot is planning on sending probes propelled by lasers shot from Earth.

If successful, the method could potentially help the probes cover at least 600,000 miles within two minutes. Even at that speed, the probes would still likely take twenty years to get to Alpha Centauri, but that’s still a fairly good improvement to the spaceflight technology we have today.

If Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Starshot project pans out, it could mean a big step forward in conquering the next big frontier in human history. If it doesn’t, we could still very well make theoretical advances in spaceflight technology in the process.

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And while none of the current heads of the project will likely see their efforts bear fruit, a project of this scope and magnitude will likely have repercussions throughout history.

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