This past weekend, StartupBus joined over 100 other government agencies and organizations all over the world by participating in the first ever International Space Apps Challenge hackathon. http://spaceappschallenge.org/blog/2012/04/23/results-international-space-apps-challenge/ The numbers really speak for themselves: 8 government agencies and 103 organizations, … Continue reading
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When you make astronomical or universal calculations, you really have to think in orders of magnitude, or “powers of ten”. You may recall that short film of the same name that goes up and down in scale multiplying by 10 or -10, and seeing how quickly things jump when you keep adding zeroes to the beginning or end of a number. Interestingly, this is also very true of the Drake Equation, and really gets one thinking about the scale of things above and beyond our single, lonely planet. The factors that make the biggest impact on the equation are the number or stars, and the fraction of stars with planets around them.
Currently wondering: if humanity starts colonizing space now, will there still be enough time for members of the species to get outside the radius of a theoretical supernova of our sun?
You may or may not have heard about the supernova recently announced by various astronomical folks. More info here. It gets me to thinking this: what if the world only had 7,500 or 10,000 years left to live? We don’t … Continue reading