The near-vacuum extending between the planets and stars, containing small amounts of gas and dust. Also called outer space to refer to the physical universe beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

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Finding the distance a spaceship would travel given a time of departure and velocity

Let's say a spaceship leaves Earth at a day t and with velocity v. Is there a way to know how many kilometers it will cover to arrive on Mars? This would be a trivial question were it not by the fact ...
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Induced current from Generator in Zero Gravity and Vacuum [on hold]

If you made a huge generator, and put it into space and used power to get it spinning, it would slow down because it would be using power on the load when wired up. However, my question is (I know it ...
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If humanity was to send a probe to Proxima Centauri, how long would the travel last?

[Feb 3 2016] (I am including the date I asked this as a reference, since technology evolves with time, this question's answer will change in time...) If humanity was to send a probe to the nearest ...
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How fast can video/ transmission waves travel through space? [duplicate]

Something that has been on my mind for quite a while now and has sprouted lots of thought, is whether we can create a machine to put into space, far away from the earth, and use it to see back in ...
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How is Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox resolved according to physics? [duplicate]

I always thought of quantum space and quantum time as a solution, but then i figured out that "quantum space-time" is not actually true(yet). I've also heard of the calculus approach and limits, but i ...
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Can absolute speed of object be measured? [closed]

Let's say there are two objects in space - Station and huge non-transparent sphere. Sphere starts to move from station 5000 km/h. Inside the sphere, beam of light is produced in direction the sphere ...
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How is the temperature of a star related to gravity?

As far as I know the Sun gets its energy from the fusion reaction, where Hydrogen is converted into Helium. I was watching an episode of Cosmos: A spacetime odyssey. There Neil deGrasse Tyson said, ...
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Is near light speed travel possible? Likely?

I was contemplating the possibility of sending an interstellar probe that can produce results in a reasonable time frame. For such a mission to be realistic, the spacecraft would have to travel at ...
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Red Photon Blue Photon

Why in space red light travels farther and is more observed in dying stars before a star becomes a black hole? while on Earth in water and air the blue light travels the farthest. For example: a ...
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Simulating Debris Burn Up Upon Atmospheric Reentry

For work I need to model Debris (1 gram to no more than 1000 km) burn-up upon reentry. I can't seem to find much information regarding this. I feel like I am looking for the wrong terms or something. ...
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How to Calculate Pressure From Earth up to Space at Certain Height? [duplicate]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum#Measurements_relative_to_1_atm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_measurement#Thermal_conductivity I wonder if there's a clear equation for this calculation. ...
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How does the decaying orbit of a satellite maintain its orbit as it descends, as opposed to crashing straight back to Earth?

I understand that as a satellite in low-Earth orbit experiences atmospheric drag, it is slowed down. Therefore it no longer has the velocity to maintain its orbit at that point, as per the orbital ...
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Time dialation as observed on earth

Probably a silli q but, I wanted to know if someone has taken a wind up clock into space and observed time dialation? If all our observations are by electronic methods, we dont know if ...
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Why does a light wave fade as it travels through space?

It stands to reason: if it didn't, the entire sky would be covered with stars shining blindingly day and night. But what causes a light wave (or an electromagnetic wave) to fade if there are no ...
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How to determine the position of a planet in our solar system? [duplicate]

I am trying to modelize our galaxy with a simple program. I know how to find the period speed and acceleration of a satellite but I don't know how to get the angle and the current distance between ...
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Space and absolute 0

If two objects like black holes or soild matter are separated by space, let's assume billions and billions of light years. While all other possible energy has left the area, and no new sources. Like ...
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satellite moves with magnetic and mechanical force?

satellite move in the space with fuel thruster , ion thruster etc. as per this Momentum acceleration in space? satellite will be in same position(not move). because the initial momentum of ball exert ...
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What would all the forces on a space elevator be as it moves up and down?

At the bottom, the acceleration due to gravity would be g. At the top, it would be something like .8g... But would the total acceleration effectively be 0 like on the ISS? How would the acceleration ...
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Looking at past events by observing sky? [duplicate]

Since solar system (and our galaxy) is constantly in motion at a great speed, is it possible that we can look at our own image as it was sometime ago? Since the light of that age takes sometime to ...
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Why did the big bang happen when it did?

Was there time before the big bang? I assume there wasn't, so is it even logical to ask if there was anything before the big bang? If there was time before the beginning of the universe, what happened ...
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Drawing tangents on space [closed]

Can I draw tangents on space? If yes/no, why? A co-ordinate system is needed to draw tangents over curves. Is there any curve on space theoretically?
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Can a spheromak propagate in vacuum?

I recently learned about (and am now fascinated by) spheromaks. I am no expert on plasma physics, but as I understand they are analogous to propagating toroidal vortices (smoke rings), but with plasma ...
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How long does it take for space dust to stop irradiating energy?

I heard that space dust is detectable because it irradiates on the infrared part of the spectrum? Does this happen forever? Won't it stop after some millions of years? Does it have to irradiate until ...
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Can you be your own space suit? [closed]

A few days ago a question was asked on Reddit whether or not a human could survive in space with "just enough" of a spacesuit to plug all the important holes, e.g. a face mask to plug the eyes, ears, ...
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Can more than one photon be in the same space as another photon?

I have heard light described as a particle that travels in a wave. I have heard that waves are unique in that two waves can take up the same space as they are travelling, either through constructive ...
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Effect of redshift on energy conservation [duplicate]

Light coming from galaxies that are going away from us is redshifted. Since the energy of a photon is purely dependent on its frequency one may conclude that the energy of these photons decreases. The ...
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Why do they think WT1190F is low density?

A piece of space debris WT1190F is in the news in part because it has been far from earth (farther than lunar distance) in the past but will re-enter earth's atmosphere in a few weeks. See this note ...
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stopping a rotating mass to achieve linear velocity

So I've been thinking about space, and I had this idea. I haven't found any prior art online for it, and from my limited understanding it seems like a viable idea. So I guess my question is, what am I ...
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Time dilation and reference frame in an orbiting context [closed]

I have looked for other answers, but most confused me more than clarified and did not provide specific calculations. So I am still struggling with this simple question. Consider two persons, $P_a$ ...
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Liquid seperation in space

We know if we take immiscible liquids of different densities then they form different layers on earth. But when we take them to outer space, they form tiny droplets which are energetically most ...
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Why can't a nuclear reactor be used as a rocket motor?

Nuclear fission, and potentially fusion, reactors generate vast amounts of energy, primarily as heat. What stops us from harnessing that energy to propel spacecraft at or above escape velocity from ...
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Is it possible for a planetary system to orbit around something that wasn't a sun?

Say for example that at the center of our solar system you replaced the sun, with something that wasn't a star, lets say that it was electrified and still produced the same amount of heat, would that ...
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How angular momentum conservation is related to the isotropy of space?

In Landau & Lifshitz Vol. 3 Section 54 "Spin" they say: In both classical and quantum mechanics, the law of conservation of angular momentum is a consequence of the isotropy of space with ...
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Magnets in microgravity

Lets say you were in a space station in microgravity. If you were to suspend a magnet in the air would it migrate slowly towards the nearest magnetic surface?
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Does laser beam expand along distance or not? [duplicate]

Why does laser dot become bigger at bigger distance? e.g: from millimeter to inches so that it distracts pilots in aircrafts. I knew that laser beam should't expand over distance, but remain stable. ...
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Will an object released “upwards” from the ISS continue into the solar system?

Is it possible to release an object from a space station (say the ISS) to make it continue out into the solar system? The most intuitive answer to me (a non-physicist) would be yes, you are in space, ...
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The effect of relativistic near misses

Alice and Bob are both floating in free, empty space. Alice does not like Bob very much. Thus one day, believing that there is no such thing as overkill, Alice takes her programmable hyper-energetic ...
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How easily can we pick up radio signals from outer space

I've always wondered about the concept of listening to radio signals from space to try and look for alien life - how accurately can we distinguish "man"made radio signals from other forms of radiation ...
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How do we know that the CMBR is the oldest light?

How do we know that the CMBR is the oldest light which we can see? Is it based just on the facts 1.that waves redshift with expanding space, and 2.predictions of the big bang theory; Or is there a way ...
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Does ice melt slower in space?

If you have an ice block in the International Space Station would it melt more slowly than on Earth at the same temperature and pressure. The reason I ask is that ice can melt due to pressure. The ice ...
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why galaxies are formed in spiral shape? [duplicate]

Why galaxies are formed in spiral shape. Do nature follow some specific rules creating universe? What could be in the center?
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Atoms In Space - More Specifically Helium [duplicate]

I've read several articles regarding the limited supply of helium gas on our planet and one that many scientists/engineers require for their research. I suppose if the government were to issue any ...
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Shawyer EM Drive — Momentum Conservation Violation

I have been following the developments around the Shawyer EM drive for about 2 years now as NASA and other parties test it out in various environments. To preface, I would very much like to see the EM ...
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What's the max speed a man-made satellite can travel in space before its circuitry stopped working?

Assume it could withstand extreme temperatures in either direction. I'm mainly curious what would happen to its circuits as it approached the speed of light.
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Is it possible to completely void space, and if we can would photons travel at an infinite velocity?

After many talks with my physics professor over the span of a few weeks last semester he told me about what he called "the sea of space." He explained to me that space isn't really a vacuum but ...
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Using gravity assitance or turn to return back a spacecraft

I wonder why gravity assist is not also used to return missions back to Earth? I assume the space shuttle is too expensive with its accessories and could be a money and time saving to reuse it, ...
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Exerting force upon oneself in space

In space, there is no friction or forces of resistance of any kind, so I would assume that if two people were in space and one of them punched or pushed the other, the person upon which the force was ...
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Rendezvous Orbits [closed]

If I have two orbits, Orbit 1 and Orbit 2, and the spacecraft with Orbit 2 is trying to dock with the spacecraft in Orbit 1, but does not have a stable orbit (it will crash into Earth) how will this ...
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Expansion of universe faster then speed of light? [duplicate]

Watching one of the shows on discovery channel, I got to know that during the starting phase of universe its speed should have been faster then speed of light. But then didnt einstein say that nothing ...
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Why can't our universe be spherical? [duplicate]

if we happen to follow the bigbang singularity hypothesis, when he explosion occured shouldn't it expand in all directions. Seemingly our universe shouldn't have any boundaries. I searched for the ...