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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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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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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Does anything exist in the intergalactic space?

I am a part time physics enthusiast and I seldom wonder about the intergalactic space. First, it is my perception that all(almost all) the objects in the universe are organized in the forms of ...
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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 the technology behind Particle accelerators can be used for space propulsion?

As I understand, the kinetic energy of the proton beam in a hadron collider is quite large. Can you build a space propulsion system that is based on accelerating a proton bean to relativistic speeds ...
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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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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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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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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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Temperature in space

Temperature is a measure of kinetic energy transferred to particles, henceforth, space being vacuum, temperature cannot be measured. But then, there is cosmic background radiation. It is the leftover ...
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What is the possibility of a railgun assisted orbital launch?

Basic facts: The world's deepest mine is 2.4 miles deep. Railguns can acheive a muzzle velocity of a projectile on the order of 7.5 km/s. The Earth's escape velocity is 11.2 km/s. It seems to me ...
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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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Turbine like device in space spinning with KE and converting to Watts. Acceleration is constant?

I have a question that I can't seem to get my head around. I'm really rusty on my physics, but I'm sitting here trying to think this out, but I'm missing a really big part of the equation. So lets ...
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Space: a vacuous void or an entity?

I am a chemist and, until recently, a senior Research Manager with a major chemical company. Please excuse the potentially naive ramblings of an idiot in what follows, but I do not have the ...
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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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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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If there is no gravity on the moon why is the american flag waving?

If there is no gravity on the moon, how could this flag be flapping in the wind? (see link) http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2wD6eg/hea-www.harvard.edu/~fine/images/desktops/Armstrong.jpg
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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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Would a high-explosive in a vacuum be less harmful?

Putting aside shrapnel effects, I believe that high-explosives cause damage by producing a shockwave. How do shockwaves work in space? I've managed to convince myself that a high-explosive shockwave ...
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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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Long-Life High Altitude Balloon

Normally high-altitude balloon experiments end with the balloon popping and the payload falling back down to be reclaimed. But if a second balloon was attached to the payload, one which was only ...
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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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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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What exactly happens to an exposed human body in space?

I know that space is a vacuum, has no air, and is very, very cold. From what I have seen in movies and TV shows when a space suit is exposed the oxygen will escape like a visible gas and the person ...
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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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Momentum acceleration in space?

I'm an engineering student and have a few ideas to bat at the scientific community. First premise is based upon common sense. I understand that if I am standing on a skateboard on a relatively smooth ...
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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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If I take a bottle of air into space, and open it, then close it and come back to earth and open it one last time, what would happen?

I was reading this post, but no one seem to go further as say what would happen if you brought the bottle back to Earth? Guess what another thing I'm wanting got know is, what would now be in the ...
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What would actually happen to a person jettisoned into space?

Alright, so we have all seen the movies where someone gets blasted out of the airlock on their starship, or their suit decompresses while on a space walk. The poor schmoe usually either decompresses ...
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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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What is meant by Vacuum?

What is the exact meaning of the word vacuum? Is it just a state of very low pressure or is it nothingness (as in there is nothing)? Also, when we say space is vacuum - it must be referring to ...
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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?