The best laptop for astronomy and astrophotography largely depends on the software that you plan to use and their system requirements. The most commonly used software in astronomy are Starry Night Pro, Maxim DL, and Stellarium; these run on just... (More)
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I've heard that Ladakh is an excellent place for stargazing. If you're looking for a location near you, you can look up a map of the Bortle Scale. Any place with a Bortle Scale of less than 3 should be... (More)
It's of course always a matter of money. Also, modern ground-based telescopes with state-of-the-art adaptive optics can observe the Universe basically as good as Hubble can from space - at a lower cost. New space telescopes will focus on the... (More)
Yes, there are many observatories in India and around the world that allow the general public and amateurs to use their observatory facilities for observation purposes. The GP Birla Observatory in Hyderabad is one such observatory. I'd recommend you to... (More)
The far side of the Moon is the lunar hemisphere that always faces away from the Earth, opposite to the near side.
One key difference between the Moon's far side and its near side is the difference in topography. Compared... (More)
Well, hopefully, none in the next many years. There are systems monitoring asteroid sizes and impact probabilities like this one: https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/sentry/52. To wipe out life, an asteroid would have to be about 60 miles (100km) wide and to destroy the... (More)
The field of Space Biology is often formally called Astrobiology. Astrobiology is the study of life in outer space. The field of astrobiology looks for conditions necessary for life, like liquid water, a good temperature, or the presence of oxygen.... (More)
A red dwarf with the mass of Proxima Centauri will remain on the main sequence for about four trillion years. Therefore, a planet within the red dwarf's Goldilocks zone such as Proxima Centauri b could, in theory, be able to... (More)
We did not have a detailed and complete topographical map of Pluto till the New Horizons Spacecraft flew by Pluto in the July of 2015. Previous observations using ground-based telescopes gave us some insight into the topography of Pluto. For... (More)
Hi Yasharth! Thanks for the question! The following resources can help you in your learning:
- Astrophysics: Cosmology Course by Australian National University. Link: https://www.edx.org/course/astrophysics-cosmology21. Price: Free, EUR 41 for Verified Certificate
- The Evolving Universe Course by Caltech. Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/evolvinguniverse41. Price:... (More)
Anti-matter can be isolated using a penning trap. This isolated anti-matter can then be bombarded with normal matter to generate energy. This energy can be used to power anything. Therefore, an anti-matter engine can be built, in theory. However, it... (More)
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