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What If We Relocated Humanity to Proxima B?



Even though humanity might not have to leave the Earth in your lifetime, we should start preparing early on. Not only could it take centuries to set up the relocation program, it would take generations to move to a potential new home. That right there is Proxima Centauri b, or just Proxima b. It’s the closest potentially habitable planet out there, its temperatures are in the bearable range, and it could just have the right breathable atmosphere. We only have to get there. How long would our journey last?

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What If the Great Attractor Swallowed Our Galaxy?



How far away is the Great Attractor? What happens if our Galaxy gets pulled into it? And will we ever be able to see the source of its power?

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What If We Could See Through a Black Hole?

What If We Could See Through a Black Hole?

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This star is about to transform into a black hole. And we’re about to travel inside it to see what’s on the other side. The only problem is that we’ll never be able to report our findings back to Earth. Because once you go inside a black hole, there’s no coming back. So maybe there’s a better way to find out what’s on the other side. Could we use a special telescope? How would light behave inside a black hole? And why could the first image of a black hole provide all the answers?

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What If a Quasi-Star Entered Our Solar System?

What If a Quasi-Star Entered Our Solar System?

This rogue star has been traveling the Universe. And now, it’s finally entering our Solar System. But this isn’t just any regular star. It’s known as a quasi-star and is one of the biggest stars in existence. What would happen if this star entered our Solar System? And how would Earth be affected?

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What If Planet Nine Exists?

What If Planet Nine Exists?

Legend has it that somewhere beyond Neptune and Pluto, there is a ninth planet, with a mass that is five times greater than Earth’s. Planet Nine, also known by its more ominous name of Planet X, is shrouded in mystery. Some people even believe that this planet is the reason the dinosaurs died.
But what if we were able to close this case once and for all, and figure out if Planet Nine is the real deal? How did it get there in the first place?And how did we finally crack this planetary puzzle?

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What If a Massive Gravitational Wave Hit Earth?

What If a Massive Gravitational Wave Hit Earth?

1.3 billion years ago, two orbiting massive black holes, circling each other at 250 times a second, collided in a violent, universe-rippling explosion that sent waves of energy throughout the cosmos. In its wake, a new supermassive black hole formed over 60 times bigger than our Sun. Fast forward to September 2015, gravitational waves from this ancient cosmic event finally struck Earth. Luckily, the gravitational waves weakened over such a great distance. But what if we weren’t so lucky? If a couple of black holes in our solar system collided, could we survive? What would happen to Earth if we got hit by massive gravitational waves? What causes these waves? How can we detect them?

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What If the Universe Isn't Uniform?

What If the Universe Isn’t Uniform?

In a galaxy far away, gravity didn’t quite work the way it does on Earth. And the speed at which everything moved was really weird too. Maybe, some places in our vast Universe just don’t abide by our laws of physics? And if that was true, what would it mean for us?

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What If Betelgeuse Exploded Right Now?

What If Betelgeuse Exploded Right Now?

At about 950 times bigger than our Sun, Betelgeuse is one of the biggest stars in our Universe. But that comes with a price. Just like us, stars have a life expectancy, and Betelgeuse is no different. It’s a ticking time bomb that’s ready to go, but we’re not sure when. So, what if today was the day Betelgeuse went out with a bang? How would the Earth be affected? And will our Universe ever be the same?

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What If Two Black Holes Collided?

What If Two Black Holes Collided?

Black holes are the gravitational monsters of the Universe. They are so powerful that nothing, even light, can escape their grasp. One black hole is bad enough. But if you took two black holes and smashed them into each other, they’d be capable of changing the shape of space itself. How epic would that explosion be? And could it somehow reach the Earth?

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What If Halley's Comet Crashed Into the Moon?

What If Halley’s Comet Crashed Into the Moon?

There’s a giant, peanut-shaped object orbiting the Sun, and it’s name is Halley’s comet. Like all comets, it’s a cosmic mashup of frozen ice, gases, and dust. Stretching a vast 15 kilometres by 8 kilometres (9 miles by 5 miles), this space snowball streaks by Earth every 76 years and has been circling for 16,000 years. It hasn’t caused us any trouble yet, but that would change if its elliptical return crosses paths with our Moon, causing a devastating collision visible in broad daylight. Would it affect space exploration? How much damage would it do to the Moon? What would happen on Earth?

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