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History of the science of planetary motion for kids

I'm looking for a short book or series of books for my 7.5 year old son describing the history of the search to explain planetary motion. [more inside]
posted by alms on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Playing Cosmology of Kyoto (DOS) on a Modern Mac

Help me play Cosmology of Kyoto (I have a DOS disk image of the CD) on my Mac using VirtualBox. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jun 15, 2012 - 10 answers

With whom are we sharing the rest of eternity?

If I've gotten the right impression, much of our currently visible universe will eventually be expanded away from us, never to be seen again. Do we already know how much and what parts of our present neighborhood we'll be left huddling with?
posted by Anything on Dec 4, 2011 - 12 answers

To infinity and beyond

If the expanse of the universe is infinite, does it necessarily follow that the number of stars and planets is also infinite?
posted by HotPatatta on Nov 30, 2011 - 13 answers

What will the fate of Jupiter and its moons be during and after our sun becomes a red giant?

What will the fate of Jupiter and its moons be during and after our sun becomes a red giant? (or, please forward me to reliable sources with information beyond a first-order Google search) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Nov 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Holographic universe physiology

If the 2d universe is holographic, does the surface descriptor end at the "middle" of the universe? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Mar 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Explaining the Horizon Problem in cosmology.

Cosmology / Physics question: Explain the "Horizon Problem" to me, in regards to measurements of Cosmic Mircowave Background Radiation - why would physicists regard different temperatures in differnet directions as their null hypothesis? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 4, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the universe expanding into?

What is the universe expanding into? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Is that red shift in your pocket...

Is that red shift in your pocket... [more inside]
posted by sundri on Dec 8, 2009 - 19 answers

Can the Universe hold all of mathematics?

Can the Universe hold all of mathematics? [more inside]
posted by DU on Jun 23, 2009 - 108 answers

Is expansion slowing down galaxies?

Does expansion of the universe decelerate orbits of planets and/or rotation of galaxies? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jun 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Unusual music for beautiful space images? No electronic space music, please?

Attention music lovers: I’m looking for music to accompany a gorgeous planetarium show about philosophy, cosmology, perception and the known universe. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Feb 24, 2009 - 43 answers

Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe?

Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe? [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Aug 20, 2008 - 19 answers

How strange it is to be anything at all?

Where did the universe come from in the first place? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on Jul 12, 2008 - 40 answers

To inifinity and beyond!

What are some topics in astronomy or cosmology that you find fascinating and mind blowing? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane on Jul 3, 2008 - 17 answers

Λ

How is the universe 156 billion light years across if it is only 13.7 billion years old?
posted by plexi on Mar 12, 2008 - 17 answers

What are some philsophical or cosmological frameworks that regard our universe as a living entity?

Is there an existing philosophical or cosmological model that regards the universe as a living thing with the observed patterns and "laws" of the universe being a reflection of an inherent model analogous to the genetic models of living things as we know them? My own uneducated philosophical meanderings have led me to this idea and I am wondering about developed theories or philosophies that follow similar lines. [more inside]
posted by beegull on Dec 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Where did the big bang happen?

If wanted to arrive at the point in space where the big bang occurred, in which direction should I start traveling?
posted by wigglin on Aug 29, 2007 - 32 answers

good physics lectures

Are there any great lecturers/public speakers in the realms of cosmology, astronomy and physics? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Jun 4, 2007 - 21 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Is the Universe made of information?

Can you help a reasonably smart layperson (who is not very good at math) understand how the word "information" is used in physics? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 15, 2007 - 35 answers

What's Your Cosmology

I am looking for sources that give the weight of the earth, volume of all the oceans, total acreage on the planet, total current population and guestimated total weight of said population. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Aug 21, 2006 - 11 answers

one small step for mefi - the moon's spin and orbit

Is it cosmic coincidence that the moon spins once on its axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the earth (hence the dark side we never see from earth) or is there some reason why this should be more likely?
posted by humuhumu on Jan 25, 2006 - 23 answers

Is the universe finite?

Can anyone recommend any good recent articles or papers on whether the universe is infinite or finite? I've heard that scientists suspect that the universe is flat, which lends credence to the infinite-universe hypothesis. I've decided I don't know enough about this. Nothing too technical, please, though I'd prefer something more complex than an article from a newspaper science section.
posted by painquale on Jan 12, 2005 - 20 answers

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