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  1. andy at |

    i think probably in the future the discovery of dark matter will prove to be the most important

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  2. John Christopher Sunol at |

    These twn most important discoveries are what makes up our modern understanding of the stars and planets,

    but

    just wait, watch and see many more important discoveries are going to come within the next few decades

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  3. jake kash at |

    very witty and hilarious writing. good job!

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  4. nora at |

    but i think the universes don’t expanding and we just turn around some thing and change place not expand.

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  5. ankush bansal at |

    i think that black holes is the most important topic of astronomy.i think if we came to about the center of black hole.it will anwser that there is many many universe and it is a process which will go on till the(sorry that i can’t tell)i also think ‘if we able find any alien on any planet’ it means that there is no god’

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    1. mighymoloc at |

      Just because there may possibly be life elsewhere in the vastness of space does not mean that a “God” cannot exist. Perhaps not in the way we have been taught and view as today as a supernatural being. Interestingly enough, when you look at the “map” of the universe, and the congregations of galaxies. They come to form webs and a structure similar to a sponge. Maybe not in the overall structure from a far, but when viewed closely they do resemble that of the neurons in our brains. Based on Einstein’s theories of energy transfer, and that it cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred. That scientists have measured that after a human dies, a noticeable weight ( I think around 2lb) leaves the body from the loss of energy, it must go somewhere to serve another purpose.

      It is just too early, and to blindly to say that a God may or may not exist. Even if life is found elsewhere. And like most per-conceptualized theories, all of our own now, might very well be wrong, or off track in the future once proven.

      Don’t mean to troll the old post, but all religions of all kinds have lead humanity as a whole to finding and later proving past theories as fact. While trying to describe them in their own terms of their own times.

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      1. mighymoloc at |

        Also on the black holes, scientists are leading to believe that every second about, a new black hole is formed in our universe. It is not necessarily the rapid formations of the black holes we have to worry about, as they do collide and dissipate. It is the dark energy (not to be confused with dark matter) that is always trying to push matter apart. Where in trillions– of years, may lead to us not being able to see any stars at all due to their increased distance from ours. Of course by that time, or soon before it we will also have the collision of the Andromeda Galaxy which could fling us off into space, or place us in the center of the newly formed galaxy. Though chances of utmost destruction or slim to nil, so no sweating there. Grab a beach chair and enjoy the show!

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  6. JohnT at |

    I would get rid of Herschel’s map and replace it with Hubble’s discovery that the “spiral nebulae” were, in fact, other galaxies. I would also argue that Relativity, Kepler’s Laws, and the Heliocentric theory are not astronomy discoveries per se, and could be replaced with:

    1. Discovery of increasingly-expanding universe
    2. Dark Matter
    3. Voids (like the Bootes Void)

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  7. John Dinsdale at |

    It has to be the discovery that Planets are very common. If only we could see one closeup.
    Oh, and Dark Matter. Strange that.

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