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What Supernova Distance Would Trigger Mass Extinction?

Season 9 Episode 16 | 15m 16s

The deaths of massive stars results in one of the most beautiful and violent events in the universe: the supernova. But if these explosions occur too close to Earth their radiation can impact life and even trigger mass extinctions.

Aired: 06/13/23
Extras
We only recently figured out where cosmic rays are coming from.
Black hole complementarity may force us to rethink what it means to say that it exists.
To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
The Moon: humanity’s first destination beyond our atmosphere.
So how did humans figure out the solar system? Eclipses!
Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?
Is our 3-D universe is just the inward projection of an infinitely distant boundary?
What if aliens are deliberately keeping quiet for fear that they might be destroyed?
So what exactly is an EMP, and how dangerous are they?
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We only recently figured out where cosmic rays are coming from.
Black hole complementarity may force us to rethink what it means to say that it exists.
To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
The Moon: humanity’s first destination beyond our atmosphere.
So how did humans figure out the solar system? Eclipses!
Is gravity just an emergent effect of entropy?
Is our 3-D universe is just the inward projection of an infinitely distant boundary?
What if aliens are deliberately keeping quiet for fear that they might be destroyed?
So what exactly is an EMP, and how dangerous are they?