View Full Version : Question about upcoming year in science?

John Jaksich
2008-Dec-24, 01:38 PM
Does anyone have any opinions as to what the most significant achievements in science or astronomy will be in 2009?

2008-Dec-24, 05:40 PM
Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. -- Niels Bohr


2008-Dec-24, 05:46 PM
And you have a poll (http://www.bautforum.com/questions-answers/82770-poll-science-astronomy-2009-a.html#post1395269)! :)

This is more open-ended.

Me, I'm going to enjoy the International Year of Astronomy (http://www.astronomy2009.org/)

2008-Dec-24, 05:58 PM
This thread is here replacing the poll jaksichj started a while ago.

I predict that in 2009:
- there will be several supersymmetric particles seen decaying.
- very high energy gamma rays will be observed arriving after less energetic rays from a few very short duration events from very far away.
- SGR A* will be seen with a small flare while being observed with the best VLBI microwave tools available.

2008-Dec-24, 10:28 PM
Danish physicist Lene Vestergaard Hau will expand on her successful transformation of light into matter and back into light using Bose-Einstein condensates by beginning with matter, transforming it to light, transmitting it a distance, and transforming it back to matter again, thus paving the way for the world's first operational Star Trek-like transporter system.

2008-Dec-27, 10:33 PM
I hope the rescinding of that ridiculous IAU resolution that demoted Pluto and states that dwarf planets are not planets at all (one can always hope). :)