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My degree was in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I've been a software developer since 2004; C# is my primary language recently. My greatest software interest is in the field is Artificial Intelligence. I have been interested in space exploration as long as I can remember. I hope that we can become a truly space-faring race one day, which is just not realistically possible without solving some daunting engineering challenges. So among my keenest interests are ideas that reduce the energy required for escape velocity, like space elevators, or ways to harness and expend much more energy without destroying the planet.


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revised Is there an element of chance/chaos in stellar evolution?
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comment Is there an element of chance/chaos in stellar evolution?
@zibadawatimmy Yes, I would say those are good examples of trivial by any definition. Even if your question was "Is this likely to ever happen anywhere in the known universe?" the answer is still no with a trivial degree of uncertainty. Trivial means information that is of little importance or value.
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comment How does the Earth move in the sky as seen from the Moon?
@jean No. The "dark" side of the moon is not actually dark all of the time. We just never see it (other than when we fly a spaceship around to the other side). The same side of the moon always faces Earth, but as the moon revolves around the Earth, which takes just over 4 weeks, the sun shines on different sides of the moon. When we on Earth see a full moon, that is because the sun and the moon are on opposite sides of Earth. So the side facing us is fully lit. At new moon, the moon is on the same side as the sun, so our side of the moon is dark, but the "dark" side is actually fully lit.
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comment Why isn't the moon dark in a solar eclipse?
Astrological is fortune-telling, horoscopes, etc. I think you are looking for an astronomical term. I'm not aware of a term for exactly what you are describing.
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