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Why would less-bright meteors be more valuable to spot?

Imagine an agency/company has been set up to track meteors (shooting stars) in pursuit of profit. I need to provide a motivation to upgrade their sensors + equipment over and over again — pouring ...
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Plausible reason for Earth not be able to get updates about terraforming on Mars?

I’ve been working on a story where terraforming robots are sent to another world and the colonists come along later. Originally, I had the new world be extrasolar, but for other plot reasons, I’m ...
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Plausible scenario for the invention of telescopes and/or cameras in antiquity?

Inspired by a previous revision of one of the articles on the Kerbal Space Program wiki: How would one plausibly have telescopes and/or cameras be present on an inhabited, civilised planet since ...
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Can I monitor animal movements from space?

The Earth-like planet I'm working on is the culmination of years of labor by the galaxy's best scientists. It consists of fully artificial ecosystems, and is, for all intents and purposes, like Earth. ...
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Visibility of explosions from space

I'm trying to figure out whether spacecraft could see explosions occurring on the surface of a planet, or under what conditions they could. To be specific: Given a spacecraft equipped with a ...
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Could a large radio telescope survive interstellar spaceflight?

I recently came across Could pulsars really act as "lighthouses" to help in interstellar travel?, asked a week ago. The author was trying to figure out if pulsars could be useful for ...