Tag Archives: Solar System

NASA has never accidentally sent a probe into the Sun.

Last week, I was having lunch with some friends, which included a number of programmers.  One of them mentioned an old urban myth, that I hadn’t heard in several years, which claims that, due to a programming bug (involving a misplaced semicolon), NASA once … Continue reading

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Subsurface oceans everywhere and the possible pervasiveness of life

Well, it now looks like Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons, has a subsurface ocean. Ganymede’s great distinction among moons – apart from its size – is that it has its own magnetic field. Hubble has managed to track that field’s … Continue reading

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Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

ratamacue0 sent me this interesting Slashdot post: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan – Slashdot. Randym writes: With the simultaneous announcement of a possible nitrogen-based, cell-like structure allowing life outside the “liquid water zone” (but within a methane atmosphere) announced by researchers at Cornell … Continue reading

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A close pass by a red dwarf star, and a note on interplanetary and interstellar distances

First, in case you haven’t heard: 70,000 Years Ago, Another Star Flew by the Edge of the Solar System | RealClearScience. According to an international team of astronomers, about 70,000 years ago a red dwarf star — nicknamed “Scholz’s star” for … Continue reading

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Wanderers – a short film on exploring the solar system

This is pretty nice.   A short video by Erik Wernquist showing humans in various locations around the solar system, with a voiceover from Carl Sagan, always guaranteed to enrich the sense of wonder. via Wanderers – a short film … Continue reading

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Two Kuiper Belt objects found: Hubble to proceed with full search for New Horizons targets

I always assumed that NASA had plans to explore other Kuiper Belt objects after the New Horizon’s probe flew by Pluto.  But I’m a bit surprised that they’re just now working out what those objects will be: Two Kuiper Belt objects … Continue reading

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xkcd: Surface areas in the solar system

My initial reaction to this was, where are the gas giants?  Then I woke up and realized this was about definable surfaces.  (Click through for full sized version.) Note the tiny size of Pluto in relation to moons like The … Continue reading

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