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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Did a cosmic fluke make life on land possible?

When pondering how likely life is to develop on other worlds, or what types of life might develop, we always have to always bear in mind that we currently only have one example to work with.  And that example has … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Turns Down Pluto Debate Challenge

And speaking of the outer solar system, it seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t interested in debating whether or not Pluto is a planet. If you were looking forward to seeing astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson debate how Pluto should be classified, … Continue reading

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Battle of the “Cosmos,” Round 3 – Out There | Discovermagazine.com

Corey Powell, and editor at Discover Magazine, and Steven Sotor, co-writer of the new Cosmos series, have been having a back and forth about Giordano Bruno, who was highlighted in the first Cosmos episode. Your suggestion that Giordano Bruno was … Continue reading

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