Tag Archives: Sun

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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Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space

I have to say that I had no idea this was still being debated: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space. In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further … Continue reading

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It’s time to look for life in Europa’s ocean

Lee Billings has a fascinating article up at Aeon asking why we continue to send missions to Mars when the best chance of life existing today is in Europa’s underground ocean. If Europa is alive, if some biology dwells within … 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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Perspectives on deep time

The universe is roughly 13.8 billions years old. The universe was 66% of its current age by the time the Sun and Earth formed. Life appears to have begun on Earth when it was around 10% of its current age … Continue reading

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xkcd: Oort Cloud

xkcd: Oort Cloud. Comet ISON survived its swing by the sun, at least somewhat.

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