Tag Archives: Solar System

Signs of alien life? Mysterious star stirs controversy

Skeptics will always disagree, especially the religious fanatics among us who believe that God created us and only us and that we are somehow special, but the universe is too vast to not contain countless other living creatures. And yes, … Continue reading

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Methane in Mars Meteorites Suggests Possibility of Life

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Charles Q. Choi Methane, a potential sign of primitive life, has been found in meteorites from Mars, adding weight to the idea that life could live off methane on the … Continue reading

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What Was Here Before the Solar System?

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Universe Today by Fraser Cainon May 28, 2015 The Solar System is 4.5 billion years old, but the Universe is much older. What was here before our Solar System formed? The Solar … Continue reading

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Giant asteroid set to buzz Earth, poses no threat

One of these asteroids is going to make “landfall” one day and ruin the flow of our lives… And while the men and women of science track these monsters and try to figure out how to destroy one (should it … Continue reading

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Two more planets in our Solar System, say astronomers

With all of the madness going on in this world, which these days and for decades to come (as with centuries past) has everything to do with religious dogmatism, it’s nice to know that there are scientists out there who … Continue reading

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Depth of Biggest Sea on Saturn’s Moon Titan Measured by NASA Probe

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Mike Wall  Kraken Mare, the biggest hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s huge moon Titan, is at least 115 feet (35 meters) deep and perhaps much deeper, a new study suggests. Radar … Continue reading

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Scientists Have Discovered A Planet They Thought Was Impossible

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Business Insider By Leslie Baehr  The “Godzilla of Earths!” is in the foreground. Behind it is the smaller ‘lava world’. Their sun, in the back, appears to have been created only 3 … Continue reading

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Asteroid Found with Rings! First-of-Its-Kind Discovery Stuns Astronomers

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor Scientists have made a stunning discovery in the outer realm of the solar system — an asteroid with its own set of rings that orbits … Continue reading

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As scientists watch, distant asteroid disintegrates

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Reuters By Will Dunham  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Patsy Cline’s classic country song “I Fall to Pieces,” has nothing on this one. Scientists said on Thursday they have observed for the first time … Continue reading

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NASA plots daring flight to Jupiter’s watery moon

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press By SETH BORENSTEIN  WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. … Continue reading

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Record-Breaking Meteorite Crash on Moon Sparks Brightest Lunar Explosion Ever

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Megan Gannon, News Editor  The impact of a large meteorite on the lunar surface on Sept. 11, 2013, resulted in a bright flash, observed … The high-speed impact of a wayward … Continue reading

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Solar Wind Creates Water in Star Dust, Implications for Life

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor  Solar wind can form water on interplanetary dust, potentially adding to the primordial soup that gave rise to life on Earth, scientists say. On Earth, … Continue reading

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11 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2014

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist December 31, 2013 8:36 AM As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here … Continue reading

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No sign of comet after pass around sun: scientists

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Reuters By Irene Klotz November 28, 2013 3:34 PM (Reuters) – A comet’s 5.5-million-year journey to the inner solar system apparently ended during a suicidal trip around the sun, leaving no trace … Continue reading

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What 11 Billion People Mean for Space Travel

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: LiveScience By Mike Wall, Senior Writer  Robert Zubrin wants humanity to put down roots on Mars, and he thinks he knows how to make it happen at a reasonable price. The key … Continue reading

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Comet ISON Headed for Close Sun Encounter on Thanksgiving

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: SPACE.com By Mike Wall, Senior Writer Comet ISON’s highly anticipated flyby of the sun is now just two weeks away, and scientists and skywatchers alike hope the encounter gives them another reason … Continue reading

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Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press By SETH BORENSTEIN  WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets … Continue reading

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On Giant Blue Alien Planet, It Rains Molten Glass

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com   by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com Contributor There’s a “blue marble” alien planet just 63 light-years from Earth, but the world is anything but friendly to life. Researchers say the blue color … Continue reading

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Comet ISON Blazes with Distant Galaxies in Stunning Hubble Photo

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com Mike Wall July 26, 2013 Science, Social Science, & HumanitiesC/2012 S1 A spectacular new photo gives a deep-space view of Comet ISON, which could put on a dazzling show when it … Continue reading

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NASA: Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press By By ALICIA CHANG | Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not … Continue reading

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‘Super-Jupiter’ Discovery Dwarfs Solar System’s Largest Planet

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com By SPACE.com Staff | SPACE.com In a rare direct photo of a world beyond Earth, astronomers have spotted a planet 13 times more massive than Jupiter, the largest planet in our … Continue reading

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Newfound Alien Planet a Top Contender to Host Life

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com By Nola Taylor Redd | SPACE.com A newly discovered alien planet may be one of the top contenders to support life beyond Earth, researchers say. The newfound world, a “super Earth” … Continue reading

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Solar Storm Expected to Hit Earth Tuesday

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com By SPACE.com Staff | SPACE.com A medium-size solar flare erupted from the sun this weekend, hurling a cloud of plasma and charged particles toward Earth on a cosmic path that is … Continue reading

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NASA Voyager 1 Spacecraft Nears Interstellar Space

Interesting stuff… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Space.com By SPACE.com Staff | SPACE.com NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new environment more than 11 billion miles from Earth, suggesting that the venerable probe is on the cusp of … Continue reading

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Russian scientist claims signs of life spotted on Venus

Given what we know about Venus, it is very unlikely that life could exist there, at least life  (living organisms) similar to those on Earth. Still, just because the only life form in the universe that we’re aware of is … Continue reading

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Comets Created Earth’s Oceans, Study Concludes

Wouldn’t it be much easier to believe, as die-hard religious people believe (and as stated in the Book of Genesis) that God created the oceans? Yes, it would definitely be much easier, and it would also be false. Thank God … Continue reading

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Meteorite Clue Opens Window into Solar System Evolution

I find science fascinating. Science is basically a piecing together of knowledge of the physical world gained through observation and experimentation in order to reach verifiable conclusions. Of the many scientific fields, I find astronomy especially interesting as it helps … Continue reading

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Astronomers bag biggest ever find of exoplanets

Interesting stuff for those of you out there interested in astronomy… TGO Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press PARIS (AFP) – European astronomers on Tuesday said they had found a distant star orbited by at least five planets in … Continue reading

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In a first, astronomers snatch distant planet’s ‘fingerprint’

This is awesome! I missed my “calling” in life; I should have been a scientist (astronomer). TGO Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press Wed Jan 13, 12:00 pm ET PARIS (AFP) – Astronomers on Wednesday said they had made the first direct capture … Continue reading

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Astronomers: We could find Earth-like planets soon

It would be fascinating if proof of extra-terrestrial life could be discovered in our lifetime. I’m a bit of a skeptic however. Not that there’s life somewhere else within our solar system, as well as in galaxies beyond our own. … Continue reading

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Hubble telescope shows earliest photo of universe

Amazing that the larger objects in this photo, as well as some of the smaller ones, are galaxies containing hundreds of millions of other celestial bodies such as stars, planets, etc.  Quite a different perspective than the flat earth described … Continue reading

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