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Pluto, come home!

| November 24, 2020 | 5 Comments
Pluto, come home!

“Houston, we have a problem.” Pluto is a complex and mysterious world with mountains, valleys, plains, craters, and perhaps glaciers. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was long considered our solar system’s ninth planet. But after the discovery of similar intriguing worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt, icy Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Growing […]

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Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

| August 19, 2020 | 7 Comments
Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

This NASA/JPL/ZTF/Caltech Optical Observatories handout image obtained on August 18, 2020 shows asteroid 2020 QG (the circled streak in the center), which came closer to Earth than any other nonimpacting asteroid on record While I’m told size matters, “nonimpacting” is the key term here. Don’t really care about gross tonnage as long as they keep […]

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I’d Like To Buy a Rocket Ship and Move Them Out To Space….

| August 9, 2020 | 18 Comments
I’d Like To Buy a Rocket Ship and Move Them Out To Space….

NASA is having it rough these days, trying to search for astronomical terms that will not offend people, e.g., “dwarf galaxy” meaning smaller than usual galaxy, and Sombrero galaxy, when it does look a lot like a specific style of chapeau. https://thepostmillennial.com/nasa-wants-to-redefine-cosmic-terms-to-avoid-offending-people “The space agency only mentioned the “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” in […]

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SpaceX crew returns to Earth, splashes down in Gulf

| August 3, 2020 | 7 Comments
SpaceX crew returns to Earth, splashes down in Gulf

“Thank you for flying SpaceX” – Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken return to Earth Two American astronauts have splashed down, as the first commercial crewed mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth. Doug Hurley’s and Bob Behnken’s capsule hit the water at about 14:48 EDT (19:48 BST; 18:48 GMT). The SpaceX Dragon Capsule […]

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Mars Exploration

| July 31, 2020 | 32 Comments
Mars Exploration

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover has successfully launched on its epic mission to the Red Planet. The rover launched into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 7:50 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After a seven month transit, The Rover will seek evidence […]

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A Prolonged Period of Something

| July 2, 2020 | 14 Comments
A Prolonged Period of Something

Iceland’s volcanoes have been busy the past few months. If you remember 2010, a mostly quiet volcano named Eyjafjallajökull showed signs of eruption well ahead of its actual event, but no one except geologists, volcanologists and Icelanders really took it seriously until it happened. Eyjafjallajökull lies 25 km (16 mi) west of another subglacial volcano, Katla, under […]

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If Wacky Weather Is Bad Now, Wait A Minute

| May 16, 2020 | 32 Comments
If Wacky Weather Is Bad Now, Wait A Minute

This is regarding weather, CMEs, solar events, volcanoes, and our dependence on “other” for everything we need. Solar eruptions. Coronal mass ejections a/k/a CMEs. These are damaging and dangerous events that have occurred with our central star in the past. Could this happen again?  Considering that when the Sun went dormant in 2006, and has had […]

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Non-green Plants on Extrasolar Planets

| May 2, 2020 | 23 Comments
Non-green Plants on Extrasolar Planets

Autumn foliage colors throughout the year? Many science fiction films depict foliation as being green. However, studies on plants have shown that the nature of the sunlight that reaches a plant influences that plant’s color. On earth, for example, plants photosynthesize mostly on red and on blue light. They also use some of the green […]

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