Category Archives: Science and Space

What if Earth is a Really Atypical Abode for Life?

Recent space missions have raised some interesting ideas about exobiology for me. The Galileo and Cassini results on Europa and Enceladus, respectively have revealed evidence for liquid water oceans under their surface ice, providing a remarkably clement environment for life … Continue reading

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Nearest Star Has a Potentially Habitable Planet!

The “Pale Red Dot” campaign at ESO has just announced a discovery that is truly extraordinary! ¬†This would have been my dream discovery as an astronomer! I feel really lucky (and a little giddy) to have gone from simply wondering … Continue reading

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Pluto’s Place in the Solar System

When New Horizons‚Äč launched, its mission in the public imagination was to complete the set of the nine planets. No doubt this helped the mission get funded, and I respect that. By the time it arrived, though, we had accumulated … Continue reading

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What might it mean if Pluto is geologically active?

This week, we saw this on Pluto: This surface has no yet-identified impact craters in it. Instead, there are very tall mountains of unknown geology, some weird puffy deposits near the limb, obscuring underlying geology, a rille I cannot explain, … Continue reading

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Curiosity Lands Safely!

Curiosity Lands Safely!.

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Projected Image of Eclipse

Projected Image of Eclipse

The clever people beside us had set up a projector scope with a pair of binoculars. Isn’t that cool? I remember doing something like that when I was a kid.

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Annular Solar Eclipse Caught on Camera, Sort Of…

Annular Solar Eclipse Caught on Camera, Sort Of...

This one at least does show the annular eclipse through “eclipse glasses” (mylar film). Unfortunately, the camera was not very steady and the exposure was too long.

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