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Sometimes when looking for a topic, I end up going on wild tangents, chasing one thought or another and satisfying my own curiosity. I try to keep my ear to the ground for interesting or unusual UFO reports that might be … Continue reading
Imagine a fat guy doing a cannonball into a calm swimming pool. We can predict that a minute later the surface of the pool will be mottled with waves: ridges and valleys, peaks and pits. The Standard Model of cosmology … Continue reading
Above Image: A Hubble Space Telescope image of Pluto and its moons. Charon is the largest moon close to Pluto. The other four bright dots are smaller moons discovered in 2005, 2011 and 2012. Image Credit: NASA Since its discovery … Continue reading
Image Credit: NASA Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to Jupiter that launched on August 5th, 2011 and is due to arrive in orbit in July 2016. This mission is unique because it is the first that will … Continue reading
Callisto [kuh-lis-toh] is the eighth satellite from Jupiter and has the oldest landscape in the entire Solar System at about 4 billion years old. It is the only body that is bigger than 1,000 kilometers in diameter in the Solar … Continue reading
Image Above: Natural color view of Ganymede from the Galileo spacecraft during its first encounter with the satellite. Image Credit: NASA/JPL Ganymede [gan-uh-meed] is the seventh satellite from Jupiter, the biggest planet in the Solar System. Similarly, Ganymede is … Continue reading
Image above: The space station is one of the brightest objects in the sky. Image Credit: NASA The International Space Station (ISS) is basically an enormous science lab orbiting about 354 kilometers above the earth. The first part of the … Continue reading
With Mars being our closest accessible neighbor, it’s no surprise that we have had so many missions to study the red warrior. The six active missions to Mars include the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Exploration Rover (Opportunity), and the … Continue reading
Saturn’s rings are responsible for a unique type of rain that falls into the atmosphere of the gas giant. Saturn’s magnetic field is pulling charged water particles into the atmosphere which interact with the atmosphere. Scientists estimate that there’s at … Continue reading