Showing posts from May, 2016

Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart

Source:  The New York Times Excerpt:  Set foot on [Pluto] an alien world, three billion miles from the warmth of the sun. Download the NYT VR [virtual reality] app for Android or iPhone. [Different views are seen by moving the smart phone to different viewing angles. Or use cardboard viewer for effect]...

Tsunamis Splashed Ancient Mars

Source:   By Shannon Hall, EoS-Earth & Space Science News (AGU) Excerpt: Massive meteorites likely slammed into a Martian ocean billions of years ago, unleashing tsunami waves up to 120 meters tall, a close study of a region of the Red Planet's terrain has found....

Aging Stars Make New Habitable Zones

Source:   By JoAnna Wendel, EoS-Earth & Space Science News (AGU) Excerpt: Scientists searching for life in the universe now have a new target: the once-icy worlds orbiting red giants. There’s some good news and bad news for Europa colonization enthusiasts. As our Sun gets older, brighter, and bigger over the next several billion years, it will expand into a red giant so large that its heat could melt ice on the surface of Europa and other moons of Jupiter, as well as those around Saturn. Liquid water flowing freely would not only be a boon for would-be space explorers, but it could provide a stable environment ripe for fostering life. The bad news is Earth will be burnt to a crisp. It may even get engulfed by the fiery wall of the expanding star, along with Mercury and Venus, so anyone that remains on Earth probably won’t live to see that day. For right now, however, humans who study planets orbiting other stars stand to benefit from the grim future prospects of our solar syste

Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

Source:   NASA Excerpt: 550 of the 1,284 new Kepler planets are small possibly rocky; 9 of those reside in habitable zone....