Unseen Giant

UNSEEN GIANT There was once a large planet called “9” Since not seen, no one dared to assign a name to this body, but, not to seem shoddy, on its structure and mass they’d opine.  

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Life In Europa

One of four discovered (in 1610) by Galileo, Europa is the smallest of the Galilean moons, but still larger than Pluto.  It is very bright because it is entirely covered in ice. When Zeus (Jupiter) raped Europa, he “abducted” her in the form of a white bull.  In the above collage, you can see the […]

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Completely Contented

“I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.”
– Paul Dirac to Robert Oppenheimer

“You forgot that science has evolved from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Topping The Star Charts

Happy 40th Anniversary to Voyagers 1 & 2!  Almost out of the solar system, traveling faster than anything else man has ever built, soon (in an astronomical sense) you will announce our presence to the rest of the intelligent universe (if it exists). You are our first spacecraft unable to ask, “Are we there yet?” […]

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Rock Garden

Ask a geologist about rocks, and she (or he) might tell you about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous,  then describe their differences based upon how they were formed. The fact is that everything heavier than air was formed in the same way — in the interior of mega-stars, fated to explode. We may be considered stardust, but we […]

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Cosmic Prediction

Betelgeuse is the armpit of Orion, literally.  That is to say that it’s name translates to just that, and it is located in what astronomers politely refer to today as Orion’s shoulder. Already the second brightest star in Orion (after Rigel) and the ninth brightest star we can see, it may soon (any day, in […]

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Late Heavy Bombardment

  Four billion years ago, the solar system was a shooting gallery.  However, without these asteroids and comets bringing Earth the necessary raw materials, life may never have begun.  Once life is present, these gifts from space are an entirely different matter.  Just ask the dinosaurs, well look to their fossils, that is.  

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