With some 2,000 planets now known to orbit stars beyond the Sun and thousands more in the can waiting for confirmation, the once-exotic term “exoplanet” is so commonplace it requires no definition for many people. 542 more words
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It’s Monday, and that means that it’s time for a new episode of our vlog series, which we have newly rechristened “Constant Science,” because that is a way cooler name than “Science Talks.” This week I talk with great enthusiasm all about the Rosetta space probe, currently in orbit around a freakin’ comet! 23 more words
What was that blotch on my computer screen Sunday?
There was a lot of excitement in the air Sunday, October 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring was approaching within 86,000 miles of Mars (roughly a third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon); it was once even thought to be destined to collide with Mars, although refinements to its orbit finally showed that wouldn’t happen. 427 more words