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The Concept of Dwarf Planets

Starting in 1801, astronomers discovered Ceres and other bodies between Mars and Jupiter which were for some decades considered to be planets. Between then and around 1851, when the number of planets had reached 23, astronomers started using the word  592 more words


The Slow Strangulation of Galaxies, Two New Planets Predicted, and Can We Finally See Dark Matter?

This week, in what sounded like a zoo, Laura and I discuss an exoplanet that it too big for its parent star, astronomers predicting at least two new planets in our solar system, the deaths of galaxies by slow strangulation, and the biggie: have we learned to see dark matter as they emits gamma rays whilst falling into a black hole? 91 more words


Poor ol'Pluto

Isn’t it strange that kids today are being taught that there are eight planets in our solar system? The concept seems a bit foreign to me, because back in my day there were nine. 732 more words

Cryptic Cosmos

The Moon Craters - Mare Orientale

Discover the Moon’s Features

Mare Orientale (“eastern sea” in Latin) is a lunar mare. It is located on the western border of the  267 more words


Greater Minds: Freeman Dyson says let's look for life in the outer solar system

  • NASA’s New Horizons probe is approaching the Kuiper Belt.
  • Freeman Dyson suggested Europa and the Kuiper Belt as habitats for life in the solar system.
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Wednesday Pontification

Lost in Space - NASA Arrives at Kuiper Belt


(Artist’s Illustration of New Horizon Arrival at Pluto)

 Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe and an all-new edition of ‘Lost in Space’. 1,783 more words


Which will have the better story? Pluto or Ceres?

Aloha – It is turning into a great year for NASA with deeper probes into the Solar System.  Two stories I’m following (and report on regularly in this blog) are the Dawn probe to Ceres (what are those flashing lights or reflections coming from the long deemed dwarf planet in the Asteroid Belt/) and the New Horizon’s probe that has spent nine years moving toward what used to be our furthest planet, Pluto. 117 more words

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