This week’s Carnival of Space comes from New Frontier News, which has the oddest banner I’ve seen on a serious science website in a while:
The top three entries this week? As chosen, fairly arbitrarily, by me?
1. Pluto: planet or not? Apparently, the IAU got together again, for the first serious meeting since declassifying Pluto as a planet back in 2006. What happened? They didn’t even talk about it. Alan Boyle has the story.
2. Iceteroids! What do you call a half-comet, half-asteroid? Mang at Mang’s Bat Page talks about these newly discovered objects, called Main Belt Comets (MBCs).
3. Fry, Piggie, Fry! What happens when a planet gets too close to its star? Oh, the joy, the rapture, the fire, the brimstone; it’s like looking into my future! No, wait, that’s not right. Apparently, the “gas” part of gas giants simply boil off, leaving a hard, dense core, like the type hypothesized to lie at the center of Jupiter. Supernova Condensate has the story, if you can get past the awful naming job astronomers did for these types of planets. (Cthonic? I do not think it means what you think it means.)
And there’s plenty more where that came from, so go and check it out!