Solar System

Category archives for Solar System

“I’m here for several reason, Mr. Pepin, first of all for aid. When something tragic happens in our skies, we do our utmost to extend sympathy. But sympathy without action,that’s an empty emotion. Mainly I’m here for the purposes of reentry.” “I don’t understand.” “Adjustment,” Harold said, “to earth. I’m here to make sure you…

“This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure. Mankind has made giant steps forward. However, what we know is really very, very little compared to what we still have to know.” -Fabiola Gianotti On Earth, star trails inevitably appear in any long-exposure image unless you account for the rotation of the…

“TW Hydrae is quite special. It is the nearest known protoplanetary disc to Earth and it may closely resemble the Solar System when it was only 10 million years old.” -David Wilner For hundreds of years since the realization that Earth and the other planets orbited the Sun, humanity had only hypotheses about how planets…

“Although impact processes dominate the surface geology on Ceres, we have identified specific color variations on the surface indicating material alterations that are due to a complex interaction of the impact process and the subsurface composition.” -Ralf Jaumann, Dawn scientist NASA’s Dawn mission has just revealed a huge suite of data about Ceres, our Solar…

“This is in a real sense the capstone of the initial missions to explore the planets. Pluto, its moons and this part of the solar system are such mysteries that New Horizons will rewrite all of the textbooks.” -Alan Stern The New Horizons mission surprised everyone last July when it revealed Pluto to be a…

“Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding — yet beautiful — Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.” –Buzz Aldrin Seen from afar, Earth is often described as…

The Physics Of Leap Day (Synopsis)

“Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself.” -Vera Nazarian The need for a February 29th, once every four years or so, doesn’t just give us an extra day this year, but it keeps the calendar from drifting and failing to align…

“The world communicates subtly. Most people don’t hear or see the signs because they’re so wrapped up in their day-to-day lives.” -Doug Cooper If you wanted to see if a planet was inhabited in Star Trek, all you had to do was scan for signs of life. With current technology, that’s really hard to do!…

“We stand on a great threshold in the human history of space exploration. If life is prevalent in our neighborhood of the galaxy, it is within our resources and technological reach to be the first generation in human history to finally cross this threshold, and to learn if there is life of any kind beyond…

“Finding out that something you have just discovered is considered all but impossible is one of the joys of science.” -Mike Brown Earlier today, the team of Pluto-killer Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin announced that they had found evidence of a ninth planet in our Solar System beyond the orbit of Pluto, larger and more…