“Banana man” Ray Comfort outdoes himself with a clueless gaffe about there being no gravity in space. Hilarity ensues.
Earthlings have identified many potential methods for detecting extra-terrestrial life. Some recent ideas focus on examining the atmospheres of exoplanets to identify those tell-tale chemicals that life as we know it produces. Finding oxygen or methane would be clear evidence that some kind of life exists on the planet. The problem is, the planet could consist of just bacteria.
Ok, finding evidence of bacteria-like micro-organisms would be cool as hell. Just verifying once and for all that life, any life, exists elsewhere in the universe would be quite epic. The problem is…they’re alien bacteria.
Scientists are actually making progress scientifically determining whether we live in a bubble universe or not.
The idea of separate bubble universes, of which ours is only one among innumerable others, has always been notoriously both non-verifiable and fascinating as hell. How can we possibly learn anything about another universe that, by definition, is nowhere to be found in our reality. Still, some theories seemed to allow for its existence and the images depicting them are so cool aren’t they?
Tiny dwarf galaxies do not orbit their bigger cousins at all the way we expect they should.
Dwarf galaxies are as ubiquitous as they are tiny. This means that they are often found in multiples, orbiting much larger galaxies. Think about how that should look. You’d expect a bunch of these galaxies pretty much orbiting randomly right? Completely different orbits, orientations and velocities.
Pits on the Moon may prove to be a valuable resource to future astronauts if we ever get our asses to mars…I mean the moon, ever again.
Pits on the moon are not seeds spit into the regolith by uncouth Lunarians.
These pits are steep-walled holes that exist in size and profusion greater than you might have imagined. Using sophisticated algorithms searching through hi resolution lunar images, scientists have discovered over 200 such pits varying in size from 5 yards to more than 1,000. There also exists the potential to double that number once we fully vett the lunar surface.
The mysterious and deadly Van Allen radiation belts surrounding the earth are a little less mysterious today (but just as deadly)
The Van Allen radiation belts are torus (or doughnut) shaped regions of space consisting of energetic charged particles. Two primary regions have been identified, an outer belt and an inner belt. The former is composed of electrons while the inner has pesky protons as well. These particles derive from the sun’s solar wind and cosmic rays and remain in these regions because they are trapped by the earth’s magnetic field called the magnetosphere. Yes, I’ll say it… “IT’S A TRAP”
The most famous Exo-Planet ever discovered most likely never existed thanks to the atmosphere of its parent star.
That’s right, that explosive list of exo-planets we keep hearing about just got a little smaller (but for a cool reason at least).
A new planet-hunting technique reveals that rocky planets exist where we thought they wouldn’t…in binary star systems.
Binary star systems are very common throughout the universe comprising perhaps 50% of the points of light you see at night. Earth-like planets have never been found in these systems though which essentially lops-off half the solar systems we could examine for twin earths and their concomitant potential for life as we know it.