The habitable zone was redefined and zip we lost an exoplanet

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A few years ago Pluto got its pink slip and dropped from a planet to dwarf planet. That may change shortly. So hang in there you Pluto buffs. Meanwhile Alex Glocer and Vladimir Airapetian, the gentlemen who discovered Proxima b have redefined what they call the habitable zone. That’s where … Continue reading

NASA may build a magnetic shield for colonizing Mars

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Mars lies at an average distance from Earth of 225 million kilometers. But the latest idea for making the Red Planet habitable for humankind seems even further out. The problems that must be surmounted are that Mars has no rotating molten iron core to produce an electromagnetic shield and it … Continue reading

The weaponization of outer space – it’s happening now

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Space exploration has come to mean habitats on Mars, discovering five thousand distant suns with exoplanets whirling about them and all kinds of cool experiments taking place on the International Space Station. But there is a dark side lurking behind the headlines. Many companies are now involved in designing space … Continue reading

Canada – who and what took its place in space

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Canada’s first astronomers weren’t called Canadians. They were the native peoples. For centuries they had been reading the northern skies to learn when to plant and when to harvest their crops. Like the Greeks and Romans their legends and history were written in the constellations they perceived in the star … Continue reading

Facts about Earth so weird they’re, well…unearthly

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I spend a lot of time blathering about the planets, galaxies and all sorts of weird stuff. Today’s article remains focused on the bazaar, only this time it’s closer to home – like planet Earth. What astounding tidbits and treasures have I uncovered? Here’s what’s up down here. Let’s start … Continue reading

Beware March 12 is the Night of “The Worm Moon”

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  The Worm Moon isn’t at all creepy crawly. It’s really a good thing, especially for you gardeners. The Worm Moon is the name given the Full Moon in spring when the worms started turning up the soil. It originated with the native peoples and was passed on to the … Continue reading

In 2022 Jupiter’s Moon Europa gets a Close-up Look

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In 1979 three scientists suggested that their might be oceans of water beneath Europa’s ice-cocooned surface. Since their article was published in Nature Magazine 37 years ago there have been numerous attempts to fund a mission to Europa, the second moon out from giant Jupiter. Now it looks like NASA … Continue reading