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October 17, 2013
16:00 // 9 months ago
September 21, 2013
breakingnews:

Study: Earth suitable for life for at least another 1.75 billion years
Live Science: A new study conducted by scientists in the UK concludes that Earth should be suited for life for at least another 1.75 billion years.
A nuclear holocaust or a rogue asteroid are among the potential disasters that could prevent Earth being habitable for that long.If one of those scenarios doesn’t occur, between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the habitable zone of the solar system and move too close to the sun, causing Earth’s oceans to evaporate.
Photo: This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken in January 2012. (NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

This is a huge relief! We’d been walking around thinking we only had another 1.5 billion or so.

breakingnews:

Study: Earth suitable for life for at least another 1.75 billion years

Live Science: A new study conducted by scientists in the UK concludes that Earth should be suited for life for at least another 1.75 billion years.

A nuclear holocaust or a rogue asteroid are among the potential disasters that could prevent Earth being habitable for that long.

If one of those scenarios doesn’t occur, between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the habitable zone of the solar system and move too close to the sun, causing Earth’s oceans to evaporate.

Photo: This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken in January 2012. (NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

This is a huge relief! We’d been walking around thinking we only had another 1.5 billion or so.

21:09 // 10 months ago
December 5, 2012
There is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old.
Sen. Marco Rubio - During an interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, which briefly focused on comments the Florida Republican made during a GQ interview last month. Some were confused by the Senator’s answer when asked about the planet’s age, and many readers were left unsure as to exactly what the Republican believed himself. Rubio says he was simply trying to acknowledge those who have a hard time accepting data which seems to fly in the face of their religious teachings, but wanted to be clear that he knows there is “no scientific debate.”  source
17:53 // 1 year ago
September 15, 2012
theweekmagazine:



Jupiter may have “saved Earth from a devastating cosmic collision” on Monday when it took a hit from what may have been a massive asteroid, resulting in a 100-mile-wide fireball large enough to be caught on film from Earth.This is the third time since 2009 observers have seen an impact flash on Jupiter’s surface, and some astronomers think the big planet’s gravitational pull serves as a sort of “cosmic shield” for the inner rings of planets — including Earth — “sweeping up incoming objects that would have a deadlier effect” if they were to crash into us. A few scientists think that without Jupiter’s protection, life on Earth wouldn’t have been able to develop.Watch the collision on Jupiter



Remember folks, it always pays to have a cosmic bodyguard.

theweekmagazine:

Jupiter may have “saved Earth from a devastating cosmic collision” on Monday when it took a hit from what may have been a massive asteroid, resulting in a 100-mile-wide fireball large enough to be caught on film from Earth.

This is the third time since 2009 observers have seen an impact flash on Jupiter’s surface, and some astronomers think the big planet’s gravitational pull serves as a sort of “cosmic shield” for the inner rings of planets — including Earth — “sweeping up incoming objects that would have a deadlier effect” if they were to crash into us. A few scientists think that without Jupiter’s protection, life on Earth wouldn’t have been able to develop.

Watch the collision on Jupiter

Remember folks, it always pays to have a cosmic bodyguard.

18:23 // 1 year ago
May 26, 2012
Without carbon, the building blocks of life cannot exist… So it is reduced carbon that, with hydrogen, with oxygen, with nitrogen make up the organic molecules of life. This research shows, yes - it does exist on Mars and now we are moving to the next set of questions. What happened to it, what was its fate, did it take the next step of creating life on Mars?
Research team leader Dr. Andrew Steele • Giving comment on the findings of he and his team (from the Carnegie Institution for Science), who were investigating the presence of carbon on the planet Mars. Their efforts yielded worthy and interesting results — they determined that, based on meteorite samples, Mars indeed has carbon on it that was not “contaminated” to the planet through Earth, but rather originated there. They determined that the carbon did not spring from life forms, however — this is a so-called -building block’ for life, not a byproduct of it. source (viafollow)
15:03 // 2 years ago
May 3, 2012

jtotheizzoe:

Pursuit of Light

“Water and stone. Flower and bone: home.”

From the terrestrial to the celestial, from the atomic to the tectonic, discovery is all about pursuing light in some way, isn’t it?

NASA has given us many gifts: Knowledge of this planet and many worlds beyond. At a time when many of their missions, and our sense of wonder and inspiration along with them, are in jeopardy … they remind us of how illuminating science can be.

Pursuit of Light is promotion for NASA, but it’s also promotion for thinking big, and embracing that “Ahhh” feeling. Full screen, HD, sound up. 

Share it with someone you love, and stay curious.

( Bad Astronomy)

Because what’s a good day without having your mind blown at least once?

20:41 // 2 years ago
December 5, 2011
Who’s the newest planet on the universe block?
It’s our baby brother! Remember the name “Kepler-22b”. Its surface temperature is a balmy 72 degrees; it orbits a star that is very similar to our sun; its year is even close to ours — 290 days. Don’t worry just yet, though, as scientists haven’t fully discovered what makes up its surface. But “the planet would likely be warm enough to host liquid water on its surface.” The scientists on the study are “getting really close, we are really homing in on the true Earth-sized habitable planets.” source
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It’s our baby brother! Remember the name “Kepler-22b”. Its surface temperature is a balmy 72 degrees; it orbits a star that is very similar to our sun; its year is even close to ours — 290 days. Don’t worry just yet, though, as scientists haven’t fully discovered what makes up its surface. But “the planet would likely be warm enough to host liquid water on its surface.” The scientists on the study are “getting really close, we are really homing in on the true Earth-sized habitable planets.” source

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23:39 // 2 years ago
September 30, 2010


Hey, that’s not Earth! In fact, you’re right. It’s what scientists refer to as a “possible Earthlike planet” in the “goldilocks zone” of a nearby star. Which means that when we inevitably destroy this planet by overloading landfills with discarded toxic Hot Pockets sleeves, we’ll have somewhere to go to next. And we’ll screw up that place, too. source
Earthlike planet around nearby star? We’re posting from there now

  • Hey, that’s not Earth! In fact, you’re right. It’s what scientists refer to as a “possible Earthlike planet” in the “goldilocks zone” of a nearby star. Which means that when we inevitably destroy this planet by overloading landfills with discarded toxic Hot Pockets sleeves, we’ll have somewhere to go to next. And we’ll screw up that place, too. source
1:01 // 3 years ago