Category: microcosm

Ceres has mud volcanoes. MUD VOLCANOES!

Ceres has mud volcanoes. MUD VOLCANOES!

And you can read more about them here:
https://astronomy.com/news/2018/09/volcanoes-of-mud-erupt-from-dwarf-planet-ceres

I guess it’s not the worst argument in favor o…

I guess it’s not the worst argument in favor of Pluto. (And yes, some scientists are really making this argument:
 https://www.space.com/41769-pluto-planet-definition-debate-rages-on.html

Scientists are baffled! While STEVE (which is …

Scientists are baffled! While STEVE (which is a backronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) looks like a purple aurora, it surprisingly is not. So if it’s not an aurora, then what the heck is it?

You can read more about this fascinating phenomena here:
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/08/steve-the-aurora-isnt-an-aurora-after-all

This is actually pretty bad. Engineers are sta…

This is actually pretty bad. Engineers are starting to worry Opportunity may not wake back up. 🙁 

The Parker Solar Probe just left Earth and is …

The Parker Solar Probe just left Earth and is on its way to the Sun! And the last panel has a ring of truth to it. After the probe dies and its components burn away, all that will be left is the carbon heat shield.. which will continue to orbit the Sun until its death.

Keep your eyes to the Eastern skies! Tonight M…

Keep your eyes to the Eastern skies! Tonight Mars will be it’s closest to Earth and won’t be this close again for another 17 years. Look for the “star” with an orange/red hue!

Jupiter has 12 newly discovered moons!! I real…

Jupiter has 12 newly discovered moons!! I really relate to Valetudo, for some reason…

We’ve observed binary asteroids before, …

We’ve observed binary asteroids before, but it’s incredibly rare to see two that are the same size orbiting each other like this! Like all near-Earth asteroids, it’s believed these are remnants of our solar system’s formation.

You can read more about these two here: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/07/rare-equal-mass-binary-asteroid-discovered-near-earth

Their tech may be outdated, but both Voyagers …

Their tech may be outdated, but both Voyagers are still going strong and sending us back information 40 years later! Considering how old their tech is, that’s pretty damn impressive. You can read more about them here: http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/07/forty-years-and-still-going-strong

This global dust storm happening on Mars right…

This global dust storm happening on Mars right now is no joke! Opportunity has been hibernating and saving energy since June 10th. Hopefully it will come back online when the sun returns, whenever that may be. (Back in 2010 Spirit, after getting stuck in sand, wasn’t so lucky.)

You can read more about this dust storm and Opportunity’s challenges here:
http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/06/mars-storm-2018