Space

The Mystery Of Saturn’s Rings

The giant planets in our solar system have very diverse rings. Observations show that Saturn’s rings are made of more than 95% icy particles, while the rings of Uranus and Neptune are darker and may have higher rock content. Since the rings of Saturn were ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 31 2016 - 5:58am

There Is Attenuation of the 0.88-Day Signal of Boyajian's Star Around Dips, But...

Data visualization is a key tool in Data Science. You should always look at your data. Invariably, you will discover aspects of the data you might not notice if you just blindly run algorithms on it. That said, another important rule of thumb in Data Scien ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Nov 12 2016 - 9:28am

Step Changes in Period and Phase of the ~0.88-Day Signal of KIC 8462852

I had previously discussed the  amplitude of the ~0.88-day signal of Boyajian's star (or KIC 8462852.) If you look at the amplitude series alongside gradual dimming of the star throughout the Kepler mission (Montet and Simon, 2016), it appears there&# ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Aug 15 2017 - 8:04pm

Why Resilient Humans Would Survive Giant Asteroid Impact- Even With Over 90% Of Species Extinct

This is something you hear said so often- that we risk being hit by an asteroid that could make humans extinct. But do we really? This is the article I’m commenting on, a recently breaking news story: Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or astero ...

Article - Robert Walker - Dec 16 2016 - 7:12am

Vera Rubin, her life and leagacy in brief.

Vera Rubin who helped to discover one of the greatest mysteries of nature has died.     She was the mother of astronomical dark matter investigation.  I won't write about her accomplishments at length... ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Dec 27 2016 - 3:54pm

How A "Dwarf Planet" Gas Giant Could Challenge IAU Definition- Pluto, Ceres, Haumea Etc Can All Be Planets

Ethan Siegel has just written an article, "The Science Has Spoken: Pluto Will Never Be A Planet Again", so this is a response to it. I'll argue that far from "story over", actually we could make a discovery tomorrow that would tur ...

Article - Robert Walker - Apr 5 2017 - 6:47pm

Why I Wouldn't Fly With SpaceX To The Moon As Soon As 2018- If They Paid Me A Billion Dollars

I think the chances of the SpaceX mission around the Moon going ahead on schedule in 2018 is tiny. But on the remote chance it does, I would not fly on that mission, if you paid me a billion dollars. The problem is that they have to rely on many innovatio ...

Article - Robert Walker - Apr 23 2017 - 6:36pm

Is Fomahault-b A Dwarf Exoplanet- If IAU Definition Is Used?

This is an update to my article: How A "Dwarf Planet" Gas Giant Could Challenge IAU Definition- Pluto, Ceres, Haumea Etc Can All Be Planets. That article pointed out that we could discover a gas giant in our own solar system that satisfies the I ...

Article - Robert Walker - Mar 17 2017 - 10:53am

Accelerating Universe Expansion Without A Need To Invoke Magical Dark Energy

The umbrella term for the 68 percent of the universe that we can't detect and know nothing about has been given the umbrella term "dark energy." Like wormholes 30 years ago, it is more MacGuffin than science. You could call it aether or magi ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 12 2017 - 5:14pm

Waiting For Jupiter

This evening I am blogging from a residence in Sesto val Pusteria, a beautiful mountain village in the Italian Alps. I came here for a few days of rest after a crazy work schedule in the past few days-the reason why my blogging has been intermittent. Sesto ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 15 2017 - 2:38pm