Space

Polar Regions Of Mars Of Outstanding Interest For Astrobiology- Why We Haven't Searched For Life There Yet

The reason we know so little about the polar regions is not lack of interest. The polar regions are of great interest, for instance the Martian dry ice geysers in Richardson crater, one of the most interesting dynamic processes on Mars and the polar regio ...

Article - Robert Walker - Apr 30 2018 - 4:09pm

KIC 8462852: Where I Think Evangeline Fits In The System

I've noted the following about a chained orbital resonance system with base period P: If an observer at ~138° from our vantage point is well-positioned to observe transits pass by at intervals that are multiples of P, then we would see transits pass b ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Apr 29 2018 - 3:33pm

Jupiter Last Friday

Visual observation of the planets of our solar system has always been an appealing pastime for amateur astronomers, but the digital era has taken away a little bit of glamour to this activity. Until 30 years ago you could spot with your eye more detail tha ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Apr 30 2018 - 1:06pm

Protecting Mars- And Earth- From What- And Why Bother? Our Inheritance Of Unopened Astrobiological Treasure Chests

This is a debate hosted by the SETI institute between Robert Zubrin, founder and head of the Mars Society, and one of NASA’s former planetary protection officers, John Rummel. They debate the requirements of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 to protect both ...

Article - Robert Walker - May 29 2018 - 6:08pm

NASA’s Building Blocks of Life on Mars: Keep Calm and Carry On.

Building blocks of life are not life or even really close, but they are hopeful signs.  N ASA has announced that the Curiosity rover has found signs of the building blocks of life, as we know it, on Mars.    These building blocks are common throughout the ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jun 7 2018 - 2:11pm

On The Residual Brightness Of Eclipsed Jovian Moons

While preparing for another evening of observation of Jupiter's atmosphere with my faithful 16" dobsonian scope, I found out that the satellite Io will disappear behind the Jovian shadow tonight. This is a quite common phenomenon and not a very s ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jun 23 2018 - 4:16am

Why Everyone Should LOVE a Space Force. Air Force Space Command Promoted?

S pace contains a wealth of mineral resources so abundant that it would make money as we now think of it obsolete.  We rely on space borne assets for  very ordinary every day things and will come to rely on them even more. The common sense of this, unlike ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jun 18 2018 - 1:42pm

Space Force, A Service Of Warrior Geeks. An Opinion On Uniforms and Insignia with Practical Justifications.

E very Branch of the service has ranks and uniforms which reflect their  history, mission, and culture. A potential space force would not be any different in this regard.  Consider the lineage it would have being mainly influenced by the US Air Force, the ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jun 21 2018 - 10:19pm

Alien Life Vs Earthly Assumptions: The Fermi Paradox Stands Firm.

A ssuming that alien life has to be like life on Earth is the safest way to scientifically search for evidence of it.  A recent paper on the arXiv by a research team from Oxford is likely to cause headaches for SETI.  In short it shouldn't since the ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jun 27 2018 - 2:08am

Dysonian SETI With Machine Learning (Kaggle Kernel)

Years ago I used to participate in machine learning competitions hosted by Kaggle. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Eventually I lost interest in Kaggle competitions, but I continued to do Data Science as a hobby. My hobby evolved into ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Jul 8 2018 - 3:20pm