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Seeing Double -- Two Habitable Worlds in One Solar System

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has found lots of new planetary systems over the last few years. Manyof these systems have more than one planet, much like our solar system. The ultimate goal, of cours...

January 02, 2016

White Dwarfs, Red Dwarfs, and Blue Giants, Oh My!

White Dwarfs, Yellow Dwarfs, Red Dwarfs, Red Giants, and Blue Giants, oh my!As we look out from Eart along the disk of ...

May 19, 2015

Worlds of Ice, Water... And Plate Tectonics?

Long have we talked about the requirements for a world able to harbor our kind of life. We needed liuid water for life ...

January 20, 2015

Why Is The Sky Blue?

Why is the Sky Blue? If you live in the northern hemisphere of our world, your summer is coming to n end. Hopefully ev...

October 08, 2014

Another Earth Found? Maybe, Hopefully…

Last Thursday, the folks from NASA’s Kepler Mission had a very exciting announcement. They foud a planet the size...

April 25, 2014

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Uncovering The Mysteries Of Mars

We have been observing Mars long since before the time of Galileo. Being the first person to bother ointing a telescope up at the sky (instead of across the oceans looking for pirates), Galileo could...

November 30, 2013

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Clouds on an Alien World

When watching any of the Star Trek series or movies, we sometimes see scenes in orbit around alien panets. I am always ...

October 19, 2013

Strange New Worlds: Our Place in the Milky Way Galaxy

Our Place in the Milky Way GalaxyIf a solar system is like a home village, then a galaxy is like a vry large home count...

June 18, 2013

Strange New Worlds: Seeking Other Earths

Last time, I talked about the search for planets and solar systems around other stars, and the progrss astronomers have...

March 17, 2013

Strange New Worlds #5: Here Come The Earths!

Here Come the Earths!These are truly exciting times, not only for astronomers, but also for Star Tre fans, especially t...

January 25, 2013

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