It seems that all too frequently we read another exciting announcement that an extrasolar planet has been detected, one that … Continue reading Can Planets in the Habitable Zone Actually Support Life?
Tsunamis are a recurring theme in disaster movies. The Impossible depicts a family’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of … Continue reading Was Mars Once Plagued by Tsunamis?
The third most abundant molecule in the universe has the most well-known chemical formula—H2O, or water. No one disputes the … Continue reading Why Does Hydrogen Exist in the Universe?
What are the two most known chemical compounds? Clearly water (H2O) takes first place, but with all the discussion of … Continue reading Why Does Carbon Exist in the Universe?
The northern and southern lights (aurora borealis and aurora australis) splash colorful lights onto the sky, aweing spectators; but this … Continue reading Radiation on Mars Endangers Life
Is Earth special? A large fraction of the scientific community doesn’t think so. In fact, most have adopted the Copernican … Continue reading 3 Ways Planet Earth Stands Out
Are we alone? This question has intrigued humanity for millennia. Hollywood has made billions of dollars producing movies that speculate … Continue reading Why Are the Aliens Silent?
In 1930, American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered a large body in the outer solar system. After analyzing astronomical photographs of … Continue reading Have Astronomers Found Pluto’s Replacement?
I find black holes the most bizarre object in the universe. They have densities so high it boggles the mind; … Continue reading Discovery of Gravitational Waves Affirms Einstein’s Theory
In recent years, the question of Mars has shifted from whether it hosts advanced life (an idea shown to be … Continue reading Did Mars Ever Have Liquid Water?