The latest on the search for planets in other planetary systems. .
I wrote an article on the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems throughout the galaxy a few weeks ago. New information is coming to light all the time and this is a field that has a lot of discoveries left to find. The new discoveries were published in the astrophysical Journal. Astronomers [...]
Paul Kalas was the leader of the team who managed the long-sought feat of actually taking a photograph of a planet orbiting another star. Before this, all the planets outside our solar system were found by indirect means. He describes how they achieved the breakthrough, using the Hubble Space Telescope, and discusses the wide range [...]
Asteroids can be big grumpy things that decide that they are going to make life on Earth, just like the dinosaurs, extinct. They are flying around all over the place entering our solar system on their trajectories, and either crashing or being caught by another object in our system, or just peacefully cruising straight through [...]
What is the best way to get to the stars? Catching a bus or the tube probably won’t make it but catching the space shuttle will. Unfortunately, there is a small problem in that it will take around 170,000 years. When you arrived there would be nothing there, as the star would have moved. You [...]
What we are and who we are and our place in the universe. [podcast]http://www.weirdwarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/your place.mp3[/podcast]
Looking at the universe I have always thought it odd that planets were round and not some other shape. To make a sphere on earth isn’t really that easy. I can’t say that I have tried it But just trying to get a lump of plasticine into a sphere with your hands is almost impossible. On [...]