Astronomy

Astronomy

8 Things That Would Likely Happen If We Nuked an Asteroid

Let’s say an asteroid large enough to do some significant damage to Earth is headed our way and will make impact in, say, six months. Can we blow up asteroids? Better yet: what if we nukedan asteroid? Is that a thing? It’s totally a thing. Some of the brightest minds in the world have studied what would happen if we …

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Real Planets That Prove Our Galaxy Is Just Ripping Off Star Wars

There are more planets out there in the universe than anyone could reasonably foresee. If you’re a Star Wars fan though, you might imagine at least a few of them could be similar to the planets that Jedi and Stormtroopers have walked upon. Which real planets are most like Star Wars planets? From the forest moon of Endor to …

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Jupiter

This Visual Tour Of Jupiter Shows The Gas Giant In All Its Jovian Glory

If you ever want some perspective on size in the universe, just take a look at some photos of Jupiter. Of all the planets in the solar system, Jupiter remains the largest, and beautiful pictures of Jupiter capture the awesome gas giant in all its gaseous glory. When you look at pictures of Jupiter, you realize the planet …

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Olympus Mons On Mars

Crazy Interesting Geological Formations We’ve Taken Pics Of On Other Planets

In the past 50 years, scientists have obtained an incredible amount of information about the geology of our solar system. Strange and impressive planetary geological discoveries like Mars’s Olympus Mons, made by Mariner 9 in 1971, the volcanoes of Venus, observed by the Magellan spacecraft in 1991, and the Beagle Rupes, spotted by the Messenger spacecraft when it flew past Mercury for …

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14 Facts About Saturn’s Moon Titan

Saturn’s moon Titan has been the subject of innumerable science fiction works, including Kurt Vonnegut’s classic The Sirens of Titan and Philip K. Dick’s The Game-Players of Titan. References to it show up in movies, on TV shows, and on rock albums. Titan might just be the most famous moon in the solar system. But …

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What Is Space Mining

The debate about whether or not Earthlings are dwindling away their resources and leaving future generations with the possibility of a fruitless planet has been raging forever. But the argument may be seriously altered as we attempt to tap into a brand new supply of resources — in outer space. The $330 billion space mining industry is gaining traction and attracting investors and …

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Solar System

The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System

The solar system is a vast, amazing place. From our Goldilocks-zone planet of Earth we’ve been able to observe and learn quite a lot about our solar neighborhood. Most of that knowledge has come from high tech probes and telescopes, letting us peek at the other celestial bodies that make up our solar system. Getting …

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