Feb 22 2017

7 Earth-Sized Planets Discovered

Ohhh snap. Check out this space news (via CNN):

Size comparison of the four terrestrial planet...

Size comparison of the four terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars and the terrestrial dwarf planet Ceres. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(NOTE: the photo above does not depict the planets in question. It’s just a cool photo of planets.)

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surface and potentially support life.
The seven exoplanets were all found in tight formation around an ultracool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Estimates of their mass also indicate that they are rocky planets, rather than being gaseous like Jupiter.

“Ultracool dwarf star” is my favorite phrase of the day.

Source: CNN


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Oct 11 2016

We’re Going To Mars?

Apparently we’re going to Mars. Seriously. Well, soon. Check this out from President Obama (via CNN):

English: Diagram of the interplanetary traject...

English: Diagram of the interplanetary trajectory of Mars Polar Lander enroute from Earth to Mars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space,” writes the President, “sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth.”

Source: Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars – CNN.com

And if you want a job on Mars, check this out.


Sep 29 2016

Alien Megastructure WHAAAT?

Scientists have discovered an “alien megastructure” in space.

Bill is alien

Bill is alien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s less cool than it sounds. Despite being SUPER COOL, this picture doesn’t help.

The video over at Business Insider (link) is very well made and definitely gets the point across in a short amount of time. That’s useful. And I’ll admit that the picture of what appears to be the Death Star got me to click.

BUT. Let’s calm down for a second. We don’t really know what this space thing is. And to be fair to Business Insider, the phrase “The peculiar dipping events in the disk-bearing young-stellar object EPIC 204278916” are not very exciting when you have no idea what they mean.

Space news is cool. We’ve discussed this. So if it takes using Star Wars style imagery to draw us in… well, I can live with that. I just hope our alien overlords are nice.

I kid. Sort of.

No one knows why these stars are acting so peculiar.

Source: New alien megastructure star discovered – Business Insider


Aug 24 2016

Earth-like Planet Found?

Exciting space news, people!

(CNN) In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe.

Cool stuff, right? It’s close to our sun so the whole “we’ll get superpowers because of a red sun” isn’t going to happen. Still, it’d be exciting if there’s life out there. See the CNN link below.

Source: Closest rocky planet to our solar system found – CNN.com


Mar 06 2016

Astronauts Return To Earth – Do You Think Space Travel Is Cool?

Astronauts return to Earth! That’s right, folks, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has touched down on terra firma, along with his fellow space travelers, after spending almost a full year on the International Space Station.

The above paragraph should be read in an old-timey newsreel type of voice. That’s how I heard it when I was writing it.

Mostly, as I’ve been saying — SPACE TRAVEL! It’s awesome.

English: S99-05705 - Astronaut Scott J. Kelly,...

English: S99-05705 – Astronaut Scott J. Kelly, commander (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Major Tom (OK, commander Scott Kelly) is back but NASA is apparently still working on getting to Mars. (See related links below.)

Mars. So cool.

Is anyone else excited about this? I mean obviously some people are. But are any of you folks? DaddyTips readers? Friends of DaddyTips readers? People who stumbled across this site from a search engine? Do you think space travel is cool?

When you hear “astronauts return to Earth” do you feel a little flutter in your gut? Or is it just another tidbit of news that flits by your eyes like so many digital space junk?

(Heh heh. Space junk. Sorry.)

For me, I’m happy to hear about space exploration and that it’s getting news coverage. That means that at least I’m not the only one still dreaming of hopping a flight to Mars.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is back on Earth.

Source: Scott Kelly back on Earth after nearly a year in space – CNN.com


Feb 25 2016

I Got Yer Planet Right Here

You want a ninth planet? Planet 9? Well, apparently French scientists aren’t that far away from finding it. Maybe. Regardless, it’s cool, it’s space news, and…

Look, I just think it’s cool that people are potentially… maybe… on the verge of finding another planet. Think about it. ANOTHER PLANET.

The truth is out there. I hope.

US astronomers announced last month they may have found a ninth planet beyond Neptune, but conceded they had no idea where on an estimated 10,000-20,000-year orbit it might be.

Source: Search Narrows For Planet Nine – Universe Today


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Jul 23 2015

Earth-Like Planet Found by NASA

This is so cool. NASA has found an Earth-like planet, described as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.”

Captain Video And His Video Rangers

This isn’t a picture of real space travel.

Read the full story at CNN.com.


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