A little weather to start, but a lot of space news that dropped in the last 24 hours…
- How does the developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean compare to previous El Nino events?
- The “huge” news that NASA teased earlier this week? The discovery of a roughly-Earth-size planet in the habitable “Goldilocks zone” of a star similar to our own sun.
- But don’t call that newly-discovered exoplanet “another Earth” — there’s a lot we still don’t know about it.
- This isn’t the first Earth-ish planet discovered…there are about 10 to 15 candidates so far. This article does a great job detailing the similarities and differences between those planets and solar systems.
- Astronomers aren’t just finding Earth-like planets with the Kepler telescope. There are others…a LOT of others.
- If you’re interested in doing a deep dive into the science of hunting for exoplanets, check out this e-book.
- Even with the confirmation (or pending confirmation) of literally thousands of exoplanets, you shouldn’t lose sleep over the possibility of hostile aliens. Space is big.
- Within our own solar system, there are new ideas for exploring our cosmic back yard — how about wind-bots to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere?
- Looking deep into space lets us look back in time — to when the first galaxies were first in the process of forming stars.
- The trait that helps predict whether a 5-year-old will be successful as an adult.