Posts tagged ‘solar system’

Mars’ redness may be due to natural nuclear explosion

by Milky Way Maid, from news reports

According to a new report from a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp., Mars’ redness may be linked to a nuclear past. In a story that has been picked up by AOL news service, this hypothesis is supported by the presence of radioactive materials still found on the planet surface.


“A natural nuclear reaction could have occurred on our own planet — and could happen again, said Dr. John Brandenburg, a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp.

‘ “The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium — and this pattern radiates from a hot spot [on Mars],” Brandenburg told”

Very interesting article. Let’s hope that funding is successfully sought for a mission to Mars to verify this hypothesis. Article may be read at:


Continue Reading April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am Leave a comment

iPad Gets an Astronomy App

A new app for your iPad will put the planets at your fingertips. The app, unimaginatively dubbed ‘Solar System’, It’s actually an electronic book written by former radio astronomer Marcus Chown. You can touch pictures of a planet, or Saturn’s rings, for example, to find out more about it. The review in WSJ says the articles are well-written, the galleries have dozens of high-resolution images, plus animated sequences. Basic data is of course included (diameter, mass, volume, gravity, atmosphere). Priced at $13.99, it is more expensive than a lot of apps, but it manages to combine info with beauty.

Continue Reading January 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Book Excerpt on Death of Pluto

by Milky Way Maid

Hi, Readers.

Came across a book excerpt at The Atlantic about the ‘murder’ of Pluto. This author wrote a book on how he discovered Xena, which was large enough to be deemed a planet on its own. However, its discovery ignited a controversy over how to define a planet, and in the ensuing brouhaha, Xena was denied planet status and Pluto was demoted.

You might want to pick up the book after reading this excerpt, online free at

So far I give it a B+.

Continue Reading December 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Astronomy Notes – End of May

Moon Takes 100 Hits from Meteoroids
MIT Working on 3-D “Super RoadMap” to the Solar System

Continue Reading May 23, 2008 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Oort Cloud & the New View of the Solar System

The solar system now is thought to be composed of three zones instead of two, according to NASA’s Dr. Alan Stern at a recent meeting.

The four rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) make up the inner zone. The gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) form a “middle solar system.” Beyond them lies an enormous third zone composed of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud, both named for the astronomers who predicted their existence.

March 24, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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A gift to my lovely readers —

As a special gift to my readers I thought you might enjoy some background music. A terrific writer and geek found these archived radio recordings of the Beatles for a Swedish radio show way back when. He cleaned them up a bit and edited them, and here they are. Five songs in cool condition. So turn up the volume alright already.

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