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Life, Unbounded

Life, Unbounded

Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiology

Greeks, Trojans, and a Temporary Companion for Uranus

Greeks, Trojans, and a Temporary Companion for Uranus

A telescopic survey looking for trans-Neptunian objects has chanced across a 37 mile wide chunk of rock and ice that instead moves around the sun in the same orbit as Uranus, just further ahead of the planet.

September 9, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Earth Waves To Saturn: The Pictures

Earth Waves To Saturn: The Pictures

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, or in this case 1,400 pictures are worth a few words. Here is the collage of images uploaded by people across the planet for NASA’s Cassini ‘Wave at Saturn’ event on July 19th 2013, while Cassini snapped Earth in turn, as a teeny, tiny dot of [...]

August 22, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

                      There may be something funny going on with the stuff covering the Moon, and a new NASA mission launching next month is aiming to solve the mystery.

August 19, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Summer Astrobiology Roundup #2: Possible `Comet Of The Century' Starts Warming Up

Enhanced Hubble Telescope image of ISON from April 2013, showing a dusty tail and some evidence of volatile sublimation around the nucleus (NASA, ESA) Back in February these pages discussed a newly discovered long-period comet, ISON (otherwise known as C/2012 s1), that is falling sunwards for what is probably its first passage through the inner solar system later this year - on a beautiful near parabolic orbit.

July 25, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

In Defense Of Metaphors In Science Writing

(James Gillray) "Science is all metaphor" Timothy Leary We live in an elegant universe.The cosmos is like a string symphony.Genes are selfish.There is an endless battle between thermodynamics and gravity.Do you love these statements, or hate them?

July 9, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

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