Nothin' but a post about space stuff
September 12, 2012 10:10 AM   Subscribe

Also Dark Energy Is Totally Real.
posted by The Whelk at 10:22 AM on September 12, 2012

I am legit super excited about Voyager leaving the heliosphere.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:30 AM on September 12, 2012

Also, confirmed extrasolar planets is 77.
posted by Mblue at 10:34 AM on September 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

still relevant
posted by The Whelk at 10:34 AM on September 12, 2012

Blogging up some Mars updates ....

dirigibleman awesome!
posted by tilde at 11:22 AM on September 12, 2012

The solar system looks like a really neat place. Someday I'd like to live there.
posted by mazola at 2:19 PM on September 12, 2012

The Whelk: "still relevant"

Actually, I think a more appropriate comic embodiment of dark energy would have to be M'gubgub.

I mean my god, his "skin", the fact he is so utterly massive he has to stretch his consciousness across an insane number of life forms across the entire universe. M'gubgub is the mother fuckin' SHIT, yo.

Also - so is Nth Man. *sigh*
posted by symbioid at 4:48 PM on September 12, 2012

Jupiter was attacked a few days ago.

Thanks, Jupiter!
posted by homunculus at 5:49 PM on September 12, 2012

I watched the live TV coverage of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's impact on Jupiter in 1994. During the broadcast, Levy said something about how remarkable it was that we were getting to watch a "once-in-100-million-years" (or some big number) event. I immediately thought "That can't be right--what are the odds that we'd catch such an event just a few decades after developing the ability to observe it? These events must be common."

And indeed they are. There are an insane number of asteroid and comets in the solar system. But what about the really big impacts like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs (and a large fraction of other life forms) 65 million years ago? Do we live in the kind of solar system where that sort of thing could happen again? Well, you can sleep soundly, earthlings. The Chicxulub asteroid impact was of a bygone era, when the solar system was just 98.5% of its current age.
posted by neuron at 8:24 PM on September 12, 2012

The lollipops look good - I was never brave enough to try Orbitz, kind of a little solar system in a bottle....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:09 PM on September 12, 2012

Did you guys see the awesome Curiosity’s landing video?
posted by Mezentian at 5:42 PM on September 13, 2012

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