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Pluto was once a moon of Neptune?

Astronomers discovered Pluto in 1930, Geneva, and soon realized that this outer world actually crosses the orbit of Neptune, the next planet inward. In 1936, British astronomer Raymond Lyttleton proposed that this planet once orbited Neptune as a moon. But now we know that Pluto and Neptune are in a special type of orbit with respect to each other – called a “two-to-three resonance.” Every time …

Say Cheese, Andes!

Susan Runco is an oceanographer at the Johnson Space Center. She’s part of a team of Earth scientists who’ve trained astronauts to take pictures from space. Susan Runco: I just tell people that when the photography does come back, it’s sort of like a Christmas present each time. You feel like you’re excited when the imagery comes back and then you feel like you’re going …

Year 2012 and the Sun Energy

How is there fire on the sun when there’s no oxygen? Strictly speaking, oxygen is a part of what makes up the sun’s composition. Meanwhile, although the sun appears fiery, there’s no real fire on the sun at all. You get fire when a substance — a fuel — quickly combines with oxygen in the air — so quickly that light and heat are given …

Meteor Trails

Dust particles left behind by comets crash into Earth’s atmosphere and heat up due to friction with the air. That’s when they become glowing meteors. At what altitude do meteors become incandescent? Meteors are dust particles from space. They become incandescent — or glow — almost as soon as they hit Earth’s atmosphere. Some meteors such as the Perseids in August burn up in the atmosphere …

Allen Telescope, Part 2

The SETI Institute is using off-the-shelf parts and techniques borrowed from automobile manufacturers to build a new kind of telescope. More on this less expensive but powerful telescope… Dave DeBoer is a researcher with the SETI Institute in California. He and his team are designing and building a new kind of telescope that’ll be used to search for radio signals from extraterrestrial intelligence. The Allen Telescope …

Allen Telescope, Part 1

To search for signs of life in outer space, scientists have had to borrow time on huge radio telescopes such as the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico. How a new kind of telescope could change all that? For 40 years, scientists have looked for evidence of intelligent life beyond Earth. Most of these searches have used time borrowed here and there on large radio telescopes. Until …

Astrobiology Grant

Researchers are competing for grants in a relatively new field — astrobiology. We’ll talk with the head of one team that plans to search for life in some harsh places — deep in caves and up in the clouds . If you were going to build a house, or start a business, you wouldn’t do it without a plan. Likewise, scientists plan their research in detail …

Universe on Empty

The universe is in its infancy. Stars and planets form, and galaxies shine. But what will the universe be like when it runs out of energy? Will there come a time in our universe when all available fuel for stars and galaxies is used up? What will happen to the universe then? We asked astronomers who study the big questions of the universe — how …

Moon and Twins

In November, you can spot Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini, ascending in the eastern sky. They’re noticeable for being bright and close together on the sky’s dome. Most people know just two bright stars in the constellation Gemini. Castor and Pollux represent the starry eyes of the two mythological Gemini Twins. Pollux is slightly brighter than Castor, but Castor is the more interesting star. …

The History of the Leonid Storms

Leonid meteors have been observed for over a thousand years, and sometimes this shower does produce storms. Arab astronomers mention a prominent display in 902 A.D., and the German naturalist Baron von Humboldt wrote in 1799 that meteors from the constellation Leo fell “like snowflakes” from the sky. On November 17, 1833, however, something extraordinary occurred. Before dawn that morning, the sky over eastern North …

Life Cycle Elixirs or Planetary Elixirs

Life Cycle Elixirs (also called Planetary Elixirs) have been made for profound changes that occur in various cycles during our lives. They have been specifically formulated to help us through those trying times in a way that is deeply profound and causes us to see the hidden meaning and depth behind these changes. In most cases, it will give a sense of purpose as we …

What causes a lunar halo?

“I saw the moon . . . and way out away from it there was what seemed to be a perfect circle of light. What might have caused that lunar halo?” Well, we get a lot of reports of these sorts of observations — halos around both the sun and the moon. They form when ice crystals in high cirrus clouds cause light to be …