Daily Archives: December 22, 2011

  • Countdown to 12/20/11

    Here is today’s countdown coming from what is called the Queen of the Himalayas (Mount Everest pictures later!).

    4. Earth-size exoplanets

    With better senstivity of telescopes, it is now possible to observe Earth-size exoplanets! However, we need bigger telescopes to observe their atmospheric spectra and figure out whether there are any signs of life.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16268950

    3. Dust avalanches on Mars

    Mars has a very thin atmosphere, and anything falling from space directly impacts its surface without much hindrance. Recently, it has been observed that shock waves due to meteorite impacts can trigger avalanches…

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111216115022.htm

    2. Comet Lovejoy survives

    A heroic tale of survival. Comet Lovejoy’s trajectory was so