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30
Jan 2013

A Symphony of Science

POSTED BY: S. DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN
 
Today, an announcement came out about a paper led by Ravi Kopparapu that updates the habitable zone, moving it further out in space from host stars. I really like this paper (on which I’m a co-author) because it demonstrates how science often progresses: through a series of incremental improvements, the totality of which has profound implications for a handful of known planets. Here’s the new habitable zone, in pretty picture form (courtesy Chester Harman/Penn State): You see, the habitable zone....
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28
Jan 2013

@HabWorlds Twitter Digest, 2013-01-21 to 2013-01-27

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Whoa! Dung Beetles Use Milky Way as GPS – http://t.co/DRIFtsdk 21:56:37 The Sun's Different Light: How Scientists Study Our Closest Star http://t.co/v1e0oY3h 13:12:03 Year of the Comets: 2 Dazzling Comets Heading Our Way http://t.co/xwFqRXjq 04:53:43 Death Valley Dreamlapse http://t.co/LHQWY0Rh 04:53:19 SpaceX Intends To Send Employees Into Orbit Starting 2015 http://t.co/FVO8VkiW 04:52:35 Close Encounter of Jupiter and Moon Wows Stargazers http://t.co/lU6eIa9t 06:52:52 How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic) http://t.co/AXo1HQTf 02:57:03
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25
Jan 2013

The Next Full Moon is the Snow/Hunger Moon

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Appropriate, eh? Read on for what to look for over the next four weeks through the long winter nights. As always, this is the work of Gordon Johnston — thanks, Gordon!
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21
Jan 2013

@HabWorlds Twitter Digest, 2013-01-14 to 2013-01-20

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Curiosity to Drill into 'Whole Different World' http://t.co/pIqCD5Pz 20:23:47 Kepler is sick and resting. http://t.co/xPUN63S4 14:10:01
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18
Jan 2013

Grease those wheels!

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Bad news for exoplanet lovers: Kepler is in trouble. There are gyroscopic wheels that help point the spacecraft towards its target stars (and planets!), and one of them is experiencing too much friction. They tried a few remedies, but none of them seemed to get rid of it. So now they’ve put the spacecraft in “safe mode” in hopes that a little rest will do it some good. (There’s a joke in there somewhere about my knees and ankles after a....
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14
Jan 2013

@HabWorlds Twitter Digest, 2013-01-07 to 2013-01-13

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Archaea Are More Wonderful Than You Know http://t.co/TOdXFEno 05:38:24 Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Possibly Found http://t.co/3GBsSypl 13:25:07 Seeking stability… http://t.co/893NyQfM 13:06:41 Iconic Telescopes Threatened by Looming Budget Cuts http://t.co/z07ykKJq 02:09:18 Rogue Planet Confirmed Orbiting Around 'Eye of Sauron' http://t.co/vXUKbTVQ 02:06:53 As Planet Warms, More Lava Could Find Surface http://t.co/sLiaRQm2 21:27:17 17 Billion Earths of the Milky Way Explained (Infographic) http://t.co/8erOjvjJ 21:24:38 Planets, planets, everywhere… http://t.co/CGAyg6JD 21:18:58 15 Potentially Habitable Planets Discovered by Amateur Astronomers http://t.co/dlAl2LX4 18:41:27
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