“Antarctica is a huge continent, nearly double the size of Australia, and more or less untouched by humanity (at least until we started polluting the globe with plastic and greenhouse gases). It’s almost entirely covered by ice sheets averaging over a mile thick (but can be triple that in East Antarctica), which meet the sea… Continue reading Science at the South Pole: Fire and Ice
The Structure of the Solar System
Thanks to seismology, Earth-observing satellites and geology, we have a pretty good idea of what the interior of the Earth looks like, although we are discovering new things year on year! I recently took part in an online course about Deep Earth Science, and another all about Moons, so I thought I would share some… Continue reading The Structure of the Solar System
NASAs Next Adventure
NASA recently announced 4 potential missions to explore our solar system, as part of their Discovery Program, which aims to increase our understanding of the solar system! Each of the proposed missions have been granted $3 million to investigate their scientific value and feasibility. Can you guess where they are going? Rocket Launch via Space.com… Continue reading NASAs Next Adventure
Astrobiology 104: Looking for Life beyond the Habitable Zone
In my last post, I talked about the possibility of life existing within the sun’s habitable zone. Although it is an easy method of elimination when it comes to using precious telescope time, this narrow minded approach is becoming less relevant as we discover more about the conditions in the outer solar system. Read on,… Continue reading Astrobiology 104: Looking for Life beyond the Habitable Zone
Moon or Mars?
This past week, there has been quite a lot of attention on space travel, due to the fact that July 20th marked 50 years since the Apollo moon landing! And what makes this even more exciting is that recently, NASA announced its accelerated plans to put people on the moon again… by 2024! The main… Continue reading Moon or Mars?