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Spacetime Report

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 by billsimmon in astronomy, science | 2 Comments

x-posted at The Contrarian.

First up in the Spacetime continuum…

mars*Look at this fucking picture of the surface of Mars.

*Once every billion years or so, heat deep with the Saturnian moon of Enceladus causes ice volcanoes to erupt like crazy. It turns out this once-in-a-billion-years event is happening right now as Cassini watches.

*Speaking of volcanos, the first “Earth like” (by which scientists mean rocky as opposed to gaseous) extrasolar planet that’s been discovered is in all liklihood a volcanic hellscape with surface temperatures reaching 4000 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so close to its star that basically, unless its orbit draws a nearly perfect circle, tidal forces must be warping the planet’s mass all over the place and wreaking geological havoc. Deathklok is no doubt planning a music video shoot there soon.

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  1. On January 11, 2010, evening said:

    I can’t comprehend that Mars picture. Those things look like towers rising above the surface. huh?

    And, damn, that Cassini has turned into a goldmine.

  2. On January 11, 2010, evening said:

    OK, after reading the Mars description a few more times, I think I get it.

    Why doesn’t my brain work the first time around?? I guess this is why my reading comprehension scores in school were always so low.

    regardless…awesome

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