Planets & Stars

Planets and stars, all the way to Mars, and much, much farther...

The little Rover, Opportunity, landed on Mars in 2004 and is still working, this little bot is the ultimate energizer bunny. Opportunity has found the telltale signs of water on Mars. In the course of its travels, over 20 miles, Opportunity has found iron and magnesium minerals that on earth are known to form in water. Scientists think that water once gushed through underground fractures on the planet. The latest find is of the mineral calcium sulfate, gypsum is what we call it back here on earth. The scientists involved offered this explanation. The Martian crater that the Rover is exploring was created after a huge object from space crashed in to the planet, gouging out the crater, and the rising ground water transformed the crustal calcium and sulfur into gypsum. Wow water on Mars!

Those science guys are not happy just looking in our solar system. They found a "Goldilocks" planet, that is "not to hot, not to cold, but just right", orbiting a star (sun) in what is also called the inhabitable zone, like us on earth going around the sun. It is 600 light years away and is 2.4 times the size of the earth. It was discovered by the Kepler spacecraft, and is called Kepler-22B. We are going have to give it a better name. The planet circles its sun every 290 days, compared to our 365 days. In other words we all would be a lot older on 22B. I wonder would visitors from here on earth that spend time on the planet get more birthday presents? Ah, those big questions that arise when we are talking about the cosmos.

Love and Light,

Earth sized planets!

Well thanks for your comments Nancy! I too saw the article about the two earth sized planets. The astronomers considered the find a Christmas present as this was the first time, beyond our solar system, that the eagle eyed Kepler had found little planets, like us. Interesting that you used "water, water everywhere" in your post, as one scientist called the new discovery "a watershed moment in human history". Well I hope one day you or I can write about an earth sized planet in the "Goldilocks zone", where conditions are temperate for "water", and thus Life!

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Water, Water Everywhere!

Hi Ted: Very interesting post, and to add to the possible discovery of water elsewhere in the Universe, this just in from CNN:

NASA scientists today announced the discovery of two Earth-sized planets.

The planets were discovered by the Kepler space telescope team.

The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 1,400 degrees.

Scientists speculate that one of the planets called Kepler 20F might have had liquid water at one time in its history and

could have been habitable.

The Kepler science team says this is the first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the universe.

well considering the fact

well considering the fact that they estimate hundreds of billions galaxies in this universe, that comes as no surprize. i heard tell the sun is a planet with oceans, mountains, ice on the mountain peaks and what we percieve as fiery gas is only the aura of the sun. also our oceans are like a glass of water in comparison to theirs. this info supplied by one who has visited the planet and spoken to its humanity- there is a book written on it