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October 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Holy Tatooine: there’s a planet with 4 suns, and two amateur astronomers found it.  While binary suns planets are rare, they do exist.  Scientist have found approximately 5 of them.  But this discovery is the only known quadruple suns planet.  Citizen scientists, Robert Gagliano and Ian Jek, have christened their find PH1.

(CNN)

Speaking of Planets: the Keppler Space Museum has discovered an earth twin about 600 light years away.  It’s located in the “Goldilocks Zone” (AKA: habital zone) of it’s star which means it’s neither too hot nor too cold for water.  And water, as we all should know, means life.  Scientists imaginatively dubbed this planet keppler 22-B.

(National Geographic) Continue Reading Big Bang Science News…

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September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Mayan Doomsday Update: You’re going to have to pay your taxes after all.  In the last known, still mostly unexplored Mayan megacity, researchers have discovered unique wall murals and a calendar that predicts the world not being destroyed, but instead continuing.

“In addition to a still vibrant scene of a king and his retinue, the walls are rife with calculations that helped ancient scribes track vast amounts of time. Contrary to the idea the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012, the markings suggest dates thousands of years in the future.”

The image at the right is a wall mural of Mayan warriors.  It and it’s companion murals are unprecedented, having never been found anywhere else.

You can watch a video on this discovery on the National Geographic website. Continue Reading Big Bang Science…

Black Trees for Tatooine

April 21, 2011 at 9:36 am | Posted in Science News | Leave a comment
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I actually don’t remember any trees on Tatooine, but if there were, according to National Geographic, they’d be black.  And According to NatGeo, double sun systems are not at all uncommon.

A third of all star systems, meanwhile, contain two or more stars, and it’s not known how plants might evolve under mixed light sources.

So hypothesizing what plant life would look like and how it would adapt to deal with the effects of a double sun existence is valid research just on the off chance we might some day visit these places.

O’Malley-James and colleagues simulated an Earthlike world orbiting a variety of double- and triple-star systems. Some models contained only red dwarf stars, while others used one red dwarf and one sunlike star, or even two sunlike stars.

Enough light reached the virtual planet to support photosynthesis in most cases, with the world generally seeing as much energy as Earth receives from the sun.

Oh, and if you ever do get there, watch out for the moving plants.  Now that would be interesting adaptation to see.

Posted By: Synlah

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