Posts Tagged ‘science’

A world without days and nights

September 30, 2010

A world without days and nights.

…or constant daylight on one side of the planet, and constant darkness and night on the other side.

Im reading about this planet that scientists have found, which seem to have the right conditions to sustain life.

-Gliese 581g

“This is really the first ‘Goldilocks’ planet, the first planet that is roughly the right size and just at the right distance to have liquid water on the surface”

“This planet doesn’t have days and nights. Wherever you are on this planet, the sun is in the same position all the time. You have very stable zones where the ecosystem stays the same temperature… basically forever,” Vogt said. “If life can evolve, it’s going to have billions and billions of years to adapt to the surface.”

I wonder how it would be like, to live on a planet where there is no day or night. And no summer/winter seasons. I wonder how one would think of Time in such a place. Since there is no natural day/night switches, Time would be something completely different from the Time we are used to on Tellus. If life would evolve on such a planet, how would it be adapted to this? Would it be adapted to sleep periods like we? (Active at daylight, regenerate at night?) Or would life be constantly awake? Or would one travel between the light and dark regions of the planet (be “awake” for a long time, then travel to the dark side and regenerate for a long time?) Would the dark side of the planet, also be inhabited by creatures and life, adapted to this constant darkness? Interesting to think about it. πŸ™‚

-Hope we find out more about this and similar planets in the near future.

Fascinating πŸ™‚
http://news.discovery.com/space/earth-like-planet-life.html

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/gliese_581_feature.html

Extinct, King Koopa-Style Giant Turtle Found on Pacific Island

August 21, 2010

Now this is some interesting science πŸ™‚

Extinct, King Koopa-Style Giant Turtle Found on Pacific Island
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/08/last-giant-land-turtle#ixzz0xGz1rfmq

A bizarre type of giant land turtle thought to have gone extinct 50,000 years ago survived until recently on at least one small Pacific island.
Dozens of bones found in a 3,000-year-old archaeological site on Vanuatu belong to a previously-undescribed species of meiolaniid, a turtle family that evolved 50 million years ago and resembled walking fortresses.

One species is even named Ninjemys, in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though M. platyceps looks much more like Super Mario Brothers 3-vintage Bowser, the King Koopa

Lets fly to Jupiter

July 28, 2010

The sky is really clear and nice today. I think its full moon (or allmost full moon at least)

-The Moon

Anyways. I was playing around with my HTC Desire phone and trying a software called Google Sky Map.

-Google Sky Map for Android

With it, you can watch a map of the sky, and see all the visible stars and planets. You can point the android phone in any direction and the sky map follows your moves.

I noticed that it showed me that the planet Jupiter is above the horizon, and when I looked to the planets direction I was actually a bit surprised to see that the planet is visible to the naked eye. I didnt think you could see it so clearly. I pointed my android phone towards the planet, and took a couple of pictures. It actually managed to capture enough light, to make it visible on the photo.

Here, take a look πŸ™‚

-Jupiter

-Jupiter, zoomed in

Now I just need a “beam me up button” on the Android phone and im off to Jupiter πŸ˜‰