Sciency Words: Ideal Rocket Equation
Escaping Earth’s gravity is far easier said than done. The high, high cost of getting to
Sciency Words: Oxygen Catastrophe
In the beginning, Earth had an atmosphere composed mainly of carbon dioxide. Life thrived in this
Sciency Words: Anthropocene
Anthropocene loosely refers to the era of Earth’s geological history when human beings (anthropos is Greek
Sciency Words: Venus Syndrome
Turning Venus into another Earth is, in short, difficult. So instead, how about we turn Earth
Venus wants to kill you. With its sulfuric acid clouds, dangerously high atmospheric pressure, absurdly high
Sciency Words: Global Resurfacing Event
Sometime between 300 and 600 million years ago, Venus experienced what scientists call a global resurfacing
Could we colonize Venus? Sure. It’s definitely possible, and there may be good scientific reasons for
Sciency Words: Ad Hoc Hypothesis
“Ad hoc” is a Latin phrase meaning “for this,” as in “for this one and only
Venus loves keeping secrets. One of the biggest, most frustrating secrets has to do with the
Sciency Words: Ashen Light
First observed in 1643, ashen light is an as yet unexplained phenomenon on the planet Venus.
Sciency Words: The Anomalous Precession of the Perihelion of Mercury
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably looked at planetary orbits and asked yourself: why does
Sciency Words: Lobate Scarps (Is Mercury Shrinking?)
Since the Solar System formed 4.5 billion years ago, Mercury has decreased in size by about
Colonizing Mercury: How to Live There
If you hunger for a quaint, frontier life far from the noise and bustle of modern
Sciency Words: Hill Sphere (Why Doesn’t Mercury Have a Moon?)
Mercury does not and probably cannot have a moon. Why? Because the Sun is a bully.
Colonizing Mercury: How To Get There
In several recent posts, I’ve said that nobody wants to live on Mercury. It’s too hot.
Many volatiles are so eager to become gases that they’ll sublimate, meaning they’ll transform from solid
SOHO is positioned between the Sun and Earth, and its mission is to monitor and study
Sciency Words: Moreton Waves – Sun Surfing
Okay, so you can’t really go surfing on the Sun, but if you could, the Sun’s
Sciency Words: The Carrington Event
Here’s the good news: the world didn’t end.
This is the fancy, technical term for stuff that gets thrown around whenever violent things happen.