Winter on Venus

This episode is sponsored by Brilliant Everyone always talks about colonizing Mars and turning it green, but Venus might turn out to be a far better candidate for terraforming… if we can just cool it down first. Last month we talked about terraforming Mars and how to warm it up and thicken its atmosphere to […]

The helical model – our solar system is a vortex

El viejo modelo heliocéntrico de nuestro sistema solar… …de planetas rotando alrededor del sol… …no solo es aburrido, sino además incorrecto. Nuestro Sistema Solar se mueve a través del espacio a 70.000Km/hr Ahora imagina esto en su lugar: El Sol es como un cometa, arrastrando a los planetas en su estela Puedes ver el “vórtice”? […]

The Secret to Planet Formation Might Be Hiding in the ‘Fulton Gap’

Starting in 2009, the spacecraft Kepler scanned the night sky hunting for distant worlds. Over the course of its nearly decade long mission, it identified over 2,300 confirmed exoplanets, making us realize the galaxy was much fuller than we previously thought. But poring over the data, something jumps out at you: we seem to be […]

10 Unsettling Solar System Possibilities

While decades of solar system exploration has answered many of humanity’s questions about the nature and formation of this star system, with in depth study comes even more mysteries and odd possibilities. Some of them are intriguing and strange, and some of them are outright unsettling. So here are ten of the most unsetling Solar […]

The Solar System — our home in space

The Solar system. Our home in space. We live in a peaceful part of the Milky Way. Our home is the Solar system, a 4.5-billion-year-old formation that races around the galactic centre at 200,000 km/h and circles it once every 250 million years. Our star, the Sun, is at the centre of the Solar system. […]

Saturn’s Mysterious Moons (V1)

Some 900 million miles from the Sun… in the outer regions of our Solar System… orbiting the planet Saturn…. …lies a mysterious world. Enceladus is enveloped in ice. Because nearly all of the sunlight that manages to hit its surface is reflected back into space, it’s one of the brightest objects in the solar system. […]

Strange Magnetic Bubbles at the Edge of the Solar System

The two Voyager spacecraft have been traveling away from Earth for more than 33 years and they are finally in the outer edge of the solar system. This boundary is marked by the outer reaches of the sun’s magnetic field and solar wind, which form an enormous expanse called the heliosphere. As the solar wind […]

Should We Live On Venus BEFORE Mars?

Hey There! Welcome to Life Noggin! It seems like everyone wants to go to Mars nowadays. The red planet has been all the buzz with organizations like NASA and SpaceX promising to get us there in the next ten-ish years, but there are so many problems with living on Mars. Instead, some experts think we’d […]

Solar Tsunami

The SOHO spacecraft has recorded the effect of all this rising energy. Its ultraviolet sensors show a wavy pattern of gas on the sun’s surface, along with the super-hot halo of gas called the corona. The white regions are places where the rising gas suddenly escapes. Immense loops of ionized gas, ten times the diameter […]