After analyzation of a sample of soil underneath the red dust of Mars, scientists at NASA have confirmed that parts of the red planet might once have been home to all kinds of microbial life in the shallow streams of Mars a long, long, long time ago. The sample is gray clay from what used to be a stream bed, and it’s chock full of all kinds of chemicals from a freshwater environment.
So the results of the poll to name Pluto’s two smallest moons are in. SETI asked the public what the two moons, now officially named P4 and P5 should be called, and the internet (and William Shatner) answered, and the names will be…
A while back, we told you how SETI was turning to the public to name Pluto’s two smallest moons, now named P4 and P5. One of the choices is “Vulcan”, and thanks to William Shatner and Star Trek fans, Vulcan has rocketed to the top of the polls. So does that mean we could soon have a Vulcan in our own solar system?
For a planet that was re-classified as a “dwarf” because it hadn’t cleared its orbital path, it’s not like Pluto hasn’t tried. The tiny dwarf planet has not one or two, but five satellites orbiting it. Three of them are already named— Nyx, Hydra and Charon— and the two smallest, now just called P4 and P5 need a name and you could be the one to name them.
There are 17 billion Earth sized planets in the universe. The universe seems bubbling with life, we just need to find it
On the one hand, the good news is that astronomers now estimate that there are 17 billion Earth-sized planets in our universe, which sounds like a lot of potential life. The problem is that whenever throw around numbers like that, it’s disappointing because we haven’t found shit out there but cold ass rocks.
With more and more exoplanets being discovered every day, scientists need to define a better idea of the “Goldilocks Zone”, that is an area that’s not too hot, not too cold and just right for life. And in the new definition, Earth just barely fits in.