Hey, in about a million years a star is going to graze our solar system. I hope whatever is existing on this Rotting Marble gets to appreciate how cool that is, given that we as a species have, what. Thirty years left, tops?
AstronomerWizards, using their WizardryMathematics, have apparently (maybe) found a ninth planet in our solar system. One way out past Pluto, which orbits the sun every 15,000 years.
CHALKING THIS UP TO SPECULATIVE SCIENCE. BUT SPECULATION IS FUN. AND SO IS SCIENCE. SO LET’S DOOO THISSS.
Guys. Guys. Guys! Seriously. It’s serious this time. For now. It’s like, legit. Voyager 1 is the first human-made spacecraft to leave our solar system. Those other times we thought it it? Forget them. This is legit. Stop grimacing with skepticism. This is the truth.
[Update: It hasn’t. I frigging knew it.]
Voyager 1 has totally left the solar system. This time it is for real. Right? I feel as though I have written nineteen different posts about Voyager 1, and whether or not it has crossed the cosmic Rubicon Now comes a paper that has confirmed the spectacular leap for mankind. We get to keep it this time, right? Please?
Fare the well, Voyager 1. You’re currently hauling ass through the “magnetic highway”, as you approach the limits of our solar system. Keep in mind our wonderful moments together. Recall, if you will, the time we built your ungrateful ass. Fawn over the concept of being the first object we’ve sent out of our solar system. Dearest regards.
Our fat brains can’t really process things. Consider Saturn’s sheer enormity in comparison to us. Then try and comprehend how small in relation to the sun. Then appreciate how fucking small the Sun is in the grand scheme. Nosebleed incoming!
You can cancel those high-fives, folks. Despite reports last year that Voyager 1 was finally throwing up the deuces to our solar system, new intel suggests we may be looking at a much longer exit timeline. Hope your liver and heart is well, ’cause if you want to be alive for this grand event you may need another decade and a half.
Now, those sand dunes on Mars aren’t actually flowing like liquid. You’re looking at me incredulously. They aren’t. Believe me. However, I’m not going to fault you for thinking they are.
Have you seen an aurora? I sure haven’t. My experience with them have been confined to Skyrim. Don’t get me wrong, those were gorgeous, I would just much prefer seeing one in person. Now, what could be more fantastic than that? Seeing one on a foreign planet.