29 July 2011
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Unimaginable quantities of water

In keeping with the solar-system-is-wet theme I’ve had going of late, I read an article earlier this week about the discovery of a huge cloud of water vapour in a galaxy 12 billion light years from our home. The scientists that made this announcement have calculated the this cloud contains 140 trillion times more water […]


28 July 2011
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Solar Explorer
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It rains on Saturn?

In a previous post I commented that the Solar System is soaking wet. Today we learned that there’s rain falling on Saturn. OK, so it’s not exactly a downpour. The “rain” is water vapor that’s being sprayed into space by ice volcanoes on Enceladus, a tiny fraction of which ends up raining onto Saturn. This […]


24 June 2011
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Solar Explorer
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Salty geysers on Enceladus?

It looks like we might be able to add Saturn’s Enceladus to¬† to the growing list of moons that have the potential for liquid oceans under an outer crust of ice. Instead of specifically mentioning which moons have possible oceans in Solar Explorer, I should probably just point out the ones that are dry. It’d […]


22 June 2011
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Solar Explorer
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Battle for what?

Having researched the planets and moons of the solar system for Solar Explorer, there’s one thing I’ve learned: The solar system is soaking wet. Earth isn’t alone in having a lot of water on it’s surface. Many of the solar system’s moons and asteroids are mostly made of ice. Sure, they look rocky like the […]