Is Comet ISON a Big Dud?
The future of Comet ISON does not look bright," says the astronomer Ignacio Ferrín of the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.
In a previous post, we shared a video by the astronomy blogger Tony Darnell who explained that while comet ISON will not collide with Earth in November, we might expect some other events to take place, such as a meteor shower, in 2014.
Comet ISON has been hyped up as the "comet of the century" due to its expected brightness in the sky when it passes Earth. It has also been the subject of online conspiracy theories that claim NASA is covering up data that shows the comet will actually destroy the Earth.
Neither scenario may turn out to be true, as "the future of Comet ISON does not look bright," says the astronomer Ignacio Ferrín of the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia.
It's still anyone's guess.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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