Gigantic Solar Ejection Lights Up Mars in Ultraviolet Light –“Caused a Planet-Wide Aurora”

 

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An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. NASA announced Friday that a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on September 11 was so strong that charged particles caused a planet-wide aurora on Mars. According to team members of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, the solar event caused the entirety of Mars to light up in ultra-violet light. The aurora was also 25 times brighter than any event seen by the MAVEN orbiter thus far. The orbiter has been studying the atmosphere of Mars since 2014.

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“Annihilation” The Movie: The Mystery of ‘It’ –‘Was It Carbon Based, Did It Communicate With You’ (WATCH Video)

 

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In this first trailer of Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Annihilation, Natalie Portman plays a biologist looking for her missing husband while on an expedition with a secret agency and discovers a mysterious creature lurking in the wilderness. Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a what appeared to be a suicide mission in a bizarrely altered state.

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“The Jupiter Brain” –NASA Space Computer That Will Survive the Gas Giant’s Hellish Radiation & Atmosphere

 

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviets put landers on the surface of Venus. One survived for 57 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 470 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 94 Earth atmospheres. Another lasted for 127 minutes in similar conditions. Yet a third held on for 63 minutes. No spacecraft has yet laid our eyes on the surface of Jupiter because of the planet’s intense radiation.

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Hidden Sites for Human Habitats on the Moon and Mars –“These Vast Lava Tubes Could Also Shield Extraterrestrial Life from Cosmic Radiation”

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"These results have important implications for habitability and human exploration of the moon but also for the search of extraterrestrial life on Mars, says Dr Riccardo Pozzobon, of the University of Padova. "Lava tubes are environments shielded from cosmic radiation and protected from micrometeorites flux, potentially providing safe habitats for future human missions. They are also, potentially, large enough for quite significant human settlements – you could fit most of the historic city center of Riga into a lunar lava tube."

 

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The Alien Observatory: Life was Common in the Early Universe –“We are the Latecomers”

 

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How long has there been life in the Cosmos? Perhaps some thirteen billion years. Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb discusses the surprising habitability of the early Universe.

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