Ep. 644: Is Earth… Normal?

May 30, 2022 | Exoplanets, Our Solar System, Planetary Science, Planets, podcast, Solar System | 1 comment

Now that we’ve discovered thousands of exoplanets, we’re learning more and more about what kinds of planetary systems there are out there across the Universe. Are planets like Earth unique or totally rare?

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Show Notes

In Depth | Leonids (NASA)

May 31st Could Be the Most Powerful Meteor Storm in Generations, or Nothing at All (Universe Today)

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 – Fragments B, G (Hubblesite)

PODCAST: Ep. 642: Is the Sun… Normal? (Astronomy Cast)

Infographic: Profile of planet 51 Pegasi b (NASA Exoplanets)

Hot Jupiter (NASA Exoplanets)

Kepler and K2 Missions (NASA)

What is the habitable zone or “Goldilocks zone”? (NASA Exoplanets)

Overview | Mars (NASA)

Overview | Venus (NASA)

In Depth | Venus (NASA)

NASA finds evidence two early planets collided to form Moon (NASA)

Methanogen – an overview (Science Direct)

The Great Oxidation Event: How Cyanobacteria Changed Life (American Society for Microbiology)

PODCAST: Ep. 641: Are Planets Alive? (Astronomy Cast)

What is the Radial Velocity Method? (Universe Today)

What is the Transit Method? (Universe Today)

Red Dwarf (Swinburne University)

Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) (NASA JPL)

The Realm of the Ice Giants (The Planetary Society)

Exoplanet Transformations: Puffy Planets Become Super-Earths (Caltech)

Discoveries Dashboard (NASA Exoplanets)

Largest Batch of Earth-size Habitable Zone Planets Found Orbiting TRAPPIST-1 (NASA Exoplanets)

Neutron star collisions are a “goldmine” of heavy elements, study finds (MIT)

Our Solar System’s “Shocking” Origin (Carnegie Science)

JWST (NASA)

Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) (NASA JPL)

Science with the ELT: Exoplanets (ESO)

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1 Comment

  1. John Howard

    Hi Fraser and Pamela,

    Really enjoy your show, entertaining and informative. I’m looking forward to an episode on the latest Gaia data release.

    Just a comment about stars “dying” it is an oft used expression, but something is not right. Let leave aside the point that stars are not living in the first place, hence cannot really die in a spectacular explosion or otherwise. Even if we stick with the “living” metaphor, I would argue that the end state of stars, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes etc., are all very stable and will “live” far longer than their original star. In this view the burning phase of a star’s life is merely the gestation period before its real life begins.

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