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Comparison of the Earth to the Uranus

Uranus Compared to Earth. The core of Uranus has a temperature of 5000 degrees Kelvin. Yet the surface of the planet is close to Celcius. It is presently not understood why there is such a large difference.

At some future juncture, we’re going to need more living space, whether it be found on another planet or through the expanse of our planet’s existing surface area. In his latest venture into worldbuilding, Oxford University research fellow Anders Sandberg explores some of the more extreme possibilities.

How Massive Can A World Be And Still Support Life?

Gliese 667 Cc times Earth's mass) orbits red dwarf star Gliese 667 C, the smallest star in a triple-star system about light years away from us. Analyses have shown 667 Cc to be in the habitable zone and a leading contender to harbor life.

The north polar area of Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) seen here is heavily cratered, an indication that the surface has not been renewed since quite long ago.

North Pole of Enceladus

The north polar area of Enceladus, seen in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is heavily cratered, an indication that the surface has not been renewed since quite long ago. But the south polar region shows signs of intense geologic activity

On Aug. 5, 2012, the car-sized Mars rover dramatically landed on the Red Planet's surface. The mission continues to reveal new data about Mars, and will begin studying the Vera Rubin Ridge in the next two months. [Full Story: After 5 Years on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover Is Still Making Big Discoveries]

On Aug. 5, 2012, the car-sized Mars rover dramatically landed on the Red Planet's surface. The mission continues to reveal new data about Mars, and will begin studying the Vera Rubin Ridge in the next two months. [Full Story: After 5 Years on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover Is Still Making Big Discoveries]

Alluvial fans are gently-sloping wedges of sediments deposited by flowing water. Some of the best-preserved alluvial fans on Mars are in Saheki Crater, an area that has been imaged many times previously.  This observation, captured on Jan. 23, 2016 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, covers two impact craters that expose the stratigraphy of the fans.

Alluvial Fans in Saheki Crater, Mars

Alluvial fans are gently-sloping wedges of sediments deposited by flowing water. Some of the best-preserved alluvial fans on Mars are in Saheki Crater, an area that has been imaged many times previously. via NASA

Dwarf planet Ceres: A cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was taken on June 9, 2015.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

A cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of miles kilometers). The image, with a resolution of feet meters) per pixel, was taken on June

The latest crater on Mars' surface. Image: JPL NASA

Brand New Impact Crater Shows Up on Mars A fresh impact crater is seen in this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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The Holographic Principle Image Credit: Caltech Explanation: Is this picture worth a thousand words? According to the Holographic .

latest discovery on pluto has us questioning the order of universe again nh sphericalmosaic

Pluto is apparently emitting X-rays and that has us questioning everything again

This synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, shows what you would see if you were approximately miles kilometers) above Pluto’s equatorial area

Frosted Dunes on Mars    Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes. It is late winter in the southern hemisphere of Mars, and these dunes are just getting enough sunlight to start defrosting their seasonal cover of carbon dioxide. Spots form where pressurized carbon dioxide gas escapes to the surface.

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Frosted Dunes on Mars Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes. It is late winter in the southern hemisphere of Mars, and these dunes are just getting enough sunlight to start defrosting.

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