Neptune, the farthest named planet in our solar system (sorry Pluto), is unusual in a lot of ways. One rotation around the sun lasts about 165 Earth years, and each season is around 40 Earth years. Another noteworthy thing about the planet is its atmosphere, which has a fluctuating brightness. Read more...
Azura Quilalea Witness the annular solar eclipse on the tropical island of Azura Quilalea… Bekah Berge
"There are far-reaching implications for this discovery," said Tiago Campante, from the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy, who led the research. "We now know that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the Universe's 13.8 billion year...
What got the most clicks this week on CleanTechnica? Have a look: 140-Mile Nissan LEAF (40 kWh) Coming For 2017 (Rumor) (89 comments) Why Did BMW Pull The Plug On Quick, Big Leadership On Electric Cars?, via EV Obsession (107 comments)...Show More Summary
The inclination of the planetary system relative to the solar equator may be explained by the presence of Planet 9Authors:Gomes et alAbstract:We evaluate the effects of a distant planet, commonly known as planet 9, on the dynamics of the giant planets of the Solar System. Show More Summary
Storing fluctuating and delivering stable electric power supply are central issues when using energy from solar plants or wind power stations. Here, efficient and flexible energy storage systems need to accommodate for fluctuations in energy gain. Scientists have now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems.
Call it Planet 9 or Planet Nine. Call it Planet X. Don’t call it anything at all if you don’t believe it exists. Whatever you call it, Planet 9 is constantly attracting new speculation about its alleged existence, mysterious birth, possible location and affect on the rest...
A visual listing of objects in the Solar System, ordered by size. An image showing the 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter. (via Reality Carnival) The Presurfer
Solar Obliquity Induced by Planet NineAuthors:Bailey et alAbstract:The six-degree obliquity of the sun suggests that either an asymmetry was present in the solar system's formation environment, or an external torque has misaligned the angular momentum vectors of the sun and the planets. Show More Summary
NASA has just unveiled the latest results of Kepler’s K2 mission, which has been resuming its search for habitable planets outside of our solar system after the space telescope was crippled by technical problems almost three years. ago. And their findings are pretty extraordinary; they’ve identified 104...
It has been well-documented that Zoe Saldana has a certain penchant for outer space. In 2014, the actress told Badass Digest that she believes there are better parts for women in the solar system than there are here on Earth, and that mentality has led to leading roles in critically... Continue reading
Increase Your Home’s Value with Solar Panels; Consider installing a home solar system to save money on utility bills and boost your home’s value. Shelley Stonebrook, August/September 2016 (Mother Earth News) “…Installing a home solar...Show More Summary
ThinkGeek has created an out of this world Star Trek glassware set featuring 4 planet glasses (Earth, Vulcan, Romulus, and Qo’noS) as well as a Borg cube shot glass. We previously wrote about their Star Wars and solar system glassware collections. This Star Trek Planetary Glassware Set lets you gaze upon otherworldly beauty while drinking […]
The discovery of a massive ninth planet in our solar system may explain why some other planets have shifted their alignment relative to the Sun.
Number of systems and megawatts
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.
The National Renewable Energy Lab has a great paper titled Flexibility in 21st Century Power Systems. The paper addresses three grid requirements to accommodate increasing numbers of variable generation resources like wind and solar energy.
The Delaware solar renewable energy credit (SREC) program, SRECDelaware, recently announced the results of its 2016 Procurement. This year, procurement was marked by a higher than anticipated volume of SRECs produced by new systems between 25kW and 2MW in capacity. In response, Delaware’s state utility, Delmarva, decided to buy the resulting 2446 excess SRECs.
MinutePhysics explains the reasons why it is more difficult to crash something into the Sun than it is to propel it out of the solar system altogether, and why trying to launch all our nuclear waste into space is a bad idea. This video is about the orbital mechanics of why it’s so hard to […]