My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
Young Star Cluster
It never ceases to amaze me how wondrous and beautiful the universe is, not to mention the sheer immensity of it all. Looking at the this stellar nursery, we are witnesses to the birth of new stars. Nothing is permanent. Everything has a beginning and an end.
Shelf Cloud Over Saskatchewan
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Mystery Explosion in space
C.E. Dorsett The universe has thrown us a curveball:
Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic outburst that they can't yet explain. The event was very close to our galaxy, they said.
The eruption might portend an even brighter event to come, a supernova (Space.com).
Personally, I like it when we discover new things. It keeps us from thinking to highly of our own intellect. This object is very interesting.
The blast seemed a lot like a gamma-ray burst, the most distant and powerful type of explosion known to astronomers.
But when scientists first detected it with NASA's Swift satellite on February 18, the explosion was about 25 times closer and lasted 100 times longer than a typical gamma-ray burst (Reuters).
Here is the NASA page of the Explosion. Cool pics.
New Planet in our Solar System?
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and 2003 UB313?
German astrophysicists have concluded a space body located in the outer reaches of the solar system has a diameter 435 miles (700 kilometers) larger than Pluto, the smallest planet (CNN).
With the pressure to classify Pluto as a Kuiper Belt object, 2003 UB313 being larger, it is possible 2003 UB313 could be added as a ninth planet, and kick Pluto off the list. Interesting times... I just hope they give it a catchy name first.
Smallest Planet Outside Our Solar System Found
Orbiting a normal star, Astronomers have discovered the what could be the smallest known planet.
The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star about 28,000 light-years away. Red dwarfs are about one-fifth as massive as the Sun and up to 50 times fainter. But they are among the most common stars in the universe (Space.com).
Why should we care? If there is life on any other world, it will have to be on a planet small enough it is not immediately crushed by gravity. This is a promising sign that at the very least, our methods for detecting planets is becoming more sensitive.
Personally, I believe our future is in space. Inhabitable planets are necessary for that to come true.