Tag Archives: Earth

Black Spidery things on Mars

Radiolab Blogland recently posted the piece below titled “Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe).” Read on! “You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface—looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miles of Blood Vessels

The average child has over 60,000 miles (10+04) of blood vessels in his or her body, according to The Franklin Institute.  Adults have even more—roughly 100,000 miles (10+05) of blood vessels.  Laid out end to end, they would circle the earth four times and the moon nearly fifteen.

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Messier 9

“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 [10+05] individual stars shining in it. Messier 9, [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

H2O

On March 22, 2012, people across the globe celebrated World Water Day.  Below are some interesting water facts from PBS.org and treehugger.com. 2.2 million (10+06) people die every year from diseases related to unsafe drinking water. On average, humans consume 16,000 gallons (10+04) of water in a lifetime–that’s 256,000 8oz glasses (10+05). The surface area [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saving the World’s Languages

According to the National Geographic, “Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the 7,000 (10+04) languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain.”  How can we attribute a specific Power of [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sun Joules

15,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules (or 1.5×1022 joules) represents the total energy released by the Sun striking the face of the Earth each day.

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Scientists have made an important discovery in their search for life outside of our solar system.  NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler mission discovered two planets, roughly the size of Earth, called Kepler-20e  and Kepler-20f. “They are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.”  Part of a five-planet system called Kepler-20, [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sizing up the Moon

Universe Today offers a few fascinating ways to consider the size of the moon: “The volume of the Moon is 2.195 x 1010 km3 [almost 22 billion km3]. That sounds like a huge number, but it’s actually only 2% the volume of the Earth.  In other words, you could fit 50 moons inside the volume [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Asteroid Flyby

The largest asteroid since 1976 zipped past earth last Tuesday.  NASA says a similar occurrence won’t happen again until 2028. A recent article in The New York Times notes that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, headed towards us at 29,000 mph (10+04) and came within 202,000 miles of earth (10+05), which is “…just inside [...]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment
  • Countdown to Powers of Ten Day

    • 10/10/10 1530 days ago