What makes a planet a nice place to live? If it’s too close to its parent star, it would end up a searing hot furnace, like Venus. Too far away, and it would end up a frozen snowball. To be habitable, or at least to host life as we know it, a planet would need […]
Why haven’t we found life on other planets yet? Perhaps it’s because we are some of the first life to develop in the Universe. I talk to Dr. Avi Loeb, chair of the astronomy department at Harvard, about the possibility that life may be much more common in the distant future around small, dim, and […]
Most times, astronomy is limited to passively observing. But not this time. Today, Dr. Dylan Spaulding, a project scientist at UC Davis in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, talks with us about how he creates high velocity impacts in the lab with a canon, and what this can tell us about planet formation.