End of the World – Duck, roll and cover

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Aloha – Over the past few decades we have had lots of disaster movies relative to end of the world Asteroid collisions.  Let’s see, the big box office smash, Armageddon, and the better Deep Impact, Meteor with none other than Sean Connery and a recent quirky end of the world movie I forget the title of.  Meanwhile, our regular doomsayers started a viscous rumor that we were asteroid toast in September.  I’m too much of an optimist, and apparently NASA is as well.  You can come out of your bunker for now, we’ll have to wait a while for another scare tactic… like Obama has changed the Constitution on a personal whim, and is running for reelection.  I think I’d rather have an asteroid :o)  Doc

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Pluto versus Demeter

Artist's impression of Pluto's surface with its moon Charon and a distant sun in its sky.  Credit:  ESO/L. Calçada - Pluto

Aloha – An interesting article today (link below) on the New Horizons spacecraft that will approach Pluto on ‘July 14th’.  What caught my eye was the size of Pluto – 1500 miles in diameter.  This makes for an interesting comparison to the asteroid/planetoid of Demeter, in the Demeter series, which is 1,000 miles in diameter.    Pluto has an atmosphere of sorts, Demeter is void of atmosphere.  Pluto has five moons, Demeter has none.  Pluto is expected to have (per this simulation) dunes.  Why didn’t I think of that for Demeter.  Pluto is 3.67 billion miles from the Sun.  Demeter is over 5 trillion miles from the nearest start, but it actually is between 5 and 8 trillion miles from three different stars.  That should count for something on the interest scale.  Plus, Demeter’s interior in a veritable garden world.  Take that!  Anyway, the link to the Pluto story is:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2015/01/07/why-pluto-still-matters/

Ceres vs Demeter or Fact vs Fiction

Could the Dwarf Planet Ceres Support Life?

Aloha – This will continue to be an evolving story as the NASA probe, Dawn explores Ceres.  As I mentioned in an earlier story, I formulated the idea of Demeter (the mini-planet or asteroid) from our Solar System’s Ceres.  As Demeter has a barren surface, but a vibrant core with a massive ocean, I find it particularly interesting that Ceres is deemed to be the second largest object holding water in our Solar System, next to Earth.  Perhaps the terra-forming project from Demeter will actually make sense in the case of Ceres (fiction meets fact).

Of course, Demeter is also, in effect, a geode or an asteroid that is a mineral rich rock that is hollow in the center.  I’m not sure if Ceres fits that bill, but perhaps we’ll find out in the next few months.  I’ll keep you apprised.  For the rest of the news story:

http://news.yahoo.com/could-dwarf-planet-ceres-support-life-110942665.html

Ceres and Demeter

Aloha – Interesting news that I’ll stay on top off with this blog as time goes by.  NASA’s Dawn Mission is fast approaching the asteroid, Ceres.  The story is available at:  http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-spacecraft-snaps-best-photo-yet-dwarf-planet-171343195.html

If you are familiar with mythology you realize that Ceres is the Roman name that is related to the Greek God Demeter.  Ceres in our Solar System was the asteroid or mini-planet that I used to model the size and general description of Demeter for the Demeter series.  Again, I’ll be interested in following how this study proceeds.  I may, but probably won’t have to make adjustments to the garden world of Demeter.  From Chapter 6 of Demeter:

“Demeter is one of three way stations between the Saggitarius and Perseus arms of the Milky Way. Control of the way stations has shifted back and forth over the past ten thousand years. Demeter is relatively small, approximately one thousand miles in diameter. One of its best defensive features is that it is located between three star systems, but nearly a light year away from each of them.”

“It sounds cold,” Cynthia suggested.

“The surface is cold; too cold for human life-forms to exist. In fact, I am unaware of any life-forms that can exist at that temperature. But that is part of the benefit of Demeter….

“So we’re going to be stuck in dome cities, like they talk about putting on the moon?” Cynthia asked.

“Not exactly. Demeter does have eighty dome stations scattered around the surface. They are more like observatories and military watch stations. We actually live inside Demeter.”

“You mean we’re going to spend a year living in a cave?” Athena sounded disgusted.

“It’s hard to describe, although you have seen pictures of the interior of Demeter before. I had a mural of the islands off Arion in your classroom. But I think the best way to understand what Demeter is like is to see it for yourself. We’ll be doing that soon enough.” Miss Li smiled cryptically.