Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More things in heaven and Earth

We may think that the Solar System is unusual, and it may be. The other planets in this system all have their unusual qualities, from the massive volcanoes of Mars to the dense hot atmosphere of Venus to the rings of Saturn and its own system of moons (Jupiter has some crazy ones as well), and the outer planets and moons with ice and gas geysers... I could go on. And now astronomers are starting to describe the weirdness of exoplanets, including a 'hot Jupiter' where it rains glass.

But this Earth still has capacity to startle, as with this intriguing article and video about a brine-filled pool dubbed "the jacuzzi of despair", complete with a dense flow of salty water making an underwater waterfall. It's a five-minute video, very fun to watch.

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