world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!
Far from being just a slightly bigger rocky sphere than our planet, Super-Earths are a fascinating class of worlds ranging from Earths with a few extra tons to failed seeds of gas giants.
Of all the stellar objects talked about in popular science, Super-Earths are almost criminally underrated, which is a shame because they represent some of the best places to find life, are an interesting addition to the debate about how to classify Pluto and bodies like it, and show the link between rocky planets in inner solar systems and gas giants. You could even say that if we really want to understand how solar systems are formed, we need to learn a lot more about the many Super-Earths we’ve keep discovering every time we look for new exoplanets…
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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…
– Why We Need To Learn More About Super-Earths
– Hey Universe, Just Try To Censor This!
– Why Kepler-1625b, What A Big Moon You Have…
– Why Alien Moons Might Just Be Teeming With Life
– Expanding The Search For Terrestrial Planets
– Hey, What’s A World Like You Doing In A Solar System Like This?
– When Worlds Collide: What Happened The Day The Earth Died
– How One Planet Shows An Indirect Glimpse Of Our Future And The Fermi Paradox
Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records