The multitude of planetary systems seems to be yet another fact of our cosmic inconsequence, in which our corner of the universe is just like any other. But while planetary systems abound, astronomers are finding that in some respects, the solar system stands out.
“It’s increasingly seeming that the solar system is something of an oddball,” says Gregory Laughlin, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the US.
It’s still too soon to know for sure how odd the solar system is (odd like your quirky uncle, or odd like a leprechaun riding a unicorn?), but scientists are already trying to explain why it might be so. If it turns out to be a cosmological anomaly, then so might be Earth – and life. Maybe, we really are special.
Hey, wait a minute. The space aliens never showed up and suddenly we are now realizing … what?
So Brits pay taxes for government TV (BBC) that is just a mouthpiece for new atheism*.
It turns out there is no point at which a reckoning is called for.
*Canadians do that too (CBC). But more and more people are recognizing it as a problem.
Big Bang exterminator wanted, will train
Copernicus, you are not going to believe who is using your name. Or how.
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