Sunday, June 1, 2014

The 'Satellite Planets' of the Solar System and Beyond

Satellite Planet© David A. Hardy 

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another installment of the awe inspiring documentary series “The Universe” and take a journey to the other natural satellites of our solar system and beyond.

The natural satellites of the major planets in our solar system come in many shapes and sizes. Each is a world unique and beautiful in its own right. Home to incredible natural phenomena like gigantic geysers and colossal volcanoes, moons also offer perhaps the best chance of finding alien life in the Universe – and they probably exist in the billions.

A Hypothetical Alien Moon Orbiting an Exosolar ringed planet

In fact a recent article on Discovery News asked the question: Should Large Moons Be Called 'Satellite Planets'? The term ‘Satellite Planet’ was coined by the principal investigator on NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto  Alan Stern.

So join us today for a magnificent odyssey to the ‘Satellite Planets' of the Solar System and beyond.

Authors Note: I would like to take this opportunity to offer a very special thank you to my dear friend space artist David A. Hardy for the superb painting that graces today’s feature.

This episode of the Universe can be purchased direct from Amazon's Instant Video.

The Universe  ~ Alien Moons

The Universe S02 E05 - Alien Moons by kaanozten
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