Friday, October 14, 2005

iPod iChing - hot planets cool life

It is friday, again, so soon. So we light heartedly approach the Great iPod and ask:
Oh mighty iPod, do habitable terrestrial planets survive jovian migration in any appreciable fraction of cases and settle in stable, congenial orbits in the habitable zone?

Woosh goes the randomizer. Whoosh.

  • The Covering: Estampe - Jardins sous la pluie - Claudio Arrau

  • The Crossing: Take of Me - Alison Moyet

  • The Crown: Andante - Mozart

  • The Root: Hann Tumi fer á fætur - Björgvin Halldórsson

  • The Past: Young Americans - Bowie

  • The Future: North Sea Bubble - Billy Bragg

  • The Questioner: Encore - O Sole Mio - Three Tenors

  • The House: To Be With You - Mavericks

  • The Inside: Concerto #6 - Brandenburg Concertos

  • The Outcome: Today is My Birthday - Twin Sisters

For completists: #11 Adagio - Bach; #12 Vinkonur - Andrea Gylfadóttir

Hm. Lots of classical stuff. "Hann Tumi..." is a children's song about the need to get up out of bed and hustle.
Vinkonur is "girlfriends", a children's song, ode to lifelong friendship.

Covering seems appropriate for a question on habitable planets!
I infer that extrasolar planets are in for a bit of a lull, and I will be on my own for a while, but my colleagues will eventually concur... and, yes, we are planning an Encore paper. Outcome sounds good.

So, it will look grim for a while, but terrestrial planets will be found, eventually, in stable orbits in the habitable zone outside the orbits of "hot jovians" orbiting at short periods about the host stars.


As always, the Key as explained by Sean

see here for context


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