The Hottest Year in a Row!
Walkabout the Galaxy
Venus, greenhouse warming
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
Venus continues its record-setting warm streak now at over 1 billion years and counting, while the Earth just set its own modest record for the hottest year in the last 150 for the third record-setting year in a row. We've got a lot of work to do if we want to catch up with Venus. Speaking of Venus, something weird happened in its atmosphere that's probably the result of a gravity wave, not to be confused with gravitational waves which are a different beast altogether. Let the astroquarks take you on a journey from Venus to distant galaxies, and from greenhouse warming to non-Newtonian dynamics in this episode of Walkabout the Galaxy.
Feeling chilly? This transparent odorless gas is your next best friend. Wrap it around your planet to trap those pesky infrared waves trying to escape with your precious heat. Stay away from carbon monoxide: that extra atom of oxygen makes all the difference, prevent it from toxically binding to hemoglobin while providing oodles of extra rotational and vibrational energy states to make this a warm metaphorically fuzzy blanket, bringing your home back to the balmy climes of the bygone cretaceous. Shed those extra layers – you won’t be needing them with CO2.
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Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "The Hottest Year in a Row!" (2017). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 3.