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We Think We’re Normal

We tend to believe we grew up in normal circumstances.  We’re not always right, but our home lives usually seem normal to us.  As we grow older, we learn that our view of normalcy doesn’t match our friends and colleagues view.

To me, it is normal to share my backyard with a grizzly or two every year.  Likewise it is normal not to have venomous snakes underfoot.  Neither situation is normal to folks living in North Carolina or Florida. So with this sort of concept in my head, I looked at an article on Real Clear Science “Four Reasons Why Our Solar System is Really Weird”.  

Now that’s kind of the difference between Newtonian physics and Quantum.  If we look at the universe, most of it kind of lacks air – it’s essentially vacuum.  Newton’s normal world had air – but the rest of the universe doesn’t.  Here are a few excerpts from Real Clear Science – and I hope you will read the whole article.

“Only one other known system, Kepler-90, contains as many planets as the solar system, according to The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia,” Harry Baker wrote for Space.com.”

NASA explains “Our Sun is a little unusual because it doesn’t have any friends. It’s just one Sun surrounded by planets, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. But solar systems can have more than one sun. In fact, that’s often the case. More than half of all stars are in multiple star systems. That means the solar system has two or more suns in it.”

Yellow Dwarf in the System. Our sun is what’s called a G-type main-sequence star, more commonly known as a yellow dwarf.Jupiter is the juggernaut of our solar system, with a mass more than two and a half times that of all the other planets combined. The simple fact that our solar system hosts a gas giant of this size sets us apart, says astrophysicist Sean Raymond. Just 10-15% of Sun-like stars have one.

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