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    Jexper Holmen – Oort Cloud

    May 27th, 2011

    Jexper Holmen - Oort Cloud

    Back in the 1950s and ’60s, official forecasters, futurists and Disney alike promised that, by the year 2000, we’d all be dwelling in a glistening white utopia pierced by sleek monorails, peppered with multitudes of hovercrafts flying around, and huge rockets roaring into the sky, whisking us away on vacations to the moon. I always dreamed of my family taking a side trip to the Van Allen Radiation Belt to observe all the energetic charged particles as they flit around and collide, producing miniature explosions of colorful florescence. Following our holiday on the moon, we would embark on a much longer excursion, one light year away, out to the edge of the Solar System and the Oort Cloud, home of those icey vagabonds known as comets. There, we’d watch as one of these cosmic dirtballs becomes dislodged from its orbit in the cloud and gets sucked toward our Sun, putting on a dazzlingly bright display as its tail flashes past the Earth.

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