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This morning, flying over the Basin and Range Province, a few of the higher peaks floated likely snowcapped islands in a sea of white.

Astronomy would have had a very different progression had our world been perpetually covered by clouds.

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Written by Greg Laughlin

January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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  1. Hi Greg,

    Perhaps not quite so different. I recall that in
    Eddington’s classic book, “The Internal Constitution
    of Stars”, that he argues that an astronomer living on a perpetually cloud covered planet would still be able to conclude that stars must exist. So if stars could exist then it would not be too much of a stretch to think that stellar systems might also exist.

    David

    April 28, 2011 at 3:15 am


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