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Game Of Thrones’ Weird Seasons Explained! And More Science From Westeros

Can dragons really fly? And what’s with the weird seasons? A bunch of your scientific FAQs about the blockbuster Game of Thrones series are tackled in this video, with the occasional spoiler or Westeros-themed joke thrown in.

The latest in the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” video series has multiple explanations for what’s going on with the seasons, and you wouldn’t be surprised to know there is astronomical theory out there. Those long summers and winters, maybe they could be described by a planet orbiting two stars. (The lack of a big moon is less credible, as is explained.)

Also be sure to check out all the links at the bottom of the video. Among them are this 2013 paper on Arxiv talking about the seasons of Westeros, and the geological history of the planet.

Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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