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Astronomers characterize two 'super-Earths' in a distant planetary system...
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(Phys.org)An international team of astronomers led by Eike W. Guenther of the Thuringian State Observatory in Tautenburg, Germany, has characterized two "super-Earth" exoplanets orbiting a distant star designated K2-106, determining their size, mass and d
By ceres on 2017-05-16 15:48 UTC
Closest alien world to our solar system could be ripe for life, models suggest...
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Scientist play a bit of fantasy exoplanet with Proxima b
By aphrodite on 2017-05-16 03:59 UTC
'Surprise' Asteroid Gets Scary Close To Earth 12 Days After Discovery...
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An asteroid passed close to Earth this week only 12 days after it was discovered,
By livefreeordie on 2017-05-13 23:12 UTC
Latest fast radio burst adds to mystery of their source...
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(Phys.org)An international team of space researchers has reported on the detection of a new fast radio burst (FRB) and their efforts to trace its source. They have written a paper describing the detection and search for evidence, and have uploaded it to t
By viper1 on 2017-05-12 14:38 UTC
NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long stay on the moon...
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Some astronauts may spend a year orbiting cislunar space before NASA finally makes its way to Mars. At the Human to Mars Summit in Washington DC, Greg Williams from the agency's human exploration division revealed the details of NASA's two-phase
By ceres on 2017-05-11 14:09 UTC
Boiling Blood and Radiation: 5 Ways Mars Can Kill ...
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Radiation exposure is among the top health risks for Mars astronauts, but the Red Planet poses many other dangers as well. Here are the fastest ways Mars would kill an unprotected traveler.
By ceres on 2017-05-11 13:52 UTC
Newly Discovered TRAPPIST-1 Red-Dwarf Star System --"All Seven Planets Synchronize in Nearly Perfect Time, With Three in the Habitable Zone" (VIDEO)...
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"Most planetary systems are like bands of amateur musicians playing their parts at different speeds," says Matt Russo, at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA). "TRAPPIST-1 is different; it's a super-group with all
By ceres on 2017-05-10 18:12 UTC
NASA's Alien-Planet Hunter Spacecraft Gets a New Look at Neptune...
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The Kepler space telescope, NASA's dedicated exoplanet hunter, has provided a new look at a world close to home: the gas giant Neptune.
By ceres on 2017-05-03 01:35 UTC
Where Should We Look For Ancient Civilizations in the Solar System?...
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While we're searching the Universe for evidence of life, we should consider places in our own Solar System where ancient civilizations might have left an impact. The post Where Should We Look For Ancient Civilizations in the Solar System? appeared first o
By ceres on 2017-05-03 01:34 UTC
Nearby star is a good model of our early solar system...
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Scientists have confirmed a nearby star's planetary system contains separate belts of asteroids, similar to our own solar system. The star is also about one-fifth the age of our sun. All that makes this star a good model of the early days of our solar sys
By ceres on 2017-05-03 01:34 UTC
Scientists find giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster...
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Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a 200,000-light-year wave of hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster.
By ceres on 2017-05-03 01:33 UTC
'Iceball' planet discovered through microlensing...
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Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we know it, however, because its star is so faint. But the discover
By ceres on 2017-04-26 23:34 UTC
Melting moons could support liveable atmospheres for aeons...
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If a migrating exoplanet dragged a Europa-like moon closer to its host star, the moons icy shell could melt into liquid oceans and breathable air
By ceres on 2017-04-26 23:34 UTC
Cassini completes final -- and fateful -- Titan flyby: Dive to Saturn next...
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.
By aphrodite on 2017-04-26 07:51 UTC
Donald Trump wants to put humans on Mars in three years, President announces in ISS livestream...
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Donald Trump wants humans on Mars in the next three years. He is unsatisfied with Nasa's current plans to get humans on the Red Planet in the 2030s and wants people on Mars by the end of his first term, in three-and-a-half years. At a push, he wants
By viper1 on 2017-04-24 16:30 UTC
Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life?...
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This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn's the ocean world moon of Enceladus. NASA/JPL-CaltechThere was much excitement when NASA recently revealed new details about the oceans that lurk beneath the surface of Saturns ti
By ceres on 2017-04-21 02:09 UTC
Is This The Exoplanet Where Life Will First Be Found?...
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An international team of scientists has found another rocky planet (LHS 1140b) orbiting a nearby red dwarf star. And it looks to be our best bet to date for finding a habitable exoplanet. The post Is This The Exoplanet Where Life Will First Be Found? appe
By ceres on 2017-04-21 02:02 UTC
Earth-Sized Telescope Just Took The First-Ever Photo Of A Black Hole: How It Will Test Theory Of Relativity...
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Astronomers have successfully peered inside a black hole to take an image of its event horizon. What does this new development from the Event Horizon Telescope means in testing Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity?
By ceres on 2017-04-18 19:24 UTC
Astronomers Scan Thousands of Stars for Alien Laser Signals --"Each of Those Stars Could Host a Planet With a New York City, Paris, or Beijing"...
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“Every single one of those stars could have a New York City, a Paris, a London, and we would have no idea,” Nate Tellis of the University of California, Berkeley says about the 5,600 stars scanned in a new study...       
By ceres on 2017-04-18 19:15 UTC
Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method...
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(Phys.org)Astronomers have found a new massive alien world using the gravitational microlensing technique. The newly detected exoplanet, designated MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb, is about three times more massive than Jupiter and orbits a distant star approximately
By ceres on 2017-04-18 15:34 UTC
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