Monthly Archives: May 2015
Using the Gemini Planet Imager, scientists have discovered a disc-shaped bright ring of debris surrounding a nearby Sun-like star called HD 115600, a planetary system that resembles our own solar system in its infancy. This discovery may help scientists to understand how our solar system formed and developed billions of years ago.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is getting progressively closer to the dwarf planet Ceres, as the latest image shows.
Using ALMA telescope, astronomers have observed a huge solar flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest red giant stars in the night sky about 420 light years away in the constellation Cetus.
Using Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a star never-seen-before in our galaxy or anywhere else in the universe, a star so weird that it was called “Nasty 1“.
Far off in the universe, there’s a remote galaxy that shines as bright as 300 trillion suns and according to NASA, it is currently the most luminous galaxy ever seen.
When we imagine a habitable planet beyond our solar system we tend to think of a “second Earth”, a twin of our planet which is lies at an ideal distance from its host star — a range of distance from a star where liquid water could exists on the planet’s surface — perhaps a little too hot (desert climate) or too cold (eternal winter). What is often forgotten is that there may exists environmental conditions conducive to life different from what we see on Earth.
An international team of researchers using the 10m telescope at the W.M. Keck Observatory have discovered unusual class of galaxies, called ultra-diffuse galaxies, in distant space.
The discovery of a magnetic field oriented to the left could provide scientists with clue to explain a long-standing mystery, the dominance of matter over antimatter in the early universe.
Using data gathered by Kepler space telescope scientists have finally forecasting the daily weather cycles for six distant planets.
Forty light years away in the Cancer constellation is a yellow star much like our sun. However, it is not alone, it has a smaller companion, a red dwarf star which is separated by over one thousand times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. 55 Cancri is the name of this binary star system. It also has a special feature: the yellow dwarf (55 Cancri A) have five exoplanets and may possibly host other worlds that we could not detect yet.