Monthly Archives: November 2015
The destruction of Phobos 20 million years from now will make a Saturn-like rings around Mars. Though, The demise of Phobos isn’t imminent, say researchers.
Earlier this month, a mysterious star — known as Tabby’s Star or KIC 8462852 — with a strange dimming light made the news for its unexplained and bizarre behavior. Many on the Internet blamed an alien megastructure on KIC 8462852 for the dimming of 20% and more. Sure, This star is strange. But aliens?
By analyzing data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a group of researchers have found the first gamma-ray pulsar beyond our galaxy, called PSR J0540-691, the extraordinary object sets a new record of being the most luminous gamma-ray pulsar ever found to date.
For the first time ever, astronomers have directly captured a photo of exoplanet forming near a young star, a discovery expected to shed light on the process of planet formation around other stars.
For the first time, a team of scientists have managed to record winds speed on opposite sides of an ‘alien’ planet, dubbed HD 189733b, this extreme planet is being battered by furious winds of more than 8700 km/h (5400mph) — 20 times higher than the fastest wind speed ever recorded on Earth — equivalent to seven times sound’ speed.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our galaxy in the last 20 years or so, it’s that our solar system … isn’t that unusual. There are a lot of other stars out there, with a lot of other planets — even some that are a lot like Earth.
Think Pluto is far away? Think again! Researchers have just discovered an icy world — designated V774104 — a ‘Mini-Pluto’ which is about 103 times farther away from the sun than Earth. V774104 is three times farther away than Pluto is, a new record for the most distant object ever seen in the solar system.
The star dubbed KIC 8462852, slightly bigger than the Sun, located more than 1400 light years away from us in the constellation Cygnus, drew a lot of attention last October, when astronomers analyzed the light it emits and found unusual dimming pattern — 20% and more — an odd phenomenon that could be caused by alien megastructures in orbit there.
In 2010 the Japanese IKAROS spacecraft became the first probe to successfully propel itself through space using nothing more than light from the Sun, that’s because it had a solar sail which is just like a regular sail except that it uses light to push itself along instead of wind.