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For the first time, astronomers were able to analyze the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super Earths.
We’re big fans of Jupiter’s moon Europa. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It’s a weird-looking world with a bunch of crazy, colorful cracks, a thin atmosphere of oxygen, and probably a deep ocean of liquid water beneath its surface, too.
The universe is a big, big place. According to astronomers, there are 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies in the universe. Each galaxy is filled with stars. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains up to 400 billion stars of various sizes and brightness. So, if you ask yourself how many stars are there in the Universe? The answer is mind-boggling.
2015 was the year we saw Pluto and found water on Mars. In 2016, we’re going to learn just how the planets were made. Today looking ahead at what to expect in space this year. There’s a lot going on!
A new study finds that more than half of the gas giant planets candidates in the NASA’s Kepler data are false positives — aren’t planets at all — a rate much higher than previously thought.
There’s been a lot of excitement about Mars recently, with the news that there’s liquid water and everything. But our next-door planet in the other direction will soon start to get its own share of attention, because the Akatsuki probe is about to make its second attempt at getting into orbit around Venus.
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.
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.
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.
The search for extraterrestrial civilizations goes through ups and downs in recent weeks. While early September, a study claimed that no sign of advanced alien civilizations was observed in the nearby universe, here, today’ observations conducted on a distant star generate some questions.