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Space Exploration

Asteroid 3753 Cruithne – The “Second Moon” of Earth?

April 10, 2023 |

Astronomers have long been fascinated by the movements of Asteroid 3753 Cruithne. This rocky object, which is approximately five kilometers in diameter, has been dubbed by some as the “second moon” of Earth due to its peculiar orbit around our planet. Read More

Runaway Black Hole Creates Trail of New Stars and Sheds Light on Star Formation

April 8, 2023 |

Scientists have recently discovered that a runaway black hole is creating a trail of new stars in its wake, shedding light on the complex relationship between black holes and the formation of stars. Read More

Exciting Discovery: Scientists Find Molecular Precursors to Life in the Perseus Cloud

April 5, 2023 |

In a groundbreaking discovery, Susan Iglesias-Groth of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and Martina Marín-Dobrincic of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena have unearthed a treasure trove of prebiotic molecules in the Perseus Molecular Cloud’s IC348 star formation region, which could potentially serve as essential building blocks for the formation of life on other planets, opening up exciting new possibilities in astrochemistry and exobiology research. Read More

Exploring Asteroid Bennu: A Window into the Early Solar System

March 3, 2023 |

Asteroid Bennu is a fascinating space rock that has captured the attention of scientists and space enthusiasts alike. Discovered in 1999 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project, Bennu is a carbon-rich asteroid that is believed to be a remnant from the early days of the solar system. Read More

Ryugu Asteroid: New Analysis Reveals Organic-Rich Molecules

February 25, 2023 |

A sample brought back by a Japanese space probe could provide clues to the origins of life on Earth, a Japanese research team said. Read More

TOI 700 e: Earth-sized Planet in Habitable Zone of Its Star

January 14, 2023 |

Using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, Scientists have discovered an exoplanet roughly the size of Earth orbiting around a faraway star — within the habitable zone, meaning it could host liquid water on its surface. Read More

Stephenson 2-18 The Largest Star Ever Discovered

September 12, 2021 |

Stars have always been part of civilizations. In Ancient Times, we relied upon the apparent motion of these bodies to navigate distances, to measure the passage of time therefore determining seasons, months, and years. Simply, stars are the very reason we exist. We are literally made up of “stardust”. Read More

Proxima Centauri c: Nearest Super-Earth World To Us

June 30, 2020 |

Scientists have announced the discovery of a second Exoworld orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest stellar neighbor to our Sun, a super-Earth highly significant for planet formation models. Read More

Hunting Extraterrestrial Life On Exomoons

June 8, 2016 |

In the past two decades, astronomers have detected more than 2000 exoplanets, the first of these detections were gas giants as massive as Jupiter that are so close to the host that they are heated to high temperature in order of 2,000°C; but now, for the first time, astronomers are getting down to the regime of potentially habitable Earth-like worlds. Read More

The Promise of Kepler-62f: A Distant Earth-like World

May 30, 2016 |

On April 18, 2013, NASA’ astronomers announced the discovery of a new planetary system composed of five worlds orbiting a star somewhat cooler and smaller than the Sun, approximately 1,200 light-years away from us in the constellation Lyra. Read More

Gliese 581d: Earth-like World Within Our Reach

May 25, 2016 | 1

NASA astronomers said they’ve discovered a planet that they believe has a 100% chance of having life on it and its relatively close to us, just in our cosmic neighborhood — meet Gliese 581d. Read More

Kepler have Found 1284 Alien Planets, 9 In the Habitable Zone

May 11, 2016 |

On Tuesday evening, NASA held an extraordinary press conference announcing Kepler’ last results on exoplanets research: amazingly, the number of known alien planets has just gone up by more than 60%. Read More

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