Getting to Know Our Galactic Neighbor

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is our closest galactic neighbor. It lies approximately 199,000 light years away from Earth, which may seem far from our perspective. However, on a galactic scale, it’s comparable to the distance between atoms. Although classified as a dwarf galaxy, the close proximity of the SMC …

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Los extraterrestres no son solamente “pequeños hombrecitos verdes”

Image Credit: Terence Dickinson

Si alguna vez descubren la vida en otros lugares del universo además de la Tierra, que va a cambiar la manera en que pensamos acerca de nuestra importancia en el esquema de las cosas. Intentar hacer pasar este momento histórico, los científicos están estudiando formas de vida específicas sobre la …

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Extraterrestrials are more than “little green men”


If we ever discover life elsewhere in the universe besides on earth, it will change the way we think about our significance in the scheme of things. To try and make this historic moment happen, scientists are studying specific life forms on earth that could potentially survive on other, earth-like …

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What a five star system looks like.

This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc. The brightest star in the sky is the red dwarf Gliese 667 C, which is part of a triple star system. The other two more distant stars, Gliese 667 A and B appear in the sky also to the right. Astronomers have estimated that there are tens of billions of such rocky worlds orbiting faint red dwarf stars in the Milky Way alone.

Via: Picture a beautiful day with a clear blue sky, birds chirping, and the sunset in the distance. Now imagine this same landscape except with not one, not two, but five suns shining from differing distances in the sky!  This reality exists in a recently discovered solar system, known …

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This Week’s Sky: January 23rd-29th

Orion Nebula

Monday, January 23rd: Venus shines bright Venus shines bright at a magnitude -4.7 in the sky about a half-hour after sunset.  Currently, it is the brightest object in the night sky, shining 10 times brighter than Jupiter, the second object with the highest magnitude. Look in the southwest sky between …

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Ganímedes, La Luna Nueva, Orión, y más en el cielo esta semana


Lunes, 23 de enero: Venus brilla Venus brilla mucho en una magnitud -4,7 en el cielo alrededor de una media hora después de la puesta del sol. Actualmente, es el objeto más brillante en el cielo nocturno, brillando 10 veces más que Júpiter, el segundo objeto con la mayor magnitud. …

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Theory of Microbes on Mars

Marte es el cuarto planeta desde el Sol. Crédito: NASA/JPL.

Microbes could survive Mars’ thin atmosphere, according to recent research led by astrobiologist Rebecca Mickol at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the oldest form of life on Earth and the smallest, microbes are resilient. Fossils prove microbes existed more …

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La teoría de los microbios en Marte


Los microbios pueden sobrevivir la tenue atmósfera de Marte, según un estudio reciente conducido por el astrobiólogo Rebecca Mickol en el Arkansas Centro de Ciencias Planetarias y Espaciales de la Universidad de Arkansas en Fayetteville. Como la forma más antigua de la vida sobre la tierra y los más pequeños, …

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Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

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Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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