Exoplanet, Comet, or Both?

Julia Mariani

Comets and exoplanets capture the fascination of many astronomers.  Now, comet and exoplanet enthusiasts may converge as a new era of exoplanet discovery emerges. The speculation surrounding planet Gliese 436b may rest as astronomers confirm the existence of a comet tail trailing from the planet’s atmosphere.  Gliese 436b measures similar […]

Dazzling Celestial Dance Featuring Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon

Julia Mariani

They say two’s company, and three’s a crowd.  Well, in astronomical terms, the opposite is true!  The night sky holds three gems within very close proximity for the next few days: Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon. Easy to see in the western sky, recent twilights are dazzling with this wondrous […]

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