The Closest Possible Exoplanet to Earth Unveiled

Image credit: European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser

Today, the scientific journal Nature released what could amount as the most important astronomical discovery of the century.  Scientists confirm an Earth-like planet orbits the closest star to our Sun. Dreams of Earth 2.0 Our closest existing exoplanet, Proxima Centauri b, orbits the star Proxima Centauri, a faint red dwarf …

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New Clue in the Mystery of the Green Blob and the Disappearing Quasar

Galaxy IC 2497 above Hanny's Voorwerp.  Image credit and copyright- X-ray: NASA/CXC/ETH Zurich/L.Sartori et al, Optical: NASA/STScI

Hanny’s Voorwerp- Dutch for “Hanny’s Object” and more casually known as the “Green Blob”- is an intergalactic gas cloud located approximately 680 million light-years from Earth. Adjacent to Hanny’s Voorwerp is IC 2497, a galaxy approximately 200,000 light-years from Earth and similar in size to our own galaxy, the Milky …

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Hello Jupiter! NASA’s Juno Mission to Explore the Planet Soon Begins

Artistic portrayal of Juno and Jupiter. Image credit: NASA.

Hello Jupiter! This Independence Day not only marks the formation of the United States of America, but also the day NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter.  After nearly five years and 1,740 million miles (20 meters), Juno will be pulled into orbit around the gas giant, beginning its year and …

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Evidence of Mysterious Planet Nine

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Astronomy textbooks may have to be written again to include nine planets as Planet Nine emerges to be a near truth. Through mathematical modeling and computer simulations, researchers at Caltech believe a ninth planet orbits 20 times further away from the sun than Neptune, allowing for an orbital period of …

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