This Week’s Sky: January 23rd-29th

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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Theory of Microbes on Mars

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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Oxygen May Not Always Lead to Life

The search for alien worlds has expanded into its own branch of astronomical research.  The prospect of finding “Earth Proxima” or Earth 2.0 not only excites the imagination, but also represents a tangible possibility in what could be the near future.  According the NASA’s Exoplanet Archive, as of August 18th, …

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

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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