On Wednesday June 15th, viewers in the eastern hemisphere will be treated to a very long-lasting Total Lunar Eclipse, a 100-minute marathon of an eclipse that will reveal the center of the Milky Way in the backdrop as the bright Moon is enveloped in the darkest part of Earth's shadow.
"The planetary system around the red dwarf Gliese 581, one of the closest stars to the Sun in the galaxy, has been the subject of several studies aiming to detect the first potentially habitable exoplanet."
A French Astrophysics team concluded that the planet named Gliese 581d can be considered the "first confirmed exoplanet that could support Earth-like life".
But it doesn't mean it looks like Earth at all. See why in the article.
A few months ago I published here reports of the possible discovery by NASA of a new planet : Tyché. What was confusing was that just a few days before I saw an article about Spanish astronomers claiming the same but naming the object G1.9.
I asked Quora and here's the answer.
Tyché, a hypothetical gas giant planet at the edges of the solar system, might exist but its existence is far from proven. G1.9 is a totally different thing (I removed the article which made the confusion from this topic of course).
Are we all Martians? According to many planetary scientists, it's conceivable that all life on Earth is descended from organisms that originated on Mars and were carried here aboard meteorites. If that's the case, an instrument being developed by researchers at MIT and Harvard could provide the clinching evidence.
"In which direction is the sun's stream of charged particles banking when it nears the edge of the solar system?"
That's an answer not easy to get unless you're there. But more than 33 years after their launches, Voyager 1 and 2 are not only going to remain the only human spacecrafts in that area for decades, they're also fully functional.
How do stars form and evolve? Stars are the most widely recognized astronomical objects, and represent the most fundamental building blocks of galaxies. The age, distribution, and composition of the stars in a galaxy trace the history, dynamics, and evolution of that galaxy. Moreover, stars are responsible for the manufacture and distribution of heavy elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and their characteristics are intimately tied to the characteristics of the planetary systems that may coalesce about them. Consequently, the study of the birth, life, and death of stars is central to the field of astronomy.
This would not be a good place for space tourism...
"This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, blue) produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md."
"The nine X-ray sources scattered around the ring in Arp 147 are so bright that they must be black holes, with masses that are likely ten to twenty times that of the Sun."
Apparently, the collapse (explosion ?) happened some 15 million years ago.
"We are the ones who will be most affected by the decisions you make today."
Here is what they recommend: a big push to open up space to commercial age and form partnerships between NASA and commercial spaceflight companies. "Everyone wins when NASA partners with the commercial spaceflight industry." or again "Allow NASA to explore the solar system again by embracing commercial spaceflight."
And also a reminder that the youth can make things happen: "As NASA inspired and amazed the world by landing humans on the surface of the Moon in the late 1960s, the average age in NASA's Mission Control was only about twenty-eight."
Fossils of algae-like beings in meteorites reported by astrobiologist Richard Hoover in Journal of Cosmology
Hoover claims that the lack of nitrogen in the samples, which is essential for life on Earth, indicates they are "the remains of extraterrestrial life forms that grew on the parent bodies of the meteorites when liquid water was present, long before the meteorites entered the Earth's atmosphere."
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