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Diamond Planet Not So Precious After All
2013-10-09 04:42:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online What was believed to be the first planet discovered to be comprised largely of diamond most likely does not have a high content of the precious mineral after all, according to new research scheduled for publication in in the Astrophysical Journal. The planet, which is located approximately 40 light years from our solar system, was first analyzed in 2010. At the time, it was concluded that the world had a surface of graphite...

Diamond Planet
2012-10-11 12:25:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One nearby super-Earth planet could have a lot more "bling" on it than our planet, because astronomers say it maybe a diamond planet. Yale University scientists reported in the Astrophysical Journal Letters that the surface of 55 Cancri e is likely covered in graphite and diamond, rather than water and granite. The planet has a radius twice of Earth's, and a mass eight times greater, allowing it to fall into the classification...

2012-05-08 10:20:35

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Spitzer has amazed us yet again," said Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington....

Image 1 - Light Of Alien 'Super-Earth' Detected By Spitzer
2012-05-08 14:44:36

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] Light from a "super-Earth" planet that lies beyond our solar system has been detected for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA said that although the planet, 55 Cancri e, is not habitable, meaning it is unable to support life, the detection is a monumental step towards searching for signs of life on other planets. "Spitzer has amazed us yet again," Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist at NASA Headquarters in...

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2011-07-19 13:39:53

A group of astronomers recently spotted an exoplanetary eclipse of a star to reveal a "super-Earth." The planet, which lies 40 light years away, was named 55 Cancri e and is twice as big as Earth and nearly nine times more massive. Thi super-Earth planet is mostly composed of rocky material and supplemented with light elements like water and hydrogen gas.  Scientists estimate the planet's surface is much hotter than Earth, close to 4,892 degrees Fahrenheit. Josh Winn, the Class of...

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2011-04-29 08:55:42

An international team of astronomers have revealed details of a "super-exotic" exoplanet that would make the planet Pandora in the movie Avatar pale in comparison. The planet, named 55 Cancri e, is 60 percent larger in diameter than Earth but eight times as massive. Twice as dense as Earth "“ almost as dense as lead "“ it is the densest solid planet known, according to a team led by astronomers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of British...

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2010-03-09 07:50:00

An international team of astronomers, including Professor Tom Marsh and Dr Danny Steeghs from the University of Warwick, have shown that the two stars in the binary HM  Cancri definitely revolve around each other in a mere 5.4 minutes. This makes HM Cancri the binary star with by far the shortest known orbital period.  It is also the smallest known binary. The binary system is no larger than 8 times the diameter of the Earth which is the equivalent of no more than a quarter of...

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2007-11-06 13:45:00

PASADENA, Calif. - Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth planet circling 55 Cancri, a star beyond our solar system. The star now holds the record for number of confirmed extrasolar planets orbiting in a planetary system. 55 Cancri is located 41 light-years away in the constellation Cancer and has nearly the same mass and age as our sun. It is easily visible with binoculars. Researchers discovered the fifth planet using the Doppler technique, in which a planet's gravitational...

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2006-02-10 06:40:00

NASA -- A celestial swarm of stars will hover near a honey-colored Saturn for the next several months. Sky watchers will see the ringed planet together with the Beehive cluster, or M44, a group of stars that also make their home in the Milky Way galaxy. Saturn and the fainter cluster of stars can be spotted below the moon on Feb. 10. On Feb. 11, Saturn will be visible above the moon. And at sunset on Feb. 12, the full moon will rise to join Saturn, a pale golden glow in the eastern sky. A...

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2005-05-31 07:05:00

NASA -- A scientist using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has found evidence that two white dwarf stars are orbiting each other in a death grip, destined to merge. The data indicate gravitational waves are carrying energy away from the star system at a prodigious rate, making it a prime candidate for future missions designed to directly detect these ripples in space-time. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity predicted a binary star system should emit gravitational waves that rush away...


Latest Cancer constellation Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Cancer Constellation -- The constellation Cancer, the crab, is known in astronomy and astrology as one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. Cancer is small and dim, and does not resemble a crab. It lies between Gemini to the west and Leo to the east, Lynx to the north and Canis Minor and Hydra to the south. Notable features The brightest star in Cancer is β Cancri, called Al Tarf ("the end" of the crab's leg). Other stars include Acubens (α), and the Aselli (the...

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