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Finding An Exoplanet That Takes 80,000 Earth Years To Orbit Its Sun
2014-05-14 05:40:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from multiple observation facilities, an international team of astronomers has identified a very unusual planet that takes around 80,000 Earth years to orbit its sun. The planet, dubbed GU Psc b, was determined to be 2,000 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun from its own star – a new record for exoplanets. The team said they were able to detect this highly unusual planet by detecting the light coming...

Astronomers Puzzled By Discovery Of Giant Planet Orbiting Distant Star
2013-12-05 12:56:55

[ Watch the Video: What Planet Has Astronomers Puzzled? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found the most distant orbiting planet to date, and the puzzling discovery is effectively throwing a wrench in planet formation theories. Scientists reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters that exoplanet HD 106906 b is orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance. "This system is especially fascinating because no model of either...

Unexpected And Exotic Characteristics Of Hot Jupiters
2013-08-19 04:42:11

[ Watch the Video: The Strange Attraction of Hot Jupiters ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The number of exoplanets discovered by astronomers since the beginning of the Space Age some five decades ago suggests there are possibly over 100 billion such worlds outside our solar system, according to one Caltech astronomer involved with NASA’s Kepler mission. According to John Johnson, an assistant professor of astronomy at the Pasadena-based university, over...

Super-Jupiter Planet Observed By Astronomers Using the Subaru Telescope
2013-08-06 05:23:10

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are several techniques employed by astronomers to discover planets orbiting distant stars. The most popular techniques seek transits - where a planet will pass directly in front of a star, blocking part of its light. Based on the length of the transit, the amount of light that is blocked, and other factors, astronomers can infer a lot of information about the planet. Additionally, researchers will find planets by...

New Super Earth Found 70 Light Years Away
2013-07-02 14:19:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Canadian Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars (MOST) telescope, an international team of researchers has uncovered new details about a relatively close Earth-sized planet, according to a new report in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. The star, known as HD 97658, sits just 70 light-years away from Earth and can almost be seen with the naked eye. In 2011, astronomers first discovered a planet orbiting the nearby star,...

Light Sunny Super Earth Discovered
2013-06-12 13:29:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the Astrophysical Journal say they have discovered one very light and sunny super-Earth. Dubbed GJ3470b, the team says the planet is about 14 times the mass of our own planet but is the second lightest of the existing exoplanets that have already been surveyed. Their data revealed that this planet is most likely not covered by thick clouds but is a place where sunscreen would be a necessity. GJ3470b orbits its...

Asteroid Belts Are Good For Life
2012-11-01 14:47:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests the size and location of an asteroid belt may determine whether life can evolve on a planet. An asteroid belt helping to play a role in the development of life may seem counterintuitive, as most view asteroids tend to destroy life. However, the latest study suggests that it is necessary for complex life. The scientists say that the asteroid belt,...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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