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Fomalhaut Triple Star System
2013-10-04 09:17:50

Researchers have found that neighboring Fomalhaut is a triple, not double, star system.

“The Search For Alien Life” With Guest Dr. Eric Mamajek (Part 3): Your Universe Today Podcasts
2013-01-14 14:57:21

While the staggering vastness of our universe may increase the chances that there could be life out there somewhere, it also makes the search for alien life akin to looking for a needle in a cosmic haystack.

Planet Hunting: Your Universe Today Podcast
2013-01-07 12:37:01

In this installment of our new podcast series, redOrbit’s resident astronomer spoke with Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester about the search for planets outside of our solar system and the possibility of finding life beyond Earth.

How Planets Form: Your Universe Today Podcasts
2012-12-31 09:56:42

In the second installment of our new series, Dr. Eric Mamajek discusses how planets form and the search for planets outside of our solar system.

Newly Found Ring System Similar To Saturn
2012-01-12 04:11:22

A team of astrophysicists from the University of Rochester and Europe has discovered a ring system in the constellation Centaurus that invites comparisons to Saturn.

2011-12-22 04:35:47

Low in the south in the summer sky shines the constellation Scorpius and the bright, red supergiant star Antares. Many of the brightest stars in Scorpius, and hundreds of its fainter stars, are among the youngest stars found near the earth, and a new analysis of them may result in a rethinking of both their ages and the ages of other groups of stars.

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2008-01-18 21:15:00

170 light-years away from earth exists a particularly puzzling orbiting object. This object, 2M1207B, seems to be physically impossible. Nothing about it matches any established astronomical theory.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.