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Kepler-16b
2014-02-10 05:15:24

NASA WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. The award citation acknowledges the...

Planet's Wild Ride Caught By Kepler Space telescope
2014-02-05 05:09:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Kepler space telescope has located a new planet that wobbles wildly on its axis much like a spinning toy top, with its tilt varying by as much as 30 degrees over an 11 year span, the US space agency announced Tuesday. The planet, which has been named Kepler-413b, follows an unusual 66-day orbit around a binary system comprised of an orange and red dwarf star. The planet, which is located 2,300 light-years away in the...

2014-02-04 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet, designated Kepler-413b, precesses, or wobbles, wildly on its spin axis, much like a child's top. The tilt of the planet's spin axis can...

Study Gives Insight Into How Skywalker's Tatooine May Have Formed
2014-01-31 13:03:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tatooine, a fictional planet with two stars that is best known as the home of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise, may not be as farfetched as one might think. Scientists from the University of Bristol studied Tatooine’s real world counterparts: circumbinary planets. These planets, like Kepler-34(AB)b, have an orbit that encompasses two stars, and the latest study gives insight into what Skywalker’s home might have...

Superhabitable Exoplanet
2014-01-24 11:27:06

[ Watch the Video: Are Some Exoplanets More Super Than Earth? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The stellar habitable zone (SHZ), or Goldilocks zone, is considered the range of ideal orbital distances from a star for creating the conditions necessary for life. A new paper published recently in the journal Astrobiology argues that some planetary bodies outside this zone may hold environments even more habitable for life than those found here on Earth. The authors...

Exoplanet Discovered Thanks To Its Orbit Around A Bright Star
2014-01-23 04:41:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international group of astronomers has discovered a new, roughly Neptune-sized exoplanet orbiting the brightest star in a binary system more than 400 light years from Earth, according to a study appearing in the most recent edition of The Astrophysical Journal. The study authors, who were working out of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre in Denmark, found the new planet by studying the star around which it revolves. They...

ESO Researchers Discover Three New Planets In Messier 67
2014-01-15 08:46:20

[ Watch the Video: Messier 67 A Perfect Lab For Studying Planet Formation ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online There have been more than one thousand planets confirmed outside our Solar System, but only a few are within star clusters. Using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) HARPS instrument, researchers have found three new planets in the star cluster Messier 67. Of these three newly discovered planets, two have been found orbiting stars similar to our sun....

New Exoplanet Pisces
2014-01-10 07:43:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of astronomers led by Stephen Kane of San Francisco State University (SFSU) has discovered a new giant planet that could have twice the mass of Jupiter. The new planet is located in a star system within the Pisces constellation, and could help scientists gain new insight into how extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, are formed. This new star system contains just one star, as do three other systems containing extrasolar...

New Technique Measures Exoplanet Composition
2014-01-09 09:59:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have successfully measured the masses of approximately 60 exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope – research that will help them determine the composition of these planets and ultimately whether or not they are capable of supporting life. Their findings, which were presented Monday during the 223rd annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Washington, DC, covered planets located outside...

Super Earths May Be More Like Our Planet Than Previously Theorized
2014-01-09 06:55:52

[ Watch the Video: More Like Earth? Exoplanet Scientists Weight In ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It seems like the discovery of Earth-like planets is always announced with one caveat – the planet discovered probably isn’t much like Earth. Many of these are "super-Earths," several times larger than our own planet and thought to be completely covered in water. However, a new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the Astrophysical Journal, has...


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Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Terrestrial Planet Finder -- The Terrestrial Planet Finder is a proposed NASA telescope system capable of detecting extrasolar terrestrial planets. In May 2002, NASA chose two TPF mission architecture concepts for further study and technology development. Each would use a different means to achieve the same goal - to block the light from a parent star in order to see its much smaller, dimmer planets. That technology challenge has been likened to finding a firefly near the beam of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Extrasolar Planet -- An extrasolar planet is a planet orbiting around a star other than the Sun. Extrasolar planets were first discovered in the 1990s as a result of improved telescope technology, CCD and computer-based image processing which allowed far more accurate measurements of stellar motions. The first extrasolar planets were reported by the astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan in 1993, orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. Subsequent investigation has determined that they are only planets...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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