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Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Planets Engulfed By Star
2011-12-22 10:21:45

Astronomers report that they have discovered two Earth-sized planets circling a dying star that has passed the red giant stage. The planets have been engulfed by their star due to it swelling up to a red giant and dying out. The discovery could help shed new light on the destiny of stellar and planetary systems, such as our own solar system. Once the sun reaches the end of its life cycle in about 5 billion years, it will swell up to a red giant.  A red giant is an inflated star...

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2011-12-20 13:38:58

[ Watch the Video ] NASA announced on Tuesday that its Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a star like our sun outside our solar system. Planets Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f are too close to their star to be in the habitable zone where liquid water could exist, but NASA said they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun. The space agency said that the discovery marks the next important milestone in the search for Earth-like...

SETI Back On Track After US Military Funding
2011-12-07 11:42:35

The Search for Extra Terrestrial intelligence (SETI) is back on track after funding from the U.S. Air Force Space Command. The U.S. Air Force has paid SETI the funds it needs to restart its efforts in looking for extra terrestrial life. SETI plans to check out the new habitable exoplanets recently discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope to determine if they might be a home to an alien civilization. "This is a superb opportunity for SETI observations," said Jill Tarter, the...

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2011-12-05 12:32:12

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planet´s surface. Kepler also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its previously known count. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star. Candidates require follow-up observations to verify they are actual planets. The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest...

Astronomers Find New Planet 352 Light-Years Away
2011-12-02 08:53:23

A team of more than 65 astronomers, including those working at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and NASA, discovered a new planet nearly the size of Earth, NOAO announced on Wednesday. The planet, Kepler-21b, was found circling a star about 352 light years away. “By astronomical standards, that´s right next door,” Katy Garmany, the Deputy Press Officer at the NOAO, told Huffington Post. The research team, led by Steve Howell of NASA Ames Research...

2011-12-02 04:27:27

NASA will host a news briefing at 8 a.m. PST, Monday, Dec. 5, to announce new discoveries by the Kepler mission. The briefing, during the Kepler Science Conference, will be in building 152 at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the "habitable zone," the region in a planetary system where liquid water can exist on the surface of an orbiting planet. Kepler is detecting planets and possible...


Latest Johannes Kepler Reference Libraries

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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion -- The astronomer Johannes Kepler's main contribution to astronomy was his three laws of planetary motion. Kepler found these laws empirically by studying extensive observations recorded by Tycho Brahe. He found the first two laws in 1609 and the third one in 1618. Isaac Newton was later able to derive the laws from his laws of motion and gravity, thereby producing strong evidence in favor of Newton's inverse-square gravitational law. Kepler's First...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Tycho Brahe -- Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546 - October 24, 1601) was a Danish astronomer. He had Uraniborg built; which become an early "research institute". For purposes of publication, Tycho owned a printing press and paper mill. His best known assistant was Kepler. Tycho realized that progress in the science of astronomy could be achieved, not by occasional haphazard observations, but only by systematic and rigorous observation, night after night, and by using instruments of the...

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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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