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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...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Unusual Multi-planet Solar System
2011-10-05 03:33:37

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA´s Kepler spacecraft to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They announced the find on Oct. 4 in Nantes, France at a joint meeting of the American Astronomical Society´s Division of Planetary Science and the European Planetary Science Conference. The research will be published in a special...

Kepler Finds Invisible World Tugging On Planet
2011-09-09 05:06:44

  Usually, running five minutes late is a bad thing since you might lose your dinner reservation or miss out on tickets to the latest show. But when a planet runs five minutes late, astronomers get excited because it suggests that another world is nearby. NASA's Kepler spacecraft has spotted a planet that alternately runs late and early in its orbit because a second, "invisible" world is tugging on it. This is the first definite detection of a previously unknown planet using this...

2011-08-24 12:45:00

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2011-06-29 07:35:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen Look-Yat Taylor studied vigilantly along with her late father, Cosmologist Manhin Look-Yat, on the discovery of true planetary motions based on an orbiting sun. She took up the baton in the completion of his works upon his death in 1993, publishing the first edition of the manuscript entitled True Planetary Motions and Rhythmic Climatic Changes in late 2010. She will speak publicly for the first time on this discovery with a presentation...

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2011-03-31 09:55:00

A team working with Europe's GOCE satellite has shed light on the way the Earth looks from a gravitational point of view. Scientists use the data gathered by the space probe to show how gravity varies across the Earth. The data has revealed how the oceans are moving and how they redistribute the heat from the Sun around the world. GOCE has also helped scientists understand that the earthquakes that struck Japan last month and Chile last year occurred because of huge masses of rock that...

2011-02-02 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Five of the potential planets are near Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of smaller, cooler stars than our sun. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Candidates require follow-up observations to verify they are actual...

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2011-02-02 12:20:00

Scientists using NASA's Kepler, a space telescope, recently discovered six planets made of a mix of rock and gases orbiting a single sun-like star, known as Kepler-11, which is located approximately 2,000 light years from Earth. "The Kepler-11 planetary system is amazing," said Jack Lissauer, a planetary scientist and a Kepler science team member at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "It's amazingly compact, it's amazingly flat, there's an amazingly large number of big planets...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

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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 04:45:42

Orbit -- An orbit is the path that an object makes around another object under the influence of some force. The classical example is that of the solar system, where the Earth, other planets, asteroids, comets, and smaller pieces of rubble are in orbit around the Sun; and moons are in orbit around planets. These days, many artificial satellites are in orbit around the Earth. Understanding orbits There are a few common ways of understanding orbits. -- As the object moves, it...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Escape Velocity -- An escape velocity is the minimum speed at which an object without propulsion can move away from a source of a gravitational field indefinitely if there is no friction. This definition may need modification for the practical problem of two or more sources in some cases. In any case, the object is assumed to be a point with a mass that is negligible compared with that of the source of the field, usually an excellent approximation. It is commonly described as the speed...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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