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First Ice Giant Planet Found In Another Solar System

First 'Ice Giant' Planet Found In Another Solar System

Provided by Pam Frost Gorder, The Ohio State University Our view of other solar systems just got a little more familiar, with the discovery of a planet 25,000 light-years away that resembles our own Uranus. Astronomers have discovered...

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2014-10-20 12:23:50

The Fourth Annual PLANET Gives Back Volunteer Event Will Provide Landscaping at Meyzeek Middle School and St. Vincent de Paul HERNDON, Va., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national landscape industry association, will hold its fourth annual PLANET Gives Back project, a volunteer landscape service event, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, during the Green Industry Conference (GIC) and GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. GIE+EXPO is the largest lawn,...

hubble WASP-43b
2014-10-10 05:22:46

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has managed to create the most detailed map ever of an exoplanet’s air temperature and water vapor, officials from the US space agency announced Thursday. The target of the investigation, which is detailed in the October 9 edition of Science Express, was WASP-43b - a hot-Jupiter exoplanet said to have winds that travel the speed of sound, a ‘day’...

2014-10-09 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet outside our solar system, revealing its secrets of air temperatures and water vapor. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnVAR/20081007/38461LOGO Hubble observations show the exoplanet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call home. It is a world of extremes, where seething winds howl at the speed of sound from a...

IAU contest
2014-10-06 06:38:41

Provided by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) The IAU invites all public organizations with an interest in astronomy to register on the IAU Directory for World Astronomy website for the NameExoWorlds contest, where they will in early 2015 be able to suggest names for exoplanets and their host stars. For the first time in history the public will then be able to vote for the official name of stars and planets. The IAU Directory for World Astronomy will function as a permanent...

water in our Solar System
2014-09-26 05:04:05

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The water found on planet Earth predates the formation of the sun – a discovery that could have implications in the ongoing search for life on other planets, according to research appearing in Friday’s the journal Science. Scientists have long wondered whether the water found on our planet, in lunar craters and elsewhere originally came from ice ionized when the solar system was formed, or if it actually predated the solar system...

pluto debate
2014-09-25 05:51:31

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion. “What is a planet? For generations of kids the answer was easy. A big ball of rock or gas that orbited our Sun, and there were nine of them in our solar system,” the...

2014-09-24 23:01:54

In a feat of long-distance detection, astronomers led by experts at the University of Maryland have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet nearly 729 trillion miles from Earth. This is the smallest planet for which scientists have been able to identify chemical components of its atmosphere. (PRWEB) September 24, 2014 Astronomers have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet about four times bigger than Earth, in the constellation Cygnus about 124 light years...

extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b
2014-09-24 13:40:24

NASA Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. [ Watch the Video: Zoom Into HAT-P-11 ] “This discovery is a significant milepost on the road to eventually analyzing the atmospheric composition of smaller, rocky...

exoplanet sun wobble
2014-09-16 04:19:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It would seem like a star couldn't be affected by anything less than another star, but new evidence from Cornell University reveals that "hot Jupiters," or large gaseous exoplanets, can cause their host stars to wobble as the planets wind their way through their own solar systems to snuggle up against their suns. "Although the planet's mass is only one-thousandth of the mass of the sun, the stars in these other solar systems are...

coldest known brown dwarf
2014-09-11 03:00:56

Jacqueline Faherty, Carnegie Institution A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune--but have not been seen outside of the planets orbiting our Sun until now. Their findings are published Tuesday, Sept. 9 by The Astrophysical Journal Letters and are available here. At the Las Campanas...


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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...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cosmogony -- Cosmogony is the study of the origins of celestial objects. It is most commonly used to refer to the study of the origin of the solar system. Currently, the most widely accepted theory is that the solar system was formed roughly 5 billion years ago with the collapse of a nebula of gas and dust, likely caused by shock waves generated by a nearby supernova. The solar system would have formed as a member of a star cluster, now long-since dispersed throughout the Milky Way over...

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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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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.