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bear sized aliens
2015-05-21 13:55:02

One scientist theorizes that aliens will be the size of bears, weighing in at around 700 pounds. Let's hope we don't go to war with this alien race...

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2015-05-18 00:00:00

Some people think aliens are a conspiracy theory or an impossibility, but statistically it's possible that extra-terrestrial life forms (ETs) could exist in our galactic neighborhood.

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2015-05-14 09:57:23

Astronomers discovered that in very rare cases, an exoplanet can spiral around the axis connecting its two stars.

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2015-05-13 10:38:04

For the first time ever, Pluto and its moons were captured in a photo together using NASA's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. What a tender family reunion.

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2015-05-12 10:51:56

This super-Jupiter is the closest exoplanet for which an image and a spectrum have been obtained, and it's a good picture of what Jupiter could have looked like back in the good old days.

ceres' bright spots
2015-05-11 13:17:04

This morning, NASA released an animated image of the dwarf planet taken by the Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4, giving us an even closer and more defined look at the mysterious bright spots--and even a few more hints as to what causes them.

mercury's magnetic field
2015-05-08 13:28:07

Before slamming violently into the surface of Mercury (RIP), NASA’s MESSENGER probe sent back valuable data on the planet’s magnetic field, revealing that it is almost 4 billion years old.

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2015-05-07 10:58:14

New research led by astronomers and astrophysicists from the University of Warwick has found evidence in asteroid debris explaining how water reached Earth, and their research indicates that our planet is not alone in the amount of H2O it contains.

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2015-05-06 10:17:56

Grab your telescopes and look to the heavens, because four of our solar system’s planet will be visible in the night sky this month!

The HD 7924 Planetary System
2015-05-04 12:51:17

This telescope takes the night shift and constantly scans the night sky for planets so that we can get some shut-eye.


Latest Planet Reference Libraries

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
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.