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WASP Gives NASA's Planetary Scientists New Observation Platform
2014-02-09 08:10:00

High-altitude balloons have long been used by scientists who study the Earth, the sun and the stars to gain a better view of their targets by carrying their telescopes far into the stratosphere.

2014-02-04 16:21:10

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.

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

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.

MIT Scientists Claim Rogue Asteroids Are More Common Than Thought
2014-01-29 13:55:50

Scientists from MIT and the Paris Observatory claim that rogue asteroids are more common than thought. A move from the previous thinking that most asteroids were static and remained near the sun.

Brown Dwarf Weather Map
2014-01-29 13:17:01

Scientists using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) created the world’s first map of the weather on the surface of a brown dwarf.

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

A new paper argues that some planetary bodies may hold 'superhabitable' environments even more suitable for life than those found here on Earth.

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

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.

2014-01-22 16:20:23

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Dwarf Planet Ceres Caught Spewing Out Water Vapor
2014-01-22 14:56:55

Water vapor has been discovered around the dwarf planet Ceres thanks to new data from the Herschel Space Observatory.

planet formation
2014-01-18 05:52:54

A team of Japanese astronomers has located evidence of a giant planetary system forming around a young star named HD142527, and their discovery that could change existing theories on how planets form and provide new insights into the formation of a vast array of different planetary systems.


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
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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