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How Planets Form: Your Universe Today Podcasts
2012-12-31 09:56:42

In the second installment of our new series, Dr. Eric Mamajek discusses how planets form and the search for planets outside of our solar system.

Astronomers Find Infant Solar System
2012-12-05 14:16:15

The youngest still-forming solar system ever seen has been discovered by astronomers and reported about in the journal Nature.

Astronomers Discover Comets Scattered Throughout Planetary Systems
2012-11-27 14:21:31

Astronomers have discovered vast comet belts that are surrounding two nearby planetary systems using the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory.

Kepler Space Telescope Completes Prime Mission
2012-11-15 05:18:01

As the Kepler Space Telescope's prime mission comes to an end after three-and-a-half years, its new extended mission will begin.

Free-Floating Planet Identified By Astronomers
2012-11-14 06:50:44

Astronomers have identified a body that is most likely a planet wandering throughout space without a parent star.

Goldilocks Zone Serves Up Another Super Earth
2012-11-09 05:00:30

A new, habitable super-Earth has been discovered by astronomers orbiting a dwarf star just 42 light years away. The new super-Earth is in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could be found on the planet.

Zombie Planet Interview With Dr Thayne Currie
2012-11-02 14:22:24

In a new study, researchers have taken another look at Hubble images from 2004 and 2006, and are now reaffirming that Fomalhaut b is indeed a “massive planet”. The study's lead author Dr. Thayne Currie recently talked with redOrbit about bringing Fomalhaut b back from the dead.

Kepler Data Helps Find Compact Planetary System
2012-10-16 05:40:51

Scientists have found one particular planetary system that crams five planets into a region less than one twelfth the size of the Earth's orbit.

Planetary Systems Compared To Pancakes
2012-10-15 12:14:06

Astronomers from UCLA using NASA's Kepler space telescope have determined that most planetary systems are "flatter than pancakes."


Latest Planetary systems Reference Libraries

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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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Solar Nebula -- In astronomy, the solar nebula is the gaseous cloud from which, in the so-called nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system, the Sun and planets formed by condensation. In 1755 the German philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested that a nebula in slow rotation, gradually pulled together by its own gravitational force and flattened into a spinning disk, gave birth to the Sun and planets. A similar model, but with the planets being formed before the Sun, was proposed...

Extrasolar Planet
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Extrasolar Planet -- An extrasolar planet is a planet orbiting around a star other than the Sun. Extrasolar planets were first discovered in the 1990s as a result of improved telescope technology, CCD and computer-based image processing which allowed far more accurate measurements of stellar motions. The first extrasolar planets were reported by the astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan in 1993, orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. Subsequent investigation has determined that they are only planets...

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Asteroid Belt -- The Asteroid belt is a region of the solar system falling roughly between the planets Mars and Jupiter where the greatest concentration of asteroid orbits can be found. It is believed that, during the first million years of the solar system history, planets formed by accretion of planetesimals. Ripetute collisions led to the familiar rocky planets and to the gas giant's cores. However, in this zone of the system the strong gravity of Jupiter inhibited the final stages...

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Epsilon Eridani -- Epsilon Eridani is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Eridanus (the river). It is often used in science fiction because it is extremely sunlike, and in the fictional Star Trek universe it is the home sun of the planet Vulcan which is home to Mr. Spock. It is the third closest star visible without a telescope. It has 85% of the Sun's mass, almost that much of its diameter, and 28% of its luminosity. It is 10.5 light years from Earth. Its spectrum is...

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Word of the Day
marcescent
  • Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
The word 'marcescent' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to wither'.
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