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Our Galaxy Abounds With Planets Says New Study
2013-01-03 14:45:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Listen to the podcast “How Planets Form” with redOrbit's Dr. John Millis and planet-hunting expert Dr. Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester. Astronomers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) wrote in the Astrophysical Journal that our galaxy may be filled with more planets than researchers had previously thought — a discovery that could have deep implications for our understanding of the universe....

Life In The Habitable Zone Not Likely Around Cooling Stars
2012-11-21 06:54:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New planets are discovered by astronomers in strange places, such as orbiting around a brown or white dwarf star. This leads scientists to wonder if they might support life because although neither brown nor white dwarfs are stars like our sun, they both glow and so could be orbited by planets with the right ingredients for life. Although no terrestrial, or earth-like, planets have been confirmed orbiting white or brown dwarf stars,...

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

[ Watch the Video: New Habitable Zone Super-Earth Found in ExoSolar System ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Mankind´s fascination with the possibility of life on other worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for more than a century. But it wasn´t until the last decade that we possessed the technology to begin searching in earnest for habitable planets outside of our solar system. While the tally of new worlds has seen a surge...

Image 1 - Astronomers Discover Radio Waves From Brown Dwarf
2012-04-30 12:49:53

Penn State University astronomers have discovered record-breaking radio waves from an ultra-cool star that is not much warmer than the planet Jupiter. The team used a giant 1,000-feet radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rica to look for radio signals from a class of objects known as brown dwarfs.  Brown dwarf's bridge the gap between gas giant planets, and hydrogen-fusing stars. The astronomers found that a brown dwarf named J1047+21 that lies 33.6 light years away in the...

Earth-Like Planets Very Common In Red Dwarf Systems
2012-03-28 10:44:51

The astronomers from that European Space Observatory have helped reveal that rocky planets not much bigger than Earth are very common in the habitable zone around faint red stars. A team of astronomers estimates there are tens of billions of these rocky planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone, and about one hundred in the Sun's neighborhood. The team used observations with the HARPS spectrograph on the telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. They had been searching for...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets
2012-01-12 04:24:07

Discovery may boost likelihood of existence of habitable planets A team of astronomers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system. The three planets, which all orbit a single star, are smaller than Earth and appear to be rocky with a solid surface. Until now, astronomers have found at most only four other rocky planets, also called terrestrial planets, around other stars....

2011-05-25 09:26:46

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a unique feuding double white dwarf star system where each star appears to have been stripped down to just its helium. We know of just over 50 close double white dwarfs but this was only the second ever eclipsing close white dwarf pair to be found. The University of Warwick astronomers Steven Parsons and Professor Tom Marsh were able to use the fact that the stars eclipse each other when seen from Earth to make particularly detailed...

2011-04-19 08:30:00

A sky with two suns is a favorite image for science fiction films, but how would a binary star system affect life evolving on an orbiting planet? Jack O'Malley-James of the University of St Andrews has studied what plants might be like on an Earth-like planet with two or three suns and found that they may appear black or grey.  He will be presenting results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno on Tuesday 19th April. Photosynthesis - converting sunlight into energy - is the...

2011-01-10 13:30:00

A deep survey of more than 200,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy has unveiled the sometimes petulant behavior of tiny red dwarf stars. These stars, which are smaller than the Sun, can unleash powerful eruptions called flares that may release the energy of more than 100 million atomic bombs. Red dwarfs are the most abundant stars in our universe and are presumably hosts to numerous planets. However, their erratic behavior could make life unpleasant, if not impossible, for many alien worlds....

2010-01-29 11:00:00

An international team, led by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered what may be the coolest sub-stellar body ever found outside our own solar system. Using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii, a discovery has been made of an object which is technically known as a brown dwarf. The team's findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. What has excited astronomers are its very peculiar...

Latest Red dwarf Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Red Dwarf -- A red dwarf is a small star on the main sequence, either late K or M spectral type. They have a diameter and mass of less than one-third that of the Sun (down to 0.08 solar masses, which are Brown dwarves) and a surface temperature of less than 3,500 K. They emit little light, sometimes as little as 1/10,000th that of the sun. Due to the slow rate at which they burn hydrogen red dwarves have a enormous lifespan, estimates range from a tens of billions up to trillions of...

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