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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...

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...

Companion planets
2014-08-02 04:44:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For humans, having a companion in our later years can help increase our lifespan. A new study led by the University of Washington shows that having a companion might also extend the life of some Earth-sized planets. As a planet ages, it cools and the molten core solidifies. This leads to a dwindling of the inner heat-generating activity that keeps the planet habitable by regulating carbon dioxide to prevent runaway heating and...

polluted exoplanet
2014-07-24 04:09:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Industrial pollution could help in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), claim Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) researchers who have started looking for signs of pollutions on other worlds. According to the study authors, by studying exoplanet atmospheres, scientists can look for gases such as oxygen and methane that only exist together if they are replenished by microbial life. In addition, they...

2014-07-22 05:09:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The time that it takes for a planet, or planetary satellite, to orbit its star is considered the planet's year. For example, Earth's year is approximately 365 days, while Mercury's is 88 days and Mar's year is 687 days long. A group of astronomers working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has discovered a transiting exoplanet, named Kepler 421b, with the longest known year of any of the 1,800 exoplanets...

exoplanets need oceans to be habitable
2014-07-22 04:02:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many previous studies on habitable planetary conditions have focused on the atmosphere, a new study from UK researchers at the University of East Anglia has found that the dynamics of a planet’s ocean is crucial to supporting life. Published in the journal Astrobiology, the new study shows oceans help to moderate climate on a global scale. “The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly...

NIF Livermore July 2008
2014-07-18 09:15:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using the largest laser in the world, scientists working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully compressed diamond to core pressures comparable to those found on Jupiter and Saturn, according to research appearing in the journal Nature. Researchers from LLNL, the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University used lasers housed at the laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) to...

James Webb Space Telescope
2014-07-15 08:58:58

NASA Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It's probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone -- just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations. What are the next steps to finding life elsewhere? Experts from NASA and its partner institutions addressed this question on Monday, July 14, at...

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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...

Sagan, Carl
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sagan attended the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree (1955) and a master's degree (1956) in physics, before earning his doctorate (1960) in astronomy and astrophysics. He taught at Harvard University...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) -- SETI (pronounced SEH-tee) stands for for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Interstellar travel is a common theme in science fiction stories, but the obstacles to such journeys are in practice enormous. An alternative approach to interstellar exploration is to survey the sky in hopes of finding transmissions from a civilization on a distant planet, but such an effort has obstacles as well. Overview Visiting another...

2004-10-19 04:45:43

Radio Telescope -- In contrast to an ordinary telescope, which produces visible light images, a radio telescope "sees" radio waves emitted by radio sources located anywhere in the Universe, typically by means of a large parabolic ("dish") antenna, or arrays of them. The best-known (and largest) radio telescope is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. A well-known radio telescope being an array of antennae is the Very Large Array (VLA) in Socorro, New Mexico. The largest (100-meter diameter) and most...

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