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Essential Science: What would landing on Pluto be like?

This week’s Essential Science takes a step into speculative science (fiction) and discusses some new research that wonders what landing on the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto would be like.

Answer as to why earthquakes occur in clusters

Why do earthquakes sometimes occur in clusters? This question has baffled geologists for years, but now there is an answer following a new computer model.

Review: EarthView version 5 produces stunning planet images

EarthView is a desktop wallpaper and screen saver application, which displays beautiful views of the Earth with daylight and night shadows. A new version has recently been launched.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

New research shines light on brown dwarfs

Paris - Brown dwarf stars are rare and remain a mystery to astrophysists. The stars are "brown" when viewed through a telescope because they cannot burn enough nuclear fuel to shine as brightly as other stars. A new study sheds a little more light.

New planet discovered at the edge of the solar system

Scientists are virtually sure they have found a new planet at the outer edge of our solar system. Sometimes called Planet X or Planet Nine, it is believed to be lurking in the little-known Kuiper belt far beyond Pluto.

Astronomers discover Venus-like planet 39 light-years away

A newly discovered planet, said to be a 'Venus twin', has caught the interest of astronomers. The planet has been coded GJ 1132b by the International Astronomical Union.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Could there be life on the amazing and mysterious Pluto?

The data coming in from the New Horizons spacecraft's mission to Pluto proves that the Universe is, if nothing else, full of surprises.

Universe on edge of collapse, at least on cosmological time scale

Astronomers believe the universe is on the edge of "imminent" detruction, at least when viewed on a cosmological time scale.

Binary system planet first to be discovered using microlensing

Scientists with NASA have announced the rare discovery of a planet orbiting two red dwarf stars some 3,300 light-years away from earth.

Nearby planet has atmosphere very similar to Earth

A new planet may be our best evidence yet that habitable worlds exist near Earth. New findings show that a "super-Earth" may be our ticket to the colonization of this galaxy.

Longest planetary orbit discovered

Nearly 156 light-years from Earth, the planet GU Psc b has the longest ever planetary orbit recorded. It takes over 160,000 years to orbit its sun and it has been detected by Canadian astrophysicists.

Ice, liquid found on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, may harbor life

Think Mars is the ultimate life-harboring planet in our solar system? Think again. Recent findings from NASA indicate there may be life on not one, but two of Jupiter’s moons.

Possibly habitable planet spotted 500 light-years away

Mountain View - An earth-size planet orbiting in its sun's habitable zone has been spotted for the first time, U.S. space scientists announced Thursday.

TopFinds: Caught in the polar vortex, waiting to live on Mars

North America endures the chilly temperatures of the polar vortex. How to make crude oil out of algae in less than an hour. How many people want to live on Mars? Welcome to TopFinds.

Astronomer adds support for planet 'Gallifrey'

Vanessa Bailey, the astronomer who discovered the planet "HD 1069906B," has lent her support to the planet being named Gallifrey as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations.

Petition to name new planet 'Gallifrey'

A petition, promoted by fans of the television show Doctor Who, to name a recently discovered planet Gallifrey has received more than 60,000 supporters.

New exoplanet disproves theories on star and planet formation

Once again revealing to the human race just how much we don't know, the newly discovered exoplanet HD 106906b has been found to defy long-held beliefs on how planets and stars are formed.

New Earth-like planet Kepler-78b discovered

A planet named Kepler-78b, similar in size and composition to Earth, has been discovered by astronomers outside of our solar-system.

Study confirms global risks of herbicide overuse

A new study provides evidence that herbicides alter ecosystems around the world and that as the use of herbicides rises, the risks to the planet's ecosystems similarly increase.

NASA finds a defying pink planet

London - Astronomers have observed a magenta planet the size of Jupiter about 57 light years from Earth. It’s the smallest planet ever detected outside the Solar System using direct imaging techniques.

There were two moons orbiting Earth, scientists claim

Scientists said the smaller moon have only survived a few million years before it collided with the one we see today, leaving just one. Landscapes on the current moon are the remains of the smaller moon from the collision.

New planet: Among seven found, three are in habitable zone

Using new observation of Gliese 667C, astronomers found seven planets circling a star, including three super-Earths orbiting in the habitable zone. Gliese 667 is a triple-star system in the constellation of Scorpius that has masses smaller than Sun.

'Vulcan' overwhelming choice of names for Pluto's smallest moons

Mountain View - Star Trek fans have reason to celebrate after learning their choice for the name of one of Pluto's smallest moon is the overwhelming favorite.

NASA finds tiny exoplanet in 'habitable zone' of space

Mountain View - NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope managed to capture the dimming of a star more than 215-light-years away, alerting scientists to the presence of a tiny planet passing between the star and Earth.

Cities can alter weather systems thousands of miles distant

According to a new study published at the weekend in the journal, Nature, large cities, most of which lie in the northern hemisphere, could be affecting weather systems more than 1000 miles away.

Living longer? Expect more disease

A medical review indicates that although people around the world are living longer they are suffering from higher levels of sickness from chronic diseases.

'Habitable' planet discovered circling Tau Ceti star

Scientists have discovered a new 'habitable' world. Scientists say that the world is just one of five thought to be circling a star that is located 12 light years away.

NASA finds water ice at Mercury's poles

New discoveries by a NASA spacecraft support the long-held theory that Mercury has abundant water ice and other frozen materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters.
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An artist's impression of an earthlike planet
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The faint disk of Mercury on the disk of the Sun. This was the may 7  003 transit of Mercury.
The faint disk of Mercury on the disk of the Sun. This was the may 7, 003 transit of Mercury.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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A bird flies as sun is partially eclipsed in Sidon  southern Lebanon
A bird flies as sun is partially eclipsed in Sidon, southern Lebanon
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NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist s conception of what Kepler-186f  the first Earth-size planet spott...
OUT OF THIS WORLD: A NASA artist's conception of what Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet spotted orbiting in another star's habitable zone, looks like is shown in a picture released Thursday by the space agency.
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Tradar image of Mercury s north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSE...
Tradar image of Mercury's north polar region from Image 2.1 is shown superposed on a mosaic of MESSENGER images of the same area.
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Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458  which is very similar to our Sun.
Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458, which is very similar to our Sun.
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FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossa...
FOURTH PLANET: NASA released this hi-resolution image of a fairly recent crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22  a star system containing the first  habitab...
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first "habitable zone" planet discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The habitable zone is the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form. Liquid water is essential for life on Earth. (NASA)
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NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The image shows where more or less heat  in the form of long-wave radiation  is emanating from the t...
The image shows where more or less heat, in the form of long-wave radiation, is emanating from the top of the Earth's atmosphere.
NASA
Plane Earth
Plane Earth
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Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
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Planet Mars
Planet Mars
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent unce...
Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent uncertainty about whether it has an atmosphere.
Greg Stewar/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
NASA artist s rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
NASA artist's rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

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