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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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by David Silverberg

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Cameron Christner - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Eduardo Arrufat - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 2 comments

'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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

'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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 1 comment

'Citizen Astronomers' discover planet, PH1, with four-star system

Washington - A group of so-called "Armchair Astronomers" from the website Planet Hunters has discovered a planet that maintains four stars. The planet has been called PH1 and is the first known to have four suns.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 4 comments

Astronomers find planet '55 Cancri e' made out of diamond

Astronomers say they have found a planet "55 Cancri e," twice the size of Earth, orbiting a star much like our Sun and visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. They say the planet is made largely out of diamond.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 8 comments

A newfound world, possible to sustain life

In the region of Dorado constellation, 50 light years from Earth, researchers found Gliese 163c, orbiting the star Gliese 163, with potential structures and compositions scientists believe could possibly sustain life.
In the Media by Arthelo Palma - 7 comments

Explosion spotted on Jupiter

An amateur astronomer was looking at Jupiter from his backyard when he spotted a bright white flash on the surface of the planet.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 2 comments

Will.i.am's new single broadcast from Mars:Updated

Will.i.am became the first musical artist to broadcast music from another planet when his new single "Reach for the Stars" aired from the Mars rover Curiosity.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 1 comment

International team finds evidence of aging star devouring planet

State College - An international team of astronomers has discovered the first evidence of a planet being devoured by its aging star. As the star expanded, it eventually swallowed the entire planet, which is similar to what shall happen to Earth in a few billion years.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 1 comment

Newly discovered planet may be able to support life

Astronomers at the University of California and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have discovered a new planet that is located right by Earth. The planet may actually be able to support human life
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 5 comments

How many species are yet to be discovered?

How many species in the world are yet to be discovered? This is a question which scientists and environmentalist frequently ponder. The latest estimate falls between two and fifty million yet to be discovered species.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Extraterrestrials hit Earth, NASA dispatches scientists globally

In a shocking discovery this morning, huge alien mother ships are hovering over every major city on the planet. The drawback is, you can only see them if you truly believe in extra-terrestrials.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 23 comments

Mysterious cloud looms over the Martian planet

Philadelphia - Photographed by an amateur astronomer, a large cloud engulfing a region on Mars has experts amazed in this never-before-seen event.
In the Media by David Brydon - 3 comments
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An artist's impression of an earthlike planet
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Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
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Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent unce...
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Nomad object wandering the interstellar medium. The object is intentionally blurry to represent uncertainty about whether it has an atmosphere.
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V838 Mon  a star with an expanding gas shell  purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
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V838 Mon, a star with an expanding gas shell, purported as photographic evidence of Nibiru
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A snapshot taken of Earth by a Russian satellite 36 000 kilometres away.
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A snapshot taken of Earth by a Russian satellite 36,000 kilometres away.
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Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458  which is very similar to our Sun.
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Gas giant planet HD 209458b orbiting HD 209458, which is very similar to our Sun.
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The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this ...
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The surface of Venus was scanned with radar waves beamed from orbiting space probes to produce this image. The colors are based on photos taken by probes that landed on Venus.
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A bird flies as sun is partially eclipsed in Sidon  southern Lebanon
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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...
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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.
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NASA artist s rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
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NASA artist's rendering of newly discovered planet Kepler-20e
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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The triple star system discovery is one of only two unique millisecond pulsars.
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Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
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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.
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