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SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a day late

SpaceX has made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station.

NASA LIVE HEADLINE: Announces Discovery of New TRAPPIST-1 Red-Dwarf Solar System With 7 Earth-Sized Planets --"Best Chance Yet of Alien Life"

NASA has just announced discover new solar system with ‘best chance yet of alien life’.Life may have evolved on at least three planets in a newly discovered solar system just 39 light years from Earth, NASA has announced.? Astronomers...        

7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star—and these new worlds could hold life.

Two radar eyes are better than one

A novel airborne experiment over the flat agricultural landscape of the Netherlands recently simulated, for the first time, images that could be taken by radar satellites orbiting in tandem.

Does Pluto have the ingredients for life?

Pluto has long been viewed as a distant, cold and mostly dead world, but the first spacecraft to pass by it last year revealed many surprises about this distant dwarf planet.

Sounding rocket launches to study auroras

A NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket soars skyward into an aurora over Alaska following a 5:13 a.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2017 launch from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska. The rocket carried an Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Groundbased Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS) instrumented payload examining the structure of an aurora. Show More Summary

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-size exoplanets may have water

The small, cool star TRAPPIST-1 is one of the best places to look for life in the Milky Way: its seven rocky planets might all have water and atmospheres

Astrophiz Podcast 28 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 28 is out now. Our feature interview is with Fiona Panther who is a PhD student and the Joan Duffield Scholar at the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Canberra, Australia. Show More Summary

NASA's VIDEO TOUR of Its Epic Discovery of New Earth-Sized Habitable Exoplanets Orbiting Red-Dwarf Star TRAPPIST-1

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is...        

Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using 'neural nets', a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, offering scientists the prospect of the sharpest ever images in optical astronomy. Show More Summary

Exoplanets 101: Looking for life beyond our Solar System

Seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our Galaxy called Trappist-1, revealed Wednesday, are the most recent—and arguably the most spectacular—in a string of exoplanet discoveries going back 20 years.

7 New Planets Could Host Alien Life

These new Earth-size planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1 about 40 light years from Earth. Some of them could have water on their surfaces.

Nasa announces discovery of seven Earth-sized planets – video report

Nasa announced the discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a star called Trappist-1, about 39 light years away, on Wednesday. The find has widely excited the astronomy community because of its implications in the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system. Show More Summary

DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip

The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades.

Not Fade Away

19 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Systemic

With the likes of an Earth-mass world orbiting Proxima Centauri and a staggeringly photorealistic better-than-the-real-thing rendering of Kepler 186f, it’s gotten increasingly difficult to mount a planet discovery press conference that achieves adequate signal-to-noise. Show More Summary

Cool star’s seven rocky planets offer chance of life

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized rocky planets circling a star that lies right in our cosmic back yard - and some could be home to life. The...Show More Summary

7 Earth-Size Planets Identified in Orbit Around a Dwarf Star

Astronomers are excited by the discovery, which suggests that some of these exoplanets — planets around stars other than the sun — could support life and may be awash in oceans.

Thrilling discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius. Show More Summary

Temperate earth-sized worlds found in extraordinarily rich planetary system

Astronomers have found a system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away. They were detected as they passed in front of their parent star, the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. Three of them lie in the habitable zone and could harbour water, increasing the possibility that the system could play host to life. Show More Summary

This discovery is a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth

The seven planets discovered around the dwarf star Trappist-1 confirm that the coming decade will belong to the study of exoplanets The seven potential habitable planets around a single star are a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth Related: Thrilling discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star Continue reading...

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