astronomy

Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

A new analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data by Berkeley astronomers suggests that as many as 40 billion planets with climates similar to Earth's may be calculated to exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Of those, 11 billion orbit stars similar to our sun. The rest of the hypothetical planets orbit red dwarf stars, which are the same size as our sun but cooler. New news nicely complements the more in-depth recent mineral analysis of the single planet Kepler Planet 78b.

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Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center predicts more solar storms Monday, disrupting the power grid and satellite communications. The predictions come during the peak of the current solar cycle, an eleven-year period of sun spot activity, solar storms, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The effects on Earth are expected to be relatively mild.

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Seven-planet solar system discovered orbiting dwarf star

Seven-planet solar system discovered orbiting dwarf star

Astronomers have announced the discovery of one of the largest planetary systems ever found. Astronomers recently discovered a seventh planet orbiting around dwarf star called KIC 11442793. Two different groups of researchers studying the same planetary system believe this could be a record.

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Planck deep space telescope receives its final command

Planck deep space telescope receives its final command

The Planck telescope is a deep space scientific instrument that has been in use for four a half years. During the telescope's mission, it was able to determine that the universe is about 80 million years older than scientists previously thought. The telescope also made some other interesting discoveries such as spotting an 80,000,000°C gas bridge between star clusters Abell 399 and Abell 401.

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Galaxy z8_GND_5296 is the most distant ever discovered

Galaxy z8_GND_5296 is the most distant ever discovered

An international team of astronomers has detected what they say is the furthest galaxy away from our Milky Way galaxy ever discovered. Astronomers say that the newly discovered galaxy is 30 billion light years away from the Earth. The distant galaxy was discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope and then confirmed using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

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Astronomers discover the sun’s much older twin

Astronomers discover the sun’s much older twin

Astronomers have recently discovered a new star that is described as the oldest twin to our sun ever discovered. The newly discovered star offers a glimpse at what our Sun will look like four billion years in the future. The newly discovered star is called HIP 102152.

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Strange radio wave bursts in space caused by star phenomena, say researchers

Strange radio wave bursts in space caused by star phenomena, say researchers

For several years, scientists and researchers have been witnessing mysterious bursts of radio waves originating from billions and billions of light-years away. So mysterious, in fact, that astronomers simply thought they weren't real and it was just a glich in their equipment, or maybe just EMI. However, researchers now think that something cataclysmic is causing these strange bursts.

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Supermoon sightings: more than 365 days until she comes back

Supermoon sightings: more than 365 days until she comes back

The past two days have been full of what's called "Supermoon" sightings due to the fact that the Earth has been as close to our moon as it's going to be all year long. While the past two days have brought on a flood of "oh my goodness that's the biggest moon I've ever seen" photographs, today we must face the facts: it wont just be another 365 days before we see this happen again.

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Newly-discovered galaxy forms stars at record pace

Newly-discovered galaxy forms stars at record pace

Scientists, researchers, and astronomers alike are all working around the clock to try and discover new bits and pieces on the history of the universe, and it appears they stumbled onto something quite interesting just recently. Astronomers have spotted what appears to be the most productive star-forming galaxy ever found, dubbed HFLS 3.

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Researchers uncover how spiral galaxy arms form

Researchers uncover how spiral galaxy arms form

Spiral galaxies are beautiful astronomical realities that have long been the cause of speculation, with no definitive conclusion having been made over what causes them. Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have helped solve this conundrum, stating that they've proved the spiral arms are persistent, long-lived, and self-perpetuating.

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Scientists discover rare quasar triplet 9 billion light years away

Scientists discover rare quasar triplet 9 billion light years away

A team of international researchers, lead by Emanuele Farina from the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, have discovered a rare, quasar triplet about 9 billion light years away from Earth. The quasar triplet has been named QQQ J1519+0627 and is only the second triplet to ever be found. The researchers believe that the galaxies that these quasars are a part of may be merging together in order to form one, enormous galaxy.

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NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA has discovered that there was a 3rd radiation belt hanging around Earth. The discovery was made by two Van Allen space probes that were made specifically to analyze Earth's radiation belts. The Van Allen probes were named after James Van Allen, who was the the first to discover the radiation belts 55 years ago in 1958. The probes are designed identically and provide scientists with a deeper insight on how radiation belts are formed.

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