astronomy

This sun-like star just shot a warning flare at the future of humanity

This sun-like star just shot a warning flare at the future of humanity

Without the sun, life will we know it would be impossible. While the sun is over 91 million miles from Earth, its solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME) can significantly impact our planet. Recently researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder were researching a star system over 111 light-years away from our planet and observed something interesting.

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Very Large Telescope spots Earth’s new nearest pair of black holes

Very Large Telescope spots Earth’s new nearest pair of black holes

Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) use the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to scan the heavens in search of stars, black holes, galaxies, and planets to study. Recently, astronomers used the VLT to spot the closest pair of supermassive black holes to Earth ever discovered. Eventually, the black hole duo will merge into a single gigantic black hole. The discovery is located in a galaxy called NGC 7727, which lies in the constellation Aquarius.

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Ultrahot Jupiter exoplanet orbits its star in 16 hours

Ultrahot Jupiter exoplanet orbits its star in 16 hours

We all know that it takes the Earth 365 days to orbit the Sun, marking an entire year. In our solar system, a year on other planets varies greatly depending on how close they are to our star. Mercury, which is both the smallest planet and the closest planet to the sun, takes 88 days to orbit the star. By comparison, dwarf planet Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun. MIT astronomers have discovered an exoplanet described as an ultrahot Jupiter that orbits much more quickly and much closer to its host star than Mercury.

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Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

While most people have gotten their heads glued down to their screens in the past 23 months, others have looked up to the skies for a reprieve from the concerns on terra firma. Different people have taken up different hobbies to cope with the pandemic, and some have invested not only time but money in observing and capturing the night skies from their yards or gardens. Astrophotography and stargazing are not exactly beginner-friendly activities, especially if you have neither equipment nor clue. "Smart" telescopes were born from a need to address both concerns, and the Vaonis Stellina is one of the latest to sell that idea to a hobbyist market. Read on to find out how it fared in our tests.

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Hubble completes its latest tour of the outer solar system

Hubble completes its latest tour of the outer solar system

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and the ESA. Teams operating the telescope have announced that it completed its annual tour of the outer solar system. The outer solar system is the realm of massive planets much larger than Earth, including Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

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Mission to search for habitable exoplanets around Alpha Centauri revealed

Mission to search for habitable exoplanets around Alpha Centauri revealed

Researchers at the University of Sydney have worked with Breakthrough Initiatives, Saber Astronautics, and NASA's JPL to propose a mission to discover planets that are potentially habitable orbiting Alpha Centauri. The proposed mission would be a new space telescope called TOLIMAN, the Arabic name for Alpha Centauri taken from antiquity. Alpha Centauri is the closest star to Earth outside of our galaxy.

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Astronomer discovers hints of elusive Planet Nine in decades-old data

Astronomer discovers hints of elusive Planet Nine in decades-old data

Astronomers have long speculated that our solar system may have a ninth planet orbiting at a vast distance from the sun. However, no one has ever been able to observe the so-called Planet Nine directly. Speculation has suggested that Planet Nine orbits at a significant distance farther out than the orbit of Pluto.

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A new exoplanet orbiting a binary discovered utilizing a new technique

A new exoplanet orbiting a binary discovered utilizing a new technique

A group of researchers has discovered a new exoplanet that is unique because it's orbiting a pair of stars. A planet of this type is called circumbinary, and for many years the planets were theorized but hadn't been discovered. The discovery of circumbinary planets was enabled thanks to powerful instruments such as the Kepler space telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). So far, astronomers have detected 14 circumbinary exoplanets.

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ESO VLT discovers a black hole inside a distant star cluster

ESO VLT discovers a black hole inside a distant star cluster

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has used its Very Large Telescope (VLT) to discover a previously unknown black hole outside the Milky Way. Astronomers discovered the black hole by investigating how it influenced a star nearby. The discovery marks the first time the detection method has been used to discover a black hole outside our galaxy.

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Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Over the past couple of weeks I've been using the Unistellar eVscope 2 whenever possible. On clear nights, I've brought this smart telescope outside to bear witness to the stars and our nearby moon. With this device, I was given the ability to not only manually seek and find bits of our solar system, I was able to command the device to seek and find constellations and space objects with the device's automatic detection and motorized mount.

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Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet candidate in Messier 51

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet candidate in Messier 51

NASA has announced that scientists have discovered a planet transiting a star that lies outside the Milky Way galaxy for the first time. The exoplanet candidate was discovered orbiting a star in a spiral galaxy called Messier 51 (M51). That galaxy is also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy because of its distinctive appearance.

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Our solar system may be surrounded by a magnetic tunnel

Our solar system may be surrounded by a magnetic tunnel

An astronomer from the Dunlap Institute named Doctor Jennifer West has a new theory that proposes our solar system could be surrounded by what she describes as a magnetic tunnel. The tunnel-like structure can be seen in radio waves. According to Doctor West, two bright structures seen on opposite sides of the sky that were previously believed to be separate are connected and made of rope-like filaments.

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