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Epic Discovery! NASA Announces First Earth-Size Planet Found That Could Support Life

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Discovery of 1st Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone » April 17, 2014 Epic Discovery! NASA Announces First Earth-Size Planet Found That Could Support Life     “This is really a tip-of-the-iceberg discovery,” said study co-author Jason Rowe, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who spent a year analyzing data gathered by NASA’s…

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“Getting Closer and Closer” –Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets

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April 15, 2014 “Getting Closer and Closer” –Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets Kepler_2542946b (1) Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies to find planets around other stars within a field of view 1/400th the size of…

the Higgs Boson” –Searching for the Existence of Unseen Particles »

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the Higgs Boson” –Searching for the Existence of Unseen Particles  » March 20, 2014 Epic Gravitational-Wave Discovery Points to Existence of Multiple Universes (VIDEO)     Scientists have theorized that gravitational waves point to the possibility of multipe universes. Gravitational waves have infused space with a special energy that exerts a repulsive force, causing the…

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“A Vast Oceanus Borealis May have Once Covered 1/3 of Mars”

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February 17, 2014 “A Vast Oceanus Borealis May have Once Covered 1/3 of Mars” Oceanus_borealis The idea has been hotly debated among scientists for the past 20 years, ever since Viking Orbiter images revealed possible ancient shorelines near the pole. Later findings even suggested that the primordial ocean–dubbed Oceanus Borealis–could have covered a third of…

Life on Earth-Sized Planets Predicted to be Widespread

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January 17, 2014 Life on Earth-Sized Planets Predicted to be Widespread     Earth-sized planets can support life at least ten times farther away from stars than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the University of St Andrews. Many planets previously considered uninhabitable may actually be able to support life…

“Super-Earths are Likely to Have Oceans and Continents”

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January 09, 2014 “Super-Earths are Likely to Have Oceans and Continents” Planet-earth “Are the surfaces of super-Earths totally dry or covered in water?” said Nicolas B. Cowan, a Northwestern University astrophysicist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) . “We tackled this question by applying known geophysics to astronomy.” Massive terrestrial…

New Exoplanet Hunter Directly Images Alien Worlds : Discovery News

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New Exoplanet Hunter Directly Images Alien Worlds Jan 7, 2014 10:30 AM ET // by Ian O’Neill View Related Gallery » Gemini Planet Imager’s ‘first light’ image of Beta Pictoris b, an exoplanet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. GPI/Gemini/Christian Marois, NRC Canada Gallery Reader’sChoice:FavoriteSpaceStoryof2013 View Caption + View Caption + View Caption + View Caption…

Clouds Detected on Alien Planet –New Hubble Discovery

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December 31, 2013 Clouds Detected on Alien Planet –New Hubble Discovery       Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they…

Europa’s Ocean Currents Shape Potential Biological Life Zones (News Update)

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December 04, 2013 Europa’s Ocean Currents Shape Potential Biological Life Zones (News Update) 6a00d8341bf7f753ef019affc18ef4970d-800wi Scientists believe Jupiter’s moon, Europa, is one of the planetary bodies in our solar system most likely to have conditions that could sustain life, an idea reinforced by magnetometer readings from the Galileo spacecraft detecting signs of a salty, global ocean…

Subtle Signals of Water Detected on Five Alien Worlds

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December 04, 2013 Subtle Signals of Water Detected on Five Alien Worlds Exoplanet_limb_0 Using the powerful­ eye of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our…

Super-Earths in Habitable Zones –Astronomers Zoom in on Planets’ Dynamics and Climate

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December 03, 2013 Super-Earths in Habitable Zones –Astronomers Zoom in on Planets’ Dynamics and Climate Earth_messenger_2005214_lrg (1) At the second Kepler Science Conference, held early this month, scientists discussed the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data, which includes the discovery of 833 new candidate planets. Ten of these candidates are…

China Launches 1st Moon Rover Mission to Search Out Natural Resources –”Does It Include Helium-3?” (LAUNCH VIDEO)

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December 02, 2013 China Launches 1st Moon Rover Mission to Search Out Natural Resources –”Does It Include Helium-3?” (LAUNCH VIDEO) Sinus-iridum-bay-of-rainbows China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy-— a solar-powered, six-wheeled vehicle similar to ones the United States has sent to Mars- into orbit. Chang’e-3 lunar probe blasted…

New Insights on How Life can be Identified on Alien Planets

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Wobblyplanet . Current efforts to find exoplanets with the potential to harbor life habitable planets and exoplanets with life focus on smaller stars than the Sun, because these so called M dwarfs or red dwarfs make up more than 75% of stars in the solar neighborhood. It may be possible to find habitable planets around…

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Astronomers Take 1st Look at Clouds of an Alien World

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October 01, 2013 Astronomers Take 1st Look at Clouds of an Alien World     Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system: a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b, which is marked by high clouds in the west and…

Mars’ Gale-Crater Science Instrument Finds High % of Water

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with a Density of Stars 15,000 Times Greater than Milky Way » September 27, 2013 Mars’ Gale-Crater Science Instrument Finds High % of Water 130718131531-01-mars-rover-0718-horizontal-gallery (1) The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several…

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Weekend Feature: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Life found in Earth’s Atmosphere –Challenged!

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September 22, 2013 Weekend Feature: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Life found in Earth’s Atmosphere –Challenged! Extraterrestrial-Carbon_pic (1) Scientists from the University of Sheffield claim they have discovered proof of extraterrestrial life. Their evidence? The team launched a balloon 16 miles into the stratosphere, and it came back carrying small biological organisms. Professor Milton Wainwright, who led…

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Habitable Earthlike Planets in the Milky Way May be a Billion-Plus Years Older

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September 22, 2013 Habitable Earthlike Planets in the Milky Way May be a Billion-Plus Years Older Newly-Discovered-Earth-like-Planets-Must-Also-Have-Plate-Tectonics-2 Habitable conditions on Earth will be possible for at least another 1.75 billion years – according to astrobiologists at the University of East Anglia. Findings published today in the journal Astrobiology reveal the habitable lifetime of planet Earth…

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“Earth’s Lost Moon” –NASA’s Grail Mission May Reveal a Long-Vanished Companion (Today’s Most Popular)

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September 18, 2013 “Earth’s Lost Moon” –NASA’s Grail Mission May Reveal a Long-Vanished Companion (Today’s Most Popular) 6a00d8341bf7f753ef017d42bdd821970c-500wi NASA’s GRAIL mission started its lunar probe late in 2011 to uncover some of the mysteries buried beneath the surface of the Moon –even, perhaps, a long-lost companion. According to recent scientific speculation, the Earth once had…