Deep Space

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    Astrobiology Magazine's twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/astrobiologymag) has been selected as one of the 20 best twitter feeds for true space geeks by www.bestcollegesonline.net/.
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    New research is providing a better understanding of unidentified matter in deep space.
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    The Kepler Telescope team has confirmed a second planet orbiting the star Kepler-10. The existence of this planet was suspected previously, but new analytical techniques were needed to confirm its existence.
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    As a star grows older, its rotation slows down steadily. Now, astronomers have discovered how to use this principle to determine the age of stars. The research could ultimately help astrobiologists understand the nature of planets and the stars they orbit.
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    Within just four months of data from NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 reside in systems with two or more planets.
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    Astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The finding adds to the catalog of the potential types of planets that exist in the Universe.
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  • Gliese 581d: A Habitable Exoplanet?
    A new computer model that simulates possible exoplanet climates indicates that the planet Gliese 581d might be warm enough to have oceans, clouds and rainfall. Gliese 581d is likely to be a rocky planet with a mass at least seven times that of Earth.
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    A recent study says that a particular mathematical technique could be used to detect forests on extrasolar planets.
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    So far, NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified 1,235 possible extrasolar planets. Now, astronomers are aiming a radio telescope at the most 'Earth-like' ones to see if they can detect advanced civilizations that might call these planets home.
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    Até então, o telescópio espacial Kepler da NASA já identificou 1.235 possíveis planetas extrassolares. Agora astrônomos estão apontando um radiotelescópio para aqueles mais parecidos com a Terra para ver se detectam civilizações avançadas que poderiam chamar estes planetas de lar.
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    For the first time, scientists have demonstrated a version of the Doppler effect at an extremely small level - the rotation of an individual molecule. Rotational Doppler effect is used to determine the rotational velocity of planets and could now help study the properties of
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    A rare number of Hot Jupiter planets orbit their stars in a direction opposite to the star's rotation. This violates basic ideas of planet and star formation. Now, new research may explain how these planets flipped their orbits.
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    Some planets that roam the galaxy without a star to call home still may be able to host life. Finding such rogue planets is difficult, but new research suggests these wandering worlds could be detected by their atmospheric auroras.
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    Scientists have discovered a new mineral, krotite, which is one of hte earliest minerals formed in our solar system. The finding could help astrobiologists understand how the Solar System formed and evolved, leading to conditions for a habitable Earth.
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    Results of the NASA's Gravity Probe B indicate that there is a space-time vortex around Earth and that its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity.
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