Deep Space

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    A new website is giving amateur and professional astronomers formal mechanisms for reporting unexplained phenomena they observe in the night sky. The site will contribute toward a better understanding of transient phenomena occurring in the atmosphere.
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    Uma nova página virtual está fornecendo mecanismos formais para astrônomos profissionais e amadores reportarem fenômenos inexplicados que eles observam no céu noturno. A página vai contribuir para uma melhor compreensão de fenômenos transitórios ocorrendo na atmosfera.
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    AM is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2009. At number 3 is the launch of Kepler, a new NASA telescope that will aid in finding extrasolar planets. Scientists are already looking beyond Kepler for the next generation of telescopes that could show alien worlds
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Double Discovery: Super-Earth and Ocean World
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2009, highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 6 is a double discovery of potentially habitable extrasolar planets orbiting the star Gliese 581. (This story originally was published on April 23, 2009).
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 9 is a story about astrometry, a technique to find extrasolar planets. After 50 years, astrometry spots its first planet - a milestone that could have implications for the proposed
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    New research indicates that life-bearing moons, such as those featured in Hollywood blockbusters, might be possible. If astronomers discover such a moon nearby, the James Webb Telescope may be able to study its atmospheres and detect key gases like carbon dioxide, oxygen and water vapor.
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    Astronomers have discovered a 'super-Earth' orbiting a distant star using off-the-Shelf, amateur technology. The finding shows how low-cost technologies can aid in the search for habitable worlds. The planet, GJ1214b, has a radius only 2.7 times that of Earth and may contain water and a
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    Astronomers have discovered as many as six low-mass planets around two nearby, sun-like stars. The findings indicate that low-mass planets could be common around nearby stars.
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    New results from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have overturned a decades-old belief about the shape of our solar system. The findings yield important information about the fundamental traits of our solar system.
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    Astronomers have made the first direct detection of a planet-like object orbiting a sun-like star. The finding is a step forward for scientists searching for habitable worlds around distant stars.
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    Super Earths are named for their size, but these planets – which range from about 2 to 10 Earth masses – could be superior to the Earth when it comes to sustaining life. They could also provide an answer to the ‘Fermi Paradox´: Why
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    New research shows that an unusual mix of stars at the center of our galaxy might be the remnants of a dwarf galaxy that merged with the Milky Way long ago. The findings could help astrobiolgists understand how galaxies evolve and, ultimately, the processes behind
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    A proposed space mission that aims to measure dark energy could also detect planets that current surveys are unable to find.
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    Astronomers have found that the extrasolar planet HAT-P-7b has a retrograde or highly tilted orbit. Studying such planets is important in understanding the diversity of planetary systems and assessing current models of how planets migrate. The findings could help astrobiologists in the search for habitable
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    A census of 500 stars has successfully linked the 'lithium mystery' observed in our Sun to the presence of planetary systems. The study shows that Sun-like stars with planetary systems lack lithium, and could help astronomers identify more stars that host planets.
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