Deep Space

  • Rock, Scissors, Paper and Water
    A recent European conference discussed what a new class of planetary search candidates called 'waterworlds' might require: foremost after water itself, for life to originate elsewhere on a distant world depends on a rocky core and organic pulp.
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  • Similar Solar System at 90 Light Years
    Astronomers have found the first sun-like star with a giant gas planet in an orbit similar to Jupiter's. At a distance of 90 light-years, the similar solar system to ours means that this gas giant could attract most of the dangerous impact debris.
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  • Twins Combine Planetary Light
    Debuting the first discoveries from the world's largest optical telescope, researchers have used the Keck Interferometer to combine light from two telescopes. Astronomers can see the growing gap between a star and its planets as they begin to accrete.
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  • Search for Life in the Universe II
    In this two-part essay, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, reflects on the scientific and cultural implications of finding life elsewhere in the cosmos.
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  • Inference and Red Corn
    Mathematical astronomer, Simon Newcomb, describes the limits of life on Earth and endeavors to ask the right questions about what might be required to discover life elsewhere.
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  • Search for Life in the Universe I
    In this two-part essay, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, reflects on the scientific and cultural implications of finding life elsewhere in the cosmos.
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  • Galactic Baby Boomers
    By combining results from the Hubble Telescope in visible light and the Chandra Telescope in x-rays, astronomers have plotted the evolution of galaxies. From 13.7 billion years ago, a decided birth rate boom and bust cycle is observable.
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  • Analogies of Nature
    Mathematical astronomer, Simon Newcomb, describes the limits of life on Earth and endeavors to ask the right questions about what might be required to discover life elsewhere.
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  • Celestial Birthing Grounds: Wild Places
    A University of Florida sky survey has doubled the number of planet forming disks in a cluster of young stars, and suggests that planets may pop up within the first 3 million years of a star's life.
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  • Dirtside Simulation
    What would the future hold for a society where reputation was all that mattered? Astrobiology magazine reviews award-winning science-fiction from Cory Doctorow, Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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  • A Perfect World II: Richardson
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Now paint a picture of your ideal world." That is what author Debra Trione asked over fifty of the world's most powerful and influential leaders in America to
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  • A Perfect World I: Tyson
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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  • Eureka, The New World
    Planet-finding scientist, Geoff Marcy, describes just how it feels to find a new world. The UC Berkeley researcher describes the challenges and thrills of modern sky searches.
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  • Hot New Eclipsing World Discovered
    Planet finding scientists have logged more than a hundred discoveries of new 'worlds' since the middle 1990s, but only two probable candidates have been found from changes in the parent star's brightness. Akin to a distant eclipse, this method is called a transit search.
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  • Telescopic Time Travel
    Set for launch at the end of April, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer will enable astromers to witness ten billion years of cosmic history.
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