Deep Space

  • Amateur Astronomers Hunt Planet
    Enlisting help for sighting a star as it dims when a planetary candidate passes across the star's face.
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  • Homing Signals
    Phoning home intergalactically may have one natural prerequisite if a civilization is hoping to connect: timing their precursor signal or 'ring' so that we might know that they're broadcasting. Dr. Robin Corbet, of the Universities' Space Research Association discusses his research findings on Synchronized SETI.
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  • High-Energy Telescope
    A new, high-energy window on the universe has opened in Namibia, Africa. The Max Planck Society inaugurates their stereoscopic view of the galaxy.
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  • Water Worlds
    Italian astronomers report on a method for water detection on extrasolar planets and cometary clouds, and their shortlist of candidates with promising initial findings from the 32-meter Medicina radio telescope.
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  • Shortlisting Stars With Planetary Systems
    Markus Landgraf and European Space Agency colleagues explore the first direct evidence of dust rings in our solar system, and propose a novel way to shortlist stars with likely extrasolar planets.
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  • Pale Blue Dot?
    Italian astronomers report on possible water spectrum found on planetary system of Upsilon Andromedae, 44 light-years away.
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  • Hubble Discovers Black Holes in Unexpected Places
    Previously undiscovered black holes provide an important link that sheds light on the way black holes grow. Even more odd, these new black holes were found in the cores of glittering, "beehive" swarms of stars -- called globular star clusters -- that orbit our Milky
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  • New Jupiter-size Planet with a Circular Orbit
    Astronomers announce that a Jupiter-sized planet with a circular orbit has been found for the parent star Tau 1 Gruis. About 100 light years away, the planet is the 102nd found outside our solar system.
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  • The Lost World?
    Twists in the Sun's magnetic field create sunspots, and other stars also exhibit these dark, cooler spots on their surfaces. A new study suggests that starspots on the star HD 192263 may be masquerading as an extrasolar planet.
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    From the Hubble Telescope to the even cooler Webb, a new generation of hot views promise insight into some of the most distant galactic incubators. The chances to image a distant planet may benefit from the enhanced infrared tools available to the next generation of
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  • Tuning In to Other Worlds
    Some scientists think it may be possible to detect planets beyond our solar system by looking for radio signals generated by same forces that lead to 'Northern Lights'. A team of scientists working on a radio telescope called the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR)
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  • Gravity’s Telescope
    Using a technique known as "gravitational microlensing", astronomers hope to find planets in Earth-like orbits around stars halfway across the galaxy.
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  • Fermi´s Paradox: Where Are They?
    If there is intelligent life out there, why haven't we found it yet?
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  • Complex Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
    The panelists ask whether the Earth's history provides us with examples of conditions that might be encountered on other planets.
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  • Sagan as Teacher, as Collaborator
    The legacy of Carl Sagan's unification of both skepticism and wonder. Read more about contributions, from a remarkable interview with Ann Druyan, the widow of renowned scientist Carl Sagan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter who collaborated with Sagan over many years to create the famed television
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