Deep Space

  • 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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  • Exoplanets
    For a long time, there was a theoretical expectation that other stars have planets, that planets are common. But there was no observational evidence, because it's extremely difficult to see planets of other stars.
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  • Interview with Ann Druyan and Steven Soter
    Ann Druyan, the widow of renowned scientist Carl Sagan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter collaborated with Sagan over many years to create the famed television series Cosmos and numerous other projects.
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  • New Planetary System Has Hometown Look
    After 15 years of observation and a lot of patience, the world's premier planet-hunting team has found a planetary system that reminds them of our home solar system.
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  • Planetary Embryos Hatch in the Southern Constellation Centaurus
    Distant planetisimals may have similar sun-distances and temperatures to Earth.
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  • The Search for Distant Earths
    Imagine trying to see an ant crawling across the headlight of a car miles away. That is the magnitude of the task facing astronomers as they search for small, rocky Earth-like planets around other stars - planets that might harbor life
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