News Briefs

  • A new study shows how the heat generated from an asteroid impact could lead to a crater becoming a refuge for life, or even a potential birthplace for life’s origin.
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  • New research shows that, while the planet Kepler 78b is too hot for life, it is roughly the same size as the Earth. In fact, Kepler 78b is one of the smallest exoplanets that astronomers have measured thus far.
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  • In a recent event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, astronauts and cosmonauts who have flown for three different space agencies (United States, Russia, and Japan) discussed asteroid detection and deflection.
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  • The Extrasolar Planets Catalog now has over 1,000 planets listed in their database. The milestone was reached October 22, and their current count of planets discovered beyond our solar system now sits at 1,010.
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  • Watch the live broadcast of "Defending Earth From Asteroids," starting today at 11:00 EST.
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  • NASA has reported that there is less than a one percent chance that the recently-discovered asteroid, 2013 TV135, will hit the Earth.
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  • Astronomers have discovered a distant planetary system where multiple planets orbit their host star at a severe tilt. It is the first time that such tilted orbits have been found in a multiplanetary system of this type.
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  • A new study shows that the orbit or Mars hosts the remains of an ancient collision that created many of its Trojan asteroids.
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  • As of October 2014, The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia sits at 998 entries. Soon, astronomers will have identified over 1000 extrasolar planets.
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  • A new study examines comet ISON’s chances of surviving its close pass of the Sun. Studying how the Sun affects ISON can help astrobiologists learn about its physical properties.
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