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Planet same size as Earth

Planet same size as Earth


Artwork depicting the newly discovered Earth-size planet Kepler-186f and its sister planets. Click to embiggen, and you really want to; this is a pretty stunning piece of artwork. Drawing by NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech I have some cautiously exciting exoplanets news: Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet that is very nearly the same size as Earth and…


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Galaxy News

Galaxy News


Nicolas Lehner, left, and J. Christopher Howk University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Nicolas Lehner has led a team of scientists who have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to identify an immense halo of gas surrounding the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to Earth. The halo stretches about a million light-years from Andromeda, halfway to the Milky Way. The discovery…


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New Earth like planets found 2014

New Earth like planets found 2014


The newly discovered planet, Kepler-186f, is the first Earth-size exoplanet circling in its star’s habitable zone. The media worldwide is gleaming with fantastical headlines, but readers in the know may have an inkling the result is less than it seems. It’s just one more on a long laundry list of exoplanets. But it’s the first on a list of Earth-like exoplanets. Kepler-186f…


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Astronomy articles

Astronomy articles


One of the wonderful things about astronomy is that it is so different from our everyday experience. Things are not what they might seem at first glance. Who could have guessed that those tiny little specks of light in our night sky are actually “suns” hundreds of times larger than Earth? Who would have suspected that the “evening star” is actually a rocky planet about the…


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NASA New galaxy

NASA New galaxy


NASA has just released a new image captured by the Hubble space telescope, revealing what it looked like moments before galactic clusters - cosmic structures that consist of many galaxies held together by gravity - smashed into each other. The result of this cosmic collision of galaxy clusters was the formation of a new, massive structure called MACS J0416.1-2403 (or simply…


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New planets found 2014

New planets found 2014


The discovery images of 2012 VP113, which has the most distant orbit known in our Solar System. Three images of the night sky, each taken about 2 hours apart, were combined into one. The first image was artificially colored red, second green and third blue. 2012 VP113 moved between each image as seen by the red, green and blue dots. The background stars and galaxies did not…


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Habitable planets found

Habitable planets found


After years of observations and painstaking analysis, an international team of astronomers using independent Earth-based instruments has discovered what they believe is a potentially habitable, roughly Earth-size world orbiting the nearest star to the sun, according to a paper in the journal Nature released Wednesday. The team, led by Guillem Anglada-Escudé of Queen Mary University…


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News on Astronomy

News on Astronomy


More than 2, 300 scientists, teachers and journalists — including Space.com s Calla Cofield and Sarah Lewin — are in Kissimmee, Florida, this week for a conference dubbed The Super Bowl of Astronomy. Researchers will present the latest findings about black holes, alien planets and other cosmic bodies and phenomena at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society…


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