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Habitable Planets near Earth

Habitable Planets near Earth


This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada But what if there are alien worlds that are even more habitable than Earth-like planets? These so-called superhabitable worlds are intriguing astrobiologists such as René Heller at McMaster University in Hamilton…


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Physics Galileo

Physics Galileo


If you ask an elementary school student what Galileo discovered, they might tell you that Galileo discovered gravity. In truth, gravity was discovered by a gentleman by the name of Ug, who lived in a cave in northern Europe approximately 30, years ago. Common legend also has it that Galileo proved that gravity pulls on all objects equally. He proved this by dropping two objects…


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Astronomical discoveries

Astronomical discoveries


Scientists around the world sat up and took notice last week when Anthony Wesley, the amateur Australian astronomer, reported to NASA that he was seeing something unusual in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter. Something - possibly a comet or meteoroid - went slamming into the planet, was swallowed up in its atmosphere of ammonia and methane, and left a visible scar. Scientists…


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Newest space Discovery

Newest space Discovery


Artist’s impression of the distant dwarf planet Eris. New observations have shown that Eris is smaller than previously thought and almost exactly the same size as Pluto. Credit: ESO With astronomers discovering new planets and other celestial objects all the time, you may be wondering what the newest planet to be discovered is. Well, that depends on your frame of reference…


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New astronomical discoveries

New astronomical discoveries


This week astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope announced that the planet-hunting spacecraft had increased its catalogue by an additional 1, 284 worlds. This is the greatest number of planets ever announced at one time, swelling Kepler’s confirmed planetary haul to more than 2, and the number of indisputably known planets beyond our solar system to more than 3…


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