Newfound Planet Only 11 Light Years Away Could Support Life

Planets, planets everywhere and here and there an Earth. Astronomers announced the discovery this week of a new, temperate Earth-sized planet only 11 light years away orbiting the star Ross 128 in the constellation Virgo. After Proxima b, the planet circling Proxima Centauri in the Alpha Centauri triple star system, it’s the closest, potentially life-friendly…
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China’s Tiangong 1 Space Station Expected To Burn Up In Early 2018

Better watch your back in 2018. China’s 8½ ton Tiangong 1 (Chinese for “heavenly palace”) space station will make an uncontrolled re-entry into the atmosphere sometime early next year. While friction with the air will vaporize most of the craft, it’s likely that some of the larger, denser pieces will survive the plunge despite temperatures in…
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Jupiter Returns With A Bang In Close Conjunction With Venus

Yesterday, we saw some amazing closeups of Jupiter’s crazy, stormy atmosphere. Very soon, we’ll be able to see the planet with our own eyes thanks to a brief fling with Venus at dawn. On Monday morning, Nov. 13, Venus and Jupiter will be just 0.3° apart or less than half a moon diameter. The eye-catching…
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Perijove 9: Incredible New Views Of Jupiter

NASA’s Juno probe took its 9th set of drool-worthy images during it most recent close flyby of Jupiter on Oct. 24. The spacecraft travels in a highly elongated orbit around Jupiter once every 53 days. For just two hours during that time, it loops in close to the planet’s polar regions to grab data and new…
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Granddaddy Galaxy One Of The Oldest In The Universe

OK, it may only be the second oldest galaxy ever discovered, but that’s still darn ancient. Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), which is operated jointly by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, reported this week that they detected a distant, dusty, star-forming galaxy born in the…
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