Three Potential Earth-like Planets Discovered Around Nearby Star

Three new planets discovered around a tiny, faint star in the constellation Aquarius may be among the best places to look for evidence of extraterrestrial life. A team of astronomers led by Michaël Gillon of the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics at the University of Liege in Belgium studied the star, named TRAPPIST-1, and discovered it…
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May Begins With A Baby Blue Aurora

I wanted to tweet out the news of northern lights but had no service last night. So sorry! I only hope you were out looking all the same. I watched from the countryside, where I could already see a pale green arc appeared low in the northern sky during twilight. It soon intensified, added another arc…
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Get Re-acquainted With The Night

Clouds, commitments and a bad cold have kept the stars and I apart for weeks.  Last night’s clear sky finally brought us back together. I can be a miner when it comes to the night, drilling for nebulae, galaxies and comets with my telescope for hours, extracting one glittering gem after another. Other times, I prefer to tilt my…
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Heads-up For Aurora Tonight April 29-30

When it gets dark tonight, keep watch on the northern sky. There’s a chance for a minor G1 auroral storm. You might see anything from a quiet arc to active rayed arcs in the lower half of the northern sky beginning at nightfall and continuing into the early morning hours. Since the aurora is generally…
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Dwarf Planet Makemake Divulges A Dark Moon

Far, far away beyond the planet Neptune lies the Kuiper Belt, a vast reservoir of frozen orbs left over from the construction phase of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. Four of them are dwarf planets, the most famous of which is Pluto with its system of five moons. Another is Makemake (MAH-kee MAH-kee),…
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