First Direct Light From An Exoplanet Changes Game
Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, located ~50 light years away in Pegasus, was suspected in 1995 from the motion of its star. Now the HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory has detected the spectrum of that star’s visible light reflected off the planet.
This technique is likely to reveal previously unattainable characteristics of many alien worlds. Planet 51 Pegasi b is informally known as Bellerophon.
By: Video From Space.
“A single tiny light creates a space where darkness cannot exist. The light vanquishes the darkness. Try as it might, the darkness cannot conquer the light.” –Donald L. Hicks While it might seem like there are an endless supply of stars in the Universe, the process that powers each and every one requires fuel to…
Neil deGrasse Tyson explains solar flares
Solar flares are a rather common occurrence that, if strong enough, could cause a huge catastrophe on Earth by causing mass communication disruptions and power outages. Our favorite astrophysicist, and host of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains what a solar flare is and why we should all “chilax.”
By: BI Science.
An international group of astronomers from the United States, Australia, Chile, Germany, and Hungary, has discovered an extrasolar gas giant orbiting very close to a small cool star called HATS-6. HATS-6, also known as MASS 05523523-1901539, lies at a distance of 484 light-years from Earth. It is a 15th magnitude M-dwarf star, which is one [...]
How Big Is The Sun?
Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics – all in a minute!
By: Minute Physics.
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Could There Be Planets Beyond Neptune?
Did you grow up thinking there were nine planets in the solar system? You might have been right all along! Today we discuss the possibility of distant worlds in our solar
SciShow Kids: What Is the Milky Way?
Jessi and Squeaks explore our home galaxy, The Milky Way!
Help Fund Science Education and Research
I’ve written many times about Uwingu, the group of people that fundraises for science education and research by selling names for craters on their Mars maps. The idea is simple: when Mars explorers step out onto the surface of the Red Planet sometime in the next couple of decades, they’ll [...]