By: Michael Totten
In 2012, the K2.5V orange dwarf star HD 40307 was announced to have a minimum of six "super-Earth" planets in its solar system, with masses at least five times larger than Earth's but still small enough to be rocky planets rather than gas giants...
Largest ever black hole discovered
By: Terrence Aym
Amazed astrophysicists peering at an image of NGC 1277—a galaxy located in the constellation Perseus about 220 million light-years away—are ready to tear up the textbooks concerning how galaxies are created.What is causing the uproar? A black hole, one of the most...
By: Shannon Farlouis
Many people all over the world wonder if there are alien races that live on earth. Some people on earth do believe in UFOs and extraterrestrials, but still there are many who think it is all talk and exaggeration or hallucinations. For centuries there have...
The role of solar flare activity in northern and southern lights
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Auroras are very bright displays of light in the sky which typically occur in the southern and northern regions of the Earth, also known as Arctic and Antarctic regions. Auroras are usually caused by the interaction between energetic charged particles coming from the Sun and...
How solar flares can disrupt power on the earth
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Solar flares are intense outburst of energy on the Sun´s corona. Solar flares are usually followed by huge coronal mass ejections of clouds of charged particles that are ejected into space. Solar flares occur regularly on the Sun, but are more intense during periods...
Future prospects for private enterprise space launches
By: Steven Mars
On May 31, 2012, the Dragon capsule designed by SpaceX was the first private launch vehicle to reach the International Space Station. The Dragon was built by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. Some of the plans for space exploration involvement by private enterprise...
By: Michael Totten
The Sun will be entering the peak of its 22-year cycle in 2013, so the next few years are certain to produce some memorable solar flares. Extreme solar flares have produced northern lights as far south as Hawai'i. While auroras are also lit by the...
NASA: Mercury may have up to 1 trillion tons of ice
By: Terrence Aym
Mercury, the little world closest to the sun is hot, right? It's so hot scientists have been claiming for years that a bar of lead would melt into a pool of lead within a very short period of time.School textbooks and TV science programs...
Voyager 1 discovers region of space previously unknown
By: Terrence Aym
"The little space probe that could"—that's what space scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California might nickname Voyager 1. A science investment with incredible dividends that just keep coming, Voyager's discoveries are helping to reshape the understanding of the solar system and...
Astrobiologist: Hairspray could help scientists locate alien civilizations
By: Terrence Aym
Over the years a number of schemes have been suggested to identify, or facilitate contact with, intelligent extraterrestrials. Among the most famous is the SETI project (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) promoted by astronomer Frank Drake. And then, just last year, a study group proposed...

 

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