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Category / Planets

A super-Earth orbits a famous star not far from our sun

Since the 1960s, scientists and exoplanet hunters have searched for evidence of planets orbiting one particular star. It’s called Barnard’s star and it’s only six light-years from our sun — a stone’s throw in a cosmic sense.  Now, an international team of astronomers has managed to discover a possible planet, known as a super-Earth, orbiting...CONTINUE READING
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What you need to know about the two spacecraft launching to Mercury Friday

Most deep space missions send spacecraft hurtling far from the sun, into the frozen unknown hundreds of millions of miles beyond Earth. But on Friday, the European Space Agency (ESA) will blast two orbiters to heavily cratered Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. Liftoff of the two craft — collectively called BepiColombo — is...CONTINUE READING
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Listen to Saturn interact with its moon Enceladus in deep space

A planet and its moon are getting chatty in deep space.  A new video from NASA shows off the complicated interactions between plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus and back.  The new video, produced by converting plasma wave data into sound waves, shows that the plasma actually moves along magnetic field lines,...CONTINUE READING
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The first photo from NASA’s planet-hunting TESS satellite is full of so many stars

A new NASA telescope, sailing toward its assigned orbit, took a moment to look around before it starts its ultimate mission: searching the galaxy for alien planets.  NASA’s TESS spacecraft — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — beamed home one of its first photos taken from space, and it’s a doozy.  SEE ALSO: Here’s...CONTINUE READING
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