Kepler proves that planets are as old as galaxies. So where is everybody?

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The oldest exoplanetary star-system has been discovered by Kepler. The system orbiting Kepler 444 was older than the Earth today when the Sun first shone light.

4 astronomical dates to look forward to in 2015

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6th of March - Dawn arrives at Ceres. The space probe Dawn, which recently took some stunning pictures of the asteroid Vesta, will encounter Ceres in March. Ceres is the...

Are there cows on Mars?

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Obviously there are no cows on Mars but NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover detected an increase of methane in the atmosphere and organic molecules from the soil during one of...

Cracking the Moon

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The Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) is the largest of the lunar maria (seas) covering roughly 4 million square kilometers (about the surface area of the EU). Its wide...

New insight into the minor merger process

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Galaxy mergers are violent interactions between galaxies and they are consider one of the fundamental steps in how galaxies form and evolve. Mergers occur when two (or more) galaxies...

A new planetary type has been found by Kepler

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The exoplanet finder extraordinaire that is the Kepler telescope significantly changed our understanding of the type of planets that can exist in our galaxy. We only find two types...

A Dance of Black Holes

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When galaxies collide, the supermassive black holes (SMBH) at their centre merge after a long spiralling dance around each other. Several studies have been conducted to underpin everything that...

The first measurement of an exoplanet day.

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Dutch Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope were able to measure the rotational speed of a planet outside the Solar System for the first time. Ignas Snellen and his colleagues...

We have discovered a brown dwarf colder than ice

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Associate Professor Kevin Luhman of Penn State University has discovered the coldest brown dwarf yet using the NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. A brown dwarf is a massive gaseous object...

Kepler has discovered the most Earth-like planet yet

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The NASA's Kepler Space Telescope team have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone". The habitable zone, also known as the "Goldilock zone", is the...