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How Do You Spot an Alien Planet from Earth? (Infographic)

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist   |   October 15, 2015 07:00am ET Detecting tiny planets amid a star’s glare, from many light-years across the galaxy, is very challenging. Direct imaging, or resolving planets as pixels in a photograph, is only possible today for large, Jupiter-class and above, planets.  7 Ways to Discover Alien Planets Here are […]

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Planet Hunter Geoff Marcy Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Investigation

Famed planet hunter Geoff Marcy has resigned from his position at the University of California, Berkeley in the aftermath of a sexual harassment investigation.Credit: NASA Geoff Marcy, a leader in the field of exoplanet research, has resigned from his position as a professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, following an investigation that […]

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Planets Galore: How to See Uranus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars

Planets Galore: How to See Uranus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars

Sometimes a whole bunch of different sky events happen over a very short period, giving skywatchers a chance to witness many unusual events in a few days. The next week or two is a case in point, with Uranus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are making notable appearances in the night sky. First, the planet Uranus […]

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China's Space Station Planners Put Out Welcome Mat

China's Space Station Planners Put Out Welcome Mat

JERUSALEM — China is soliciting international participation in its future manned space station in the form of foreign modules that would attach to the three-module core system, visits by foreign crew-transport vehicles for short stays and the involvement of non-Chinese researchers in placing experiments on the complex, the chief designer of China’s manned space program […]

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Did Comets Spark Alien Life in Europa's Oceans?

Artist’s impression of an impact event on Jupiter’s moon Europa.Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH If alien life swims in the ocean beneath Europa’s icy surface, it might have got its start from comets cracking the icy shell to deliver vital pre-life ingredients, say researchers. New simulations show that a specific family of comets have the mass, velocity and […]

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Inky Coalsack Nebula Smudges Milky Way in Striking New Views

The enormous, inky smudges of the Coalsack nebula blot out a patch of the brilliant Milky Way in a new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) — but someday, that murky realm will burst into light. You can see a video tour of the Coalsack nebula here , incorporating the new image. The view […]

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