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Currently Browsing: Results for Tag "exoplanet"

Stop describing a planet as 'Earth-like' unless it really is

Stop describing a planet as 'Earth-like' unless it really is The discovery of a new, possibly habitable alien planet is always met by media coverage marked by sweeping pronouncements about our place in the universe, and even *gasp* alien life.Above all, journalists chose to refer to Proxima b as an "Earth-like" planet, calling to mind oceans, trees and, for most people reading a general interest publication, advanced life.

There’s an Earthlike planet orbiting our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri – but how might we actually get there?

There’s an Earthlike planet orbiting our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri  – but how might we actually get there? The existence of a potentially habitable planet  orbiting our closest neighbor, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, is both an extremely exciting event and sort of “more of the same.Probably not with conventional chemical rockets, is the short, unsatisfying answer.

Breakthrough Starshot tricks out massive telescope to make it a lean, mean planet-hunting machine

Breakthrough Starshot tricks out massive telescope to make it a lean, mean planet-hunting machine The VLT’s sensitivity means that the brightness of a star just drowns out its relatively tiny, dim planets like a lens flare.So Breakthrough Starshot is making a joint multi-part upgrade on Melipal, or as it’s officially designated, UT3.

Discover a Planet From the Comfort of your Home

Discover a Planet From the Comfort of your Home MIT and the Carnegie Institution for Science this week released a huge dataset of nearby stars, in hopes of recruiting “fresh eyes” to help hunt exoplanets.Keck Observatory in Hawaii, is now available to the public—along with an open-source software package and online tutorial.