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Scientists devise tiny spacecraft with giant light sails to visit nearest exoplanet

Scientists devise tiny spacecraft with giant light sails to visit nearest exoplanet Astronomers announced several months ago that there is most likely a small Earth-like planet in orbit of Proxima Centauri.Scientists are already working on theoretical ways we could send a tiny probe to investigate Proxima Centauri with the aid of a giant laser.

This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites

This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites Just this week Boeing showcased a new line of sleek spacesuits made to go with its Starliner spacecraft, designed to take astronauts to the ISS.The new suits will be for takeoff, ascent, and re-entry, and they’re in Boeing’s signature shade of blue.

The Keck Observatory just delivered these exoplanet beauty shots by redirecting starlight into the eye of an optical storm

The Keck Observatory just delivered these exoplanet beauty shots by redirecting starlight into the eye of an optical storm Instead of obstructing photons, the vortex coronagraph “redirects” them away from the camera “using a technique in which light waves are combined and canceled out.” Dmitri Mawet, who developed the vortex coronagraph, compares the process with what happens at the eye of a storm.

The hunt is on! Huge public dataset may contain hints of exoplanets

The hunt is on! Huge public dataset may contain hints of exoplanets A team of astronomers led by the Carnegie Institution for Science made public on Monday an immense catalog of observations on nearby stars.The dataset is intended to be easily accessible for citizen scientists to engage in the search for exoplanets.

Insane X-ray 'superflares' may have made Proxima b uninhabitable long ago

Insane X-ray 'superflares' may have made Proxima b uninhabitable long ago The hype train for Proxima b is impressive.Newly published research from the Goddard Space Center suggests that Proxima b might not be as habitable as we think.

Scientists want you to help them find planets in this database of stars

Scientists want you to help them find planets in this database of stars So now, researchers are hoping that members of the public will use their free time to comb through and find hints of planets circling those alien suns.By checking out these measurements, scientists can actually learn more about how a star wobbles in its orbit.

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations

Scientists observe first planet-induced stellar pulsations But researchers now claim to have found the first example of stellar pulsations caused by an exoplanet.The star HAT-P-2 is emitting visible pulses that seem to be a result of a particularly large exoplanet in a highly eccentric orbit.

Ivy League astronomers take exoplanet hunting open-source

Ivy League astronomers take exoplanet hunting open-source To demonstrate the utility of the data set, they used it to find more than 100 exoplanets, all within 100 parsecs of us.There’s even one orbiting a near neighboring star to our own Solar System, GJ 411, which lies about 8.

Listen up: NASA wants to talk about a ‘discovery beyond our solar system’

Listen up: NASA wants to talk about a ‘discovery beyond our solar system’ These planets orbiting stars outside our solar system have fascinated astronomers for decades.The agency said yesterday it will host a news conference on Wednesday to discuss recent discoveries of planets beyond our solar system.

7 planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away could play host to alien life

7 planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away could play host to alien life Scientists have discovered that at least seven Earth-sized worlds circle the star TRAPPIST-1, a ultracool dwarf star only about 40 light-years from Earth.Just like Jupiter's moons, the planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 all interact with one another, meaning that their orbits are influenced by one another.

NASA announces discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in a single solar system

NASA announces discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in a single solar system NASA has announced the discovery of an amazing planetary system in orbit of a nearby star consisting of seven Earth-like planets in the habitable zone.This was exciting enough to warrant a quick follow up by the Spitzer Space Telescope — TRAPPIST-1’s small size and low temperature was ideal for study with Spitzer’s infrared instruments.

NASA just discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets in the habitable zone of a dwarf star

NASA just discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets in the habitable zone of a dwarf star Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered around a star 39 light-years away by a team behind NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.Three of these were found to orbit the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” the single largest haul of potentially habitable planets around a single star.

NASA discovered 7 Earth-sized planets and everyone made the same Trump jokes

NASA discovered 7 Earth-sized planets and everyone made the same Trump jokes Scientists discovered seven Earth-sized exoplanets circling a dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, and everyone on Earth is ready to sign up for a one-way ticket to the new system.With seven new worlds suddenly available, the possibilities seemed endless.

The alien planets of TRAPPIST-1 are already inspiring great art, poetry, and writing

The alien planets of TRAPPIST-1 are already inspiring great art, poetry, and writing In general, basically any photo or picture you see of TRAPPIST-1 and its planets is art in some form.NASA's also released a "travel poster" advertising (fake) tourist trips to "planet hop" around the TRAPPIST-1 star system.

'EVE Online' players can use the game's virtual universe to identify real-life exoplanets

'EVE Online' players can use the game's virtual universe to identify real-life exoplanets Some scientists are calling on gamers to help sift through huge amounts of astronomical data to confirm the presence of exoplanets throughout our Milky Way galaxy.In its second foray into scientific crowdsourcing, the popular online multiplayer game EVE Online is collaborating with Massively Multiplayer Online Science, Reykjavik University, the University of Geneva and professor Michel Mayor to bring real-world astronomical data to EVE and task players with classifying the data to help refine the search for more exoplanets.

This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets

This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets At the ESO facility in the Atacama, one of their telescopes is named TRAPPIST, in homage to the monks.That telescope was used to discover seven earthlike exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1, a nearby ultracool dwarf star.

There might be a real-life Tatooine in this distant star system

There might be a real-life Tatooine in this distant star system For the first time, scientists found evidence of a rocky planetary system surrounding a double sun.The star system, which is located about 1,000 light-years from Earth and named SDSS 1557, is composed of a white dwarf star and a brown dwarf — an object too small to be considered a full-fledged star, but too large to be a planet.

NASA gives out data about TRAPPIST-1 and its planets for free online

NASA gives out data about TRAPPIST-1 and its planets for free online Now, NASA is making all of that data freely available online for professional and amateur astronomers.Those dips might be the signals of planets passing between their star and Earth, allowing researchers to learn more about those worlds.

This week in space: SpaceX, Blue Origin, and still no aliens

This week in space: SpaceX, Blue Origin, and still no aliens SpaceX just announced that its Falcon 9 rocket will carry EchoStar 23 into space next week.Blue Origin unveiled their new reusable heavy-lift rocket, christened the New Glenn.

Here's the first real look at TRAPPIST-1, the star with 7 Earth-sized planets, in GIF form

Here's the first real look at TRAPPIST-1, the star with 7 Earth-sized planets, in GIF form While the GIF showing the star's brightness isn't much to look at, it's worth its weight in scientific gold.It's also the public's first real look at the exciting star system, which could be orbited by at least one habitable planet.