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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 proposes building artificial magnetic field to restore Mars' atmosphere

NASA proposes building artificial magnetic field to restore Mars' atmosphere A NASA talk given at the recent Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop presented a potential way to make Mars more habitable by giving it an artificial magnetic field.A few billion years ago, Mars had a magnetic field (like Earth does) that shielded it from radiation and the solar wind.

Please send me to Saturn's 'Death Star moon' so that I may climb its mountains

Please send me to Saturn's 'Death Star moon' so that I may climb its mountains New close-up photos of Saturn's "Death Star moon" Mimas show the world's untouched, craggy cliffs and craters calling out for exploration.Just imagine strapping on your hiking boots and bouncing across the tree-free, low-gravity landscape, checking out the alien moon's best views from above its pockmarked surface.

The Earth is round. It's your problem if you believe it isn't.

The Earth is round. It's your problem if you believe it isn't. Shaquille O'Neal — retired NBA superstar and star of the 1996 movie Kazaam — believes the Earth is flat, and you know what?I'm not interested in trying to convince him otherwise.

Fans of a TV show discovered 4 planets in only 48 hours

Fans of a TV show discovered 4 planets in only 48 hours In three days, the Australia iteration of astronomy TV show Stargazing Live brought us #SpaceGandalf and now its viewers have discovered four planets.And you betcha, in just 48 hours, around 10,000 volunteers discovered scores of potential new planet candidates, with scientists confirming the discovery of four “super-Earth” planets orbiting a star in the constellation of Aquarius.

New composite image shows auroras on Uranus

New composite image shows auroras on Uranus In addition, Uranus has the distinction of rotating with an axial tilt of 97 degrees — almost parallel to the plane of the solar system.The above images show bright auroras glowing in the clouds of Uranus, a phenomenon that was only confirmed in 2011.

Kickstarter campaign wants your help in finding aliens on nearby exoplanets

Kickstarter campaign wants your help in finding aliens on nearby exoplanets It was the largest haul of potentially habitable planets around a single star, exciting scientists and the public alike about the possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life.Now, astronomers at the Planet Foundation want your help observing nearby exoplanets in search of life, seeking support via a Kickstarter campaign launched this week.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Life-seeking telescopes, scuba arms, and more

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Life-seeking telescopes, scuba arms, and more Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems.The PLANETS Foundation believes that we can find life outside of the solar system within a decade.

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected One of the reasons Cassini didn’t venture into this space before was the risk of damage from dust particles.The dust particles are only 1 micrometer across, but can cause damage to the probe’s instruments when they impact at high speed.

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io Jupiter’s moon Io would be a terrible place to visit, with active volcanoes and planes of sulfur-dioxide frost.As Europa slid across Io (right), astronomers took readings with the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) in Arizona.

Research Suggests Mars Formed in the Asteroid Belt

Research Suggests Mars Formed in the Asteroid Belt Earth and Mars are very different planets right now, but they’re both small, rocky planets in the inner solar system.Researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology claim that analysis of Mars’ composition supports the idea that it was originally formed in the asteroid belt, and then migrated to the inner solar system.

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno Then there’s Jupiter’s incredibly strong magnetic field.766 Gauss, a whopping ten times more powerful than Earth’s magnetic field and twice what was as expected.

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets

Final Kepler Report Includes 219 New Potential Exoplanets That’s what NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been doing these past eight years.These exoplanets were detected by Kepler using what’s known as the transit method.