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The newest planet to the galaxy? Astronomers say they may have found it.

More than 5,000 planets exist beyond our solar system, according to NASA, and this week astronomers announced they may have discovered the youngest one yet. Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile report in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters the first-ever detection of gas in a circumplanetary disk, collections of dust and debris found around young planets. The finding, …

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AS 209 is a young star in the Ophiuchus constellation that scientists have now determined is host to what may be one of the youngest exoplanets ever.

Astronomers say they may have found the youngest planet in the galaxy

More than 5,000 planets exist beyond our solar system, according to NASA, and this week astronomers announced they may have discovered the youngest one yet. Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile report in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters the first-ever detection of gas in a circumplanetary disk, collections of dust and debris found around young planets. The finding, …

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The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds

Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the Arctic Circle hit a new record above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July 2020. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the planet as a whole since 1979, a new study finds. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the …

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Circumplanetary Disk Star AS 209

Astronomers May Have Discovered the Youngest Planet Ever Detected in Our Galaxy

Scientists studying the young star AS 209 have detected gas in a circumplanetary disk for the first time, which suggests the star system may be harboring a very young Jupiter-mass planet. Science images from the research show (right) blob-like emissions of light coming from otherwise empty gaps in the highly-structured, seven-ring disk (left). Credit: ALMA …

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An aerial view of Jezero Crater on Mars

Probing the Red Planet: Finding past life at Jezero Crater

Since its wheels-down landing in February of last year, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been busily at work, on the prowl steering itself across the Jezero Crater landscape.  A key duty of the robot is to search for signs of ancient microbial life. The Mars machinery is industriously gathering up samples of Martian rock and …

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Astronomers May Have Found the Galaxy’s Youngest Planet

Over the last 30 years, astronomers have found more than 5,000 exoplanets, an eclectic menagerie of worlds far from our stellar neighborhood. The latest may be a mere infant. In the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists on Tuesday announced compelling evidence for a world just 1.5 million years old, making it one of the …

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A visualisation of the European ExoMars rover on the surface of the Red Planet.

Europe’s troubled Mars rover still vital in the search for life on the Red Planet

The stars have not been aligned for Europe’s first Martian rover ExoMars, but scientists still think the aging vehicle can play a big role in answering one of the biggest questions in Mars exploration: has there ever been life on the Red Planet? The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is probably the …

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This is the picture which Etienne Klein, a renowned physicist, philosopher and research director at the French Atomic Energy Commission, posted to Twitter claiming - as a joke - that it was the latest astonishing photograph from the cutting edge James Webb Space Telescope of the star Proxima Centauri

Silly sausage! French physicist forced to apologise for ‘planet’ photo that was a snap of chorizo

A prominent French physicist has been forced to apologise for a photograph that he said was from NASA’s new space telescope but which was in fact a piece of chorizo. Etienne Klein, a renowned philosopher and research director at the French Atomic Energy Commission, informed his followers that ‘no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists …

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Super-Earth planet zips through the habitable zone of red dwarf star

Astronomers have discovered a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting a red dwarf star just 37 light-years from our solar system.  The exoplanet Ross 508 b skims the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, the area in which surface temperatures are suitable to allow for the existence of liquid water, a key ingredient of life. The newly discovered …

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Haughton Crater and the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) base.

A month on ‘Mars’: Preparing to visit the Red Planet … on Earth

On Monday (Aug. 1), a group of eight researchers and their associates headed north to the high Arctic to spend a month at the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) base on Devon Island, about 15 degrees south of the North Pole. The group includes the founder of the base and expedition leader, Dr. Pascal Lee, a group …

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