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Tag: Exoplanets

Artist’s impression of a trip to the super-Earth exoplanet LHS 1140b

The European Southern Observatory in Chile caught the shadow of a newfound planet, dubbed LHS1140b, it is located 39 light years from Earth. It is believed to be 40 percent larger than Earth. The discovery is described in a scientific paper published in the journal Nature. The below artist’s impression video shows an imaginary trip …

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NASA: Passengers to an Exoplanet

NASA is looking beyond our solar system for potentially habitable planets around other stars. Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who play interstellar travelers from the movie “Passengers,” talk about NASA’s search for a home away from home.  

Harvard University: John Asher Johnson, “Hot on the Trail of Warm Planets Around Cool Stars”

Just three years ago the prospect of finding temperate, rocky worlds around other stars was still the subject of science fiction: none had been found and reasonable estimates put us years or decades away from such a momentous discovery. All of that has changed very recently on the heels of the extraordinarily successful NASA Kepler …

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TED: What a planet needs to sustain life | Dave Brain

“Venus is too hot, Mars is too cold, and Earth is just right,” says planetary scientist Dave Brain. But why? In this pleasantly humorous talk, Brain explores the fascinating science behind what it takes for a planet to host life — and why humanity may just be in the right place at the right time …

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Slooh: Earth’s Newest Neighbor

Join Slooh to explore Proxima-b a brand new, Earth-like planet, within driving distance of our own planet. During the broadcast host Eric Edelman was joined by Michael Endl from the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin, who worked on the ESO team that made the discovery. They’ll discuss how the team managed …

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Nature video: The exoplanet next door

Astronomers have discovered evidence of a small, rocky planet orbiting our nearest star – and it may even be a bit like Earth. Nobody knows whether the planet, called Proxima b, could ever sustain life. The little planet orbits our sun’s nearest neighbouring star, Proxima Centauri, making it the closest exoplanet ever found. More on …

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Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

A NASA Social was held on August 18 at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to give the members of social and traditional media an opportunity to see the progress being made on sending humans to Mars. The event featured tours of …

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SETI Institute: The Search for Life Beyond Earth and Science of the SETI Institute – Bill Diamond

The longest recorded case of hiccups lasted for 68 years … and was caused by a falling hog. While that level of severity is extremely uncommon, most of us are no stranger to an occasional case of the hiccups. But what causes these ‘hics’ in the first place? John Cameron takes us into the diaphragm …

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Carnegie Science: Ravi Kopparapu presents: “The Search for Potential Habitable Worlds in Our Galaxy”

Ravi Kopparapu, assistant research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, gives a talk titled “The Search for Potential Habitable Worlds in Our Galaxy” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 16 June 2016, in the Greenewalt Lecture Hall as part of DTM’s Weekly Seminar Series. Kopparapu received his Ph.D. in physics from Louisiana State …

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SVAstronomyLectures: Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Dr. Stephen Kane (San Francisco State University) Over 1500 new planetary systems have been discovered, many of which include planets quite different from those in our own Solar System. A key step towards finding “Earth 2.0” will be to identify rocky planets that occupy the “Habitable Zone” of their stars. Dr. Kane describes what the …

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European Southern Observatory: Artist’s impression of planet orbiting in the HD 131399 system

Published on Jul 7, 2016 This artists impression shows the orbit of the planet in the triple-star system HD 131399. Two of the stars are close together and the third, brighter component is orbited by a gas giant planet named HD 131399Ab. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), …

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TED: The most mysterious star in the universe | Tabetha Boyajian

Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea …

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NASA JPL: Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph

Sometimes light just gets in the way. A look at two technologies that block starlight to give telescopes a better view of distant Earth-like planets. For more information on exoplanet research: exoplanets.jpl.nasa.gov  

Cambridge University: 55 Cancri e

Artist’s impression of 55 Cancri e orbiting its parent star. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The most detailed map of a small, rocky ‘super Earth’ to date reveals a planet almost completely covered by lava, with a molten ‘hot’ side and solid ‘cool’ side.  

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures: Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Dr. Tori Hoehler (NASA Ames Research Ctr.) Our Galaxy probably hosts billions of planetary systems. But how many of those globes are like the Earth and how can we determine whether life has taken hold there, too? In this talk, Dr. Hoehler discusses the science of searching for life beyond our immediate neighborhood, and how …

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Harvard University: Where Do Planets Come From with Anjali Tripathi | CfA

Understanding the birthplaces of planets is an ongoing mystery. Planets have been predicted to form from disks of gas and dust around young stars. New observations of these protoplanetary disks offer exciting evidence for planet formation in action. Speaker: Anjali Tripathi  

NASA: WFIRST: The Best of Both Worlds

NASA officially is beginning work on an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe — the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). With a view 100 times bigger than that of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, WFIRST will aid researchers in their efforts to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark …

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Cambridge: Exoplanet Hunter: In search of new Earths and life in the Universe

Professor Didier Queloz hunts for extreme worlds and Earth twins in Cambridge’s Battcock Centre for Experimental Astrophysics. Here he tells of the moment in 1995 when he became the first to discover a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun. Astronomers had speculated as to the existence of these distant worlds – called …

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SETI Institute: Searching for Planets around Alpha Centauri – Michael Endl

The alpha Centauri system – our next door neighbor in space – represents a very attractive target for exoplanet searches. Owing to its proximity, a planet found around any of the three stars in the system would be an ideal target for detailed follow-up studies with next generation ground- and space-based telescopes. In this talk …

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MIT: New Earth-like exoplanet discovered

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet that is located 39 light-years from Earth, making it the closest Earth-sized exoplanet yet discovered.  

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