NASA's Kepler Mission Reveals a Strange Giant Planet --"A Molten Landscape of a Lava World, an Alien Hell"

 

 

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Few nighttime sights offer more drama than the full Moon rising over the horizon. Now imagine that instead of the Moon, a gas giant planet spanning three times more sky loomed over the molten landscape of a lava world. This alien hell exists in the two-planet system that includes rocky Kepler-36b, discovered in 2012 that has a turbulent orbital relationship with its neighboring world, 36c. Every 97 days that planet, a “hot Neptune” gas giant comes perilously close to 36b, roughly five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

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Hubble Celebrates "Star Trek Beyond" --Releases Epic Final Frontiers Photo

 

 

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When "Star Trek" was first broadcast in 1966, the largest telescopes on Earth could only see about halfway across the universe -- the rest was uncharted territory. But Hubble's powerful vision has carried us into the true "final frontier." Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, "Star Trek" has captured the public's imagination with the signature phrase, "To boldly go where no one has gone before." NASA's Hubble Space Telescope doesn't "boldly go" deep into space, but it is "boldly peering" deeper into the universe than ever before to explore the warping of space and time and uncover some of the farthest objects ever seen.

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"40 Light Years from Earth" --Hubble Reveals Three New Potentially Habitable Earthlike Planets

 

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On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a mere 40 light years from Earth, that hosts three potentially habitable, Earth-sized worlds. Judging from the size and temperature of the planets, the researchers determined that regions of each planet may be suitable for life.

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"Hiroshima Will Look Like Child's Play" --Ancient Series of Eruptions of the Yellowstone Supervolcano Discovered

 

 

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"While it is well-know that Yellowstone has erupted catastrophically in recent times, perhaps less widely appreciated is that these were just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone from eight million years ago to present," said Tom Knott with the University of Leicester's Volcanology Group.

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"Planet 9 Enigma" --Astronomers Determine Why It Has Yet to Be Detected by Telescopes (A 'Galaxy' Insight)

 

 

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Swiss astronomers have determined why planet 9 hasn't been detected by telescopes so far. They calculated the brightness of smaller and bigger planets on various orbits. They conclude that the sky surveys performed in the past had only a small chance to detect an object with a mass of 20 Earth masses or less, especially if it is near the farthest point of its orbit around the Sun.

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"It's a Frightening Possibility" --The Sun Could Generate a Devastating Earth-Bound Superflare (Today's Most Popular)

 

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"We certainly did not expect to find superflare stars with magnetic fields as weak as the magnetic fields on the Sun. This opens the possibility that the Sun could generate a superflare - a very frightening thought" says Christoffer Karoff a leading expert in the internal structure of the Sun and its activity at Denmark's Aarhus University. "If an eruption of this size was to strike the Earth today, it would have devastating consequences. Not just for all electronic equipment on Earth, but also for our atmosphere and thus our planet's ability to support life."

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Enormous X-Shaped Structure Detected at Center of Our Milky Way Galaxy

 

 

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Is the structure the result of an ancient collision of the Milky Way with another galaxy? Previous computer models, observations of other galaxies, and observations of our own galaxy have suggested that the X-shaped structure existed. But no one had observed it directly; and some astronomers argued that previous research that pointed indirectly to the existence of the X could be explained in other ways. Now, Two astronomers have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the galaxy.

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Undetected Alien Civilizations --"May Be Cloaking Their Existence Using Laser Technology" (Today's Most Popular)

 

 

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Several prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking, have cautioned against humanity broadcasting our presence to intelligent life on other planets. Other civilizations might try to find Earth-like planets using the same techniques we do, including looking for the dip in light when a planet moves directly in front of the star it orbits.

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Subatomic Particles "Maintain Ghostly, 'Neither-Here-Nor-There' Identity as They Travel Through Universe"

 

 

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MIT physicists have found that subatomic particles called neutrinos can be in superposition, without individual identities, when traveling hundreds of miles. Their results, to be published later this month in Physical Review Letters, represent the longest distance over which quantum mechanics has been tested to date.

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NASA's Rebooted K2 Mission Yields 104 New Exoplanets --"A Brilliant Second Life!"

 

 

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NASA's Kepler confirms 100+ exoplanets during its K2 mission. It's the largest haul of confirmed planets obtained since the space observatory transitioned to a different mode of observing includes a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky, Earthlike bodies.

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