Scientists had yet to discover proof that a single planet can orbit two stars when Luke Skywalker was shown watching a twin sunset from fictional Tatooine in the 1977 hit movie “Star Wars.”But they later nailed it. And San Diego State University astronomers have just revealed fresh evidence that there’s likely to be many of these Tatooine-like worlds far, far from Earth. Scientists Jerry Orosz and Bill Welsh reported Monday in Astronomical Journal they have found a third planet circling a pair of stars in a region of constellation Cygnus, roughly 3,400 light years way.Welsch and Orosz were part of the team that found the first two “circumbinary” planets in 2011. “The system is more complicated than we knew,” Orosz said Tuesday. “This newly discovered planet is the largest of the three, and it is located between the two others. We didn’t see it until we had more data of that area. It shows you the staggering variety in the … [Read more...] about SDSU discovers Tatooine-like planet orbiting two suns far, far from earth
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Updated 7:20 am CST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 FILE--- Picture taken 24 April 2017 shows cells of a solar power plant in Herdwangen, Germany, (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) FILE--- Picture taken 24 April 2017 shows cells of a solar power plant in Herdwangen, Germany, (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) Photo: Patrick Seeger, AP Photo: Patrick Seeger, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE--- Picture taken 24 April 2017 shows cells of a solar power plant in Herdwangen, Germany, (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) FILE--- Picture taken 24 April 2017 shows cells of a solar power plant in Herdwangen, Germany, (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) Photo: Patrick Seeger, AP Germany sees surge in new solar power as prices drop 1 … [Read more...] about Germany sees surge in new solar power as prices drop
Marcia Dunn Associated Press Published 2:13 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 Cape Canaveral, Fla. – Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system. Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed. The potential moon would be considerably larger than Earth – about the size of Neptune or Uranus. The planet it orbits is as big as mammoth Jupiter. This apparent super-size pairing of a gaseous moon and planet is 8,000 light-years away. Study authors Alex Teachey and David Kipping say they may be able to validate this particular candidate as early as next year, with more views from the Hubble Space Telescope. In the meantime, they’re encouraging other scientists to join in. Their findings appear in the journal Science Advances. … [Read more...] about Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?
The moon has captured humans’ imaginations for thousands of years — but an astronomical number of questions remain about its history, and the history of our solar system. Some of the answers lie in the craters that pockmark the moon’s surface. And with deep learning, scientists are able to see these craters more clearly than ever before. Think of crater research as “solar system archaeology,” says astrophysicist Mohamad Ali-Dib, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Planetary Sciences. Studying craters is a particularly useful way to study airless environments like the moon, Mercury and Mars, where topographical features remain relatively unchanged over time due to a lack of weather and geologic activity. Taking a closer look at these craters provides scientists with important clues about both the history of that crater and the evolution of the solar system. But until now, craters were counted and measured by hand using … [Read more...] about Counting Craters: Come On, Come On, Look a Little Closer — at Solar System History
Who here likes planets? I know I do—hell, I even live on one! I suspect there’s many fellow planet-enthusiasts out there, which is why I decided to do this: try and find cars named for every planet in our solar system, including our disrespected pal, the dwarf planet Pluto. Aside from a couple of well-known examples, this was trickier than you’d expect. Since you, my charming, attractive readers are too good for some simple text-based list that a miserable animal could slap out on a keyboard, I made you a chart of my findings: If you want a link to it nice and big, you can click right here. By far the best known of these are two now-defunct American car brands, Ford’s Mercury and GM’s Saturn. Mercury also provided a sort-of entry for the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the Mercury Meteor. Oh, and I know it’s only a meteor/meteorite if it enters an atmosphere, geeks, so save it. The next reasonably well-known car is probably the Jowett … [Read more...] about These Are The Cars Of The Solar System