Devourer of planets? Researchers dub star ‘Kronos’

Kronos

In mythology, the Titan Kronos devoured his children, including Poseidon (better known as the planet Neptune), Hades (Pluto) and three daughters.So when a group of Princeton astronomers discovered twin stars, one of which showed signs of having ingested a dozen or more rocky planets, they named them after Kronos and

Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune

Neptune

Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky.Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be studied

Mysterious ‘orphan’ planets found roaming through space

orphan

The rocky worlds are believed to move through galaxies and could host life in deep hydrothermal vents, according to new research Earth sized planets that could harbour life roam the darkness of space - between the stars, according to new research.The wandering worlds - known as 'free floating' or 'orphan' planets

The worst storm in the solar system

storm

Whenever you want to have a non-controversial conversation with someone you don’t know very well, it’s a safe bet that talking about the weather will do the trick. Everyone has some memorable weather stories — getting soaked in a downpour, the air conditioning breaking during a heat wave, camping in

The Moon’s Interior Could Contain Lots of Water

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Ancient volcanic deposits on the moon reveal new evidence about the lunar interior, suggesting it contains substantial amounts of water.Using satellite data, scientists from Brown University studied lunar pyroclastic deposits, layers of rock that likely formed from large volcanic eruptions. The magma associated with these explosive events is carried to the

Eight Other Worlds In Our Solar System Might Have Life Beyond Earth

Kepler

In all the known Universe, to the best that we've examined it, only our home planet, Earth, contains confirmed signs of life. But the raw ingredients required for life appear everywhere, from the interiors of asteroids to interstellar gas clouds to protoplanetary nebulae to the exploded remnants of supernovae. The

When Will The First Human Leave The Solar System?

Proxima Centauri

One thousand years. That is the minimum length of time it would take us to get to the nearest star - Proxima Centauri - using current methods.But since we discovered that this star houses a potentially habitable planet, scientists have been more enthusiastic about the idea of interstellar travel than

Game Of Thrones Could Actually Exist

Game Of Thrones

'Game Of Thrones' Home World Could Actually Exist, Says Science Winter is coming. Here on Earth, we can accurately predict when it will arrive, how long it will last, and even — to a large extent — how severe it will be. But that isn't the case for the continents of Westeros and

Exoplanet Discovered Revolving Around its Star Five Times a Day

EPIC new planet

The planet is named EPIC 228813918 b, and it has the second-shortest orbital period of any planet ever discovered. A new Earth-sized exoplanet has been discovered with a peculiar and ultra-short orbit around its host star, completing a revolution every four hours and 20 minutes. There’s a joke in there somewhere, but

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