Trio of infant planets discovered around newborn star

Two independent teams of astronomers have uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around an infant star known as HD 163296. Using a new planet-finding strategy, the astronomers identified three discrete disturbances in a young star’s gas-filled disk: the strongest evidence yet that newly formed planets are

Looking For Hazards In The Alpha Centauri Star System

Alpha Centauri

In humanity's search for life outside our Solar System, one of the best places scientists have considered is Alpha Centauri, a system containing the three nearest stars beyond our Sun.A new study that has involved monitoring of Alpha Centauri for more than a decade by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory provides

Could alien life exist in parallel universes?


It’s one thing to look for life elsewhere in the universe. But why stop there? What about life in all those parallel universes that theoretical physicists like to talk about? A recent paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests that some of that real estate might

Watch thousands of asteroids orbiting our sun


Both NASA and ESA space missions have just released new videos plotting the orbits of tens of thousands of asteroids (and comets) orbiting our sun.The study of asteroids has come a long way in recent decades, especially since astronomers realized that Earth is more or less at the center of

Most Accurate Map of Recent Universe Unveiled by Scientists


A new map of the universe has been unveiled by scientists, revealing the last seven billion years of the history of the cosmos.The results of the Dark Energy Survey show how dark matter is distributed across the galaxy. Until now, scientists used models to show where it fell. These models are

Ancient Venus May Have Had an Ocean of Water


French scientists have run computer simulations about the formation of Venus that suggest that “Earth’s Twin” once had a thin ocean of water shortly after it formed.The researchers with the Université Paris-Saclay ran the complex simulation and published their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research. While today Venus is a barren ball

Atoms in your body may come from distant galaxies


Supercomputer simulations suggest much of the matter in the Milky Way may have come from other galaxies by a process of ‘intergalactic transfer’ It seems natural to assume that the matter from which the Milky Way is made was formed within the galaxy itself, but a series of new supercomputer simulations

One small step begins journey to stars

Proxima Centauri

THE smallest ever spacecraft have been successfully put into orbit in what may be the first step towards visiting our nearest star — Proxima Centauri. THE smallest ever spacecraft have been put into orbit in what may be the first step towards the stars. Breakthrough Starshot is a plan to send man-made probes