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Astronomers Detect ‘Coherent’ Radio Signal from Distant Planet

“…the planet – named YZ Ceti b – is a rocky terrestrial world from which astronomers have been picking up an unusually coherent signal.” By T.K. Randall via unexplained-mysteries image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech The encouraging discovery could indicate the presence of a magnetic field and the potential for alien life. Finding extrasolar planets with the potential to host life … Continue reading

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What If Mars Hit Earth?

We all know how planets in the solar system all revolve around the Sun, and they have been doing so – and they will keep doing so – for a long time. When ancient astronomers first began to understand the motion of planets as seen from Earth, they started believing in some kind of harmony, some kind of perfect balanced … Continue reading

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Two Worlds Orbiting a Nearby Star Could Be More Than Half Water

“A recent analysis of another world found that it could be a water world…” by MICHELLE STARR via sciencealert headline image credit: NASA/ESA/Leah Hustak (STScI) Two worlds orbiting a tiny star 218 light-years away appear to be of a kind unlike anything we have in our Solar System. The exoplanets are named Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d. Both are around 1.5 times … Continue reading

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What Would Happen If All the Planets of the Solar System Aligned?

In 1609, famous astronomer Johannes Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time). He also stated that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. Then, in 1619, … Continue reading

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Multiplanet System Discovered Just 33 Light-years Away

“… the system appears to host two rocky, Earth-sized planets” via Science Daily Image: Credit: MIT News, with TESS Satellite figure courtesy of NASA Astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered a new multiplanet system within our galactic neighborhood that lies just 10 parsecs, or about 33 light-years, from Earth, making it one of the closest known multiplanet systems to … Continue reading

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Did a 5th Giant Planet Mess up the Orbits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune?

“In the early solar system, the gas giants sat in a dusty cloud around the nascent sun in nearly circular orbits.” by Andy Tomaswick via Universe Today Headline Image: © NASA / JPL-Caltech / T. Pyle (SSC) Artist rendering of an early solar system. The solar system’s current planetary orbits seem stable, but that’s only because the planets have settled … Continue reading

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Pluto Has Giant Ice Volcanoes that Could Hint at the Possibility of Life

“Pluto once had a subsurface ocean, and finding these ice volcanoes could suggest that the subsurface ocean is still present — and that liquid water could be close to the surface. Combined with the idea that Pluto has a warmer interior than previously believed, the findings raise intriguing questions about the dwarf planet’s potential habitability.” by Ashley Strickland CNN via … Continue reading

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Mysterious Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have Originated in Outer Regions of Solar System, Study Says

“They believe that Ceres formed on the cold edges of the Solar System, somewhere beyond Saturn, and that it during the reshuffling of the outer planets got planted in the asteroid belt.” by Max Gorbachev via Sputniknews Image: © NASA . NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Named after the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility, Ceres is part of an asteroid belt that lies … Continue reading

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Could the Earth Itself be an Intelligent Entity ?

“According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, there may be more to the so-called “Gaia hypothesis” than it might first appear.“ via Unexplained-Mysteries A new study has looked into the possibility that our planet is not simply a ball of water, metal and rock. The Earth is the only home we’ve ever known – but … Continue reading

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Vatican Observatory Announces Discovery of ‘Trans-Neptunian Object’

The object, which was first detected in early December last year and announced last week, is classified as a “trans-Neptunian object” because it orbits the sun at a distance greater than that of Neptune, the furthest planet from the sun. by Jonah McKeown via Catholic News Agency The Vatican Observatory recently announced the discovery of an object orbiting the sun … Continue reading

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