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NASA’s Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The ‘Habitable Zone’

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments
NASA’s Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The ‘Habitable Zone’

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

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Four Blood Moons: Total Lunar Eclipse Series is NOT a Sign of Apocalypse

Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Space with 1 Comment
Four Blood Moons: Total Lunar Eclipse Series is NOT a Sign of Apocalypse

The total lunar eclipse of April 15 will begin a so-called tetrad series of eclipses that is making the rounds online as a potential harbinger of doom, due in part to a recent book on the four blood moons that makes the dubious claim. Astronomers rarely if ever use the term blood moon. When they do, they are usually using it as an alternate name for the Hunter’s Moon, the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, usually in late October. The Hunter’s Moon, like the Harvest Moon, rises slowly on autumn evenings so that it shines through a thick layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, and is colored red by Rayleigh scattering and air pollution.

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Will We Ever… Travel in Wormholes?

Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Will We Ever… Travel in Wormholes?

The universe is huge. Travelling at light speed to the nearest star would take more than four years. Venturing to the other side of the galaxy? More than 100,000 years. So what’s an intrepid space traveler to do? One option is a cosmic shortcut called a wormhole, a tunnel through the fabric of space and time that can connect far-flung corners of the universe. Hopping through a wormhole would be incredibly difficult, say scientists, but they have yet to rule it out. So, what would it take in reality, and what exactly is stopping us now?

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Could ‘Planet X’ Still be Lurking Out There?

Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments
Could ‘Planet X’ Still be Lurking Out There?

A recent find may give a boost to the hunt for Planet X. On Wednesday (March 26), researchers announced they had discovered a dwarf planet orbiting the sun in a distant, largely unexplored region known as the inner Oort Cloud. Further, the orbits of the newfound object, known as 2012 VP113, and some of its neighbors are consistent with (though by no means proof of) the existence of a planet-size “perturber” far from the sun — perhaps so distant that it cannot be detected with current instruments.

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Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Hints At a Hidden Super Earth In Dim Reaches of Solar System

Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Space with 0 Comments
Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Hints At a Hidden Super Earth In Dim Reaches of Solar System

Discovery of an icy “dwarf” world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday.

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Our Universe May Exist in a Multiverse, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Space with 1 Comment
Our Universe May Exist in a Multiverse, Cosmic Inflation Discovery Suggests

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say. This theory posits that, when the universe grew exponentially in the first tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, some parts of space-time expanded more quickly than others. This could have created “bubbles” of space-time that then developed into other universes.

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Cosmic Inflation & Gravitational Waves: Complete Coverage of Major Discovery – the ‘Smoking Gun’ for Universe’s Incredible Big Bang Expansion

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Science, Space with 0 Comments
Cosmic Inflation & Gravitational Waves: Complete Coverage of Major Discovery – the ‘Smoking Gun’ for Universe’s Incredible Big Bang Expansion

On March 17, 2014 scientists announced the first direct detection of the cosmic inflation behind the rapid expansion of the universe just a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. A key piece of the discovery is the evidence of gravitational waves, a long-sought cosmic phenomenon that has eluded astronomers until now.

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Largest Ever and Extremely Rare Yellow Hypergiant Star Discovered

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Space, Videos with 0 Comments
Largest Ever and Extremely Rare Yellow Hypergiant Star Discovered

The largest yellow star ever discovered has another star orbiting so closely they’re actually touching. The stats for the star are impressive: dubbed HR 5171 A, the binary system weighs in at a combined 39 solar masses, has a radius of over 1,300 times that of our Sun, and is a million times as luminous. Located 3,600 parsecs or over 11,700 light years distant, the star is 50% larger than the famous red giant Betelgeuse.

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WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’

Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 1 Comment
WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto.

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What Happens When We Exceed the Universe’s Speed Limit?

Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Space with 0 Comments
What Happens When We Exceed the Universe’s Speed Limit?

As far as universal limits go, the speed of light gets all the glory. But did you know there is a different speed limit for particles? It’s called the GZK limit, and some people think it has already been exceeded. Which has some pretty weird implications for the laws of the universe.

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Largest Solar Flare Since 2012 and Significant Seismic Uptick

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Space, Videos with 1 Comment
Largest Solar Flare Since 2012 and Significant Seismic Uptick

We had an X4.9 solar flare – the largest since 2012. The CME will NOT be geo-effective, but it heralds more to come and caused a radio blackout over much of the Western Pacific. Expect more flaring in the wake of this eruption.

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Why Does Saturn Have Rings?

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 1 Comment
Why Does Saturn Have Rings?

Hank Green fields one of the most commonly asked questions about our solar system: Why does Saturn have rings? Part of the answer has to do with the fact that it’s not the only planet that has them. Watch to learn more!

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The Mammoth Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth Last Night Just Disappeared

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments
The Mammoth Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth Last Night Just Disappeared

Last night, a giant asteroid was supposed to streak by the Earth, close enough for us to catch a glimpse as it zipped by. Except it never showed, and now astronomers say they have no idea just where the 900-foot asteroid has gone. So, just how does one misplace an asteroid the size of three football fields? The most likely explanation is that its orbit was miscalculated.

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New Evidence for Ancient Ocean on Mars Covering a Third of the Planet

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments
New Evidence for Ancient Ocean on Mars Covering a Third of the Planet

Did a vast ocean once cover Mars’ northern plains? The idea has been hotly debated among scientists for the past 20 years, ever since Viking Orbiter images revealed possible ancient shorelines near the pole. Later findings even suggested that the primordial ocean—dubbed Oceanus Borealis—could have covered a third of the planet. Now a new study by Lorena Moscardelli, a geologist at the University of Texas, Austin, puts forward yet another line of evidence

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What Stephen Hawking Really Said About Black Holes

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Space with 0 Comments
What Stephen Hawking Really Said About Black Holes

Hank Green explains the science behind recent reports that physics great Stephen Hawking said “there are no black holes.” There are. They’re just super complicated.

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