Still, scientists have yet to see an extrasolar planet directly or even take a picture of one. Thus far, their presence has only been inferred from either their effect on the orbit of their host stars or by measuring the amount of infrared light they emit. The Spitzer Space Telescope is the only instrument that has successfully used the latter strategy. (To learn more about the Spitzer Space telescope, read Seeing the Invisible.). The job of finding and imaging extrasolar planets is extraordinarily difficult. The biggest challenge is the planets feeble luminosity. A star, fueled by nuclear reactions, is typically a billion times brighter than any orbiting planet, whose light is primarily reflected from the host star. This overwhelming brightness renders nearby extrasolar planets invisible to astronomers. Invisible does not mean undetectable, however.. The Telltale Wobble. One technique scientists use to detect extrasolar planets is to look for a slight wobble in the motion of the host stars. ...
Then he found the ratio of terrestrial planets to all the planets seen. Again, remember, this ratio was found for planets somewhat close in to their stars.. Then he plotted all the planets versus distance from their parent stars. For example, you see very few planets very close to the star (probably because its hard to form or get a planet to orbit that close in), then more as you get farther out, then fewer at some large distance (which may, once again, simply be due to the fact that planets with long orbital periods cant be seen in the short duration of the data). He then found an equation (called a mathematical fit) that did a good job predicting the shape of the plot. Once he had that, its easy enough to extrapolate it out to the distance of the habitable zones of the stars.. That gave him an estimate of all planets orbiting there, including gas and ice giants. Multiply by the ratio of terrestrial planets, and boom! 34% of stars like the Sun should have planets that are Earth-sized ...
Together with Paul Butler, Marcy quickly confirmed the reality of the 51 Pegasi planet using the method of precise Doppler measurement that he had developed for the purpose of extrasolar planet detection over many years. Seventy of the next 100 extrasolar planets discovered were found by his team. Many of these planets had distinctly non-circular orbits, in contrast with the orbits of known planets in our own Solar System. Several reside in systems where there is more than one giant planet, with multiple planets in a given system often having orbital periods that bear integer relationships to one another. As the observational sensitivity and the understanding of systematic errors steadily improve, planets with masses more like Saturn and Neptune are being found, instead of only the Jupiter-like bodies that characterized the initial discoveries. Significantly, there are no bodies that have masses appreciably in excess of 10 Jupiter masses. In a few cases, the orbital plane lies sufficiently ...
The Exoplanets plugin plots the position of stars with exoplanets. Exoplanets data is derived from The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia. List of potential habitable exoplanets and data about them were taken from The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog by Planetary Habitability Laboratory.. Exoplanets Catalog. The exoplanets catalog is stored on the disk in JSON format, in a file named "exoplanets.json". A default copy is embedded in the plug-in at compile time. A working copy is kept in the user data directory.. Configuration. The plug-ins configuration data is stored in Stellariums main configuration file (section [Exoplanets]). ...
Abstract. It is well accepted that ;hot Jupiters and other short-period planets did not form in situ, as the temperature in the protoplanetary disc at the radius at which they now orbit would have been too high for planet formation to have occurred. These planets, instead, form at larger radii and then move into the region in which they now orbit. The exact process that leads to the formation of these close-in planets is, however, unclear and it seems that there may be more than one mechanism that can produce these short-period systems. Dynamical interactions in multiple-planet systems can scatter planets into highly eccentric orbits which, if the pericentre is sufficiently close to the parent star, can be tidally circularized by tidal interactions between the planet and star. Furthermore, systems with distant planetary or stellar companions can undergo Kozai cycles which can result in a planet orbiting very close to its parent star. However, the most developed model for the origin of short ...
Kepler 22-b: Earth-like planet confirmed Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone around a star not unlike our own. The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C. It is the closest confirmed…
TY - JOUR. T1 - Europa, tidally heated oceans, and habitable zones around giant planets. AU - Reynolds, Ray T.. AU - McKay, Christopher P.. AU - Kasting, James. PY - 1987/1/1. Y1 - 1987/1/1. N2 - Tidal dissipation in the satellites of a giant planet may provide sufficient heating to maintain an environment favorable to life on the satellite surface or just below a thin ice layer. In our own solar system, Europa, one of the Galilean satellites of Jupiter, could have a liquid ocean which may occasionally receive sunlight through cracks in the overlying ice shell. In such a case, sufficient solar energy could reach liquid water that organisms similar to those found under Antarctic ice could grow. In other solar systems, larger satellites with more significant heat flow could represent environments that are stable over an order of Aeons and in which life could perhaps evolve. We define a zone around a giant planet in which such satellites could exist as a tidally-heated habitable zone. This zone can ...
NASAs Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planets unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures. The planets atmosphere is so hot that most molecules are unable to survive on the blistering day side of the planet, where the temperature is 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, clouds probably cannot form to reflect light back into space. Instead, incoming light penetrates deep into the planets atmosphere where it is absorbed by hydrogen atoms and converted to heat energy.. "We did not expect to find such a dark exoplanet," said Taylor Bell of McGill University and the Institute ...
By analyzing planets orbiting a star called Kepler-32, astronomers at Caltech estimate that there are at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy.. Pasadena, California -Look up at the night sky and youll see stars, sure. But youre also seeing planets-billions and billions of them. At least.. Thats the conclusion of a new study by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm. The team made their estimate while analyzing planets orbiting a star called Kepler-32-planets that are representative, they say, of the vast majority in the galaxy and thus serve as a perfect case study for understanding how most planets form.. "Theres at least 100 billion planets in the galaxy-just our galaxy," says John Johnson, assistant professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech and coauthor of the study, which was recently accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. "Thats mind-boggling.". "Its a staggering ...
The team used the K2 data to further characterize the orbits of the other six planets, help rule out the presence of additional transiting planets, and determine the rotation period and activity level of the star. They also discovered that TRAPPIST-1s seven planets appear linked in a complex dance known as an orbital resonance where their respective orbital periods are mathematically related and slightly influence each other. Resonances can be tricky to understand, especially between three bodies. But there are simpler cases that are easier to explain, Luger said. For instance, closer to home, Jupiters moons Io, Eu-ropa and Ganymede are set in a 1:2:4 resonance, meaning that Europas orbital period is exactly twice that of Io, and Ganymedes is exactly twice that of Europa.. These relationships, Luger said, suggested that by studying the orbital velocities of its neighbor planets they could predict the exact orbital velocity, and hence also orbital period, of TRAP-PIST-1h even before the K2 ...
The main advantage of the transit method is that the size of the planet can be determined from the lightcurve. When combined with the radial-velocity method (which determines the planets mass) one can determine the density of the planet, and hence learn something about the planets physical structure. The planets that have been studied by both methods are by far the best-characterized of all known exoplanets.[11]. The transit method also makes it possible to study the atmosphere of the transiting planet. When the planet transits the star, light from the star passes through the upper atmosphere of the planet. By studying the high-resolution stellar spectrum carefully, one can detect elements present in the planets atmosphere. A planetary atmosphere (and planet for that matter) could also be detected by measuring the polarisation of the starlight as it passed through or is reflected off the planets atmosphere.. Additionally, the secondary eclipse (when the planet is blocked by its star) allows ...
We present the detection of five planets-Kepler-62b, c, d, e, and f-of size 1.31, 0.54, 1.95, 1.61 and 1.41 Earth radii (R[subscript ⊕]), orbiting a K2V star at periods of 5.7, 12.4, 18.2, 122.4, and 267.3 days, respectively. The outermost planets, Kepler-62e and -62f, are super-Earth-size (1.25 R[subscript ⊕] , planet radius ≤ 2.0 R[subscript ⊕]) planets in the habitable zone of their host star, respectively receiving 1.2 ± 0.2 times and 0.41 ± 0.05 times the solar flux at Earths orbit. Theoretical models of Kepler-62e and -62f for a stellar age of ~7 billion years suggest that both planets could be solid, either with a rocky composition or composed of mostly solid water in their bulk ...
Planets in astrology have a meaning different from the modern astronomical understanding of what a planet is. Before the age of telescopes, the night sky was thought to consist of two very similar components: fixed stars, which remained motionless in relation to each other, and "wandering stars" (Ancient Greek: ἀστέρες πλανῆται asteres planetai), which moved relative to the fixed stars over the course of the year. To the Greeks and the other earliest astronomers, this group consisted of the five planets visible to the naked eye and excluded Earth. Although strictly, the term planet applied only to those five objects, the term was latterly broadened, particularly in the Middle Ages, to include the Sun and the Moon (sometimes referred to as "Lights"[1]), making a total of seven planets. Astrologers retain this definition today. To ancient astrologers, the planets represented the will of the gods and their direct influence upon human affairs. To modern astrologers, the planets ...
In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planets density. A low density tells scientists that a planet is more likely to be gaseous like Jupiter, and a high density is associated with rocky planets like Earth. But a new study suggests some are less dense than previously thought because of a second, hidden star in their systems.. As telescopes stare at particular patches of sky, they cant always differentiate between one star and two. A system of two closely orbiting stars may appear in images as a single point of light, even from sophisticated observatories such as NASAs Kepler space telescope. This can have significant consequences for determining the sizes of planets that orbit just one of these stars, says a forthcoming study in the Astronomical Journal by Elise Furlan of Caltech/IPAC-NExScI in Pasadena, California, and Steve Howell at NASAs Ames Research Center in Californias Silicon Valley.. "Our understanding of how many planets are small ...
At the center of the Solar System is the Sun. It is a star, like the billions of other stars in the sky. The other stars are very, very far away, so they look tiny. The Sun is important to us because it gives us heat and energy that allows life. None of the life on Earth could exist without the Sun.[3]. The rest of the things in the Solar System orbit (travel around) the Sun. The planets are the largest of these. Each planet is a little like the Earth. But the planets are also very different from each other.. Many of the planets have moons. A moon orbits a planet. Mercury has no moons[4] and nor does Venus. Earth has one. Jupiter has 63![5]. The planets closest to the Sun are called the inner planets. These are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Then comes a big ring of asteroids, chunks of rock much smaller than planets. This ring is called the asteroid belt. Within the asteroid belt, there is a dwarf planet (smaller than a normal planet) named Ceres. Then come the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, ...
This puts Gliese 832c in the habitable or Goldilocks zone in its solar system - a sweet spot where it is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist upon the planets surface.. "With an outer giant planet and an interior potentially rocky planet, this planetary system can be thought of as a miniature version of our Solar System," said professor Chris Tinney of the University of New South Wales where the super-Earth was discovered.. "If the planet has a similar atmosphere to Earth it may be possible for life to survive, although seasonal shifts would be extreme," he added.. ...
At the center of the Solar System is the Sun. It is a star, like the billions of other stars in the sky. The other stars are very, very far away, so they look tiny. The Sun is important to us because it gives us heat and energy that allows life. None of the life on Earth could exist without the Sun.[3]. The rest of the things in the Solar System orbit (travel around) the Sun. The planets are the largest of these. Each planet is a little like the Earth. But the planets are also very different from each other.. Many of the planets have moons. A moon orbits a planet. Mercury has no moons[4] and nor does Venus. Earth has one. Jupiter has 63![5]. The planets closest to the Sun are called the inner planets. These are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Then comes a big ring of asteroids, chunks of rock much smaller than planets. This ring is called the asteroid belt. Within the asteroid belt, there is a dwarf planet (smaller than a normal planet) named Ceres. Then come the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, ...
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The analysis was undertaken "as if we were aliens looking at Earth with the tools we might have in 10 years" and did not already know Earths composition, Cowan said. "You sum up the brightness into a single pixel in the telescopes camera, so it truly is a pale blue dot.". Since Earths colors changed throughout the 24-hour-long observations, the scientists made maps of the planet in the dominant red and blue colors and then compared their interpretations with the actual location of the planets continents and oceans.. "You could tell that there were liquid oceans on the planet," Cowan said. "The idea is that to have liquid water the planet would have to be in its systems habitable zone, but being in the habitable zone doesnt guarantee having liquid water.". The observations on March 18 and June 4, 2008 were made when the spacecraft was between 17 million and 33 million miles from Earth, and while it was directly above the equator. Observations from above a polar region likely would show up ...
Together with Paul Butler, Marcy quickly confirmed the reality of the 51 Pegasi planet using the method of precise Doppler measurement that he had developed for the purpose of extrasolar planet detection over many years. Seventy of the next 100 extrasolar planets discovered were found by his team. Many of these planets had distinctly non-circular orbits, in contrast with the orbits of known planets in our own Solar System. Several reside in systems where there is more than one giant planet, with multiple planets in a given system often having orbital periods that bear integer relationships to one another. As the observational sensitivity and the understanding of systematic errors steadily improve, planets with masses more like Saturn and Neptune are being found, instead of only the Jupiter-like bodies that characterized the initial discoveries. Significantly, there are no bodies that have masses appreciably in excess of 10 Jupiter masses. In a few cases, the orbital plane lies sufficiently ...
Hot Jupiters are thought to form far from their stars (about where our Jupiter is within the solar system) and then migrate inward due to forces from other planets. The Northwestern researchers modeled a system in which a Jovian-sized planet is joined with another planet even farther out. Over long periods of time, the Jovian planet is nudged closer to its star. In some cases, the tidal effects of the second planet can cause the Jupiter-like planet to first achieve a highly elongated eccentric orbit, and then to flip and start rotating in the opposite direction ...
Standish agreed that the tidal effects of the planets upon the Earth will be negligible. "If all the planets were in a straight line, it would raise the tide only 1/600 hundreds of an inch, so the planets have virtually no effect, he said. A baseball held at arms length would have a tidal effect millions of times stronger on a person than the planet Mars at its closest, Yeomans and Edberg said.. The planetary alignment wont provide much of a visual spectacle, either. The Earth and moon will be on the opposite side of the sun from the other aligned planets. The suns glare will hide the other planets, making the event as much of a no-show for skywatchers as it is for doomwatchers.. "It will be like trying to look at a search light with little fireflies around it," Standish said.. Only the moon, Mars and Venus may be far enough from the sun and bright enough to be seen, with Venus appearing in the eastern dawn sky and the moon and Mars in the western sky just after sunset.. ...
Gaia could also play a role in the search for habitable worlds, not by directly detecting terrestrial planets, but by finding systems with a giant planet orbiting far from a solar-type star, a condition that would increase the possibility of finding an inner terrestrial planet harbouring life.. Increasingly more powerful computers will allow numerical simulations of planetary formation and evolution to develop rapidly, providing an invaluable tool for theoretical studies in this field.. Planetary Detection Methods. There are a number of different methods through which planets are being searched for:. ...
NASAs Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets - the single largest finding of planets to date. And its possible for life to exist on nine of them. In the newly-validated batch of planets, nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth, based on their size. Nine of them orbit in their suns habitable zone, which is the distance from a star where orbiting planets can have surface temperatures that allow liquid water to pool, NASA said. With the addition of these nine, 21 exoplanets now are known to be members of this exclusive group. Posted By PSmooth
Worlds most comprehensive interactive database of extrasolar planets updated daily since 1995. Detailed information on planet HD 209458 b orbiting around star HD 209458.
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1 Earth and Planetary Science Letters 208, (2003) The Search for Extrasolar Earth-like Planets S. Seager Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC,
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Even in ancient times, people observed the planets that orbit our Sun. Nowadays we know that there are many trillions of other stars in the Universe. It seems likely that planets orbit many of these stars too. The evidence that extrasolar planets exist was obtained for the first time in the 1990s. However, these planets are small, non-luminous bodies that are light years away - how are we able to prove that they exist?
Proxima b, an Earth-size planet right outside our solar system in the habitable zone of its star, may not be able to keep a grip on its atmosphere, leaving the surface exposed to harmful stellar radiation and reducing its potential for habitability.. At only four light-years away, Proxima b is our closest known extra-solar neighbor. However, due to the fact that it hasnt been seen crossing in front of its host star, the exoplanet eludes the usual method for learning about its atmosphere. Instead, scientists must rely on models to understand whether the exoplanet is habitable.. One such computer model considered what would happen if Earth orbited Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar neighbor and Proxima bs host star, at the same orbit as Proxima b. The NASA study, published on July 24, 2017, in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, suggests Earths atmosphere wouldnt survive in close proximity to the violent red dwarf.. "We decided to take the only habitable planet we know of so far -- Earth -- ...
2009 is the year dedicated to astronomy. Five planets were already found in 55 Cancri the system that looks like our solar system. According to Nasa: "This artists concept illustrates two planetary systems - 55 Cancri and our own. Blue lines show the orbits of planets, including the dwarf planet Pluto in our solar system. The 55 Cancri system is currently the closest known analogue to our solar system, yet there are some fundamental differences." "The similarities begin with the stars themselves, which are about the same mass and age. Both stars also host big families of planets. Our solar system has eight planets, while 55 Cancri has five, making it the record-holder for having the most known exoplanets. In fact, 55 Cancri could have additional planets, possibly even rocky ones that are too small to be seen with current technologies. All of the planets in the two systems have nearly circular orbits. In addition, both planetary systems have giant planets in their outer regions. The giant ...
Dalpeangee eui byeol (Planet of Snail). A love story like no other, Planet of Snail is a mesmerizing documentary by Korean director Seung-Jun Yi, about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him.. Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail. Dwellers of this tiny planet are deaf and blind, and call themselves "snails" because they rely only on their tactile senses, and communicating by touch. Young-Chan was not happy with the lethargic life on the planet. When Young-Chan came to Earth, there was nothing Earth offered him. Worse was that nobody understood his language. When he was desperate, an angel walked into his life.. Young-Chan meets Soon-Ho who becomes his wife and soul mate, an inseparable part of his life, and a window to the outside world. Young-Chan and Soon-Ho communicate through finger braille, a unique form of touch-based sign language in which words are tapped out on each others hands. They rely on one another completely. ...
Habitability. Finding nitrogen has an interesting implication for Earth-sized exoplanets. The definition of habitability is the presence of stable liquid water. We usually define a stars "habitable zone," for example, as the region around the star where liquid water could exist on a rocky planets surface given a thick enough atmosphere. This is usually based on the amount of sunlight the planet receives from the star.. To get a clearer sense of habitability, Schwieterman pointed out, nitrogen could serve as an indicator for an atmosphere thick enough to maintain stable surface water. "If you dont have a thick enough atmosphere, then the water isnt stable on the surface. It evaporates into the atmosphere. If we can confirm other planets have a similar amount of nitrogen as the Earth, we can rule that possibility out." If other habitable terrestrial exoplanets are like the Earth, their atmospheres would be nitrogen-dominated.. An example of this is in our own solar system - on Mars. Billions ...
Artists concept of an exoplanet and its moon transiting a sun-like star. Such a system could be used to directly weigh the star. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA). David Kipping, an astronomer at University College London has devised a new way to accurately measure stars. All it takes is a transiting planet with its own moon, and Keplers laws of motion.. Many exoplanets (planets that orbit stars other than our sun) have been found by using the transit method. Briefly, the planet is directly observed passing in front of its star. If that planet also has a moon, astronomers have the three data points they need to figure out the mass of the star. They can directly measure the orbital periods (time it takes to complete an orbit) of the moon and planet, the size of those orbits relative to the star, and the size of the moon and planet themselves relative to the star. Taken together, these data can be used to determine the size of the star. You need all three objects (star, planet and moon) for this ...
Your three planets are under attack! Can you, the Inoculator, save the day?Invasion of the Giant Planet Eating Bacteria From Outer Space is a simple Flash game. Using your mouse, guide your ship about the screen. Floating up from the planets are power ups.The power ups come in three colors and have ...
The source observations for this study were made by Kepler, and they would not have happened were it not for a fault in 2013, which prevented accurate control of the space telescope. "Two out of the four control-reaction wheels failed, which meant Kepler couldnt perform its original mission to stare at one specific patch of the sky," explains Professor Motohide Tamura of the University of Tokyo. "This led to its contingent mission, K2 - our observations came from campaign 10 of this mission. Were lucky Kepler continues to function as well as it does.". The planets observed by K2 are known as transiting planets because their orbits bring them in front of their host stars, slightly reducing their brightness. However, other astrophysical phenomena can cause similar signals, so follow-up observations and detailed statistical analyses were performed to confirm the planetary nature of these signals.. As part of his doctoral work, Livingston traveled to Kitt Peak observatory in the U.S. state of ...
The exploration of extrasolar planets is an exploding research area in astronomy. Sixteen years after the first detection of an exoplanet around a solar-type star, more than 1000 objects have been detected. While the first detections were achieved by the radial velocimetry technique, more and more exoplanets (presently over 400) have been identified through the transit method, using both ground-based surveys and dedicated space missions. Following the pioneering work of CoRoT, the Kepler mission has reached a major achievement in the detection of transiting planets, identifying thousands of possible candidates and opening the possibility of detecting super-Earths in the habitable zone of their host stars [1].. These new discoveries have made possible the development of a new research field, the spectroscopic characterization of the exoplanets atmospheres. In the first step, primary transits were considered, when the planet crosses the star in front of it. The absorbed light of the planetary ...
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To keep track lets take a trip to Imagination Land (no not the south park version!). Now imagine that the 8 planets and pluto in the solar system are places where humans can live, would the age rate differ from planet to planet? Now lets get back to reality. We may be able to send humans to mars so would be interesting to see if Martian Humans Live longer than Earthling Humans, but to be honest I dont have a couple of centuries to live to see how the age rate over generations evolve on Mars. BUT isnt it possible to send micro living organisms to other planets, in a safe container which MUST not contaminate the planet it visits, and study the age rate of cells and compare... this could be done surely ...
Visualization of a simulation of the interaction between a massive gas giant planet (comparable in mass to Jupiter) and a surrounding protoplanetary disk of gas and dust. These disks are observed to be present for the first few million years after stars such as the sun form. The gravitational interaction between the planet and the gas disk has two consequences. First, it results in the opening of an annular gap in the gas disk near the location of the planet, which starves the planet of further gas needed to grow. And second, it launches spiral waves within the disk that allow the planet to exchange energy with its surroundings. This can cause the planets orbit to change. It may migrate closer toward the star, and--if the planet is massive enough--develop an eccentric orbit. ...
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The habitable zone of a planetary system refers to the band of orbits where liquid water could exist on a planets surface. Kepler has recently discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star. Candidates require follow-up observations to verify they are actual planets ...
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The chemical and dynamical simulations were combined by assuming that each embryo retains the composition of its formation location and contributes the same composition to the simulated terrestrial planet. The innermost terrestrial planets (located within ∼0.5 AU from the host star) contain a significant amount of the refractory elements Al and Ca (∼47% of the planetary mass). Planets forming beyond ∼0.5 AU from the host star contain steadily less Al and Ca with increasing distance. One planetary system, 55 Cnc, has a C/O ratio above 1 (C/O = 1.12). This system produced carbon-enriched "Earthlike" planets. All of the terrestrial planets considered in this work have compositions dominated by O, Fe, Mg and Si, most of these elements being delivered in the form of silicates or metals (in the case of iron). However, important differences between those planets forming in systems with C/O 0.8 (55Cnc) have been found ...
According to the core instability model, giant planet formation is based first on the formation of a solid core which, when massive enough, can gravitationally bind gas from the nebula to form the envelope. The most critical part of the model is the formation time of the core: it has to grow up to several Earth masses before the gas component of the protoplanetary disc dissipates in order to trigger the accretion of gas. The growth of giant planets cores occur mainly in the so-called oligarchic regime. Embryos growing in the disc stir their neighbour planetesimals, exciting their relative velocities, which makes accretion more difficult. In previous versions of our model, interactions between protoplanets and planetesimals were oversimplified, leading to a fast planetary formation. Here we introduce a more realistic treatment for the evolution of planetesimals relative velocities, which directly impact on the formation timescale. In the case o f simultaneous formation, we developed a simple ...
For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an Earth cousin that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASAs Kepler space telescope
What is new and/or important about the result?. The 137 biosignatures make up the most complete and diverse biosignature catalog to date. These fingerprints of life have been measured before, but primarily for plants. Microorganisms have much greater diversity of pigmentation than land plants, enabling the team to anticipate a broader range of possibilities for what reflective biosignatures of exoplanet surfaces could look like.. For now, the catalog primarily serves to illustrate the potential diversity of extrasolar life. It also illustrates the potential diversity of extrasolar planets, because particular pigments arise out of particular environmental conditions and can thus provide clues regarding the nature of the planet. In addition, because the surface of a planet affects its atmosphere, these biosignatures could be used as initial conditions for models of exoplanet atmospheres (called "atmospheric radiative transfer models"). More precisely, the surface composition determines how much ...
Planetary magnetic fields are ubiquitous in the Solar System and extrasolar planets are common in the galaxy. However, no extrasolar planetary magnetic field (or exodynamo) has yet been directly detected. Magnetic fields offer a unique window into the internal structure and dynamics of planets, can be remotely detected by electron cyclotron emission at radio wavelengths, and are commonly assumed to be important for surface habitability. In this talk we describe the conditions necessary for the generation of magnetic fields in the cores of terrestrial exoplanets, how they might evolve over time, and the important role of internal heat sources. We demonstrate that eccentric Earth-mass planets in the habitable zone around M dwarfs are likely to be within the "tidal zone", where gravitational tidal dissipation can be extreme, prolonging the magma ocean phase and inhibiting dynamo action. ...
Small red stars, known by astronomers as "M-dwarfs", are the most abundant type of star in the sky and are also the most long-lived of all stars. This means there are plenty nearby of M-dwarfs to search for possible habitable planets, and many current and planned exoplanet surveys emphasize the search for potential worlds orbiting within the habitable zone of these low-mass stars. Astrobiologists often use the term "habitability" to indicate a planets ability to sustain liquid water on its surface, thereby providing conditions where life might be able to develop and thrive. The corresponding "habitable zone" describes the range of orbital distances that can support these clement conditions and not lose the water to a rapid runaway greenhouse (from too close an orbit) or a cool condensing atmosphere (from too far an orbit).. The problem with planets orbiting M-dwarfs is that they are prone to fall into "synchronous rotation" so that one side of the planet always faces the star, while the other ...
is the radius of the star. As viewed by a distant observer, the Earth dims the Sun by ~100 parts per million (ppm) lasting 12 h every 365 d. We searched for transiting planets in Kepler brightness measurements using our custom-built TERRA software package described in previous works (6, 9) and in SI Appendix. In brief, TERRA conditions Kepler photometry in the time domain, removing outliers, long timescale variability (,10 d), and systematic errors common to a large number of stars. TERRA then searches for transit signals by evaluating the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of prospective transits over a finely spaced 3D grid of orbital period, P, time of transit, t0, and transit duration, ΔT. This grid-based search extends over the orbital period range of 0.5-400 d. TERRA produced a list of "threshold crossing events" (TCEs) that meet the key criterion of a photometric dimming SNR ratio SNR , 12. Unfortunately, an unwieldy 16,227 TCEs met this criterion, many of which are inconsistent with the ...
This method measures the decrease in the brightness of a star when a planet passes in front of it. For a Jupiter-sized planet the dimming represents about 1% of the starlight. This method is most effective for large planets orbiting very close to the star. The first planetary transit to be observed by a ground-based telescope was for the planet orbiting the star named HD 209458.. ...
A paper co-authored by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Andrew Howard and visiting graduate student Erik Petigura has won the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. This prize recognizes six outstanding papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the major scientific disciplines covered by that journal. Their paper titled "The prevalence of Earth-size planets orbiting Sun-like stars" was judged the top paper in the physical and mathematical sciences in 2013.. Petigura, Howard, and University of California, Berkeley professor Geoffrey Marcy statistically determined that twenty percent of sun-like stars in our galaxy have Earth-size planets with surface temperatures that could support liquid water. The findings, gleaned from data collected from NASAs Kepler spacecraft and the W. M. Keck Observatory, satisfied Keplers primary mission: a determination of the fraction of stars in our galaxy with potentially habitable planets.. "What this means is, when ...
A team of scientists using an observatory in Chile have discovered an Earth-like planet at a distance of 11 light years. The discovery of the Ross 12...
Astronomers at the University of Auckland claim that there are actually around 100 billion habitable, Earth-like planets in the Milky ...
A newly discovered exoplanet poses a radical challenge to the consensus theory of planet and star formation. The massive exoplanet is eleven times the size of Jupiter yet it circles its parent star at a distance that is 650X the average distance between the Earth and the Sun (versus Neptune which is 30X the average distance between the Earth and the Sun). In the conventional theory, which imagines stars forming gravitationally in a collapsing cloud of gas and dust, such a giant planet cannot form at such a vast distance from its star.[/quote ...
Spitzer made these measurements as the planet circled behind the star, in an event called the secondary eclipse. The telescope collected the infrared light from the star and the planet, then just the star as the planet disappeared behind the star. This allowed astronomers to calculate the amount of infrared light coming solely from the planet. The observations were performed at four different wavelengths of infrared light. These data were then combined with previously reported measurements taken by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, at shorter infrared wavelengths to create this plot ...
Silver Spring, MD – More than 100 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 6th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.  “Every year, millions of zoo and aquarium visitors connect with wildlife, learn about nature, and become involved in protecting our planet for the future,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy.  “By participating in the Party for the Planet™ at your local zoo or aquarium, you are helping to support conservation locally and worldwide.” What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife?  Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community. On Earth Day, April 22nd, and throughout the month of April, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America will host events to raise awareness about conservation,
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The close-in extrasolar giant planets (CEGPs), <~0.05 AU from their parent stars, may have a large component of optically reflected light. We present theoretical optical photometric light curves and polarization curves for the CEGP systems from reflected planetary light. Different particle sizes of three condensates are considered. In the most reflective case, the variability is ~100 μmag, which will be easily detectable by the upcoming satellite missions Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST), COROT, and Measuring Oscillations in Nearby Stars (MONS), and possibly from the ground in the near future. The least reflective case is caused by small, highly absorbing grains such as solid Fe, with variation of much less than 1 μmag. Polarization for all cases is lower than current detectability limits. We also discuss the temperature-pressure profiles and resulting emergent spectra of the CEGP atmospheres. We discuss the observational results of τ Boo b by Cameron et al. and Charbonneau et al.
A graduate-level astrobiology course was implemented at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the Earth and Marine Sciences Department. Taught by Greg Laughlin, the course is designed to give a broad-based introduction to the various facets of the field of astrobiology. The class begins with an overview of the Big Bang and concordance cosmology, then moves into galaxy, star and planet formation. The heart of the class is a detailed study of extrasolar planets, including their dynamics, physical properties, and methods for detection. Also covered is terrestrial planet detection. The course ends with a series of lectures on terrestrial planet evolution and the molecular basis for life.. In keeping with NASAs first of three education goals, "Strengthen NASA and the Nations future workforce," this collaborative course between UC Santa Cruz and the NAI Ames Team, integrates both engineering and science and represents workforce training for future NASA experts.. ...
A team of planet hunters has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet (three times the mass of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the stars
The discovery of almost two thousand exoplanets has revealed an unexpectedly diverse planet population.We see gas giants in few-day orbits, whole multi-planet systems within the orbit of Mercury, and newpopulations of planets with masses between that of the Earth and Neptune - all unknown in the SolarSystem. Observations to date have shown that our Solar System is certainly not representative of the generalpopulation of planets in our Milky Way. The key science questions that urgently need addressing aretherefore: What are exoplanets made of? Why are planets as they are? How do planetary systems work andwhat causes the exceptional diversity observed as compared to the Solar System? The EChO (ExoplanetCharacterisation Observatory) space mission was conceived to take up the challenge to explain this diversityin terms of formation, evolution, internal structure and planet and atmospheric composition. This requires indepthspectroscopic knowledge of the atmospheres of a large and well-defined planet ...
Astronomers are excited by the discovery, which suggests that some of these exoplanets - planets around stars other than the sun - could support life and may be awash in oceans.
The science of extra-solar planets is one of the most rapidly changing areas of astrophysics and since 1995 the number of planets known has increased by almost two orders of magnitude. A combination of ground-based surveys and dedicated space missions has resulted in 560-plus planets being detected, and over 1200 that await confirmation. NASAs Kepler mission has opened up the possibility of discovering Earth-like planets in the habitable zone around some of the 100,000 stars it is surveying during its 3 to 4-year lifetime. The new ESAs Gaia mission is expected to discover thousands of new planets around stars within 200 parsecs of the Sun. The key challenge now is moving on from discovery, important though that remains, to characterisation: what are these planets actually like, and why are they as they are?. In the past ten years, we have learned how to obtain the first spectra of exoplanets using transit transmission and emission spectroscopy. With the high stability of Spitzer, Hubble, and ...
Exo-S is a direct imaging space-based mission to discover and characterize exoplanets. With its modest size, Exo-S bridges the gap between census missions like Kepler and a future space-based flagship direct imaging exoplanet mission. With the ability to reach down to Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of nearly two dozen nearby stars, Exo-S is a powerful first step in the search for and identification of Earth-like planets. Compelling science can be returned at the same time as the technological and scientific framework is developed for a larger flagship mission. The Exo-S Science and Technology Definition Team studied two viable starshade-telescope missions for exoplanet direct imaging, targeted to the $1B cost guideline. The first Exo-S mission concept is a starshade and telescope system dedicated to each other for the sole purpose of direct imaging for exoplanets (The "Starshade Dedicated Mission"). The starshade and commercial, 1.1-m diameter telescope co-launch, sharing the same ...
Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, a newly published study reveals that when our solar system was born less than ten percent of the potentially habitable planets in the universe existed.. Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe. According to a new theoretical study, when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed. And, the party wont be over when the sun burns out in another 6 billion years. The bulk of those planets - 92 percent - have yet to be born.. This conclusion is based on an assessment of data collected by NASAs Hubble Space Telescope and the prolific planet-hunting Kepler space observatory.. "Our main motivation was understanding the Earths place in the context of the rest of the universe," said study author Peter Behroozi of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, "Compared to all the planets that will ever form in the ...
It took 20 years and many more observers," says Emily Rickman, first author of the study and a researcher in the Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva. "This result would have been impossible without the availability and reliability of the CORALIE spectrograph installed on the EULER telescope, a unique instrument in the world.". Planets with long periods of revolution are of great interest to astronomers. Being farther away from their stars, they can be observed using direct imaging techniques. To date, almost all planets have been discovered using the two main indirect methods: radial velocities, which measure the gravitational influence of a planet on its star, and transits, which detect the mini eclipse caused by a planet passing in front of its star.. Planets directly observed. The EULER telescope is mainly dedicated to the study of exoplanets. Since its commissioning in 1998, it has been equipped with the CORALIE spectrograph, which allows astronomers to measure radial velocities ...
The Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) is a virtual laboratory dedicated to the study of planetary habitability. The PHL is managed by the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPR Arecibo)
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The Solar System formed 4. 6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant interstellar molecular cloud. The vast majority of the systems mass is in the Sun, with the majority of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are terrestrial planets, being primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets are giant planets, being substantially more massive than the terrestrials. The two largest, Jupiter and Saturn, are gas giants, being composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are ice giants, being composed mostly of substances with relatively high melting points compared with hydrogen and helium, called volatiles, such as water, ammonia and methane. All eight planets have almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic.. ...
Abstract: We present deep 1.2 millimeter photometry of 37 stars in the young (5 Myr) Upper Scorpius OB association, sensitive to ~4 x 10^-3 Mjup of cool millimeter dust. Disks around four low- and solar-mass stars are detected, as well as one debris disk around an intermediate mass star, with dust masses ranging from 3.6 x 10^-3 -- 1.0 x 10^-1 Mjup. The source with the most massive disk exhibits a transition-disk spectral energy distribution. Combining our results with previous studies, we find the millimeter-detection fraction of Class II sources has significantly decreased from younger ages, and comparison with near-infrared and Halpha measurements indicates the present disks have undergone significant evolution in composition or structure at all radii. The disks of Upper Scorpius represent the tail-end of the depletion of primordial disks; while a few near-solar mass stars may still sustain giant planet formation, this process has finished around higher mass stars ...
NASAs Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planets upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.. "As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.". After a 10-month journey, confirmation of successful orbit insertion was received from MAVEN data observed at the Lockheed Martin operations center in Littleton, Colorado, as well as from tracking data monitored at NASAs Jet Propulsion ...
April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online. An international team of researchers recently got a sneak peek deep into the lower atmospheric layers of gas giant planets such as Jupiter or Saturn using Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotrons (DESY) X-ray laser FLASH. The teams observations, led by Dr. Ulf Zastrau of the University of Jena, demonstrate how liquid hydrogen becomes a plasma. The findings, published in Physical Review Letters, also provide information on the materials thermal conductivity and its internal energy exchange, both important ingredients for planetary models.. Hydrogen, the most abundant chemical element in the universe, is the main ingredient in the atmosphere of gas giants. "We have very little experimental knowledge about the hydrogen in the interior of such planets," says Zastrau. "This is despite our very good theoretical models." Because of this, the team decided to use cold liquid hydrogen as a sample of the planetary atmosphere. "Liquid hydrogen has a density ...
After examining potentially habitable climates of three exoplanets, two seem to use an air-condition-like system that prevents the planet from getting too hot, according to KU Leuven researchers.
Our story starts with the German astronomer Johannes Kepler in the early part of the seventeenth century. Though Kepler never witnessed a transit himself, his significance in the story is enormous for two reasons. First, according to Keplers Third Law, as it is now known, the ratio of the square of a planets orbital period to the cube of its mean distance from the Sun is the same for all planets. From this law, the relative scale of the solar system can be determined simply by observing the orbital periods of the planets. In fact, Keplers own estimates of the relative distances of the known planets from the Sun do not differ significantly from
Abstract: Photometric follow-up of planets discovered by the radial velocity technique have yielded known transiting extra-solar planets, especially for those with the brightest host stars (e.g., HD 209458b). By using the radial velocity curves of known planets, an optimized photometric follow-up strategy can be constructed to predict transit times. The only limitation to photometric precision is determined by the chosen telescope/instrument and small uncertainties in the timing of the transit. Unfortunately, many of the photometric observations of the southern hemisphere host stars do not have the precision to confirm or exclude the transits of planets. We propose to use the CTIO 0.9m to conduct a photometric survey of transit signatures for 15 exoplanet host stars as part of the Transit Ephemeris Refinement and Monitoring Survey (TERMS). We aim to produce transit ephemerides via optimal observing windows for each of the known radial velocity planets observable from CTIO with a sufficiently ...
In this weeks questions show, I explain why well never know which stars have no planets. How we could prevent a catastrophe to Earth, and why aliens might still be a threat to us.. Check out more of Dustin Gibsons photographs at:. https://www.instagram.com/gibsonpics/. 00:48 How many stars dont have planets?. 02:29 Could we prevent a catastrophe?. 05:16 No aliens would be a threat to us. 07:38 Can I have any name for Patreon?. 08:20 Why not put a laser on the solar sail spacecraft. 09:40 How can neutrinos go faster than light?. 10:45 How do you calculate exposure times for Hubble?. 14:32 What would cause stars to collide. 17:19 Why dont we track asteroids?. 18:55 How do magnetars form?. 20:36 How could we destroy the planet?. 22:45 Can a brown dwarf become a star?. Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here.. Our Book is ...
The orbital element distribution of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) with large pericenters has been suggested to be influenced by the presence of an undetected, large planet at 200 or more AU from the Sun. We perform 4 Gyr N-body simulations with the currently known Solar System planetary architecture, plus a 10 Earth mass planet with similar orbital parameters to those suggested by Batygin and Brown (2016) or Trujillo and Sheppard (2014), and a hundred thousand test particles in an initial planetesimal disk. We find that including a distant superearth-mass ninth planet produces a substantially different orbital distribution for the scattering and detached TNOs, raising the pericenters and inclinations of moderate semimajor axis (50 less than a less than 500 AU) objects. We test whether this signature is detectable via a simulator with the observational characteristics of four precisely characterized TNO surveys. We find that the qualitatively very distinct Solar System models that include a ...
Where might extraterrestrials live? The first step is figuring out what other planets out there have conditions like our own.. Scientists using NASAs Kepler space telescope are working hard to find candidates for inhabitable planets. So far, it seems that for approximately every two stars in the galaxy, there is one possible planet, NASAs William Borucki said Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington.. Researchers have found some 1,200 candidate-planets and, of them, about 54 are earth-size candidate planets in habitable zones - in other words, perhaps at a distance from their stars that may be suitable for life. Earlier this month officials at NASA announced the discovery of five probable planets about the size of Earth, as well as six larger than our planet that are orbiting a single star. But bear in mind that Venus is also considered an Earth-sized planet, and clearly no lifeforms live there (as far as we know).. Scientists on the ...
The job of NASAs Kepler mission is to peek at the far reaches of space in the hopes of finding potentially habitable planets. The space agency announced a stunning success, saying that Kepler had identified 715 new planets that orbit 305 stars. The discovery boosts the number of verified planets by around 70 percent. "Four of the planets are about twice the size of Earth and orbit in their stars so-called habitable zone," NPRs Nell Greenfieldboyce reports for our Newscast unit, "where temperatures might be suitable for liquid water." ...
Astronomer John Gizis of the University of Delaware, working with data obtained by the Kepler mission, is studying a highly unusual dwarf star and its powerful flares that may hold clues to the likelihood of life on other planets as well as to the behavior of our Sun.. Known as an L dwarf, this coolest type of star is about 53 light-years from Earth. Gizis, who discovered it two years ago using a ground-based telescope, has now conducted additional research using Kepler observations over the past two years. About once a week, the star flares, heating up from its usual 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit to about 14,000 degrees in just three minutes, and then slowly cooling again.. "We saw these white-light flares, which were a first for such a cool star," Gizis said. "We hope we can use what were learning to understand whats happening with our Sun -- how flares work there and how magnetic fields in stars behave.". In addition, he said, the powerful flares may indicate that conditions for life on other ...
Email: [email protected] Earths Magnetic Field Is Produced By An External Dynamo System, Not An Internal Dynamo.. Researcher finds that Earths magnetic field is not produced by an internal dynamo. Nor is it produced by ocean current. The dynamo is outside the Planet! New findings by independent researcher, Dennis Brooks, show that Earths magnetic field and the planet itself are components of a complex dynamo system, which surrounds the planet. The planet and its magnetic field are part of the dynamo.. According to this new theory, no internal dynamo or ocean current helps in producing or maintaining the magnetic field because other planets with magnetic fields do not have ocean currents or iron cores.. Image by NASA. Each planet does not have a unique way of producing its magnetic field. The magnetic field of each planet is produced by a planetary dynamo system and its ring current.. For many years researchers thought that a similar dynamo system was within the planet and that this ...
About Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle".. Here at Discovery Planet we believe everything is a miracle.. So far as we know, no other planet in the universe supports anything like the extraordinary diversity of life found on Earth. Current estimates of the number of species on the planet range from 10 million to 100 million. We may not know every thread but we do know that we are all woven into the spectacular tapestry of life that makes Earth what it is.. While we cant promise to bring even 1 million species to these pages, well make a start, one little miracle at a time.. Enjoy.. ...
This is for a 2d MOBA for Tablets (initially Android only, iPad too eventually) game, more details available at starbasecitadel.com. Im reasonably close to being done with my first major milestone which is an early, fully playable (though very buggy and lacking much features) prototype. For the rest of this discussion I will make use of LoL terminology just as a point of reference. As currently stands, there are 2 teams. Each team has 1 starbase and the rest are all starships (currently each team just has a single all-round class of starship). Planets are placed randomly around the map upon initialization, with about 1/3 assigned to each team or neutral. One of each teams planets is randomly designated as the Citadel. The first team to capture the opposing teams citadel wins the game. Planets you own produce armies on occasion, and to capture another planet, you go to one of your planets with an army, pick it up, and drop it on an enemy planet (making it "neutral") or onto a neutral planet ...
My present research interests are focused on star and planet formation. In the last century astronomers have determined how stars are born, but the detailed physical processes are not yet clear. Similarly, a number of exoplanets have been discovered in the last decade, but it is still challenging to understand how these planets are born in protoplanetary disks. With a few postdocs at ASIAA, I am tackling these issues through observations at IR and optical wavelengths. Such studies using a variety of telescopes (Subaru, CFHT, Spitzer) allow the study of the active regions and phenomena, which hold keys to understanding star and planet formation. For the above studies, I have also been involved in a few large survey projects at Subaru 8.2-m, CFHT 3.6-m and UKIRT 3.8-m.. ...
The team discovered the new planets by detecting the wobble of the star HD 7924 as the planets orbited and pulled on the star gravitationally. The APF and Keck Observatory traced out the planets orbits over many years using the Doppler technique that has successfully found hundreds of mostly larger planets orbiting nearby stars. In coordination with the APF and Keck Observations, the TSU APF made crucial brightness measurements of HD 7924 over nine years to assure the validity of the planet discoveries.. TSU has also been developing and operating robotic telescopes for over 20 years.. "The robotic telescopes are a wonderful advancement," said TSU astronomer, Dr. Gregory Henry, who oversees the operation of seven robotic telescopes for his research. "They take away the tedium of all-night, manual observing sessions and produce far more superior data.". One of the TSU robotic telescopes discovered the first transiting extrasolar planet in 1999, providing final proof of the existence of other ...
In 2013, a team led by IfA astronomer Michael Liu published a study about a planet called PSO J318.5-22 that did not orbit a star. Now a follow-up study led by Beth Biller, formerly a Hubble Fellow in Lius group and now at University of Edinburgh, shows that this planets weather includes hot dust and molten rain. Liu, as well as other researchers based in the US, Germany, France, and Spain, participated in the study. They used a telescope in Chile to study the weather systems in the distant world, which is estimated to be around 20 million years old.. The researchers captured hundreds of infrared images of the object as it rotated over a 5-hour period. By comparing the brightness of PSO J318.5-22 with neighboring bodies, the team discovered that it is covered in multiple layers of thick and thin clouds. These cause changes to the brightness of the distant world as it rotates. The far-off world is around the same size as Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, but is roughly eight ...
Astroboffins are excited about a newly-discovered dwarf planet, despite not knowing what it looks like.. The discovery of 2015 RR245 comes from the Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS), which back in March spotted alignments in Kuiper Belt Objects that fuelled the controversial "planet X" theory.. The new object has so large an orbit that astronomers dont yet have enough data to do much more than say residents would only get to sing "Happy Birthday" about once every 700 Earth-years.. At least 2015 RR245 (its Astronomical Unions Minor Planet Center designation), was spotted not by an algorithm, but by a human. As Canadas University of Victoria explains, researcher and adjunct professor JJ Kavelaars spotted the object as a point of light moving on-screen.. Astronomy postdoc Michele Bannister put it like this: "There it was on the screen, this dot of light, moving so slow that it had to be at least twice as far as Neptune from the sun.". So far, the researchers have worked out that the ...
This plot compares the colors of solar system planets to the color of the hot-Jupiter-class planet HD 189733b. With the exception of Mars, the colors are primarily determined by the chemistry of the planets atmospheres. Earths blue atmosphere plus the blue tint of the oceans dominate our worlds hue. HD 189733bs deep blue color is produced by silicate droplets, which scatter blue light in the 2,000-degree-Fahrenheit atmosphere.. ...
All about the planets in our Solar System. The planets that orbit the sun are (in order from the sun): Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (a dwarf planet or plutoid).
Planet Venus a harsh world. Find out why planet Venus is so like the Earth, why it is also so different and what future might be in store for our planet.
sciencehabit writes Astronomers have a theory that they can detect whether a planet light years away will be habitable by just looking at how its sun is reflected in its atmosphere. To test the idea, they pretended that they were observing Earth from a distant object — in this case, the moon...
Submitted to ApJ Preprint typeset using L A TEX styleemulateapjv.08/13/06 THE CALIFORNIA PLANET SURVEY I. FOUR NEW GIANT EXOPLANETS 1 Andrew W. Howard 2,3,JohnAsherJohnson 4, Geoffrey W. Marcy 2, Debra
Er, what youre describing is orbital inclination, or how tilted the planets orbit is relative to the plane of the solar system. I dont think that should matter for how habitable a planet is though, since that does not affect the planets distance from the star. If you consider the possibility of planets across all possible inclinations, then the habitable zone would technically be a spherical shell. Earths orbit could be tilted vertically at 90°, or even be retrograde at 180°, and still be totally habitable. Also I think planets tend to have relatively low inclinations anyway -- a natural result of the processes of solar system formation ...
For me, this 2012 transit is particularly special because it coincides with the discoveries from Kepler," Urquhart said. "Kepler is using exactly the same method to discover extrasolar planets. For Kepler to detect planets in this way, the geometry has to be ideal, or we wouldnt see a transit at all. Were finding so many extrasolar planets, but it also means there likely are a lot more out there, because its a really improbable alignment.". From North Texas, the 2012 transit of Venus will be visible from shortly after 5 p.m. June 5 until the sun sets at about 8:30 p.m. The disk of Venus appears as a tiny black spot, but unfortunately for the casual observer, its size is near the visual limit of most peoples eyes, Urquhart said.. Urquhart said projecting a magnified image of the sun onto a white surface is one of the best and safest ways to view the transit in person, but observers should follow appropriate safety precautions, including never looking at the sun with the naked eye or through ...
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