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marshmallow world discovered orbit red dwarf

Astronomers discovered a ‘marshmallow’ world orbiting a red dwarf star

October 20th, 2022

Astronomers have discovered a strange “marshmallow” world 580 light-years away from Earth. The planet, which orbits a red dwarf star, is believed to be the lowest-density gas giant we have ever detected. Astronomers observed the unusual planet, which can be seen in an artist’s impression shared by NOIRLab above, using the WIYN 3.5-meter Telescope at …

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A potentially hazardous asteroid keeps spinning faster

October 17th, 2022

The near-Earth asteroid Phaethon is set to be the center of attention during Japan’s DESTINY+ mission in 2028. As such, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has been studying Phaethon quite a bit over the past several months in the lead-up to the mission’s launch in 2024. What they’ve found, though, is that this potentially hazardous …

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James Webb’s data could be lying to us, scientists warn

September 20th, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope first began scientific operations in July, with NASA releasing Webb’s first images to raucous applause. What followed, has been a couple of months’ worth of spectacular discoveries like, including the detection of carbon dioxide on an exoplanet. Now, though, scientists with Harvard and MIT are warning that James Webb’s data …

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Astronomers found a new way to hunt for alien worlds

September 20th, 2022

The hunt for alien worlds is more difficult than it may seem. Without the ability to travel through the cosmos, we’re left to look through telescopes and collect data to determine whether other planets lie in wait. Now, though, astronomers say they may have figured out a way to make the search for these alien …