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earth like planets

‘Young Earths’ might be easier to find than we thought

June 7th, 2020

A new study suggests that Earth-like planets may be easy to spot in space when they’re very young. Rocky worlds originate as “magma oceans” that put off enough heat to be detectible using infrared technology. Going forward, we may be able to catalog many new worlds that will eventually become Earth-alikes. Astronomers that hunt for …

black hole blinking

Why is our galaxy’s black hole blinking at us?

May 25th, 2020

The black hole at the center of our galaxy is blinking at us, and scientists think they know why. In a new researcher paper, astronomers explain that a disk of material surrounding the black hole may be producing flashes due to “hot spots” that form within it. The research was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. …

baby planet

Astronomers think they just watched a planet be born

May 21st, 2020

A baby planet was just spotted by scientists using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The object, a swirling mass of matter surrounding a central point in space, is believed to be the first in-progress planet spotted by scientists. As telescope technology improves, our ability to study and understand what is happening in other star …

exoplanet habitability

This formula will ‘decode’ the habitability of exoplanets

May 19th, 2020

Scientists from Cornell University have developed a model to “decode” the habitability of distant exoplanets. By taking into account the color of the planet as it appears from a distance and the light of the start it is orbiting, scientists can calculate the likelihood that the surface is comfortable for life. New exoplanet-hunting telescopes will …

mud flows on mars

Scientists explain mysterious ‘lava flows’ on Mars

May 18th, 2020

Volcano-like features on Mars may actually be the result of mud flows rather than lava, researchers now say. Using simulated Mars conditions, researchers were able to create mud flows that look a lot like cooled lava flows. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. You don’t have to be a space science fan to realize that …

europa water

Europa’s hidden ocean supported by decades-old data

May 14th, 2020

Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a vast ocean of water beneath its surface, and new data from Galileo supports that theory. Researchers found that a lack of protons over Europa’s north pole could indicate an active water plume. Tidal forces prevent the water from freezing, but whether life exists there remains a mystery. Visit BGR’s …