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supernova remnant

Just look at this incredible supernova

August 20th, 2020

A long-dead star is still producing a spectacular supernova, and the blast is moving at incredible speeds. Some areas of the supernova blast are moving at speeds of up to 23 million miles per hour.  The explosion happened some 20,000 light-years from Earth. We know that stars have finite lifespans. Some of them just sort …

exoplanet vampire

NASA’s Kepler spots a star slurping up a planet

January 25th, 2020

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is extremely good at spotting the subtle hints of distant exoplanets. It does this by detecting slight drops in the brightness of stars, signaling the presence of one or more planets hanging out in orbit. Kepler has spotted many new worlds during its mission, but one of its latest might be …

new exoplanets

Student astronomer spots two new planets with the help of AI

April 2nd, 2019

Discovering planets that nobody has ever seen before is even harder than it sounds. Space telescopes from NASA and other scientific bodies have gathered an incredible amount of data that will take astronomers years and years to sift through, and many times there’s just nothing there to be found. But humans don’t have to do …

nasa kepler retirement

Here’s how NASA said goodbye to the Kepler space telescope

November 18th, 2018

NASA was forced to plan for the inevitable death of the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope a few weeks ago. The spacecraft, which had already discovered literally thousands of new planets, ran out of fuel and couldn’t continue its science observations. Now, NASA has finally said goodnight to its trusty telescope. In a new post NASA’s …

kepler telescope dead

The exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope is now dead

October 31st, 2018

If you’ve read anything about newly discovered exoplanets over the past decade there’s a really good chance the discovery was made by the Kepler space telescope. Originally launched back in early 2009, the telescope has provided a steady stream of new planets for years on end. Now, after outliving its expected lifespan several times over, …