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star destroying planet

NASA may have just caught a nearby star eating an entire planet

July 20th, 2018

Planetary systems aren’t just born overnight. When stars form and begin pulling debris into their orbit, some of that material eventually clumps up into fledgling planets, and the gravity of those bodies pulls down more and more material which ultimately determines how large a would-be planet could be. But life isn’t easy for young planets, …

venus rotation speed

Scientists discover that wind on Venus actually makes it spin faster

June 20th, 2018

Ever walk down the street on a particularly windy day and feel yourself being pushed along? The planet Venus knows all about that. Researchers studying the nearby planet have discovered this truly bizarre phenomenon, calculating that the planet’s thick atmosphere and intense wind actually causes the planet’s rotation to speed up by a measurable amount. …

NASA planets announcement

Numerous ‘Earth-sized’ exoplanets discovered orbiting a nearby star

February 22nd, 2017

At a press conference today, a Dutch-led international research team has announced the discovery of several Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a star 40 light-years away. Three of those planets are in the habitable zone where conditions would be amenable to liquid water, raising the possibility that humans — or some other life form — could potentially inhabit …