Six comet trails appear orbiting a distant star

Dusty tails of six extrasolar comets have been discovered in data from the Kepler mission, orbiting a faint star 800 light-years from Earth, KIC 3542116. These cosmic balls of ice and dust, roughly the size of Halley’s comet and that travel at 150,000 kilometers per hour before they finally vaporize,…

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Discovered the closest temperate world orbiting a quiet star

A temperate planet, the size of the Earth, has been discovered only 11 light years from the Solar System. The team that has made the discovery has used a unique instrument in its class, the ESO HARPS planetary hunter. The new world has been designated as Ross 128 b and…

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Goodbye to Dick Gordon

Another veteran of the Apollo missions that leaves us. On November 6, 2017, Richard “Dick” Gordon, a NASA astronaut who traveled in the Gemini 11 (1966) and Apollo 12 (1969) missions, died at age 88. In this last mission Gordon was almost 89 hours around the Moon as pilot of…

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