Observing the Earth as if it were an exoplanet with DSCOVR

NASA’s DSCOVR satellite is a true wonder of our time that, unfortunately, goes unnoticed by most of the public. Thanks to its epic EPIC camera we can see images of the illuminated hemisphere of the Earth from 1.5 million kilometers away. But in addition to giving us spectacular images, DSCOVR…

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They photograph a baby planet at 600 light years by chance

Astronomers led by the University of Leiden have casually found a small companion around the young double star CS Cha, while they watched the dust disk of the binary system. The finding, reported in arXiv, was produced with the SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Soon they…

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Launch of TESS, the exoplanet hunter

Today a mission has taken off that will give much to talk about in the coming years. This is TESS, the third space mission dedicated exclusively to the search for extrasolar planets after CoRoT and Kepler. TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will discover thousands of exoplanets that, unlike Kepler, can…

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