Posts Tagged ‘star’

Exoplanets in the news

June 29, 2018

There are currently about fifty known exoplanets whose diameters range from Mars-sized to several times the Earth’s and which also reside within their stars’ habitable zone – the orbital distance within which their surface temperatures permit liquid water. These exoplanets are currently our best candidates for hosting life.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-06-habitable-world-exoplanets.html#jCp

A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides new clues indicating that an exoplanet 500 light-years away is much like Earth.

Kepler-186f is the first identified Earth-sized planet outside the solar system orbiting a star in the . This means it’s the proper distance from its for liquid water to pool on the surface.

The Georgia Tech study used simulations to analyze and identify the exoplanet’s spin axis dynamics. Those dynamics determine how much a planet tilts on its axis and how that tilt angle evolves over time. Axial tilt contributes to seasons and climate because it affects how sunlight strikes the planet’s surface.

The researchers suggest that Kepler-186f’s is very stable, much like the Earth, making it likely that it has regular seasons and a stable climate. The Georgia Tech team thinks the same is true for Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-sized planet orbiting around a star about 1,200 light-years away from us.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-06-clues-earth-like-exoplanets.html#jCp

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234 new planet candidates from Kepler K2 mission

January 6, 2016
  • 8 observation campaigns completed, more to come
  • 234 candidates identified, more to come
  • Over 100 confirmed newly discovered exoplanets, more to come
  • These star systems are much closer than K1 campaigns
  • About 1 billion rocky Earth sized worlds in our galaxy alone

http://gizmodo.com/kepler-has-uncovered-a-trove-of-new-planets-in-our-cosm-1751190170

Visible Light Spectrum from Alien Planet Measured for 1st Time

April 22, 2015

Astronomers have detected an exoplanet’s visible-light spectrum directly for the first time ever, a milestone that could help bring many other alien worlds into clearer focus down the road.

Wide-field view of the sky around the star 51 Pegasi

Image showing the sky around the star 51 Pegasi in the northern constellation of Pegasus. This image was created from photographic material forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2
(editor’s note: I believe the planet is to the left of the star in the center)

The scientists used the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile to study the spectrum of visible light reflected off the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, which lies about 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.

51 Pegasi b, a “hot Jupiter” gas giant that orbits close to its parent star, was spotted in 1995, when it became the first alien world ever discovered around a sunlike star. (The first exoplanets of any type were found in 1992 around a superdense, rotating stellar corpse called a pulsar.)

Researchers most often study exoplanet atmospheres by analyzing the starlight that passes through them when worlds cross their stars’ faces from Earth’s perspective. This method, known as transit spectroscopy, is restricted to use on systems in which the stars and planets align.

 

The new strategy used with 51 Pegasi b, on the other hand, does not depend on planetary transits and could thus find broader applicability, researchers said.

The technique offers other scientific advantages as well.

“This type of detection technique is of great scientific importance, as it allows us to measure the planet’s real mass and orbital inclination, which is essential to more fully understand the system,” study lead author Jorge Martins, of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and the Universidade do Porto in Portugal, said in a statement.

“It also allows us to estimate the planet’s reflectivity, or albedo, which can be used to infer the composition of both the planet’s surface and atmosphere,” Martins added.

The new data suggest that 51 Pegasi b is highly reflective, a bit larger in diameter than Jupiter and about half as massive as our solar system’s biggest planet, researchers said.

The new observations by HARPS (which is short for High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher) provide a vital proof of concept for the new technique, which could really come into its own when employed with instruments on bigger telescopes, such as the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), researchers said.

“We are now eagerly awaiting first light of the ESPRESSO spectrograph on the VLT so that we can do more detailed studies of this and other planetary systems,” said co-author Nuno Santos, also of the IA and Universidade do Porto.

The new study was published today (April 22) in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Interstellar movie has nothing on this: Animated flight through our local Universe

October 14, 2014

Related: http://billymeier.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/number-of-human-races-in-our-universe-2/

Related: https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/18-humanoid-lifeforms-in-the-known-universe/

#WANA

Tour of planets orbiting single stars- 1 min. vid

May 8, 2014

May Skywatch: 2 comets, 1 possible meteor storm

May 5, 2014

Gaia Portal update Jan 4 2014

January 4, 2014

Consciousness “star bursts” occur within large groups of hu-manity at this moment.

Such bursts result from massive up shifts in awareness, at various dimensional levels.

Movements of all types on all levels occur as the Star-Bursting continues.

Inner Stars awaken.

 

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