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New ‘geologic clock’ resets date for moon’s formation

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Earth’s moon started forming up to 65 million years later than some previous estimates, according to a study released on Wednesday that uses a new way to calculate the birthday of the 4.47 billion-year-old planet’s only natural satellite. The mega-asteroid that smashed…

Discovery of dwarf planet VP113 hints at a hidden ‘Super Earth’ in solar system

Astronomers have increased the size of the observable solar system after spotting a 450-km wide object orbiting the sun. The lump of ice and rock circles the sun at a greater distance than any known object, and never gets closer than 12bn kilometres – 80 times the distance from Earth…

Kepler’s bonanza: Space telescope discovers 715 new planets

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said on Wednesday. The additions include four planets about 2-1/2 times as big as Earth that are…

ESA’s ‘Rosetta’ spacecraft on track for historic January 2014 comet landing

Hundreds of millions of miles away and 10 years after launch, a European spaceship could be on the brink of discovering how life appeared on Earth At precisely 10am GMT on 20 January next year, a tiny electronic chip inside Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft will flicker into life. The robot probe…

Kepler telescope finds ‘hellish’ exoplanet with Earth-like mass

An Earth-sized planet far beyond our Solar System has been found to have a similar mass to our planet, said researchers Wednesday engaged in the hunt for other habitable worlds. While Kepler-78b is not a hospitable place, with surface temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,600 degrees Fahrenheit), confirmation of its…

Planet found floating alone beyond the solar system

Astronomers said Wednesday they have found a lonely planet outside the solar system floating alone in space and not orbiting a star. The gaseous exoplanet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light years from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. Having formed 12 million years…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Life in solar system most likely on other planets’ moons

Author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a video released Thursday that if humanity hopes to find other forms of life in this solar system, then our next exploratory missions should target not our interplanetary neighbors, but their moons. Going to Venus, he said, would be a terrible idea.…

NASA’s Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system

Never before has a human-built spacecraft traveled so far. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has now left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy, US scientists said Thursday. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system and to possibly journey…

New solar system installed in U.S. every 4 minutes

In the United States, a solar system is installed every 4 minutes (360 solar systems per day), according to GTM Research. For such a small industry, that is massive growth. This means that, soon, the solar industry will no longer be small. Of course…  …

NASA’s IBEX –Interstellar Boundary Explorer– maps solar system’s tail for the first time

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, has for the first time mapped the tail – or, tails – that stream out behind our solar system as it moves through the galaxy. Researchers have for years theorized that our solar system should have…  …

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