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Astronomers Find Nearly 100 New Exoplanets

Astronomers spent four years pouring over data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope’s K2 mission and found 95 new planets. Watch TV shows, movies and more on Yahoo View. About Newsy Newsy: Newsy filters out the hype to deliver a fresh take on U.S. and world news with additional perspective and analysis. See More Check out more stuff on Yahoo View

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Humanity WILL welcome ALIENS and 100 DISCOVERED planets may hold life, experts reveal

GETTY Humanity will welcome aliens and 100 discovered planets may hold life To examine public reaction to aliens, Prof Michael Varnum of Arizona State University and his colleagues looked at the language of 15 media articles. They were discoveries which were suggested to be evidence of alien life. They included Nasa’s announcement in 1996 of possible life on a Martian meteorite, and the dimming of “Tabby’s star”, which, it was proposed, could be down to an alien megastructure. Prof Michael Varnum said: “I think the consensus probably leans in the…

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NASA Kepler's K2 Mission Scientists Discover 95 New Planets Beyond Our Solar System

NASA’s K2 mission—the current focus of the Kepler spacecraft—has revealed 95 new planets beyond our solar system. The treasure trove of new exoplanets joins the thousands of others that had already been identified as of February 1.   An international team of scientists analyzed 275 possible exoplanets. Of those, 149 were validated and 95 were entirely new. The discovery, published Thursday in the Astronomical Journal, is good news for scientists trying to figure out what planets beyond our solar system might be like. More exoplanets mean more opportunities to parse through what these…

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ALIEN LIFE BOOST: Almost 100 new planets found including many resembling EARTH

Out of 275 candidate planets, scientists confirmed 95 were exoplanets. Upcoming missions will examine the rocky, Earth-sized planets which could support life. The spacecraft, which is on the K2 mission to discover new exoplanets, has uncovered thousands of candidates since it was launched almost a decade ago. Andrew Mayo, lead author of the study and PhD student, said: “We started out analysing 275 candidates of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets.  “In turn, 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries.”  A candidate exoplanet is measured by…

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FCC chairman urges approval for SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants his agency approve SpaceX’s 15-month-old application to serve the U.S. with its proposed megaconstellation. In a statement released just days before SpaceX launches its first two prototype satellites, Pai urged support of the company’s application within the FCC, saying Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX can help reach rural and isolated parts of the country with high-speed Internet. “To bridge America’s digital divide, we’ll have to use innovative technologies. SpaceX’s application — along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the U.S.…

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NASA’S ‘Holy Grail’ solar system ‘primed for ALIEN life’ as experts call it ‘ideal planet’

Getty Some of the worlds are understood to contain water at as much as 5 per cent of their mass The series of seven planets, that are each labelled with a letter, could have the fundamentals needed to support alien life. When the system was found, scientists described it as a “holy grail” discovery. TRAPPIST-1d and TRAPPIST-1e, the third and fourth planets sitting away from the system’s sun, are “the most likely to have liquid water on them”, according to Simon Grimm, an astronomer for the Center for Space and…

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A changing of the guard in NASA’s hunt for exoplanets

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 15, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Sometime later this year NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, orbiting the sun more than 150 million kilometers from the Earth, will fire its thrusters for the final time. The spacecraft is running out of the hydrazine fuel used by those thrusters to maintain the spacecraft’s orientation. Once the thrusters sputter and shut down, their fuel exhausted, Kepler will no longer be able to control its pointing, and the mission will end. The project isn’t quite sure exactly when that…

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Kepler confirms health of LEO Ku-band cubesat

WASHINGTON — Kepler Communications, a Canadian startup designing a low-Earth-orbit constellation for satellite connectivity, says its first satellite is performing as expected following a Jan. 19 launch on China’s Long March 11 rocket. Kepler’s cubesat satellite was one of six satellites that China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched from China’s oldest spaceport, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. Nicknamed Kipp after a robot in the 2014 sci-fi movie “Interstellar,”  the 30-centimeter by 10-centimeter by 10-centimeter nanosatellite is the first of two demonstration satellites Scotland’s Clyde Space built for Kepler,…

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ALIEN LIFE: New planets similar to Earth found by citizen scientists in shock discovery

Over the three-year mission, 287,309 stars were observed and tens of thousands more rolled in every few months.  They also discovered 44 Jupiter-sized planets, 72 Neptune-sized, 44 Earth-sized, and 53 so-called Super Earth’s, which are larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. But the most exciting discovery for some was the K2-138 planetary system, home to at least five “sub-Neptune” planets between the size of Earth and Neptune, nearly 620 light years from Earth.  The exoplanet family was discovered after researchers launched a crowdsourcing project to help sift through three…

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New ALIEN planets discovered by ‘citizen scientists’ revealing shock discoveries

GETTY The study was popularised by Brian Cox in Stargazing Live The discovery of the “K2-128 system” was published in a new paper using data from the K2 Mission, using the Kepler space telescope, which has observed over 280,000 stars in three years. Unfortunately, the telescope suffered a series of hardware failure and could no longer operate the way it was initially intended, so the scientists initiated a crowdsourcing project called Exoplanet Explorers. The project was developed by Jessie Christiansen from the California Institute of Technology and Ian Crossfield, an…

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