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Stars that devour their planets get brighter and faster

Here comes the sunAlgolOnline / Alamy Stock Photo By John Wenz Stars like the sun don’t last forever—they eventually expand and envelop the inner members of their planetary systems. But the sun isn’t the only thing going out with a bang—the planets might too. A new study suggests that as a star begins to die and slowly expands outward, it would temporarily light up as it eats the worlds it hosts. If this turns out to be the case, we could potentially catch a star in the act of planetary…

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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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REVEALED: Origins of MYSTERIOUS cigar-shaped alien asteroid that baffled Stephen Hawking

The unusual object which is called an interstellar, first shot past Earth in October and caused excitement that it may be an alien space ship. Scientists including Stephen Hawking have been baffled by the asteroid. The Breakthrough Listen project announced in December they were planning on conducting more tests on the strangely shaped space object after the initial investigation revealed no sign of alien life. However, now Mr Feng thinks he may have discovered Oumuamua’s origins. He said: “My latest study gives us a glimpse of exactly where Oumuamua may…

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Here’s the controversial key to NASA’s bold plan for Mars

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the orbiting outpost. But with the ISS slated for retirement in 2028, NASA is now making bold plans for the next phase of human spaceflight. The plans call for astronauts to return to the moon and then venture deeper into space. As President Trump said in December, these…

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Asteroid warning: Space rock as big as a HOUSE on ‘uncertain orbit’ to skim Earth in DAYS

The space rock had been invisible to astronomers until January 5, but scientists quickly calculated the asteroid, named 2018 AJ, will fly past Earth Tuesday, January 23. But NASA admits it is not yet certain of its orbital path. New asteroids are given a condition code of between 0 to 9 based on how certain astronomers are about its course. Zero means they are fairly certain, but 9 is classed as “highly uncertain”. It is currently believed it will pass at a comfortable 4.6 times the distance from Earth to…

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REVEALED: Extraterrestrial object holds KEY to solar system formation, exciting scientists

A chunk of meteor, known as a Hypatia stone, which fell to earth and was found in the Egyptian desert may have been formed when the universe was still taking shape. The extraterrestrial object may predate the sun and its surrounding planets. It contains micro-mineral compounds not found elsewhere in the universe, or in known meteorites and comets. The discovery which could rewrite history books was made by researchers from the University of Johannesburg, who used advanced scanning techniques to analyse Hypatia’s structure. Some people believe that Hypatia is a…

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NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

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We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

Is there another Grand Canyon somewhere out there?NASA/JPL-Caltech By John Wenz There are stunning mountain ranges on Earth, Mars and even Pluto. But what about worlds further afield? Moiya McTier at Columbia University in New York presented her research into the embryonic field of exotopography on 11 January at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. She says that by analysing the dip in a star’s light as a planet passes in front of it, we might be able to discern actual details about the planet’s landscape. None of the…

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Citizen scientists discover five-planet system

In its search for exoplanets — planets outside of our solar system — NASA’s Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that may potentially host planets. The instrument identifies potential planets around other stars by looking for dips in the brightness of the stars that occur when planets cross in front of, or transit, them. Typically, computer programs flag the stars with these brightness dips, then astronomers look at each one and decide whether or not they truly could host a planet candidate.

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