Sep 062013
 
Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Lines between Stars and Planets

  Astronomers are constantly on the hunt for ever-colder star-like bodies, and two years ago a new class of objects was discovered by researchers using NASA’s WISE space telescope. However, until now no one has known exactly how cool their surfaces really are – some evidence suggested they could be room temperature. This artist’s conception [continue reading]

Jun 142012
 
Two Odd Planets Discovered by “Extremely Little” Telescope

  Even small telescopes can make big discoveries   Though the KELT North telescope in southern Arizona carries a lens no more powerful than a high-end digital camera, it’s just revealed the existence of two very unusual faraway planets. This artist’s rendering shows planet KELT-1b, which resides so close to its star that it completes [continue reading]