jul 012013
 
Three Planets in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star

  During my holiday, there was lots of news from the Universe. In case you were not informed in another way, I’ll still publish the most important items.    Gliese 667C reexamined   A team of astronomers has combined new observations of Gliese 667C with existing data from HARPS at ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope in Chile, [continue reading]

apr 282013
 
Far-Off Planets Studied by Using New Method

  A University of Washington astronomer is using Earth’s interstellar neighbors to learn the nature of certain stars too far away to be directly measured or observed, and the planets they may host. Current list of potentially habitable exoplanets including Kepler-61b. Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune were added for scale. Image Credit: Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ [continue reading]

mrt 152013
 
Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zones are Rather Common

  The number of potentially habitable planets is greater than previously thought, according to a new analysis by a Penn State researcher, and some of those planets are likely lurking around nearby stars. The graphic shows optimistic and conservative habitable zone boundaries around cool, low mass stars. The numbers indicate the names of known Kepler [continue reading]

nov 022012
 
A Massive Black Hole Exists in the Sword of Orion!

  An international team of astrophysicists, including UQ’s Dr Holger Baumgardt, has shed light on the long-standing mystery of the binding force behind a cluster of unruly and rapidly swirling stars located in the famous Sword of Orion. Overview image of the Orion Nebula with the star cluster at its center.  The possible black hole would [continue reading]

okt 312012
 
New Findings on the Birth of Distant Stars

  An astronomical team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (MPIA) has gained new insights into a birthplace of stars. Using the ESA’s Herschel Space Telescope and evaluation techniques more commonly encountered in Hollywood film productions, the researchers produced a three-dimensional map of the dark cloud Barnard 68, a [continue reading]