Three ‘Super-Earths’ Found Orbiting One Star

Advertisement It’s not a bird, it’s not a planet, it’s not Jupiter… it’s super earth. Actually, there’s 3 of them. What are they? Well they’re three planets that astrophysicists have found orbiting the same star. They were located with the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile.These Super Earths are more massive than our

Ice on Mars – seems like a reality

The Phoenix Lander was definitely a marking moment for scientists and researchers, who now have the opportunity of actually seeing what they could have just speculated about before. For example, just take a look at this picture the probe sent back on Friday.   Advertisement   Phoenix scientist Ray Arvidson said there may be ice directly under the Phoenix lander,

5 things there is no scientific explanation for

Every once in a while, you hear about something that sounds just unexplainable, but turns out to be not that out of the ordinary a few days later. Still, sometimes, the mystery just keeps going and going and there seems to be no scientific explanation for it. Here’s a list of some of the most intriguing mysteries science has been

Phoenix Spacecraft lands on Mars

The ball aproaches the field and… touchdown! NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander survived the fiery dive into Mars’ atmosphere Sunday to make a three-point landing in the planet’s arctic regions. This is absolutely a fantastic achievement which included an impressive amount of work and so many people that struggled for this common magnificent objective. “It looks as if the solar arrays

Black holes not black at all?

Let’s start with the beginning, shall we ? A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull after having fallen past its event horizon. That means that electromagnetic radiation (e.g. visible light) is unable to break away from the attraction of these massive objects.

Cities as seen from space, at night

Recently, the NASA observatory published some great images of some cities. For a man looking at those cities at night, man’s work seems both impressive and insignificant. But the view would be fantastic: regular patterns of irrigated cropland, straight lines of roads and railways running across continents, reservoirs on river systems, and the cement rectangles of ports and seawalls along

Two pictures show the progress of technology – first and finest picture of Earth

    Our life may be better or worse, our health may be better or worse, but one thing has definitely improved over the past decades: technology; and that’s a really big thing. Advertisement So what better way to prove the progress of technology than 2 pictures of Earth? The first was taken from the weather satellite TIROS-1, on April

Get a glimpse of a black hole’s fury

  Recently, a team of researchers (with the help of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and a host of international telescope partners) have managed to get the clearest observation yet of the “core” of a black hole. Advertisement A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that

Electric Solar Wind Sail to Power Future Space Travel In Solar System

Two years ago, the Finnish Meteorological Institute made public the fact that they had created an electric solar wind sail. Now, scientists believe that this kind of propulsion could benefit space travel significantly, throughout the Solar System. Doctor Pekka Janhunen who invented the sail, believes it could revolutionise travelling in space, as using solar winds for thrust requires no fuel

Get me to the Moon on time

NASA’s space shuttle is set to take off on its last mission in 2010; the agency is really busy preparing to get a ship on the moon until 2020 [Update: Atlantis mission ends the NASA program]. But recent developments suggest that there may be delays, as does Nature news. NASA officials say that the programme is still on track, but