Floating alone Planets may be more common than Stars

Floating alone Planets

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.

By | May 22, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , |

Exo-Planet Found to meet key crtieria for Life

Exo-Planet Found

A super-Earth exoplanet, Gliese 581d, a rocky world orbiting a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, located around 20 light years from Earth, which makes it one of our closest neighbors, has been confirmed as the first planet outside our solar system to meet key requirements for sustaining life.

By | May 18, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , |

Life Exists Elsewhere in the Universe


It’s no accident that we see stars in the sky, says famed Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins: they are a vital part of any universe capable of generating us. But, as Dawkins emphasizes, that does not mean that stars exists in order to make us.

By | May 17, 2011|Categories: Astronomy, Physics|Tags: , , , |

El Cielo de Canarias

Canary sky

Canary sky – Scenes taken from Tenerife, more than 2,000 meters above sea level and over a year to capture all possible shades, clouds, stars, colors from a unique landscape and from one of the best skies on the planet.

By | May 14, 2011|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , |

Starry La Silla

Starry nightThe stars rotate around the southern celestial pole during a night at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. The fuzzy parts in the trails on the right are due to the Magellanic Clouds, two small galaxies neighbouring the Milky Way.  image credit: Iztok Bončina/ESO

By | Apr 17, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

Celestial fireworks from dying stars

Celestial fireworks

This picture of the star formation region NGC 3582 was taken using the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image reveals giant loops of gas ejected by dying stars that bear a striking resemblance to solar prominences.

By | Apr 16, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

Merged black hole eagerly shreds stars

merged black holeA galaxy’s core is a busy place, crowded with stars swarming around an enormous black hole. When galaxies collide, it gets even messier as the two black holes spiral toward each other, merging to make an even bigger gravitational monster.

By | Apr 11, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: |

Stars and Planets


With planet hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 1,235 candidate planets orbiting other suns since the Kepler mission’s search for Earth-like worlds began in 2009.

By | Mar 29, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

First image of two stars fuse into one

two stars fuseAstronomers have long suspected the phenomenon of two stars merging together was possible. But now, after years of searching, they have finally discovered the moment two closely orbiting stars became one.

By | Mar 22, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , |

Mysterious glowing spiral structure

glowing spiral structure

None of the world’s experts know what exactly the strange spiral structure on the left is. Why the spiral glows is a mystery, with a leading hypothesis being illumination by light reflected from nearby stars.

By | Mar 5, 2011|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , |