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Primitive life is possible on nearby exoplanet, scientists say

Primitive life is possible on nearby exoplanet, scientists say

Astronomers believe that recently discovered super-Earth Barnard’s star b, only six light-years away, might be able to support life. Barnard’s star b was only announced in November; it orbits Barnard’s star, the closest solitary star to our sun. This makes it the second closest-known exoplanet to us. Previously, an exoplanet was found orbiting in the…MORE

The oceans are warming faster than scientists thought

The oceans are warming faster than scientists thought

The world’s oceans are warming at an accelerated rate and are much warmer than scientists thought — and things could get a lot worse if nothing is done to stop climate change, according to a new study. The data, published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science, shows that the oceans have experienced consistent changes…MORE

A second mysterious repeating fast radio burst has been detected in space

A second mysterious repeating fast radio burst has been detected in space

Far outside our Milky Way galaxy, something is causing repeating short bursts of radio waves to be released into space. Scientists have recorded the second repeating fast radio burst to be discovered, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The finding was also presented at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical…MORE

NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries

NASA’s planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries

TESS, NASA’s planet-hunting telescope, has found an exoplanet three times the size of Earth only 53 light-years away. It has also discovered a super-Earth and a rocky world, making three exoplanet discoveries in the first three months since it began surveying the sky in July. The nearby exoplanet, HD 21749b, orbits a bright neighboring star…MORE

Citizen scientists discover rare exoplanet

Citizen scientists discover rare exoplanet

Although NASA’s Kepler space telescope ran out of fuel and ended its mission in 2018, citizen scientists have used its data to discover an exoplanet 226 light-years away in the Taurus constellation. The exoplanet, known as K2-288Bb, is about twice the size of Earth and orbits within the habitable zone of its star, meaning liquid…MORE

A partial solar eclipse happens this weekend over Asia

A partial solar eclipse happens this weekend over Asia

A partial solar eclipse will help kick off the new year Sunday as the moon passes between Earth and the sun. But visibility depends on where you live — and clear skies, of course. The partial solar eclipse will be visible after sunrise in Asia in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in…MORE

Ultima Thule is really two objects that form a space ‘snowman’

Ultima Thule is really two objects that form a space ‘snowman’

On Tuesday, the first image of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule taken by the New Horizons spacecraft revealed a bowling pin. On Wednesday, more distinct and color images revealed a snowman. Mission scientists said the first science data transmitted back from New Horizons has shown Ultima Thule to actually be two separate objects joined…MORE

Baby boy found alive in rubble of Russian apartment explosion

Baby boy found alive in rubble of Russian apartment explosion

A baby boy was plucked alive Tuesday from the rubble of an apartment building leveled a day earlier by a suspected gas explosion in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk. Dramatic footage released by Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry showed rescue workers pulling away debris to reveal the child — described as “less than a year old.”…MORE