Kepler Mission Placed in Hibernation to Download Data Before its Last Campaign

The Kepler mission has been put into hibernation prior to downloading data from its 18th campaign and commencing its last.

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Does Climate Change Explain Why We Don’t See Any Aliens Out There?

Addressing the Fermi Paradox, a team of researchers recently conducted a study predicts whether or not Climate Change may be what determines the fate of civilizations.

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Chandra Observatory Checks to Make Sure Alpha Centauri is Safe, You Know, in Case We Decide to Visit

At distance of just 4.367 light years, the triple star system of Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri A+B and Proxima Centauri) is the closest star system to our own. In 2016, researchers from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima b, a rocky planet located within the star’s habitable zone and the closest exoplanet […]

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One of the Trappist-1 Planets Has an Iron Core

In February of 2017, a team of European astronomers announced the discovery of a seven-planet system orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Aside from the fact that all seven planets were rocky, there was the added bonus of three of them orbiting within TRAPPIST-1’s habitable zone. Since that time, multiple studies have been conducted to determine […]

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If We’re Searching for Earth 2.0, Would We Know It When We Find It?

In the past few decades, there has been an explosion in the number of extra-solar planets that have been discovered. As of April 1st, 2018, a total of 3,758 exoplanets have been confirmed in 2,808 systems, with 627 systems having more than one planet. In addition to expanding our knowledge of the Universe, the purpose […]

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Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched

According to a new study, Proxima Centauri experiences superflare activity that would likely render its exoplanet (Proxima b) uninhabitable

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