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Nature’s magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets: Microlensing reveals sub-Saturn giant planets are common, not rare

World OGLE-2012- BLG-0950 Pound was found through gravitational microlensing, a phenomenon that functions as nature’s magnifying glass. Credit: LCO/D. BENNETT. Astronomers have actually discovered a brand-new exoplanet that might modify the standing theory of world development. With a mass that’s in between that of Neptune and Saturn, and its place beyond the “snow line” of its host star, an alien world of this scale was expected to be uncommon. Aparna Bhattacharya, a postdoctoral scientist from the University of Maryland and NASA’s Goddard...

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TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet: Measurements indicate a dense, gaseous, ‘sub-Neptune’ world, three times the size of Earth

NASA’& rsquo; s TESS objective, which will survey the whole sky over the next 2 years, has actually currently found 3 brand-new exoplanets around close-by stars. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Center, modified by MIT News. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Study Satellite, TESS, has actually found a 3rd little world outside our planetary system, researchers revealed today at the yearly American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle. The brand-new world, called HD 21749 b, orbits a brilliant, close-by dwarf star about 53 light years away,...

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New Ultima Thule discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons

The New Horizons science group produced the very first stereo image set of Ultima Thule. This image can be seen with stereo glasses to expose the Kuiper Belt item’s three-dimensional shape. The images that produced the stereo set were taken by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at 4: 23 and 5: 01 Universal Time on January 1, 2019 from particular series of 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) and 17,000 miles (28,000 kilometers), with particular initial scales of 1017 feet (310 meters) and 459 feet (140 meters) per pixel. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI. Information...

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NASA’s New Horizons mission reveals entirely new kind of world: Images of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule unveil the very first stages of solar system’s history

This image taken by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) is the most in-depth of Ultima Thule returned up until now by the New Horizons spacecraft. It was taken at 5: 01 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, simply 30 minutes prior to closest method from a variety of 18,000 miles (28,000 kilometers), with an initial scale of 730 feet (140 meters) per pixel. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Study Institute. Researchers from NASA’s New Horizons objective launched the very first in-depth pictures of the most...

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Juno mission captures images of volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io: Light from the plumes and fires of Io on Earth’s darkest night

Juno’s Radiation Tracking Examination gathered this picture of Jupiter’s moon Io with Juno’s Excellent Recommendation System (SRU) star cam quickly after Io was eclipsed by Jupiter at 12: 40: 29 (UTC) Dec. 21,2018 Io is gently brightened by moonlight from another of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. The brightest function on Io is presumed to be a permeating radiation signature. The radiance of activity from numerous of Io’s volcanoes is seen, consisting of a plume circled around in the image. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI. A group of area researchers...

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New Horizons successfully explores Ultima Thule: NASA spacecraft reaches most distant target in history

At left is a composite of 2 images taken by New Horizons’ high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which supplies the very best indicator of Ultima Thule’s shapes and size up until now. Initial measurements of this Kuiper Belt things recommend it is around 20 miles long by 10 miles broad (32 kilometers by 16 kilometers). An artist’s impression at best highlights one possible look of Ultima Thule, based upon the real image at left. The instructions of Ultima’s spin axis is shown by the arrows. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI; sketch...

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New Horizons spacecraft homing in on Kuiper Belt target

Simply over 24 hours prior to its closest technique to Kuiper Belt item Ultima Thule, the New Horizons spacecraft has actually returned the very first images that start to expose Ultima’s shape. The initial images have a pixel size of 6 miles (10 kilometers), very little smaller sized than Ultima’s approximated size of 20 miles (30 kilometers), so Ultima is just about 3 pixels throughout (left panel). Nevertheless, image-sharpening methods integrating several images reveal that it is extended, maybe two times as long as it is broad (best panel). This shape...

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All about Ultima: New Horizons flyby target is unlike anything explored in space

The Kuiper Belt depends on the so-called “3rd zone” of our planetary system, beyond the terrestrial worlds (inner zone) and gas giants (middle zone). This huge area includes billions of things, consisting of comets, dwarf worlds like Pluto and “planetesimals” like Ultima Thule. The things in this area are thought to be frozen in time– antiques left over from the development of the planetary system. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to zip a far-off “worldlet” 4 billion miles from the Sun...

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NASA’s InSight places first instrument on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander put its seismometer on Mars on Dec. 19,2018 This was the very first time a seismometer had actually ever been put onto the surface area of another world. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA’s InSight lander has actually released its very first instrument onto the surface area of Mars, finishing a significant objective turning point. New images from the lander reveal the seismometer on the ground, its copper-colored covering faintly brightened in the Martian sunset. It appears all is calm and all is intense for InSight, heading into completion...

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Clarifying Saturn’s moon Titan’s strange environment: New research study recommends the ‘cooking’ of ancient organics produced thick nitrogen environment

A brand-new Southwest Research study Institute research study takes on among the best secrets about Titan, among Saturn’s moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich environment. The research study presumes that a person secret to Titan’s strange environment is the “cooking” of natural product in the moon’s interior. ” Titan is an extremely fascinating moon since it has this extremely thick environment, that makes it distinct amongst moons in our planetary system,” stated Dr. Kelly Miller, research study researcher in SwRI’s...

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