Planet “Like Earth” Found

Although Kepler was retired in 2018, the data it collected continues to be analyzed. An exoplanet named Kepler-1649c orbits its star every 19.5 days in the 'goldilocks zone' or at the right distance from the red dwarf to have liquid water. It's 300 lightyears from Earth and therefore difficult to study.  We know Kepler-1649c is... Continue Reading →

K2 18b Has a Damp Atmosphere

In 2015 Kepler found this planet orbiting a red dwarf star some 110 light years from Earth, twice as wide as Earth, and has eight times Earth’s mass. It's not exactly Earth-like, but it does orbit within the habitable zone of that star. In 2016 and 2017 using the Hubble, a team discovered that the... Continue Reading →

BepiColombo blasts off to Mercury

#ICYMI We're on our way to #Mercury! 🚀 #BepiColombo blasted off on an #Ariane5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45GMT/03:45 CEST this morning with @ESA_Bepi @JAXA_MMO & @ESA_MTM onboard. Full story: https://t.co/uXTlVD9jXX pic.twitter.com/wZqZtVADqf — BepiColombo (@BepiColombo) October 20, 2018 Watch the launch replay: https://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2018/10/BepiColombo_launch_replay BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury, in combination with... Continue Reading →

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