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This astronomy student found 17 new exoplanets — and one is potentially habitable

This astronomy student found 17 new exoplanets — and one is potentially habitable

Michelle Kunimoto has a knack for finding exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars outside of our solar system. The University of British Columbia astronomy student found four while she worked on her undergraduate degree. Now a doctoral candidate, she has discovered an additional 17 planets by poring over data from NASA’s Kepler mission, which ended…MORE

Did Iran give Trump a foreign policy victory, after all?

Did Iran give Trump a foreign policy victory, after all?

All hell didn’t break loose, after all. Before the new coronavirus epidemic gripped the globe — about a million supercharged news cycles ago — we seemed to be on the brink of a major US-Iran war. But two months later, the feared backlash of the US killing of top Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani has…MORE

Biggest explosion in the universe spotted by astronomers

Biggest explosion in the universe spotted by astronomers

A record-breaking explosion created by a black hole 390 million light-years away has been discovered by astronomers. “In some ways, this blast is similar to how the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 ripped off the top of the mountain,” said lead author Simona Giacintucci, director of research at the Naval Research Laboratory in…MORE

Turns out there are actually two species of red panda, not just one

Turns out there are actually two species of red panda, not just one

Scientists have discovered for the first time that there are two distinct species of red panda, not just one — and the find could have important ramifications for conservation efforts. The small mammals, which are already endangered, are native to China, Nepal, India, Bhutan and Myanmar. Although red pandas’ physical differences have led many to…MORE

How to see Venus and a crescent moon side-by-side this Thursday

How to see Venus and a crescent moon side-by-side this Thursday

A celestial phenomenon is set to occur between Venus and the moon Thursday night, according to NASA’s calendar. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and you’ve got a clear sky Thursday, look to the southwest and you’ll see a very bright Venus alongside a crescent moon, together two of the brightest objects in the…MORE

Potentially habitable exoplanet could broaden the search for life beyond Earth

Potentially habitable exoplanet could broaden the search for life beyond Earth

The more scientists learn about exoplanet K2-18b, the more intriguing it becomes. And it could broaden the types of exoplanets astronomers target in their search for life beyond Earth. Last year, astronomers peered into the atmosphere of the exoplanet — a planet outside our solar system — and discovered both water vapor and temperatures that…MORE

Earth has a new mini-moon — but it’s only temporary

Earth has a new mini-moon — but it’s only temporary

It’s not the moon, but you can call it mini-moon. Earth has captured a tiny object and pulled it into orbit. The asteroid, known as 2020 CD3, is only the second asteroid known to orbit Earth. And while it won’t last, this asteroid acts as a temporary mini-moon whirling around our planet. The discovery was…MORE

Chinese space mission reveals what it’s like on the farside of the moon

Chinese space mission reveals what it’s like on the farside of the moon

China’s Chang’e-4 mission, the first to land on the far side of the moon, is unveiling lunar secrets one layer at a time, according to a new study. Chang’e-4 landed in the Von Karman crater on January 3, 2019, after which it deployed a lunar rover named Yutu-2. The rover’s purpose was to explore the…MORE

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