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Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Scientists found in radar data the evidence that on the surface of Mars there are belts of glaciers covered by dust. The glaciers consist of water ice and the dust covering them actually preserves the ice on the surface. If the glaciers weren’t covered the ice would just vaporize. Read more in this article by […]

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The First 32 Exoplanets to be Named

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The International Astronomical Union will name the first 32 exoplanets via a Exoworld Naming Contest open to the general public. An official statement in that regard will be made soon. These 32 planets move around 20 stars, most of these stars are visible to the naked eye. More can be found at Planetary Habitability Laboratory.
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Curiosity has found nitrates on Mars

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

NASA scientists report that the Curiosity rover has found another compound on Mars that could be indicative that life could have been possible om Mars at one time, in this case nitrates. While not outright proof, but it does make the likelihood higher. To quote the article:
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the […]

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Ganymede has a large salty ocean

March 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ganymede, one of Jupiters many moons, is found to have a large underground ocean. It may even contain more water than can be found here on Earth. This is the conclusion that can be drawn from the fact that Ganymedes has aurora lights. This reveales the shape of the moons magnetics field, with in turn […]

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Mars had a large ocean

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Nasa has found evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars. This is the conclusion based on the relative quantity of deuterium versus regular water. Since Mars is relatively small, water is easily evaporated from the surface. Deuterium is heavier and will be ever more present in the compound. The measurements show that there must […]

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New Kepler announcements

April 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Yesterday NASA’s Kepler team presented new exciting findings. In the race to find an exoplanet similar to Earth this is another step in the right direction. Three new planet candidates slightly bigger than Earth are found to reside in the so-called habitable zone.
Two of these planets belong to one system, dubbed Kepler 62. The system […]

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Exoplanets and more exoplanets

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments

We truly live at an exciting time. A few days ago the NASA Kepler mission announced new results from their exoplanet search. Not only have they found many more candidates, but the candidates get ever more interesting.
The method that is used results in finding big planets close to their star the quickest. Now that the […]

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Best Wishes!

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

To all the readers of my blog: I wish you all the best in the coming year. Who knows what it may bring?

Here is my personal top three list of things to look forward to:
Curiosity, one of our humble but heroic representatives on Mars, may find things we did not expect to find.
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Ice on Mercury!

December 1st, 2012 · No Comments

NASA has announced to have found ice on Mercury, which is astounding news knowing that mercury is closest to the Sun. Watch te video where the find is disclosed in great detail.

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Exoplanet at our doorstep!

October 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Our next door neighbour in astronomical sense is Alpha Centauri. It has featured in many a science fiction story but up until now it wasn’t known whether it had any planets circling it.
The big news is that it has at least one! And it is about the same size of Earth too! The planet is […]

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