News tagged with gravitational forces

New technique measures mass of exoplanets

To date, scientists have confirmed the existence of more than 900 exoplanets circulating outside our solar system. To determine if any of these far-off worlds are habitable requires knowing an exoplanet's ...

Dec 19, 2013
5 / 5 (21) 0 | with audio podcast

Runaway planets zoom at a fraction of light speed

Seven years ago, astronomers boggled when they found the first runaway star flying out of our Galaxy at a speed of 1.5 million miles per hour. The discovery intrigued theorists, who wondered: If a star can ...

Mar 22, 2012
4.6 / 5 (19) 22 | with audio podcast

Milky way sidelined in galactic tug of war

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Magellanic Stream is an arc of hydrogen gas spanning more than 100 degrees of the sky as it trails behind the Milky Way's neighbor galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Our ...

Sep 29, 2010
4.9 / 5 (14) 0 | with audio podcast