News tagged with palomar observatory

The (possible) dwarf planet 2007 OR10

Over the course of the past decade, more and more objects have been discovered within the trans-Neptunian region. With every new find, we have learned more about the history of our solar system and the mysteries it holds. ...

dateSep 03, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Planet 'reared' by four parent stars

Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star—our sun—other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared in families with ...

dateMar 04, 2015 in Astronomy
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A newborn supernova every night

Thanks to a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation and matching funds from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) collaboration, a new camera is being built at Caltech's Palomar Observatory that will be able to ...

dateOct 17, 2014 in Astronomy
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Sifting through the atmospheres of far-off worlds

( —Gone are the days of being able to count the number of known planets on your fingers. Today, there are more than 800 confirmed exoplanets—planets that orbit stars beyond our sun—and more than 2,700 other ...

dateMay 09, 2013 in Astronomy
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Space image: Compact planetary system

( -- This artist's concept depicts a planetary system so compact that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes ...

dateMar 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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