News tagged with planetary body

The 'habitable edge' of exomoons

Astronomers have their fingers crossed that within the haul of data collected by NASA's Kepler mission, which has already detected nearly three thousand possible exoplanets, hide the signatures of the very first exomoons.

dateMar 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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Is a new form of life really so alien?

The idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public. The notion that we are the only example of a successful life form in the galaxy has, ...

dateMay 08, 2012 in Other
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Vesta likely cold and dark enough for ice

( -- Though generally thought to be quite dry, roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and to receive so little sunlight that water ice could have survived there for billions of years, ...

dateJan 25, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Pulverized planet dust might lie around double stars

( -- Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared observatory spotted a surprisingly large ...

dateAug 23, 2010 in Astronomy
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A Hazy View of Early Earth

Haze in the early Earth atmosphere could have played a crucial role in the origin of life. By forming a protective shield, the haze would have safeguarded organic substances from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

dateOct 12, 2009 in Earth Sciences
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