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Earth-Like Planet Discovered

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet just 219 light-years away which could be a major step forward in the search for alien life.

This newly discovered world is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun.

Astronomers say this planet, which is a close relative of Venus, will be a prime candidate for looking for life in the next generation of space missions.

The new planet which is called Kepler-1649 (artist's impression) is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that's one-fifth the diameter of our Sun
The new planet which is called Kepler-1649 (artist’s impression) is only slightly larger than Earth and orbits a low-temperature star called M5V that’s one-fifth the diameter of our Sun

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Is the Universe All There?

New computer simulations have questioned the existence of dark energy, a so-far theoretical force that is ...
New computer simulations have questioned the existence of dark energy, a so-far theoretical force that is said to be driving the expansion of the universe (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

According to the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model, which is the current accepted standard for how the universe began and evolved, the ordinary matter we encounter every day only makes up around five percent of the universe’s density, with dark matter comprising 27 percent, and the remaining 68 percent made up of dark energy, a so-far theoretical force driving the expansion of the universe. But a new study has questioned whether dark energy exists at all, citing computer simulations that found that by accounting for the changing structure of the cosmos, the gap in the theory, which dark energy was proposed to fill, vanishes. read more

Martian Metal

The Curiosity rover has spotted a peculiar rock on the red planet that could be a rare iron-nickel meteorite.

A raw image shared on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory site reveals an unusual, dimpled grey rock with a metallic luster laying on the ground in the Mount Sharp region of Mars.

If confirmed as a meteorite, the object would be the third Curiosity has discovered since it began its mission over four years ago.

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The Curiosity rover has spotted a peculiar rock on the red planet that could be a rare iron-nickel meteorite. A raw image shared on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory site reveals an unusual, dimpled grey rock with a metallic luster laying on the ground in the Mount Sharp area
The Curiosity rover has spotted a peculiar rock on the red planet that could be a rare iron-nickel meteorite. A raw image shared on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory site reveals an unusual, dimpled grey rock with a metallic luster laying on the ground in the Mount Sharp area

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UFO Sighting over England

A musician has claimed to have seen a flaming UFO flying through the sky.

Mark Emmins was stunned when he saw the fiery object soaring above Exmouth in Devon.

Mr Emmins said he first noticed the oval-shaped luminous craft at around 1pm on Wednesday – but it was still floating above around three hours later.

Mark Emmins was stunned when he saw the fiery object soaring above Exmouth in Devon 
Mark Emmins was stunned when he saw the fiery object soaring above Exmouth in Devon

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Purple Rocks on Mars

It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple.

It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground.

According to NASA, the colour is suggestive of the diversity in the rocks’ composition, and a similar phenomenon has been seen in other areas where the rover detected hematite.

It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple. It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground
It might be known as the red planet, but a new image captured by the Curiosity rover shows the Martian landscape speckled in purple. It was taken on lower Mount Sharp, where purple-hued rocks can be seen scattered across the ground

WHY THEY’RE PURPLE 

The image was taken on November 10, during Curiosity’s 1,516th Martian day (or sol), of work.

In this season, winds keep the rocks mostly dust free, revealing their vibrant colors.

According to NASA, the colour is suggestive of the diversity in the rocks’ composition, and a similar phenomenon has been seen in other areas where the rover detected hematite. 

This stunning view was captured with the Mastcam’s right-eye camera, and three frames were stitched together.

It shows a span of roughly 15 compass degrees, with the left edge pointing toward the southeast.

Higher layers of the region can be seen in the distance – and the rover will soon be headed there during its future explorations.

The image was taken on November 10, during Curiosity’s 1,516th Martian day (or sol), of work.

In this season, winds keep the rocks mostly dust free, revealing their vibrant colors.

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Is ET Phoning Us?

The search for mysterious ‘fast radio bursts’ – very brief but intense pulses of radio waves from outer space – is heating up. 

Nobody knows what causes these powerful bursts, but some have speculated that the signals could be transmitted by distant alien civilisations. 

Now an international team of astronomers has detected the brightest ever fast radio burst, and say they are close to pinning down the source. 

Professor Carole Mundell, Head of Physics at the University of Bath, explains how researchers are tracing the blip. 

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Astronomers have detected the brightest ever fast radio burst. Some astronomers have suggested these brief, intense flashes are flares produced in the atmospheres of certain stars in our own Milky Way galaxy – a process similar to solar flares

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Death Star Moon of Mars

New simulations have revealed the massive impact that may have created our solar system’s own ‘Death Star’.

A bizarre 5.6-mile-wide crater marring the surface of Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, has long baffled scientists, with many noting its physical resemblance to the fictional-planet destroyer in the Star Wars films.

Now, researchers have found numerous scenarios that could have created the feature without entirely destroying Phobos, including an an asteroid or comet roughly 250 meters across slamming into the moon at nearly 4 miles per second.

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 New simulations reveal the massive impact that may have created our solar system¿s own ¿Death Star.¿ Eesearchers have found numerous scenarios that could have created the feature without entirely destroying Phobos (pictured)
New simulations reveal the massive impact that may have created our solar system’s own ‘Death Star.’ Eesearchers have found numerous scenarios that could have created the feature without entirely destroying Phobos (pictured)

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Disco Ball for Space Travel

Disco balls could be the unlikely key to interstellar travel, researchers have found.

Most projects, including billionaire Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Starshot project with Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, have focused on light ‘sails’ to travel the vast distances.

However, now researchers say a sphere could be far more effective.

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The interstellar disco ball, would have a probe hidden in the centre, according to the Harvard research. When a laser beam hit the thin, mirror-like surface, the light would bounce off and push the probe along.

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Black Hole Gateway to Nine Dimensions

It might sound like science fiction, but the three dimensions of space we are used to might not be the only ones out there.

One theory of particle physics suggests there are in fact nine dimensions, and black holes might be the key to reaching them.

This means that black holes could be portals to other universes.

Now scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are closing in on the hunt for evidence.

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One theory of particle physics suggests there are in fact nine dimensions, and black holes might be the key to reaching them. This means that black holes could be portals to other universesOne theory of particle physics suggests there are in fact nine dimensions, and black holes might be the key to reaching them. This means that black holes could be portals to other universes

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Best Space Map Yet

Esa has unveiled a stunning 3D map of a billion stars in our galaxy that is 1,000 times more complete than anything that previously existed.

The data for the map was collected by a space-based probe called Gaia, which has been circling the sun nearly a million miles beyond Earth’s orbit since its launch in December 2013.

On its journey, the satellite has been discreetly snapping pictures of the Milky Way.

Now the European Space Agency has released the first batch of data collected by Gaia, which includes information on the brightness and position of over a billion stars.

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The European Space Agency has released the first batch of data collected by Gaia, which includes information on the brightness and position of over a billion stars. An all-sky view of stars in our galaxy and neighbouring galaxies is pictured, based on the first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July 2014 to September 2015

The European Space Agency has released the first batch of data collected by Gaia, which includes information on the brightness and position of over a billion stars. An all-sky view of stars in our galaxy and neighbouring galaxies is pictured, based on the first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July 2014 to September 2015

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