Posts Tagged ‘Discovery’

Have researchers finally found the first-ever exomoon?

While astronomers have located more than 1,000 verified exoplanets and several thousand other potential candidates, they have yet to find a confirmed exomoon, but now, a new study posted to the arXiv prepublication server could provide evidence of the first such discovery. According to Engadget and BBC News, Dr. David Kipping, an assistant professor of […]

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The Moon is full of water, new study finds

A new analysis of satellite data has found several ancient volcanic deposits on the lunar surface that are filled with unexpectedly high amounts of water in comparison to the surrounding terrain, suggesting that the moon’s interior could contain far more H2O previously realised. As part of their research, which was published online Monday in the […]

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First potential nuclear waste discovered at Fukushima plant

A remotely-controlled underwater robot investigating has captured what appears to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel debris inside a reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan – a discovery that some are hailing as “a potential milestone” in the clean-up efforts there. The plant was severely damaged by a tsunami in 2011 […]

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NASA finds 10 more habitable, Earth-like exoplanets

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope mission has resulted in the discovery of more than 200 new candidates since the last time data was released by the US space agency, including 10 nearly-Earth sized, potentially habitable new worlds, various media outlets have reported. During a briefing held on Monday, Kepler scientists revealed that the latest round […]

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Atmosphere of distant ‘warm Neptune’ fascinates astronomers

A mixture of images from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes has resulted in fascinating observations of the exoplanet HAT-P-26b, which is classified as a ‘warm Neptune’. Water vapor and exotic clouds have been spotted in the atmosphere of the distant alien planet, which is 430 light-years away from Earth. The planet displayed a preponderance of […]

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