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Researchers Say Milky Way Has Billions of Earth Like Planets

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November 4, 2013
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A new study suggests one out of every five stars similar to our Sun hosts a planet of similar size and temperature to Earth.


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Deutsche Welle (Sep. 29, 2013) — Is the earth unique? Or is there life somewhere else out there in space? The NASA built space telescope Kepler was designed to give us some initial answers to these questions. The flying telescope was launched in 2009 and until summer of 2013, when it became clear that a defect in two of Kepler's reaction wheels was irreparable, rendering it unsuitable for the task of searching for planets. The sudden end to the mission was a shock for planetary researchers given its tremendous success until that point. Kepler found 135 earth-like planets. Only a fraction of the data has been analyzed so far. We talk to scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research who are looking at the data and searching for habitable planets outside our solar system.
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'Black Hole Cam' to Capture First Image of Black Hole

'Black Hole Cam' to Capture First Image of Black Hole

Buzz60 (Dec. 19, 2013) — European scientists are looking to snap the first picture of a black hole. The Milky Way is theoretically centered by a massive black hole and the BlackHoleCam is going to try and get the first image of it's event horizon, the point of no return. Europe is also launching a billion dollar telescope to map the Milky Way. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
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What's Up for July 2014

What's Up for July 2014

NASA (July 1, 2014) — Spot Pluto and see the Milky Way and planets all month long. Video provided by NASA
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E-ELT: Looking Into Black Holes

E-ELT: Looking Into Black Holes

Deutsche Welle (July 21, 2013) — Known as the E-ELT for short, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be located at the European Southern Observatory, the ESO. At the moment, parts of the spyglass are being assembled in Garching in southern Germany. Jochen Liske of the ESO is involved in the project, which is expected to be ready to operate in the coming decade. Yet astronomers already know the telescope will be used to research black holes. At the moment, an enormous gas cloud is being torn apart by a black hole in the galaxy where the earth is located, the Milky Way. The E-ELT will be used to probe events like this, with the aim of answering key astronomical questions, such as the role of black holes in the development of galaxies.
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