ScienceCasts: A Sudden Multiplication of Planets (by ScienceAtNASA)
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Today, NASA announced a breakthrough addition to the catalog of new planets. Researchers using Kepler have confirmed 715 new worlds, almost quadrupling the number of planets previously confirmed by the planet-hunting spacecraft. Some of the new worlds are similar in size to Earth and orbit in the habitable zone of their parent stars.
While exoplanets make the news on an almost daily basis, one of the biggest announcements occurred in 2012 when astronomers claimed the discovery of an Earth-like planet circling our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri B, a mere 4.3 light-years away. That’s almost close enough to touch.
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs (by Camelot Radio)
A Harvard astronomer has a provocative hunch about what happened after the Big Bang.
By Annalee Newitz