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astronomy2,000-20,000 rogue Moon to Jupiter planets per main sequence star

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Previously, planets have been detected only in the Milky Way galaxy. Researchers show that quasar microlensing provides a means to probe extragalactic planets in the lens galaxy, by studying the microlensing properties of emission close to the event horizon of …

scienceESA Gaia mission makes billion star galaxy map but cannot detect Dyson Swarms

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The European Space Agency Gaia mission will detect all celestial bodies down to magnitude 20. Gaia measures the positions, distances, space motions and many physical characteristics of some one billion stars in our Galaxy and beyond. For many years, the …

nasaNASA plans for next generation space telescopes

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NASA teams are currently studying next-generation space telescopes for the 2020 Decadal Survey for Astrophysics. The next-generation space telescopes will be able to find and analyze of extraterrestrial biospheres and increase sensitivity by up to 1000 times on certain wavelengths. …

futureNASA's Galactic Positioning System will enable autonomous spacecraft

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A NASA space telescope called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has been used to develop a brand new technology with near-term, practical applications: a galactic positioning system. Without this system it is not possible to determine a spaceship’s …

futureNASA’s Galactic Positioning System will enable autonomous spacecraft

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A NASA space telescope called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has been used to develop a brand new technology with near-term, practical applications: a galactic positioning system. Without this system it is not possible to determine a spaceship’s …

exoplanetsNASA and Spacex target launching TESS planet hunting telescope within 9 hours

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NASA and SpaceX are targeting the launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for no earlier than 6:51 p.m. EDT. Frequent updates …

astronomyModular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms

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Dmitry Savransky, Cornell University, proposes a modular, self-assembling architecture enabling the construction of 30+ m diameter, reflective, space telescopes with active optics. The entire structure of the telescope, including the primary and secondary mirrors, secondary support structure and planar sunshield …

astronomyDirect Megapixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission

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NASA Innovative Advanced concepts has a phase 2 study of a mission to the regions outside our solar system, with the objective of conducting direct high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of a habitable exoplanet by exploiting optical properties of the solar …

astronomyCarnival of Space 554

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The Carnival of Space 554 is up at Urban Astronomer. This Bizarre Image is a 3D Scan of a Cave Network in Spain. This Technology Could be Used to Map Out Lava Tubes on the Moon and Mars A team …

astronomyIn Mid-April NASA will launch next generation planet hunting space telescope

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NASA’s next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is scheduled to launch as early as April 16, 2018. TESS is expected to find thousands of planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, orbiting the nearest and brightest …