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astronomyExomoon the size of Neptune

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An Exoplanet that is several times the mass of Jupiter has a moon that is the size of Neptune. The moon is estimated to be only 1.5 percent the mass of its companion planet. They are both 8000 light years …

astronomyDwarf planet TG387 points to larger planet X in our solar system

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Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and his colleagues—Northern Arizona University’s Chad Trujillo, and the University of Hawaii’s David Tholen—are once again redefining our Solar System’s edge. They discovered a new extremely distant object far beyond Pluto with an orbit that supports the …

nasaGiant one kilometer Space Bubble telescopes

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Devin Crowe gave an update on the NASA NIAC study on one-kilometer space bubble telescopes. The plan is bring liquid and gas and blow a large spherical bubble and then shine a wavelength to solify the material. They would spray …

astronomyFully modular self-assembled massive space telescopes

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Cornell University has a NASA NIAC study for a fully modular self-assembled massive space telescope. They are taking mirrors segments based on the current James Webb space telescope mirror segments and then adding in some adjustments so that each piece …

futureNASA JPL update on progress to assembling giant 100+ meter space telescopes and starshades

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Rudranarayan Mukherjee, NASA JPL gave an update on progress to Robotic Assembly of Space Assets: Architectures and Technologies. This is the path to making 100 meter and even multi-kilometer diameter space telescopes and starshades in space. The presentation was at …

astronomyOur Solar System has 127 probable planets and 500+ possibles

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It is estimated that there may be 200 dwarf planets in the Kuiper belt of the outer Solar System and possibly more than 10,000 in the region beyond. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has accepted four as official dwarf planets: …

astronomyKeck Planet Finder spectrometer upgrade is underway

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The Keck Planet Finder telescope might start operating in 2019. It will be used to discover exoplanets, particularly around nearby, bright stars and will excel at measuring the masses of planets discovered by transiting programs such as Kepler, TESS, and …

astronomyIn first month of data the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has likely found 100-200 exoplanets

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Dr. Jeff Volosin, NASA Goddard describes the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The first month of orbiting space telescope data has just been dumped. 1500 transit events have been detected. 115 gigabytes of data was downloaded. The expectations is that …

astronomyWater ice clouds have been detected on Jupiter

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Researchers using ground-based telescopes have detected the chemical signatures of water deep beneath the surface of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Jupiter is a gas giant that contains more than twice the mass of all of our other planets combined. And …

astronomyCanada’s new digital radio telescope is finding many Fast Radio Bursts as planned

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The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a radio telescope in British Columbia, has detected a fast radio burst (FRB) on July 25, 2018. They detected the first-ever FRB at frequencies below 700 MHz. the signal was named FRB 180725A. …