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Atmosphere detected around an Earth-like planet

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super-Earth planet GJ 1132b. This marks the first detection of an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet other than Earth itself, and thus is a significant step on the path towards the detection of life outside our Solar System.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2017

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Portrait of a black hole

IRAM's 30-metre dish is part of the Event Horizon Telescope which is looking into the centre of the Milky Way.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2017

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Wrong-way asteroid plays 'chicken' with Jupiter

For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the 'wrong' way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and with about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017

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