Erik Watland

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Ten Ways 'Proxima b' Is Different From Earth

At the end of August, a scientific team from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima b, the first exoplanet ever discovered around Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Universe to our Sun. Discovered by the radial velocity method, where we can detect the tiny …

Universe

This short documentary shows how astronomers hope to find the next habitable planets

Trying to discover habitable planets isn't just for science fiction anymore<p>Just a couple of decades ago, the very idea that there were other planets orbiting stars throughout the universe was something that belonged to science fiction. However, recent research has shown not only are there other …

Astronomers Have Detected Clouds Of Water Outside Our Solar System

Scientists have found a dwarf star "dominated by water vapor and clouds, with an overall appearance that is strikingly similar to Jupiter."<p>Astronomers say they have detected clouds of water outside of our solar system ― the first discovery of its kind.<p>The remarkable find was located 7.2 light years …

NASA’s foremost solar system explorer says Europa lander a “necessity”

NASA engineers look eager to explore Europa though agency's administrator is not.<p>The fact that Charles Elachi is retiring after 15 years of directing …

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

The detection of gravitational waves will open up a new spectrum of the universe – finally demonstrating a theory presented a century ago<p>History may judge 2015 as the year when mankind opened up a completely new window on the universe, exactly a century after Albert Einstein laid the scientific …

Physics