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Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

See 25 Incredible Images of Earth From Space

Alberta, Canada, Oct. 10, 2014.<br>DigitalGlobe<p>1 of 25<p>There's something to be said for being on the ground when news plays out, but sometimes it's the …

Space

Our First Look at the Moon's Far Side

The race to land a man on the Moon in the 1960s dominates narratives of the early space age, but it wasn’t the only time the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to achieve a goal in space. In the late 1950s, both nations were fighting to get spacecraft to the Moon, and among those …

How the Hubble telescope captures the colour out of space

When a telescope takes a picture of deep space, it doesn't take it in colour. Modern telescopes are equipped with digital cameras that employ CCD (charge-coupled device) sensors to take images consisting of greyscale pixels -- which leads many to believe that the coloured images we see from …

Universe

How a massive black hole looks in an ultra-dense dwarf galaxy

The M60-UCD1 is a dwarf galaxy that's so dense, you'd see 1 million stars at night if you lived in it instead of the 4,000 we typically see on Earth. Now, thanks to data from Hubble, NASA found that the galaxy, which is only 1/500th the diameter of Milky Way, has a humongous black hole that takes …

Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research.<p>That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system — even older than the sun itself.<p>In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers say the distinct …

Universe

Spacewatch: Swansong for Iridium flares

At its best, the International Space Station outshines every star and can come close to rivalling Venus, the brightest planet. It is, though, occasionally surpassed by the glints of sunlight reflecting from the antennae of Iridium satellites – glints that are popularly known as Iridium …

Water Vapor Seen on Distant World

Search for potentially life-sustaining worlds gets a boost with the ability to probe a common class of planets.<p>Astronomers have found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size planet 122 light-years from Earth—the first time water has been identified on a planet that small, …